“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

2 Tim. 2:3-4

In accepting Christ as Lord, we become members of God’s family and soldiers of the Cross. 24/7, we must live as such – sons and soldiers. We however cannot fulfil a ‘military’ mandate with a ‘civilian’ mindset or lifestyle. We need to embrace the disciplined lifestyle of a soldier and this requires a mindset that makes no provision to indulge the flesh; a mindset that compels our souls to reject and be emptied of emotions and personality nuances that weaken, distract, derail and leave us ineffective in the pursuit of purpose – emotions like:

– self-pity & self-condemnation

– worry, fear & anxiety

– envy & jealousy

– anger and rage

– bitterness & unforgiveness;

and of character flaws like:

– haughtiness & arrogance

– laziness

– talkativeness

– lies & dishonesty

– sexual immoralities 

– gossip & back-stabbing

– disloyalties & betrayals

– rudeness & disrespect, etc. 

We must, as Apostle Paul testified of himself in 1 Corinthians 9:27, discipline our ‘bodies’, our tongue, our cravings, our attitudes & moods and bring them all into subjection, lest, when we have preached to others, we ourselves should become disqualified.