In January, we read through Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and this month we are reading Paul’s letter addressed to a specific believer in the Colossian church — Philemon– written at about the same time. Paul’s intent with this letter was to restore a broken relationship through the transforming power of the love of Christ. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home:
Soldier in Christ | Kathy Page
Philemon was a wealthy landowner who lived in Colossae. He and his wife, Apphia, hosted a church in their home. Archippus was possibly their son. Paul calls him a fellow soldier.
What exactly is a fellow soldier in Christ? I decided to do a little digging.
A soldier is committed to doing the will of His commanding officer – I must be committed to the will of my Commanding Officer – God.
A solider knows his enemy – I must know the schemes, tactics, activity of the enemy – I must pray for vision.
A soldier knows his weapon, and how to use it – I must know what my weapons are: Armor of God, Prayer, God’s Word, Worship, the Name of Jesus, and how to use them.
A soldier is dressed for battle – I must put on the full armor of God, each piece put on with prayer.
A soldier walks in step with his fellow soldiers – I must walk with Jesus – I must keep in fervent prayer.
A soldier will not be entangled in something that compromises his effectiveness.. I must refuse to become entangled in worldly affairs.
A soldier is trained to obey orders – instantly – So I must obey the Holy Spirit – instantly.
A soldier is trained to endure hardship – My personal comfort is not the issue – I must stand up strong in Jesus – no matter what the circumstance
A soldier is highly disciplined, so I must be disciplined in prayer, the Word of God and fellowship.
A soldier gives honor and respect to his superiors – so I must honor those who lead me in the Lord.
A soldier knows how to be content with his rations – So I must learn to be content with what God has provided.
A soldier is prepared to lay down his life if necessary – So I present myself to God as a living sacrifice.
Heavenly Father, You are my Commanding Officer, march into battle before me and order my steps where they should go. Overturn the stones that conceal sin in my life. Help me to see the enemy’s camp and discern the sinister plan he has for me. Deliver me by Your spirit, and aim your purpose straight at my heart. Help me to hold fast to Your Word. Help me to put on the full armor so that I can stand against the enemy. Help me to give myself over to You in mind, body, and spirit, completely yielded to You. Let me be a living statement to Your faithfulness and heal me in the shadow of the cross. In Your Name, Amen.
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