Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
Believers are engaged in a military battle or struggle with a spiritual enemy. A spiritual enemy cannot be seen. Rather, it affects the individual’s mind and thoughts. The believer’s ally is also spiritual, it too affects the mind and thoughts. Therefore, the believer is exhorted to keep the cross of Jesus going on before him. The instruments of offence, used to destroy the enemy, are not of the flesh, but found in the spiritual realm. Just as Adam did in the Garden after eating from the forbidden tree, so does the believer attribute the troubles hurled at him to other people or the devil when, in truth, it is often his own lusts and fleshly desires that are the cause of his sufferings The Christian wrestles against principalities, powers, and rulers of darkness. Victory comes to the Christian who takes up the weapons for a spiritual battle. Strong weapons, mighty weapons in his arsenal—truth, righteousness, peace, salvation, God’s Word, and above all, the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph. 6:10-20).
Faith requires our mind, or understanding, to agree with the truth of what God has revealed in His Word and in His creation. It is a simple belief of the Scriptures without reservation. When our belief unites with the consent of our will and the approval of our heart, the spiritual victory is won. Faith is an entire confidence or trust in God’s character and God’s word, and in the attributes of Christ, with a total surrender of the will to His guidance, and dependence on His merits. Such faith leads to an entire reliance on Christ, imparted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The grace of God encompasses faith in Jesus, the core of our Christian walk. By our faith we can overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
Beware of the fate of the lazy warrior. Select the best weapons for the fight. What battle is the enemy waging in your life today? Can you think of a Scripture to hold on to, to affect your mind and thoughts, so that by faith you would be able to agree with the truth of what God has revealed in His Word? Today is the day to pull down this stronghold and take this thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Won’t you join the throng and declare, “Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, With the cross of Jesus going on before?”