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Welcome to Battle Drill, a weekday devotional from Captain Rob of The Salvation Army. Join us as we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.

Welcome to Battle Drill, a weekday devotional from Captain Rob of The Salvation Army. Join us as we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.


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Welcome to Battle Drill, a weekday devotional from Captain Rob of The Salvation Army. Join us as we share hope and encouragement as we read and study the Bible together.






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You’re the Manager, Not the Boss!

Read Matthew 25:14-30. Who owns your money? Some of the more cynical amongst us might answer the tax man! But if we are being serious, I guess many of us would say, I’ve worked for it, I’ve earned it, my money is mine. That’s not what the Bible says. The Bible makes it clear that everything we have belongs to God. That includes our money. His purpose for us is that we manage everything he has given to us - including our money. We are to be stewards of what belongs to him. Everything we...


The Best Use of Your Money

Read Luke 16:1-15.What’s the best thing you can spend your money on? In Luke 16:9, which is a verse we don’t focus on very often, Jesus says the best thing we can do is invest in resources that will have an eternal impact. Jesus tells us to invest in friendships that will literally last for ever. When you use money to help people find or build a relationship with Jesus, that’s the shrewdest investment you can make with your finances. So how can you do that? You could buy a Bible or a...


Look Ahead and Make a Plan

Read Luke 16:1-15. Jesus’ story about the Shrewd Manager is problematic. It seems the manager was dishonest, or at the very least wasteful, but Jesus turns him into a hero! So what did the manager do right? He looked ahead and he made a plan. As soon as he realised he was in trouble, he needed to budget. He planned how to spend the money he had. By lowering the debts that were owed to his master, he helped others and ensured he had friends. We need to be careful how we handle this story....


Are You Serving God or Money?

If we’re going to be God’s Future Builders, then we must be financially free. This week, we discover ways to ensure money supports God’s purpose for our lives rather than enslaves us. Read Luke 16:1-15. If God asked you to sell your house, what would you say? If he asked you to give your car away, would you say yes? If you felt he was asking you to give up your television or your technology, would you do it? If, on reflection, you feel there is something in your life you would not be...


Your Friends Can Help You Through Difficulties

Read Galatians 6:1-10. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have spoken to people who have decided to step away from church - either temporarily or permanently - because they are hurting. It might be a bereavement, a job loss, a relationship breakdown, any number of reasons for their pain, but their response is to step away from their Christian community. I am left baffled and hurt, because that’s not the way church should be. Christians should be there for each other in difficult times....


You Don’t Have to Walk Alone

Read Ephesians 4:1-16. “I’m not a team player. I’d rather be alone. I’m an outlier”. Have you ever said anything like that? The Bible tells us that every Christian is a team player. Why? Because that’s the way God designed us! We were never meant to walk through life alone. Every church, every Salvation Army corps, every Christian community should be a place where the followers of Christ walk together, work together and support each other. Why has God designed it this way? First of all, it...


We Can Help Each Other Change

Read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12. Have you ever wished you could escape people - especially the ones who wind you up - and be alone? Have you ever thought you’d be a better Christian if it were not for other people? The problem I’ve discovered is this: I can get angry, even when I’m by myself. I can have negative thoughts about a situation without help from anyone else! I can sin, even when I am all alone. The problem isn’t other people; it’s me! In fact, God has designed the world so that other...


Show Some Respect!

Read 1 Peter 2:13-17. The relationships in a church or Salvation Army corps are precious. When they come under attack from those who want to complain about everything, or criticise what’s happening, or hang around with a negative attitude, or cause arguments or disagreements, the church is in danger. Perhaps one of the chief dangers these days is a lack of respect. As the world has focused on people’s rights and entitlements and on flattening social hierarchies, so a dangerous side effect...


You Belong!

One of the greatest strengths of a healthy church is the loving relationships between its members. This week we focus on how to cultivate those relationships. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Why do Salvationists wear uniform? One very important reason is that it is a visible sign of unity in our movement across the world. Even our local name patches have a way of saying we belong to each other and the community we serve. Our uniform shows we belong to Christ and to the part of the family of...


Make the Most of Your Gifts

Read Mark 10:35-45. The Queen was incredibly gifted. She was gifted a smile that could melt a room. She was gifted the ability to meet people where they were and put them at ease. It is clear that she was a world diplomat. She had wisdom and tact. She nurtured her family, and the nation and the Commonwealth. Like the Queen, you too have unique gifts, talents and abilities that makes you who you are. The Queen learned that she had been given her gifts in order to serve others. We must learn...


God Has Given You a Special Job to Do

Read Mark 10:35-45. It must be pretty special to be the Queen! The monarch is sovereign in our nation and in many places in the Commonwealth. Everyone looks to you for leadership. You are acclaimed wherever you go. If you are Queen, then you can make a difference in the world. We are tempted to think that those of us who are not kings and queens cannot make a difference in the same way. What on earth can we contribute to human life? But that’s not what Jesus thinks. He knows that serving...


If You Want to be Happy, Give Your Life Away

Read Mark 10:35-45. What makes you happy? I wonder if the Crown Jewels made the Queen happy? Maybe it was her wealth? Perhaps it was the castles and the palaces? Or the acclaim of people around the world? Whilst Her Majesty may have enjoyed some of these things - it is clear, for example, that she enjoyed spending time at Balmoral, Sandringham and Windsor especially, and clearly enjoyed making other people happy - she also famously would have preferred not to have been Queen. What made her...


Start With Others

Read Mark 10:35-45. “His problem is that he thinks the world revolves around him!” Have you ever said that about anyone? Some people are so self-centred and self-absorbed that they only seem to think about themselves. The Kingdom of God is different. Jesus says that instead of thinking of ourselves first, we must first seek the needs of others. Start with what others want rather than what you’d prefer. Focus on understanding them rather than being understood. Be thoughtful of them. Again,...


Your Faith Must be Active

This week we are reflecting on the life and Christian service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and what they say about how we should shape our own lives. Read Mark 10:35-45. What makes a Christian a Christian? It is not just a belief in God. The Bible tells us even the devil believes in God. Faith is more than just belief. It is more than head knowledge of God. It is a relationship. It’s a commitment to Jesus. It is something you do. It’s active. Her Majesty the Queen understood that. To...


When Discouraged, Remember God Loves You

Read Nehemiah 4:1-15. How do you defeat discouragement in your life? You remember that God loves you. And because God loves you, he doesn’t give you what you deserve. He shows you grace and mercy instead. The people of Judah didn’t “deserve” to have Jerusalem’s walls rebuilt. They didn’t “deserve” to have Jerusalem safe and secure again. They had sinned against God. They had turned away from him and abandoned their covenant with him. They had not obeyed his commands. They had been...


When Discouraged, Stay Away from Negative People

Read Nehemiah 4:1-15. What has the most potential to make you feel discouraged? I guess most of us would say the difficult situation we’re in. But consider this for a moment: entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn once famously stated, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The people you spend most time with have the most potential to make you feel discouraged. If they are negative people, you will feel discouraged. If they are positive...


When Discouraged, Refocus

Read Nehemiah 4:1-15. Do you ever feel like you’ve failed when you’re feeling discouraged? When things don’t seem to be going right, when you haven’t achieved what you had planned it can be easy to feel discouraged and to lose confidence. When the people of Judah looked at the progress they had made in rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls and on the mountain of work still left to do, when they feared attack by their enemies, they began to feel like failures. They thought they’d never get the job...


When Discouraged, Turn Back to God

Read Nehemiah 4:1-15. Do you get frustrated when you get discouraged? It often feels like your head is too full of “stuff” and you don’t know where to begin. That’s how the people of Judah felt as they began rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls. They looked around and saw the rubble from the destruction of the walls, and they didn’t know where to start, and they certainly couldn’t see how they would ever finish the job! What do you do when you’re surrounded by rubble? The best thing to do is have...


When Discouraged, Let Your Friends Help

This week we discover that discouragement is curable! Read Nehemiah 4:1-15. Do you ever get discouraged? I know I do. It can affect me in many ways. We are going to look at four of them this week and some of the cures for discouragement. When I get discouraged. I get tired. Like the people of Judah, I start complaining! I’m tired. There’s too much to do. This work is too hard. I’m never going to get it all done. Do you ever feel like that? When you feel tired and discouraged, you need...


We Can Risk Loving, Because We Are Loved

Read 1 John 4:7-21. What’s your purpose in life? Jesus says it is to love God and love others. Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was that God had given his people: Matthew 22:37–39 NLT Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ That sounds impossible, especially when you consider that Jesus suggested...