But Pharaoh will not heed you, so that I may lay My hand on Egypt and bring My armies and My people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments (Exodus 7:4, King James Version).
No nation or kingdom can survive without an army - to ward off eternal forces of evil intent. God, the Lord of hosts, the Man of war, has an army, too (Gen 32:2; Ex 15:3). Satan, too, has an army: both demonic beings and human beings commissioned to encroach into the territory of God’s army in order to unleash attack and to capture God’s soldiers in the army so as to make them prisoners of war.
God’s army are soldiers - men & women - enlisted via salvation of their souls, filled with His Spirit, to carry out onslaught against sin, sickness, demons, etc, aimed at snatching Satan’s captives and bringing them into God’s army because of the faith. They are prepared and equipped by God for the battle which is the fight of faith, (Eph 4:10-14).
Both God and Satan are busy recruiting more than ever before. Satan’s army contends for souls while God’s army contends for the faith, (John 10:10, Jude 3, 2 Tim 4:7). May God speak to us, open our eyes through this teaching in Jesus name. Amen.
God chooses the soldiers in His army, as we read from John 15:16, l Peter 2:9, l Cor 1:2.
Characteristics which God's soldiers have in common include:
Absolute loyalty: Loyalty means the quality of being faithful in your support of somebody or something. God’s true soldiers are absolutely loyal to Him, they are faithful, (Rev.2:10, 12:11). Loyalty to one’s head as a Christian, be it God’s ministers, government authorities in line with the will of God, equals loyalty to God.
No fear in the face of battle, (Prov.28:1, Rom 8:35). God’s love, that casts out fear out of God’s soldiers, is shed abroad in their hearts, (Rom.5:5, John 4:18). They are well equipped by God, (2 Cor.10:3-5, Eph 6:13-17). He fights for them, (Ex.14:14). Victory has been assured when Jesus defeated hell over 2,000 years ago, (Psalm 24:7-10).
They demonstrate holiness - within and without - absolutely; this allows them to be sensitive to God’s leading, sensitive to the plight of wounded soldiers and those that may have been captured by the enemy so as to win them back. It allows them to be on the offensive to carry out reprisal attack on the enemy without necessary being injured or captured. But there is a great honour when you are injured or wounded in the battle and fight of faith, (Psalm 34:19).
Punishment for failure
Expulsion: Expulsion from the army can only be carried out when a soldier is lazy, unfaithful, lives in sin, and is captured by the enemy, and surrenders to join the enemy’s army. This state is called Apostasy — a place of looking back and not coming back into the army, (Psalm 75:6-7, John 15:2, Luke 9:62).
However, God promotes according to His sovereignty, (Luke 16:10-13, Matt.25:20-23).
Conclusion You are chosen as a soldier in the army to fight the fight of faith with rewards if faithful to the end!