Mark 13:26-27“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.”
The Israelites longed for, prayed for, and hoped for the Messiah to come and establish justice, end oppression, and usher in the Kingdom of God in this world. Yet, the coming of God’s justice is cause to recognize one’s own contribution to the sin and evil in our world. Repentance is a key characteristic of being ready for the coming of Christ the Lord.
Isaiah 59:17 “He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
At the center of preparing for a deployment, there is one critical survival skill in the modern battlefield; Spiritual Perseverance. We need to be spiritually strong individuals when there are so many distractions. In the whirlwind of change, Spiritual Perseverance is needed to survive. It is buoyancy and an ability to “bounce back” from the challenges from the battlefield. Spiritual Perseverance is looking outside of yourself and into your spiritual center as you move into, through and out of the mobilization cycle. For me it is being centered in Christ.
Today we need and see for Spiritual Perseverance. We can arm ourselves in the full armor of God when we become physically, emotionally and spiritually challenged. God can strengthen us, in crisis and concern, and walk with us in both the lilies of the field as well the valley of shadow of death. We can stand ready, both personally and professionally looking to God.
Today’s Army climate challenges us physically, mentally and spiritually. Spiritual Perseverance is a crucial key to the military life we lead. We will come out stronger on the other end.
Hit the road running! I’m working out all the details of TA-50 (field gear) so I can go to the field next week. This reminds me of Ephesians 6:10-18 where Paul reminds us to put on the whole armor of God so we may be able to withstand in the evil day and stand firm.
Prior planning prevents poor performance is a slogan we hear all the time. Paul wants us to prep accordingly with the right equipment so we are ready to meet the challenge ahead of us.