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4: Disciplined for War

Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Choosing to be blind to the conflict doesn't change the reality that Christians are at war. Here Martha clearly delineates the ongoing conflict and the vital importance of every believers' position.


We are at war, believer, in fierce, ongoing conflict. There is no way to fight this war except to become a shining warrior by virtue of a disciplined life under the Great Commander. We must be disciplined for war. Astoundingly, the proof we are in the spiritual war is the increasing presence of the war! The onslaught of the enemy rolls against the True Way by pressure within and betrayal without.

We are cast down but not despairing.

And we ever see the inevitable victory of our Unconquerable King! Training is all for the same outcome, but training is unique to each one’s weakness. The goal is conformity to Christ, to live Him, to embody Him and to present Him. The disciplines are spiritual, mental, physical and emotional. The whole being is brought to the chastening and even scourgings by God’s infinite knowledge of us and His high agenda for our destiny (Hebrews 12).

We Are Disciplined for War in Holiness

The discipline is not to might but to holiness, to His character pressed into my marrow and His life rising out of my death. The training of this soldier is the loss of all. Even “self.” As the soldier commits even unto death, so we believers sign up for that sure and certain outcome, that duty to the absolute and the end.

The great citadel of the mind must be disciplined even to its most hidden thoughts, conformed to God’s revelation of His Being by the scriptures. Only by radical transforming of the intellect is the will of God, in all its rich fullness, seen in crystal. And the ways of God become indelibly pressed on the mind right down into the unconscious.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…
Romans 12:2

Oswald Chambers:
“The day we live in is a day of wild imagination, everywhere, unchecked imaginations in music, in literature and worst of all, in the interpretation of Scripture. People are going off on wild speculations they get hold of one line and run clear off at a tangent and try to explain everything on that line, then they go off on another line; none of it is in accordance with the Spirit of God. There is no royal road for bringing our brains into harmony with the Spirit God has put in our hearts, we do not get there all at once, but only by steady discipline.” (from Biblical Psychology)

For the military person, there are only two parts to life:

  1. the grim preparedness to fight – by mental, physical and spiritual trial, and
  2. the actual living battle.

We are prepared for warfare by warfare.

Our wonderful Leader has the future fully in His view, and under His command we will be disciplined in perfect preparation for our private strife and world battles. We are disciplined for war BY war.

See to your preparation! Cooperate with your General. Come under His command.

1 Corinthians 9:26 NKJV
Therefore I run thus, not with uncertainty; Thus I fight, not as one who beats the air: But I discipline my body, and bring it into subjection: lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should have become disqualified.

Copyright © 2003 Martha Kilpatrick, Waging War

Other Articles in Waging War Series

1: Born Conscripted 2: Detached and Focused 3: Positioned for Battle
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