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Aim

In our stressful military world, we are often pushed and pulled in different ways. At times these ways be contradictory to previous instructions and require clarification and negotiation to sort it out. I think it’s fair to suggest that it can be demanding, frustrating and even aggravating at times. I would also suggest that at times we don’t respond as well as we could.

Matthew 22:36-40 reminds us, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  (Leviticus 19:9-18, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Mark 12:28-34, Luke 10:25-28)

When we find ourselves squeezed in stressful situations our aim is to respond the best way Jesus tells us. Love God, Love Neighbor. He knows that what is inside of us dictates what comes out of us. He want us to know that too.

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Like a tube of toothpaste, no matter how hard or softly it’s squeezed only toothpaste will come out.

If we love self over others, when squeezed, Pride, Arrogance, Abuse, Disobedience and Ungratefulness comes out of our spiritual tube (2 Timothy 3:1-5). But in contrast, if we love God over self and love our neighbor, when squeezed, Kindness, Graciousness, Truthfulness, Hospitality and Welcoming comes out (Galatians 5:22-23)

If you love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing well (James 2:8).

Aim for balancing Truth with Grace.

The Contender

pt testHebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …”

Here is an allusion to the Olympic races. The contenders were often greatly animated by the consideration that the eyes of the principal men of their country were fixed upon them; and by this, they were induced to make the most extraordinary exertions.

In the military, we are equally watched but officers and NCOs over us, subordinates under us and a vast array of “cloud of witnesses” we are aware or unaware watching and listening to the things we do and say.

Do you know what you are running for and your motivation? Are you running for medals or ribbons. Don’t get m wrong, medals and ribbons are good things. They show that you can and will be recognized for doing above and beyond workmanship.

Paul tells Timothy about a different award he should run for, “Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8

We should run the race God called us to run, whatever it is and do our best at it but always remember that justice, integrity, righteousness and honor are values more important than medals and ribbons. Godly right living trumps everything in the life a game of Righteousness, Awards, Advancement (Rock Paper, Scissors game in real life). As those who ran in the Olympic races, throw aside every thing that might impede you in your race.

As you cross the finish line, these are the words you want to hear, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23.

Present Yourself The Best

2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”

Soldier-Reading-BibleI came across this devotional today by Andrew Wommack and thought I’d share it.

This verse is usually read a “Study to show oneself approved to God”. The word “study” in this passage does not mean to pursue knowledge by reading, etc. Rather, it involves much more than just taking in knowledge. It’s used for a workman giving diligence, endeavoring or exerting oneself.

The most common way this verse is interpreted is to say that if we study well, God approves of us and what we have done. It is more correctly interpreted that through our study, we prove to ourselves that we have been approved, or accepted, of God through Jesus Christ.

Studying doesn’t make us more accepted by God, nor does our lack of study make us less accepted by God. By our study, we will be made more aware that God has already accepted us, and our lack of study will make us less aware of that.

Encouraging Leader

God has chosen you to lead the way as an Encouraging Leader.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”