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55:11 Feature
"i invite YOU in": U MAY B "a SOLDIER"
Mon, May 25th, 6:30am

-illustration of the law-

To communicate the law of HIS WITNESS, be a soldier.  Be prepared, purposed, and perceptive.

The dynamics that make up an athlete may also be found in a soldier.  However, the soldier is not playing a game—he is fighting with his life on the line.  There are certain elements that a soldier embodies that make him comparable to a Christian.  Sometimes, it is these very qualities to which a nonbeliever is attracted because they tend to naturally engender respect.   With the wise application of Scripture verses, and not bashing heads with the Bible, a soldier can wield his weapon with power and precision accuracy.  This requires the delicate handling of Scripture—treating it more like a sniper’s rifle, and not reckless machine-gun spray.  In honor of the rules of engagement, preparation for battle is necessary not only for one’s own good, but also for the good of others.  It is better to be a sharpshooter with Scripture than to have a blasting approach.  Nobody responds to carelessness.  “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” (Theodore Roosevelt). 

In fact, being the only Bible that somebody may read is a responsibility that involves accountability.  As a soldier for Christ—His walking warrior and talking word—you must be engaged in the battlefield of life and prepared, with biblical acumen, to have a word in season for the weary or the wayward.  For example, most of the Proverbs and Psalms are appropriate tools that can be pulled out of your arsenal to help encourage or heal a wounded comrade.  It is beneficial to memorize such Scriptures because many listeners are turned off right away by the mere mention of the Bible; but when you know the Word and use it conversationally, the recipient does not even know—at first—he has been impacted by the Word of God.

Plans are established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war.

Furthermore, like a soldier, a Christian has purpose.  As the war for souls is constant, will you be the Bible that wins a soul?  Are you purposed in your heart to ensure your example, though bold, is not cold?  It’s about having your mind—your aim, your goals, your focus—set on things above.  On an actual battlefield, it is not always easy to know who your enemy is; hence, the soldier must be on constant alert.  With proper preparation and planning comes the ability to carry out your purpose.  And the purpose is simple for a soldier: Be honorable at all costs.  Even when suffering, a soldier does so successfully.

Being read as a soldier requires you to fight through the blitz of warfare in this life.  It’s a given: sudden bombings of tragedy; gunfire hardships; the loss of a loved one; the diagnosis of a terminal illness; and a host of other afflictions.  Yet the soldier goes through his trials with an unparalleled peace that relies fully on the commander-in-chief.  For the Christian soldier, that is the peace of God, administered by his Commander-in-Chief.

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life,
that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Suffering successfully with purpose at heart is what will catch the eyes of those who are watching.  Why?  Because they will see you boldly, yet humbly, handle afflictions that felled others as casualties of war.

Finally, an efficient and effective soldier is perceptive.  With all the military knowledge and training in the world, if you have no vision, you cannot properly assess your battlefield.  Your situation.  Your life.  Like a perceptive soldier, being the only Bible that somebody may read is being able to see clearly by relying on your faith, not on your sight.  Discernment is not just observance. 
To be perceptive, one must line up his eyesight with his insight.

Discernment is the ability to judge well in order to gain direction or understanding.  Without discernment, you will put out the wrong message, and those reading you will be confused at what your intentions are with them.  You must know when to press forward and when to retreat, when to speak up and when to shut up.  The radar is always on; so to be legible, one must be aware of his surroundings—knowing that others are attempting to read and interpret him as well.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
EPHESIANS 6:11, see verses 11-20

Be legible.  Be a soldier.
Be prepared.  Be purposed.  Be perceptive.
Be the Bible!