WILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP? OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

bootcampWILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP?

OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

PURPOSES OF SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from actual Military Boot Camp descriptions):

1. To teach you how to learn (and stay teachable) and become adaptable to changing circumstances and environments.

2. To breakdown your worldly identity and rebuild your spiritual identity, allowing you to walk in your God-given authority.

3. Desensitize you so you are equipped to handle difficult circumstances and not be moved or shaken.

DESENSITIZE
a. To render less sensitive.
b. To make (an individual) nonreactive
c. To make emotionally less sensitive or unresponsive, as by long exposure

4. Prepare you for all elements of reasonable service in the Kingdom of God.

PREPARE:
a. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose
b. To put together or make by combining various elements
c. To equip
d. To lead up to and soften

5. To strengthen you mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

6. To expand your capacity to discern the enemy’s tactics and respond effectively.

TIPS TO SURVIVING SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP
(modified from an article about Military Boot Camp)

1. Shut Up and Listen
Learn not to do anything from your own initiative. Always be listening for God to speak in every situation.

2. You Don’t Make the Rules
Don’t argue with God. There is no way on earth that you will win, and it will no doubt cost you in time, energy and maybe even money.

3. Pick Me
Be careful what you wish for. Standing out can have its rewards, but it is a double-edged sword. Becoming a warrior puts a big target on your back. If you are asked to volunteer for a leadership assignment, you will find you will be responsible for others and held to a higher standard.

4. Prioritize
In Boot Camp your life is going to be broken down into two categories; things you want to do, and things God wants you to do. The temptation will be strong to slack off, procrastinate or only do your own thing. Don’t.

5. Stay Focused
Don’t get discouraged or give in to the temptation to give up. Quitting should not an option. Don’t look too far ahead and stay focused on the task at hand.

6. Help Your Buddy
Your life is not your own anymore. You will live, eat, sleep, fight and die as a team [Body of Christ]. The sooner you learn to work as a team (stop focusing on yourself), the sooner life will get better for you. Boot camp is about being part of the team; selfish motives & selfish ambition are weeded out and swiftly taken care of. You need to focus on the “WE” [Kingdom of God / Big Picture] aspect of everything you do.

7. Do Not Question the Logic Behind What You’re Doing
Just about everything you will do in Boot Camp has a purpose, even if some things you must do are difficult, inconvenient, or uncomfortable. There will come times when you will want to question why you are doing something, which, in your opinion, is stupid and a waste of your time. There are times what you are required to do won’t seem “fair”. Just suck it up, obey and trust God.

ACTS 20:22-24
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. BUT NONE OF THESE THINGS MOVE ME; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [caps mine]

God is preparing His Army, of which I am one. Will you let Him prepare you? He needs us prepared & desensitized so that what used to “freak us out” will no longer freak us out. We will be able to go places we could not go before because we will have been made ready and will no longer react emotionally to that same environment / situation… WE WILL NOT BE MOVED.

THE BODY OF CHRIST MUST RISE UP TO THE FRONT LINES INSTEAD OF RETREATING IN THIS WORLDWIDE BATTLE FOR SOULS. SOON THERE WILL BE NO OTHER OPTION.

WILL YOU ENLIST? OR WILL YOU BE DRAFTED?

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About Mary L'Esperance Held
http://www.maryloveslife.org http://www.thehubatlanta.org http://www.atlantaoutreach.org

One Response to WILL YOU ENLIST IN GOD’S SPIRITUAL BOOT CAMP? OR WILL YOU WAIT TO BE DRAFTED?

  1. Reblogged this on Tina Marie – The Light Within and commented:
    This is a fantastic blog article, definitely worth the time to read

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