Keeping Ranks

” 33 of Zebulun there were fifty thousand who went out to battle, expert in war with all weapons of war, stouthearted men who could keep ranks;” (1Ch 12:33 NKJ)

I’ve been thinking about this passage since I read it yesterday. How much this truth should inform our thinking about our lives as Christians! Paul uses the metaphor of a soldier in a couple of different places:

” 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2Ti 2:3-4 NKJ)

” 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph 6:11 NKJ)

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The Church Has Always Been Like This, and That is God’s Plan

Sometimes, I see books or articles being circulated lamenting the state of the church, and the articles say something like, “The church has become [x]” or “the church these days is more concerned with [y] than with God’s truth or the gospel” or something along those lines.  The problems diagnosed might be any number of things, and the problems diagnosed are almost certainly true.

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