They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that. 2 Timothy 3:5 NLT
semblance: the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.
When an individual makes the decision to enlist in the military, there is a commitment to serve and be obedient until death. They have decided to relinquish their own mindset, which enables a complete transformation–the change of their thought processes, their behaviors, and their outlook on life. They belong to a group of individuals with the same mindset working together to achieve common goals.
As Believers, we are Soldiers in the Army of God. We attest that we follow God’s commands through faithful service, obedience, and tithe-paying; yet we attempt to live according to our perspective and interpretation of the Word of God. We disregard the instructions and commands that are in the Holy Bible when it causes conflict between our desires and what God requires.
Many of us take God’s grace and mercies for granted in our daily lives, as if we were given the option to live according to our own whims and standards. It is heartbreaking to hear a Christian attempt to justify their disobedience to God by using excuses to downplay their wayward thinking.
I have heard many justification statements and would like to share because most of us can relate to this mindset at some point in our lives.
1. “I just can’t do it.”
2. “God understands that we are human.”
3. “Thank goodness, God forgives us.”
4. “I knew it was wrong, I had to ask God to forgive me, but I was glad I said it or did it.”
5. ” I am not there yet, spiritually like you are.”
We are soldiers, we are servants, and we are light-bearers; our goal as we march is to follow all of God’s commands without question or hesitation.
Are you ready to fully enlist in God’s army? Then cast your thoughts aside and prepare to be obedient and faithful until Jesus comes. The time is now for us to say, “Yes, Sir” as we commit our all-and-all to Christ.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 3
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have our own thoughts and desires which are enmity against you. We ask you to forgive us for living to please ourselves. We ask forgiveness for disregard of your commands and for not fulfilling our duties to you, our families, and our communities. We desire to live, and think according to your standards. As we move forward in our lives, we commit to serve you and to meet the needs of others. We commit to faithful obedience as we strive to march toward the mark of spiritual perfection. We humbly ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.