Military training is designed to shake a person loose from what is familiar and comfortable, to prepare him for the uncertainty and chaos of wartime living. It has been cleverly said by someone now forgotten “that one is judged by the quality of his enemies.” Civilian life is about making friends not enemies. Few set out to make enemies to build their reputation. Being liked is the important thing for most. Standing up for what is right comes in a distant second to that pursuit. Maturity should bring the discernment to put aside this powerful need to be liked. Principle requires us to stand up for the truth which many don’t want to do. However, popularity is vastly overrated. Consider the suicide of Robin Williams, a very well liked man! Popularity requires compromise and tolerance of things abhorrent to God. In this age of sweeping change and growing insecurity there are fewer people one can find to rely on to state the truth no matter the cost. Integrity is rare these days. Growing numbers depend on a social structure that no longer works for increasing numbers. Most don’t have the ability to adapt to the  emerging reality that bigger government isn’t better government. Yet too many are OK with increasing its size though it has been proven over and over that larger doesn’t mean better. The Bible tells us to “trust no man.” Political leaders have no understanding of the prophetic picture that tells us where we are headed and is clearly laid out in scripture. The American family lost 40% of its net worth between 2009 and 2012. This trend is worsening yet most are hanging on to the status quo for dear life. The lives of many are growing noticeably worse spiritually. Only the Bible has answers that can be counted upon yet few will turn to its pages. Biblical prophecy is future history. Yet most don’t want to know what is coming. They would rather believe the lie. God is shaking everything that can be shaken to see what each of us will hang on to in times of peril. Will it be perishables? Lies, broken promises, material things, or the most important thing: Jesus Christ? Do you know Him? More importantly does He know you? “Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” Mark 8:38. Without the “blessed hope” of Titus 2:13 there is no true quality of life. That is the truth. Can you adapt to this disappearing reality? Those who don’t will perish. The inability to adapt spiritually should never be true of veterans. Many of us learned the hard way there are no atheists in the foxholes…


When we surrender our life to God; we enlist in the army of God. If this is a heartfelt decision and not just becoming a member of a church then we have become a soldier of Christ. We have joined his army. His is faithful to armor us against our enemy. The Bible is our manual of arms. We learn in this wonderful book inspired by God how to dress for battle. That is what Ephesians 6:11-18 is all about. We are no longer civilians depending on others for our safety and defense. We will be taught by the Holy Spirit how to live the life of a soldier of Christ. If we are faithful in developing the discipline we need for survival than we will learn quickly and satan will have less and less inroads into our life to do us harm. Jesus spoke of the mission of satan. John 10:10 says. “he is out to kill, capture and destroy.” He hates us and looks for ways to do us and our family harm. But God is faithful to protect, but we need to learn God’s ways to take full advantage of his wonderful benefits. The benefits package is listed in Psalm 103: 2-5 and elsewhere in His Word.