Manna for the Day:
"You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." (2 Tim.2:3).
A soldier is the one who knows all the dangers that are present in the battle field, yet because of his passion for defending his country from outsiders and enemies who wants to kill them, he joins the army, trains himself, disciplines his mind and goes in to the battle valiantly to face the enemy and come out alive and victorious for his country. There will be days when in the morning cold and freezing winds will blow to chill the bones and rattle it, yet out of great hardship they rise up against all odds and face the trials to come out victorious day by day.
These prolonged days of hardships are actually not the battle itself, but rather the training period only. It prepares them not to fear the enemy and fight valiantly for the future generations as well as their own family. We do not see a soldier who is preparing for the battle to live a undisciplined life without a purpose. Rather they are disciplined by the very atmosphere where they live, which we call as a boot camp. In the same way, every child of God who is born in to the Kingdom of God by God's will, will be put in to boot camp situations of their life where they have to fight day in and day out to keep the faith that God has started within them.
The enemy of our soul will always be there to sow seeds of doubt to cause unbelief within us. But we by our own choice should endure hardship, because wide is the way to the destruction of hell fire and narrow is the way to life eternal. Wide ways are to travel in the direction of our own choice without faith in God's ways or purpose, narrow way is the highway of holiness and faith because God leads us and trains us to something bigger than this life, which is to plan us for the life to come. If we have seen continual struggles of hardship in this world and have fought by faith in God and His Word through the Spirit, we have been walking as a good soldier of Jesus Christ to be promoted soon for greater assignments of glory for now and for eternity ahead! Rulership is that which has been planned and purposed by God for all the overcomers by faith. A new world to come is waiting for you to arise and shine for the Glory of God. Don't disappoint yourself by becoming tainted with the world and its sinfulness. Even when sin tries to drown you, be a lotus who in the midst of gutter it blooms and blossoms with glory by keeping itself up from the gutter all around it.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you and praise you for making me a child of God and putting me in to the discipline of the Kingdom of God to stay in faith as a spiritual warrior against the doubts and unbelief of the evil one. Help me endure hardship as a faithful and a good soldier of Jesus Christ my Lord. Thank you for finding me faithful to enroll me in to this heavenly army on earth that is being prepared by you for eternal reign in the new heaven and new earth. I bless you with all my heart in Jesus mighty name! Amen.
Apostle Abraham Israel
"Fighters are not just born, but they are disciplined through hardship to bring a conqueror out of them. Spiritually God trains His children for faith, then rewards them for endurance through hardship through which they become overcomers who are more than conquerors." — Abraham Israel
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