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I'm called to be a fighter!

I love how the Salvation Army systems compare to the Military system. But the difference is we are the people or the Army that fights for soul and we called ourselves the Salvation Army. It’s an Army that brings life, the Army that gives hope, the Army that fights the good fight and fights to save lives for the Kingdom of God. We called to be a fighter, to fight and bring out the best in this dark world.

When I enrolled as a Senior Soldier of the Salvation Army 8 years ago, I signed a covenant with God that I will give my life to follow him. I know that when I signed the covenant I had a task to do. I have to fight and give hope to my family, community and also our nation. I am saved to serve.

In order for us to survive in the battle fields we need to know who we fight, how to fight them, and we are doing that! If you read Ephesians 6:12-13 for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armour of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

This is why we are different from the Military system because we are not fighting with humans, we fight against the spirit of darkness. In this war we don’t need guns or swords or shield that the military use, we need the full armour of God. That’s the only way we can protect ourselves from the spirit of darkness who is against us.

Let me tell you this, you can’t fight if you don’t put on the whole armour of God. So I encourage whoever reads this, if you are soldier of the Salvation Army or call yourself a Christian I believe you are a fighter and if you think you can’t fight I suggest you need to wear the full armour of God, and step out in faith and join people who are already in the battle field.

I love the lyrics -from ‘Fight the Good Fight’.

Run the straight race through God's good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.

Pastoral Approach is Essential

It has been a busy week dealing with the next year’s budget and I am looking forward to a holiday in the Bahamas. Let's say, I'm dreaming and its wishful thinking.

Often at times when you are caught up in the busyness, there is always an element of distraction bound to happen. We either, remove ourselves from the busyness and focus on the distraction before it escalates, or else vice-versa.

See! The distraction to me is what I call negatives found in a group of people. Life is already busy when you are living in a culture of consumerization. If you are not aware of this, then it is either you are living in the past or your still day dreaming. Leaving in the culture where people have a take! take! attitude. It almost feels like they have an entitlement or they have the right to have it. And at times, it consumes us and we got side track from steering the ship towards its final destination. Could there be a reason why people got distracted?

How can we encounter this distraction? "To be brutally honest with you I don’t like to deal with distraction because it is already distracting me". Let say I have to deal with it, a pastoral approach to the situation is necessary. Sometimes as a leader we don’t get this right. That’s because of our overwhelming workload and when distraction knocks on our doors. We toss away the fruit of the spirit aside and grab hold of the fruit of the spar. I have learnt that there is no need to fight back. But if you want to fight, then fight with love. The rest joy, peace, kindness etc, will fall in place.