There are many things a new recruit must learn; actually, he is
entering a whole new way of life. It is important for him to come to
trust and obey those who rank over him, and to act quickly without
questioning orders, because someone's life may be depending on
him. In boot camp, you learn the rules, you exercise a lot to build
strength, and you train so that you will be be skilled and fast. The
top man in the chain of command is called the commander-in-
chief. The Christian soldier’s chief commander is Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our
A soldier must learn to use and trust his weapons. A soldier can be
very powerful using the right weapons, but very helpless without
them. God has given the Christian soldier some very powerful
weapons; sadly many don’t use them.
Corinthians II 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
The soldier is given all that he needs to sustain him. He receives
clothing, bedding, camping supplies, and many other things. God
supplies His soldiers with their daily needs.
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according
to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
HOW TO FIGHT
The soldier must learn not only how to fight, but also how to
protect himself from being wounded or killed. Many who learned
this well came back safely from the war.
Corinthians II 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for
we are not ignorant of his devices.
THE SOLDIER’S HANDBOOK
This is a book that gives all the information on soldiering. It
contains everything from how to salute to how to make a bed. The
Christian soldier has his handbook too; it is called the Bible.
Timothy II 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
Timothy II 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works.
THE SOLDIER’S MORALE
When the U.S.Army captured a certain island in the pacific during
WW2, they built a movie theater there. That may seem foolish
when they could have been moving in weapons and preparing for
battle in other ways, but the army knows that troop morale is very
important. This is a top consideration for the Christian trooper, too.
He must always keep a positive, “I can do it!” attitude. That is faith.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which
HE MUST ENDURE HARDNESS
A soldier must live with extremes of heat and cold. He must
endure very wet and very dry conditions. He is exposed to many
kinds of sickness. A Christian soldier must also endure many hard
Timothy II 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier
of Jesus Christ.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF BATTLE
A soldier’s fight is with human beings, but the Christian’s battle is
with the evil spiritual beings of an unseen world.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my
kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I
should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not
WHAT IS A SOLDIER?
“But you don’t know what they said to me! My feelings are hurt!”
some people say.
(Soldiers may be wounded, but many go back to fight again.)
“ I’m tired, I want to rest, maybe I can do it some other time.” we
(Soldiers get tired but they must fight on.)
“ I’m so lonely, I don’t know anybody here.” we moan.
(Soldiers get lonely, too, but they keep right on marching.)
“I’m afraid! I just can’t do it!” we may cry.
(Soldiers are afraid at times, also, but they go forward,
WHEN THINGS ARE QUIET
In quiet times, a soldier prepares for the next battle. He piles up
sand bags, digs foxholes, cleans his weapons, etc. What can the
Christian soldier do to prepare for the next battle?
Jude 1:20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most
holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
THE ENEMY JUSTIFIES HIS ACTIONS
The Germans in W.W.2 always seemed to have a good reason why
they did the things that they did. But most of it was lies. Man and
his ways(Called the “flesh” in the Bible) is against God and His
ways and always seems to have an excuse why he does what he
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of
the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
THE ENEMY GIVES HIS EXCUSES
Cutting remarks are ok (They had it coming.)
Lying is ok (We had a good reason.)
Adultery is ok (Everybody is doing it, so it must be alright.)
Homosexual lifestyle is ok ( I can’t help it, I’m born that way.)
Drunkenness is not sin (It’s a disease.)
Man shifts responsibility and guilt ( The devil made me do it.)
CONFRONT THE ENEMY
Engage the enemy in spiritual battle. Call sin what God calls sin.
Whether it’s in me or you, if it is against the command of God, it is
Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all
SOLDIERS ARE FRAGILE
Soldiers struggle against hard physical, mental, and emotional
problems. They have become sensitive to how weak they really
are, and they have learned to rely on the power of their weapons.
Christian soldiers have learned to rely on the power of their God.
Corinthians I 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and
in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not
with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the
Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
A MENTAL BATTLE
Most of man’s battles are in his mind. Spiritual war is a battle for
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Many people struggle much of their lives with fear, insecurity,
guilt, depression, and etc. Often people compare themselves
unfavorably with others. The solution? Find something bigger than
yourself to get involved in. Nothing satisfies like working for God’s
Our emotions are sometimes unpredictable and unstable. They are
affected by the remarks of others, marital and financial concerns,
the weather, our thoughts, etc. The soldier must fight his negative
emotions and stand on solid ground..
Mark 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he
cannot stand, but hath an end.
THE PRISONER OF WAR
I read that during the Vietnam war, some prisoners kept their right
minds by meditating over and over on words from the Bible. I have
heard people say that they found certain verses in the Bible that
they held on to in time of trouble, and that kept them stable. God
will keep us unruffled in battle if we stand on His word.
Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
When a person is delivered from sin, he can expect to face a
spiritual battle. You don’t shoot at the enemy and not have him
shoot back. We are not onlookers, but we are royal troops. This is a
time for discipline and courage. Timothy II 2:3 Thou therefore
endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may
please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
VICTORY OVER THE WORLD SYSTEM
The prevailing system of thought and behavior today is opposed to
God and His laws. Obscene rock stars are idolized by the masses.
The homosexual lifestyle is supported by reporters, movie stars,
doctors, even theologians. Those who live loosely are admired;
they are called “cool.” Woe be to the man who speaks out against
their lifestyles! The Christian soldier must stand against the
majority, when the majority is wrong, and not believe the lie that
he is fighting for the wrong cause.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for
sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their
own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
THE SOLDIER HOLDS SMALL PLOTS OF GROUND
In war, one hill or one small island may change hands many times.
Men are killed and wounded in capturing or defending it. Why do
they do this? It seems such a great waste of effort and life. They
do it because that one spot may be very important to the war
effort. The Christian soldier must stand up for right no matter how
insignificant it may seem. Is it wrong to steal a dime? “It’s small,
no one will miss it,” people reason. Is it wrong to tell a “white” lie?
The Christian soldier fights for and holds on to the ground of truth.
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand.
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
by H. Witmyer