The Bible promises Christ-followers that “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me, says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17). Apparently, joyfully proclaiming this fact upsets some people.
Indeed, Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling of the United States Marine Corp “was convicted at a court-martial for putting a Bible verse on her computer when she was stationed at Camp Lejune, North Carolina.” She printed out the words of Isaiah 54:17 and taped them in her workspace. Her supervisor ordered her to remove it, and she refused. Without question, that’s how a true soldier of Christ acts.
After all, when someone tries to intimidate us into backing away from Christ (Acts 5:28), we answer “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). When anyone tries to force us to keep our faith private, we tell them that Jesus said “whoever will deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:33). If that offends you, well, I’m sorry I’m not sorry. Indeed, “if I were still trying to please men, I would not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
Followers of Christ have been commanded to “fight a good fight, keeping faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:18-19). Christians are not of this world (John 17:16). We have been redeemed from this present evil age (Galatians 1:4), and have been sent behind enemy lines to set the captives free (Matthew 28:18-20). We’re freedom fighters for the King of kings and the Lord of lords, running a guerrilla campaign against “The god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
We’re the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), rolling back darkness with a message of liberation. We declare that through Christ, sin will no longer control you (Romans 6:22). In Christ, you will be delivered from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13-14). We preach freedom to the condemned (John 3:17-18), and we press forward into this sin-obsessed world that worships darkness instead of light (John 3:19-20).
Of course, in Christ, we have the victory. We thank God because He “always causes us to triumph in Christ and through us reveals the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14). By faith in Christ, we have overcome the world (1 John 5:4). In Him, we cannot be stopped and we cannot be defeated, because no weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
So, strap on the helmet of salvation, take the shield of faith and don’t forget the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18). Let’s fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12), and “Endure hard times as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” because “No soldier on active duty entangles himself with civilian affairs, that he may please the enlisting officer” (2 Timothy 2:3-4). Keep marching forward soldier, so that you may boldly proclaim “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).