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“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him” (2 Timothy 2:3-4).

For those who have served in the military, there is no need for an explanation here.  You who have served, you know what this means.  Put it into action.  For those who have not, you are under new orders.  Your Lord, Jesus Christ, is now your commander.  There is no arguing allowed, only “Yes Sir.”  It is not like the civilian world where everyone argues.  Come then and learn what this means.

Lord, whether I have this worldly experience or not, it is still hard for me because I want to do things the way I want to do them.  Help me to learn that You alone must be in charge; I need to follow and You must lead.  This is good, right and salutary.  Help me see the good and give me strength to quell the rebellious voice in me that wants it another way.  You are the Lord and there is no other.  Lead me, Lord Jesus.

My Lord and Savior, You know all that is needed.  Guide me Lord in the way of life such that I may now and always be directed by You.  Keep me from those temptations that would lead me into any other way.  Help me see when I am tempted to disobey orders that I may be kept from it by You and learn from You obedience.  Guide me, Lord, so that it is You alone whom I follow.  Guide me now and forever in the way of obedience.  Amen.