Written by Jennifer Azubuike


What have you tripped over? What has caused you to fall? 

Sin, burden, oppression, or injustice? 

Maybe you lay there tired or ashamed.

“It is over for you,” the accuser whispers.


Beloved, the battlefield of life is rough. 

For a Christian, it is fierce. 

If you still don’t know it,

Then you have not learned from the veterans gone before.


At the peak of any battle, bullets fly carelessly. 

Physical bullets from relationships and responsibilities 

presented hardship that emotionally slammed you. 


Or spiritual bullets of fear and oppression have pierced you. 

As carefully as you have tried to duck and dive

Through the firing line, yet, you have been hit. 

Now, you are down, hurt, and discouraged. 


Get up, soldier!

For sin, there is still grace.

For injustice, your savior is an avenger.

Is it a burden? Jesus can carry it.

Weak and discouraged? Reach out to other soldiers, unashamed.


Whatever it be, do not give up.

The battle may rage, but your commander has won the war.

The flag though He still wants you to fly

And endure hardship as a good soldier of His.


But when you rise again be sure to check your armor; 

Your helmet, breastplate, shield, and sword. 

Is any missing or shifted?

Get up, good soldier!


Partly adapted from 2 Timothy 2:3-4: You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 


Till next time, stay lifted!

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