I have found that a common experience among Christians, myself included, is fighting to stay focused in times of prayer. Have you been there? Perhaps you were there this morning. You know, the times where it seems like to-do lists of things that need to get done come to your mind and you wonder, “Why am I thinking of those things right now?” Or, as you move from one sentence to another or from one request to another, it feels surprisingly difficult to keep a steady stream of thought.
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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)
“Soldier on” is an expression that depicts soldiers advancing in the pursuit of their mission objective despite hardship. The two words used in that simple expression say it all. A solider is one who is sent on a mission. He is to stay the course given to him, stay free from distractions, and do the job he is sent to do despite the hindrances and difficulties. If he was given a particular post to occupy he could not leave it. If he was given a specific assignment he needed to finish it. Simply put – he was to solider on with his duties.
“who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:8-9)
Who will confirm the believer till the day of Christ? A quick glance back to verse four reminds us of that answer. Paul had addressed his thanksgiving to God (vs.4a), the one who bestows grace (vs.4b). God is the one who calls believers into fellowship with His Son (vs.9b). And part of what makes that grace so amazing is that it is completely sustaining; it confirms believers till the end.
Often times it is the most zealous of believers that struggle with getting back up after they fall. For them, falling, in whatever form it may take, feels like debilitating failure. They know the holiness of God (1 Pet. 1:16); they know the price that Jesus paid for their sins (Acts 20:28); they know how serious evil is (Prov. 8:13); and, in light of all that, they can’t believe they made whatever mistake they made.
Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths. (Lk. 4:31)
At first glance this verse may seem simply informational; however, upon considering its immediate context it’s rather astonishing. The formerly marveling hometown crowd (vs.22) had turned murderous and sought to make the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry become the end by throwing him over a cliff (vs. 28-29). Despite their anger and effort, Jesus miraculously escaped their clutches, passed through the midst of them, and went His way (vs.30).