16th March 2019

Onward, Christian Soldiers 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 |(NKJV UK) 

Christians are often pictured as at war. Paul talks about our weapons and our armour. But our warfare is not about any on-going situation in this world around us, but rather our spiritual warfare.

The trouble is, as is so often the case, the Christian can be distracted by what he sees, rather than concentrating on what he doesn’t. So often we ‘live’ too much in this world, and not enough in the world to come. We who already have one foot in heaven (Ephesians 2:6) forget that we are pilgrims and sojourners in this life (1 Peter 2:11).

Those who have ever lived in a foreign country for any length of time, are often warned not to “turn native”. “Remember,” they are told, “you are living only for a while in this foreign country. Enjoy the experience, learn deeply, but all the time be aware that this is not your natural home.”

For the Christian, good advice. And, of course, this was once our home. But now we are foreigners and strangers in our own land, because now we represent Christ and his coming kingdom. That’s where our actual home is right now, our citizenship. But remembering that can be a battle by itself.

During the raj, many an expatriate living and working in India, even those born there and with no experience of Britain, still considered these islands as “home”. When it finally came time for them to come home, they often battled discrimination as foreigners and strangers. That’s not going to happen to us when Jesus Christ returns! We really will be coming home and to a hero’s welcome. 

Prayer
Holy Father, our reality as Christians is you and all you stand for. But remembering that, surrounded as we are by this world, can be difficult. We ask daily for your help, in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by John Stettaford

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About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
READING
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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