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• soldier •
Pronunciation: sol-jêr • Hear it!
Part of Speech: Noun
Meaning: 1. A member of the army or armed forces. 2. An enlisted man or noncommissioned officer in an army. 3. A member of a social insect species whose job it is to defend the colony, as a soldier ant or bee.
Notes: Today's Good Word is so familiar that it has developed a large and healthy family. The adjective is soldierly "like a soldier", as soldierly behavior and the quality of being a soldier is either soldierliness or soldiership. All the soldiers of the world or any subgroup of them comprise a soldiery, a word that can also mean "knowledge of military matters". The noun itself becomes the verb, for every active soldier soldiers.
In Play: Soldiership, of course, is not something we play at. It is an activity that the soldiery of the world takes very seriously inasmuch as soldiers stake their lives in their occupation. In the US today we pause to display our respect for all those soldiers who have fallen around the world for causes in which they believed.
What does it mean to be a soldier in God's Army? We fight not flesh and blood but spiritual principalities with the double edge sword of the Word Of Truth. With Jesus Christ as our general and a full armor he has given us, how can it be that it seems we are loosing out in this culture war? Many are deserting and falling to the propaganda of the enemy, the father of all lies. The faithful are growing fewer and fewer. Has God's Army grown timid? Content to be occupied instead of conquering? But have no fear, the battle lines are just being drawn and the final battle has yet to come. Our commander has the enemy's play book and has shared it with us. He is just preparing us for that day when He comes and gathers the troops and changes the corruptible into the incorruptible and the war will be brought to the Earth and victory will be claimed over Satan. In that day you are either with God or against him.. who's side will you be on?