Spiritual Preparation

Memorize Psalm 15.  That is correct, all five verses.  These will be useful your entire life.

Memorize Psalm 23

Some scriptures that will give you strength and courage for the week include...

Seek God first in all that you do.  Put Him before everything, and do this with joy.  This is based on and supported by Matthew 6:33-34 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Squad Officer Downey

 

Stand fast, on the chief corner stone.  "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded"(1 peter 2:6).  If we stand on Christ we cannot be shaken, so make Christ the center of your life.  Executive Officer Hudson
 
Just as we must train and learn how to properly employ our carnal weapons (firearms, knives, fists, etc.) so we must train and study to know our spiritual weapons (scripture, prayer, etc.). Daily seek God's wisdom and search for his ways and you will be unbeatable.  Office Ferrill
 
This week you will learn much and be through much. You will be forged by the crucible of difficulty into a young man of Christ.  You will learn that without Jesus you can do nothing, but with Him you can do all things. Satan knows this; he hates your guts. As 1 Peter 5:8 says he prowls about seeking whom he may devour.  Be alert. Be self-controlled. The devil is going to fiercely and subtly attack you. He sees what God is working in you and he will try to hinder that great work at all cost. But we serve the all-powerful God. In Christ Alone is found victory. Be alert. Be self-controlled. Run with endurance the race that is set before you.  Persevero,  Squad Officer Samuel Schalchlin
 

"Men. It is only in Christ that you can Stand Fast. In Christ Alone. In Christ alone is your only hope to stand. But with Christ you can stand against all. In Christ you can indeed be the strong Christian man you so strive to be. But it is only in Christ. In Christ Alone."  Galatians 2:20-21Logistical Officer Joseph Schalchlin

 
1 samuel 24.  As children of God, our purpose in life is 1: Give glory to God and 2: Fulfill his purpose for us.  As such it is our duty to stand fast even if we do not see his plan for us yet.  By not taking Saul's life in that cave David was trusting God and realizing that God’s plan and God’s timing for that plan is the absolute best.  He chose to stand in his faith in God and that his life was in God's hands. God does have a plan for us and the best thing that we can do for that plan is to trust that it does exist and keep ourselves emotionally, physically and mentally available as soldiers of God.  Staff Officer Hudson

Confidence.  According to the Latin roots, this word means, “to KNOW FAITH”.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  God wants you to know faith.  God has a plan for each of you.  His plan will take you out of your comfort zone.  God wants you to be dependent on Him.  Live your life dependent on God.  Do not be afraid to trust God.  Hone your ability to hear from Him.  When you hear, be obedient.  Your obedience will lead to action.  The action will result in experience.  This action and experience will build your confidence.  Bruce Stansbury, Program Director