Ready for Battle

The gospel is a gospel of peace. It is the good news that we are righteous, not because of our own inherent goodness or deeds, but because of His righteousness.

Christ died for sins; once for all. The scripture says we are the righteousness of God in Christ. And the righteous are as bold as a lion. Our faith is not in how righteous we are within ourselves; that is, at best, inconsistent. We have good days and we have not so good days. We have seasons of immense victory and we have times of intense struggle and failure. In the good and in the bad, we must find his grace to be sufficient.

The gospel of peace brings a readiness; a position we live out of where we are ready for action, ready to take on the service God has called us to. And we are able to do this, not because we are bold within our own righteousness, but because we are bold and confident in our righteousness in Him.

We say that those who are members of the armed forces are in the service. They are taught and trained to be ready for battle. They have been given weapons, machinery, and technology that they will employ in battle. A soldier's weapon must be always clean and ready for use if he is to employ it in battle.

We, as soldiers of Christ are prepared, made ready, in a different sense. We are made bold, confident, righteous by the blood that Jesus shed for us, by the love He displayed on the cross. We are confident that God is with us, that we are equipped as his children, ready for every good work he has prepared for us.

The banner over us, our battle cry, is not, "by my great strength and achievement." Our cry, our banner as believers, is, "the Lord, my righteousness, is victorious." As Isaiah penned,

No weapon formed against you will succeed,
and you will refute any accusation
raised against you in court.
This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants,
and their righteousness is from Me.

Live loved my friends...


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