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January 8 – A good soldier of Jesus Christ

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier…” – 2Timothy 2:3-4a                           

Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-26

Yesterday we were reminded that the life of faith involves a fight. There are skirmishes and battle wounds.  

That fight is a fight for the truth. Even in the church at large, there are many who deny the truth. By nature, we do not focus on the faith delivered once for all. But if we are to be a Christian, we need to learn what true faith is, and believe it, and live it. Don’t get entangled by unnecessary snares. We need to learn what it is to starve our doubts and feed our faith, never forgetting this vile world is not a friend to grace. 

But also remember it is a good fight. It is a fight of victory. Remember Who has fought for us and won the victory. In the strength of our Saviour, we answer the call to stand up and live for the Truth. It is the fight that lays hold on eternal life. Eternal life is the prize of the high calling of God. Christ’s followers know that one day the battle will be done. They know that they shall enjoy every fruit of every promise. Will you fight?

Suggestions for prayer:

“Since I must fight if I would reign, increase my courage, Lord; I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word.” – Psalter Hymnal #465:4

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

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