Deployment: Sent For A Purpose

Deployment: Sent Out For a PurposeDeploy: To be sent out for a specific purpose

Our armed forces consist of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. Their duties range from special ops to military bands. Likewise, God equips His forces and, as Commander-in-Chief, deploys them appropriately.

To what duty has He deployed you? Are you aware of the battle? Or are you like the four-year-old soccer player picking daisies at midfield while two teams storm furiously around you?

  1. Examine your armor. Ephesians 6 details our equipment: belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of readiness coming from the gospel of peace, helmet of salvation, shield of faith, sword of the Spirit, and prayer. Do you favor a particular piece? How can this advance the battle and aid other warriors?
  2. Be aware of spiritual gifts. (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:28; Eph. 4:11-13) Though I believe God can make each gift available as needed, I’ve been taught He tends to develop one or two in each believer. Does God use you in the mess hall or in training new recruits? Strategizing a battle plan or serving in the spiritual MASH unit?
  3. Deploy. This is for real. There comes a time when the training is over and you head to the battlefield. As a military family, we have a love/hate relationship with deployment. I hate that my son has to leave for six months, but at some point, practice ends and it’s game on. There’s work to be done and no one prepares like our guys (and gals). Can we as spiritual servicemen and women say the same? Are we prepared? Are we gaining ground in battle? Or are we spiritually AWOL?

So, how has God deployed you? For what purpose have you been sent?

To intercede?

To train others?

To face the enemy?

Until God calls us home, we are deployed. Sent out with a purpose. Let’s serve with distinction, honor, and perseverance.

Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.

Workout of the Week: Deployment

Memory Verse: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Meditation Passage: Ephesians 6:10-20

Just Do It: Get in the fight.

Spiritual Warfare: Enemy Tactics

Spiritual Warfare: Enemy Tactics

Have you ever tried not to think of something? Our minds are amazing, but they are also one of the hardest things to control, making them a prime target for spiritual warfare.

So how do we train our brain for goodness?

One way is to study the tactics of the enemy so we recognize and avoid his traps. A snare the enemy often plants is that of a wrong focus. It’s spiritual warfare at its best. We see this tactic in Genesis 3. By asking Eve about all the trees in the garden, Satan narrows her focus to just one.

The one she can’t have.

She promptly forgets about the multitude of trees she has complete freedom to enjoy—and zeroes in on the one to which God said no. The very fact God’s forbidden it makes her want it more. Sure enough, she takes the fruit.

I’m not so different.

You know those personality tests? I come up a strong choleric melancholy. I see the glass half empty, not half full. My nature has a laser focus for the negative. I have to be very intentional to maintain a positive focus. It takes work.

Years ago, my son had a football game in my hometown. We have family there, and several relatives planned to watch the game.

Except one.

I don’t get angry often, but I was furious. I won’t name names, but this wasn’t a distant relative. As I prayed through my anger the next day, God gently reminded me of the friends and family who had come and supported him. God peeled the negativity from my eyes and allowed me to see the blessing.

Today when I sense a wrong focus worming its way into my thoughts, and especially my relationships, I choose to focus on the positive that is there.

Even the small stuff. Everything counts.

Because a focus on what I don’t have makes me an unhappy person. An ungracious, demanding person. One that feels like I’m missing out.

Reminding myself daily of the good that surrounds me keeps my anger and frustration in check, improves my mood, and cultivates a generous and grateful spirit.

All good things.

All like my Father.

So, shift your focus from what you haven’t to what you have. You’ll be surprised at the abundance around you.

Questions:

Are you a half full or half empty person?

Has the enemy snared you with the trap of what you haven’t?

How can you change your focus?

Tweetables:

A snare the enemy often plants is that of a wrong focus. Click to tweet.

By asking Eve about all the trees, Satan narrows her focus to just one. Click to tweet.

A focus on what I don’t have makes me feel like I’m missing out. That’s Satan’s goal. Click to tweet.

Shift your focus from what you haven’t to what you have. The abundance will surprise you. Click to tweet.