Directive #13-April 7, 2014
SCRIPTURE: II Timothy 2:3 & 4
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.
INTERPRETATION: New Testament scriptures make reference to historical soldiers or examples of soldiers to remind us of our development of faith and confession and lifestyle of vision and vigilance.
Matthew 8:5 – 13 “But only say the word, and my servant will be cured.” (A soldier said this).
- Know that Jesus is our authority
- Use our faith for the good of someone else
Acts 10:1 – 3 “About three in the afternoon he distinctly saw in a vision…” (Cornelius, an Italian soldier had a vision for Peter to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles).
- We need a vision that the Gospel will be paramount in our families, and spread across our society
Matthew 27:54 “When the centurion and those with him…saw…they were terrified and said, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
- We need a confession; of our sins and to the deity of Jesus
Luke 3:14 “Some Soldiers questioned him (John the Baptist), “What should we do?”
- “Don’t intimidate people for money.”
- “Don’t accuse anyone falsely.”
- “Live within your means.”
Pray for opportunities to use our faith for the good of someone else.
Pray for a vision and goals to see the Gospel spread.
Pray for a confession with a strong conviction that Jesus is Who He said He is.
Pray for all things and expect results – Prefacing what we do and say with prayer puts the results in God’s hands.
Jerry L. Jones
Chaplain (COL) USA Retired
Director/Endorser Chaplain Ministries