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A Time For War

War the good warfare" (1 Timothy 1.18).

The disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ is a man of peace he is commanded to follow after peace with all men. But whilst he follows peace with men, he has a warfare to be waged against the powers of darkness; he is to be a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

A knowledge of this warfare will cause us to pray fervently in the prayer meetings and at home, for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It is useless to attempt to war this warfare in our own strength; it can only be successfully waged in the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore the Lord's warriors must be, first and foremost, men of prayer. To fail in this means weakness in our warfare. Prayer will only become a real thing in our lives when we realize the warfare character of our work. Think of the mighty foes that are against us, and think of their cunningness. In power and cunningness they are far beyond us, and yet, "we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us" (Romans 8.87). His power and grace are available to us continually. This power and this grace are given to us in answer to prayer and faith.

The Christian soldier should ponder deeply the important words of Paul in Ephesians 6. 10-20. These scriptures have often been written about, but not too often. Here they are again, sevenfold.

TRUTH. That is loving and obeying the truth.

RIGHTEOUSNESS. That is righteousness in living; no deceit in any form.

PREACHING THE GOSPEL. In season and out of season seeking to turn men to Christ. Always ready to speak the word.

FAITH IN GOD. A calm assurance that His word will be fulfilled. Believing God at all times, and about all things.

THE HELMET or SALVATION is the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5.8) and this is the hope of His coming. We shall have joy and gladness in our lives because of the certainty of His coming.

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT is the word of God which must be read, believed, fulfilled and used.

ALL PRAYER. "At all seasons ... in all perseverance ... for all the saints." A prayerful care for all the disciples will be manifest in the Lord's warriors.

Let us ponder over these in their completeness, so that none of them may be lacking in our lives. These made Paul the warrior that he was, and they will make us the Lord's equipped warriors also. These are the important things. May the Lord, the Spirit, make us to be the men (and women) that He would have us to be; good soldiers of Christ Jesus.