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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

30 Jan

THIS IS NOT A GAME!

Anyone over the age of 35 should remember these words from the “original” series…”your mission, should you choose to accept it…”, I remember watching that show with my heart pounding thinking to myself, “I’ll do it, I’ll do it!” I was a little bit of a tomboy, and I always thought that whatever the boys could do well, I could do as well.

So I went into the military after high school, unwillingly, but I went. Nobody told me what to expect, no one prepared me for the hell on Earth that I was going to face. No one. Had I known then what I know now, I would have gladly adopted the mountainous loads of student loans to have avoided the first experience that changed my life. I guess at this point I can tell you that I believe the military ended up hating me as much as I hated it lol. No, I didn’t give it an easy time at all; as a matter of fact I tried to do the opposite of everything instructed. I believe that I spent more time mopping floors, running laps or in C.C than I did in actual service. The one thing that someone did tell me before I left on that late night flight for San Antonio was that “Basic Training” was set up to break your will, and to break you out of your old habits. I have to agree that it is what they tried to do; unfortunately they underestimated MY will. If told to run, I walked and if told to march I would shuffle. I’m still amazed that I made it through basic training at all, possibly due to a lenient and forgiving training instructor. Or maybe because they just wanted to get rid of me. 😉

I’ll be honest, I was always a very nice girl but I was the middle child and always seemed to fade into the background, which was fine by me. However, when I left high school I decided to exert my independence and then when I entered the military they immediately tried to stifle the one thing that I was determined to exert. That didn’t work for me at the time, so I became disobedient. I know…this doesn’t sound good at all, but it is the truth!

Fast forward a few years and I found myself as a new recruit, in the Army of the Lord; for a while I wondered if I had what it took to be a good soldier considering my past experience. See, I told you that I was disobedient, and strong-willed and even had an independent nature. Then one day I read a scripture that changed everything. Jesus was speaking to his disciples and he stated, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matt. 16:24). There was that, “Your mission if you choose to accept it…” all over again, and again I thought to myself “I’ll do it, I’ll do it!” However, even though we are eager, I believe that many of us struggle with the very first thing. Oh we can take up our cross and follow Jesus all day, but first He stated that we had to deny ourselves. And that’s a tough one for many of us. Let’s look at the word deny (from MW.com):

  1. to declare untrue <deny an allegation>
  2. to refuse to admit or acknowledge :disavow <deny responsibility>
  3. to give a negative answer to <denying the petitioners> b : to refuse to grant <deny a request> c : to restrain (oneself) from gratification of desires
In other words, our wants and desires are to be left behind. Notice that I didn’t say needs, because God already told us that He would supply those, but in denying yourself you deny the things of the flesh that so many hold dear. We are so used to feeding the flesh or ego that often times it is difficult to deny ourselves. Many of us believe that we can still carry the cross without denying ourselves; this is why there are so many lukewarm Christians, and such a huge falling away. There are many who were like me in the military, selfish, self-centered, lazy, and disobedient. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof (2 Tim.3:5) because they have not denied themselves. Well my dear brothers and sisters, if you have accepted the call then it is time to step up!
Paul stated to the church at Corinth:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (2 Cor. 10:3-6).

So we’ve got it all together now. We have denied ourselves, taken up our cross and we are following Jesus – great! Understanding what Paul is stating above will help in this spiritual battle; we are not battling people here, it is a spiritual warfare. It always grieves my spirit to see so-called Christians attacking each other about their interpretation of the Word, when they should be seeking counsel from God. That is a spiritual battle in itself because satan has effectively taken the focus off of Jesus, and has the saints battling each other instead of that “high thing” or pride that has exalted itself. Stay focused and remember that God is not going to send His soldiers into battle unarmed; first he is going to prepare us by having us learn of Him. That is what the military refers to as “basic training”. Before I enlisted I would have never been able to hump a knapsack up a hill for two miles, or run an obstacle course. God prepares us in the same way, by handling His Word with precision, strengthening our endurance, and being “battle trained and tested”.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).

And this is it. The greatest battle. The fight of our lives. The one where only the strong (in Christ) will survive. You’ve gotta get ready saints!

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (6:13).

  • Have your loins girt about with truth. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). You have to know who you are in Christ, and be prepared to defend His truth and your mission.
  • Put on the breastplate of righteousness. There is none righteous, no not one. Yet in His infinite wisdom, God sent His only begotten for us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).
  • Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Wherever you walk you should carry the Word of the Prince of Peace with you. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • Above all, taking the shield of faith. Faith is the most important because it is what will stave off attacks from satan. Even Jesus prayed for Simon’s faith. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren (Luke 22:31-32).
  • The helmet of salvation. Where do the attacks from satan penetrate? The mind. If we keep the helmet of salvation firmly fastened then his attacks will bounce off of it. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isa. 26:3).
  • Sword of the Spirit/Word of God. Older people in the church used to always talk about having their “sword” with them, and when I was a young teen going to church I used to call them “gangster grannies” lol. Now I know that the sword is our most powerful weapon. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).

So are we ready? Not quite. I’m sure that many of us are used to stopping right at the “Sword”, and saying “I’m good, now let’s go kick some devil butt”…but wait, there’s more!

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Eph. 6:18). 

This is important because we can have our full armor on and not pray and fall right into a ditch. Praying in the spirit gives us our guidelines and directions (i.e. road map). Didn’t Jesus instruct His disciples to watch and pray lest they enter into temptation (Matt. 26:41)? Same mission, same word. Are we ready now?

Forward march!

iampastorswife

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Spiritual Walk, Uncategorized

 

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4 responses to “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

  1. Thee Potter's Hand

    January 31, 2012 at 4:32 AM

    Sister,
    So what about those who are 20 and younger? Lol Don’t forget about us. I think we too often view our walk as time spent on a beach eating, swimming, and reading without realizing that this is a war! Constantly, daily, and even when we rest physically, there is always spiritual warfare. We must realize that Satan has wicked devices well beyond our knowledge, which is why we have to receive counsel from God as He is the only one who can instruct us how to fight. I was talking to my dad about me entering the army but it was a short conversation since I would probably be just as disobedient as you were. But when I think about it, if I cannot receive instruction from man how can I receive instruction from God? Yep, I am learning to be humble and submissive to His Spirit. Be encouraged soldier.

    Thee Potter’s Hand

     
    • iampastorswife

      January 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Sis TPH,

      No, I could never forget the young ones lol. The age reference was just referring to the quote “The mission if you choose to accept it…” being from the original series of Mission Impossible, not the Tom Cruise version (which I’ve never seen). If you know of the original, then please accept my apology LOL!

      We are definitely in a war. Just walk outside with your spiritual instead of natural eyes open and you can see it everywhere; turn on a television and you will see it, pick up a newspaper, etc. People love to quote Yolanda Adams and say that the “Battle is the Lord’s”, and yes it is, but He also instructed us to put on the whole armor, because in any war there is always danger of schrapnel! As far as the military, well God can use anything for His good and throughout all of my disobedient years, I did pick up something of use – how to listen and when to move. So I do thank God for my time in the USAF! Thank you for your comments, they are always appreciated.

      pw

       
  2. The Latter Days

    January 31, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    I don’t know. Somehow I find myself feeling OLDER after I read your blog than when I came. LOL!

    This is really the fight of our lives. I remember in an episode of Little House on the Prairie, some unGodly men had come into town and starting wreaking havoc against the various town people. They also tried to use “Christianity” against the people by admonishing them to turn the other cheek to their behavior and forgive. But these unGodly men were not sincere. They simply wanted to abuse the townspeople for their own selfish pleasure. It finally came down to the men of the town gathering those unGodly men together, giving them a good “what for”, and personally escorting them out of the town to never return. As they did, the women sang “Onward Christian Soldiers”.

    We can run the devil out of our churches, out of our homes, and out of ourselves by answering God’s call of duty, not being ashamed to stand on His word in a world that continually perverts it. I pray that more Christians start to understand that we are under such a call.

    Thanks for posting Sister!

     
    • iampastorswife

      January 31, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Hello my friend!

      Consider this, you are older…than yesterday, but you are still younger than tomorrow. Does that help? 😉

      You’re scaring me! My husband read this blog after I posted it and as soon as he finished he started singing “Onward Christian Soldiers”! Eek! When I read your response I just sat here in disbelief. I have never watched LHOTP (stop dating us lol!), but I remember the premise very well; the story that you presented sounds very modern churchish with the “forgive and love” doctrine without accountability, which invites chaos.

      Every day in our lives there is a new battle, a new challenge to conquer, and you’re right, many of us have to start in our own homes by raising a standard of righteousness. People say that they love Christ, but won’t stand up and fight for Him (Rom. 1:16-17) for fear that others with shun them. I prefer to stay armed and ready because when God calls me to duty I want to be prepared!

      God bless and keep on being a blessing to us all!

      Your Sis. in Christ,

      pw

       

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