Topic: Valiant Soldiers Of Christ
TEXT: 1 Chronicles 11:26-47
26. Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem,
Shammoth the Harorite, Helez the Pelonite,
Ira the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Antothite,
Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
Maharai the Netophathite, Heled the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
Ithai the son of Ribai of Gibeah, that pertained to the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
Hurai of the brooks of Gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
Azmaveth the Baharumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan the son of Shage the Hararite,
Ahiam the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal the son of Ur,
Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai the son of Ezbai,
Joel the brother of Nathan, Mibhar the son of Haggeri,
Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Berothite, the armourbearer of Joab the son of Zeruiah,
Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
Uriah the Hittite, Zabad the son of Ahlai,
Adina the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a captain of the Reubenites, and thirty with him,
Hanan the son of Maachah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jehiel the sons of Hothan the Aroerite,
Jediael the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai, and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
Eliel, and Obed, and Jasiel the Mesobaite.
“Also the valiant men of the armies were, Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan the son of Dodo of Bethlehem.” – (1 Chronicles 11:26)
H. Morris, the great hymn writer in one of her hymns titled At the Battle’s front, wrote: “I’ve enlisted my life in the army of the Lord, though, the fight may be long and the struggle fierce and hard; with the armour of God and the spirit’s trusty sword, At the front of the battle you will find me.” Valiant soldiers are always found at the battle front where enemies are being valiantly discomfited, defeated and the battles won.
The text shows an array of David’s valiant men of war. They were tough, rugged and no pleasure seekers. They preferred rejection, danger and every hardship of life to living under the oppressive hands of King Saul. They fought alongside David until he was made king over Israel and his kingdom was fully established.
David had a stable government because he had supportive and loyal men around him. Jesus’ army is expected to be made up of valiant soldiers who will not disappoint the Lord. We must work assiduously as valiant soldiers for the Master so as to be accorded the honour of heroes at the end of our life.
A steadfast Christian soldier is never a deserter. He endures hardness and is never a lover of the world or the attraction it holds. He loves the Lord with the whole of his heart.
We are challenged to be counted among the brave men who will risk their lives for the sake of the gospel. There are captive souls that need valiant men to rescue them. Let us courageously wield the weapons of prayer and the gospel to set the captives free from sin, Satan and incurable sicknesses. We need valiant soldiers of Christ to turn the world around for Him and restore righteousness, holiness and hope of eternity in heaven to the nations.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Be at the forefront of evangelism.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Kings 18-19
DCLM Daily Manna 9th July 2021 Deeper Life Devotional Message was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria