Battle Drill Devotional

Rob Westwood-Payne

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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We Are to Both Serve and Preserve Creation
Today
We Are to Both Serve and Preserve Creation
In the northern hemisphere we are in the middle of the harvest season, an opportunity to thank God, the Giver of Life and the Giver of Joy for all he provides for us. As we do so, this week we explore the redemption of creation. Our climate is in “code red” crisis. Can it be saved? And as God’s people, what can we do to help? Read Genesis 1:1-2:3. Genesis tells us that God made human beings in his image. We reflect his nature. We are not little gods, but God has endowed us spiritually with the things we need to fulfil his purposes for us on earth – intellect, free will, self-awareness, consciousness of the existence of others, moral conscience, responsibility and self-control. They were given, not just for our benefit, but for the whole of creation. God decided that human beings would “reign” over creation. But as we look at the world today, as we see and hear news reports on climate change and the effects it is already having on the earth, we have to admit there are times when humanity has gone beyond “reigning” over creation and turned to “abusing” it instead. We are called to rule, not to destroy. As God’s people we are challenged to ensure we are taking responsibility for God’s creation, as he envisaged, and that we are following our duty to make God’s purposes prevail. Let’s each pray for guidance on how we can best serve and preserve creation. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          Why do you think tackling climate change is important for a Christian? How does it fit with our values and beliefs?
We Are to Both Serve and Preserve Creation
Today
We Are to Both Serve and Preserve Creation
In the northern hemisphere we are in the middle of the harvest season, an opportunity to thank God, the Giver of Life and the Giver of Joy for all he provides for us. As we do so, this week we explore the redemption of creation. Our climate is in “code red” crisis. Can it be saved? And as God’s people, what can we do to help? Read Genesis 1:1-2:3. Genesis tells us that God made human beings in his image. We reflect his nature. We are not little gods, but God has endowed us spiritually with the things we need to fulfil his purposes for us on earth – intellect, free will, self-awareness, consciousness of the existence of others, moral conscience, responsibility and self-control. They were given, not just for our benefit, but for the whole of creation. God decided that human beings would “reign” over creation. But as we look at the world today, as we see and hear news reports on climate change and the effects it is already having on the earth, we have to admit there are times when humanity has gone beyond “reigning” over creation and turned to “abusing” it instead. We are called to rule, not to destroy. As God’s people we are challenged to ensure we are taking responsibility for God’s creation, as he envisaged, and that we are following our duty to make God’s purposes prevail. Let’s each pray for guidance on how we can best serve and preserve creation. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          Why do you think tackling climate change is important for a Christian? How does it fit with our values and beliefs?
Manage Your Money Wisely
3d ago
Manage Your Money Wisely
Read Proverbs 21:5. Do you ever wonder where your money goes? As much as I hate to admit it, the only times I have ever thought this is when I have failed to plan my spending. If you want to decide where your money goes, rather than simply wondering where it went, the only thing you can do is to budget. Budgeting is a spiritual discipline because it helps us to steward - to manage - the blessings God has given us. Everyone needs to budget - regardless of their level of income. Why? Because finding financial freedom comes not from earning more, it comes from spending less. It comes from planning to spend less than you make. The wisdom writer of Proverbs says that good planning leads to prosperity. But hasty shortcuts - spending without planning it - leads to poverty. Those with a budget, those with a spending plan, spend less. That’s responsible stewardship. That’s being faithful in money management. As God’s Future Builders, it’s essential we keep good records, give a percentage of our income back to God, save for the future and repay our debts. God will help each of us to become responsible stewards of all he has given us, if we ask him to help manage our finances. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: What one thing can you stop doing so that you are spending less?   You can listen to an audio of these devotionals every week. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email - otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
Are You Serving God or Money?
1w ago
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 willing to give up if God asked you to, then essentially you are serving that thing, not God. Jesus says we cannot serve both God and money. It’s impossible. If we want him to be Lord of our lives, then he has to be Lord of our purses and our wallets too. God doesn’t need your money, of course. He can accomplish his purposes without it. But what he longs for is what your money represents: he wants your heart. Perhaps the best way in our modern life to show God that we have given him the whole of our hearts is to surrender control of our money to him. We may be willing to say that God is the centre of our life, but often our bank statement reveals that is not yet true. Are you willing to cede control of your money to God? If so, then you will find the freedom to be his Future Builder and he will use it in service to him and to others. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •           What can you start doing today so that the way you use your money reflects who or what you want your master to be?
Your Friends Can Help You Through Difficulties
Sep 23 2022
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. We are called to bear each other’s burdens. I understand it’s natural for some people to want to isolate themselves and to handle their hurts in their own ways. But it’s a terrible idea! It’s then that you need your friends the most! I’ve spoken with people who have told me, “I can’t even pray right now, I’m hurting so much”. That’s when you need friends around you to pray on your behalf. Sometimes, it’s the love and support of friends that gently brings us back into faith, when we fear we may have lost it. Trying to handle pain and stress ourselves often leaves us feeling more tired and stressed than before. The best thing we can do is accept help from others and let our Christian family carry us through the pain, knowing they are the hands and feet of Christ who walks with us every step of the way. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: Whose support can you count on to help you through times of loss and disappointment? You can listen to an audio of these devotionals every week. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email - otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
You Don’t Have to Walk Alone
Sep 22 2022
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 is safer. Most of us would not walk through a major city on our own in the dark. In the same way, the devil finds it much easier to pick off an isolated Christian than one who is deeply part of a loving community. Secondly, it helps us to grow in spiritual maturity. We learn more in a community than we do out on our own. If you walk and work alone, you come to think that whatever direction you’re heading in, you must be right. Sometimes, we need each other to say, “hang on, we’re going the wrong way. We need to get back on the right path together”. God has designed it that you and I need to live, walk and work with other people in order to grow into the people God longs for us to be. God is love and he wants us to Love God and Love Others. We can only do that together. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •           Are you a loner or a team player? How do you think that impacts your spiritual maturity and your Christian community?
You Belong!
Sep 19 2022
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 God that is The Salvation Army. Just because we wear uniform, it doesn’t mean we are all the same. Just as our physical body is made of many different parts, so is the church. But like our body, we are meant to work together in unity. We may have differences in culture, in race, in national background, in education, in family circumstances, but our uniform says it doesn’t matter. We are each baptised into the same Holy Spirit and that makes it possible for us to wear the same uniform and work together in unity. God can do amazing work through a church or Salvation Army corps that is unified and focused on spreading his Good News. Are you willing to look past any differences that don’t really matter and focus on working together with your fellow Christians and Salvationists towards God’s purposes on earth? THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •           The Christians and Salvationists in your church or Salvation Army corps are your brothers and sisters in Christ. How does that change the way you feel about them?
Make the Most of Your Gifts
Sep 16 2022
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 the same lesson, taking to heart Jesus’s words that we must be the servant of others, slaves of everyone else. You may be a musician. You may be a cook. You maybe a teacher. You maybe a communicator. You may simply have a winning smile or a way of connecting with people. Whatever gifts God has given you, he has given them to you to make a difference in the world, just as Her Majesty the Queen did. Many people are finding ways this week to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Perhaps the best way you and I can commemorate her life is to follow her example, follow her Saviour and use the gifts he has given to serve others and to bring them into his Kingdom. May Her Majesty the Queen rest in peace and rise in glory! Amen. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: Can you really believe that the gifts God has given you are as important in changing the world as the ones he gave the Queen?   You can listen to an audio of these devotionals every week. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email - otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
God Has Given You a Special Job to Do
Sep 15 2022
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 others, becoming a slave of everyone else, can change the world! Each one of us has good things to do for God. If you’re a Christian, God has something for you to do to serve others. And it will make a difference to those people. The Queen spent over seventy years serving other people. Every time she did so, she was actually serving God. The same is true for us: we serve God when we serve others. What are you doing to fulfil God’s purpose for your life? Are you doing the good work he has given you to do? God has a mission for you in the world. May he help all of us to answer his call. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          Do you ever struggle with the idea that God has a good work for you to do?   There's a new episode of Battle Drill Devotional every Monday through Friday. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email -
If You Want to be Happy, Give Your Life Away
Sep 14 2022
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 happiest, I believe, was serving other people. Giving herself away to others is what gave her a happy heart. You only have to see photos or film of her broad and winning smile as she greeted and spoke to people to understand that. A servant’s heart is a happy heart! Jesus came to serve and to give his life for others. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II followed his example and served others for the whole of her life as Queen. It gave her lifelong happiness as God blessed her work. How is your faith encouraging you to offer your life as a living sacrifice to God and to others? THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          When have you experienced happiness through serving other people?   There's a new episode of Battle Drill Devotional every Monday through Friday. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email -
Start With Others
Sep 13 2022
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, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a supreme example of this to us. People who met have spoken of feeling they were the only ones in the room when she spoke to them. Over many years, she met hundreds and thousands of people and put their needs before her own. The good news is that when we follow her example and the example of her Saviour, Jesus, God promises he will meet our needs. Queen Elizabeth was rewarded with a long life - more time to meet the needs of others and to be God’s blessing to them - and with the strength and energy required to do it. God will bless us too as we follow Jesus’ instruction to be the slaves of everyone. Let us pledge to serve others as Her Majesty the Queen did throughout her reign. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          How can you meet someone else’s need this week?   There's a new episode of Battle Drill Devotional every Monday through Friday. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email -
Your Faith Must be Active
Sep 12 2022
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 the very end of her life, her faith was active. She never wavered in her duty. She continued to serve her people, day after day, for over seventy years. It was her Christian faith that motivated her to do so. Her faith shone through her daily lifestyle. Jesus calls us to live life with same attitude. To exercise our faith. To make sure it is a faith of action, not just of belief. Our faith changes us and changes the things we do. What can you do today to serve other people? How can you serve those around you? How can you encourage them? How can you support them? Let’s follow the Queen’s example and demonstrate our faith to those around us. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          How are faith and action a part of your daily lifestyle?   There's a new episode of Battle Drill Devotional every Monday through Friday. Head to for more details and to subscribe to the podcast wherever you get your podcasts or you can catch up with us on the Battlefield Resources Facebook page - Like the page and get a notification when a new episode drops or sign up to be sent an email -
When Discouraged, Remember God Loves You
Sep 9 2022
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 unfaithful. God had every right to be angry with them. He could have refused to listen to Nehemiah’s prayers on their behalf. But instead, he showed them grace and mercy. He brought them back to Jerusalem, the place he had promised to dwell with them. God gave them what they needed, not what they deserved. He does the same for us. He loves you. All you need to do is to let him love you. When you do that and you experience his love, mercy, and grace, then your discouragement disappears. You can pursue his purpose for your life and fulfil all that he has planned for you. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: When you hear God speak, do you feel he criticises you or speaks to you in love? Why? Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004, 2007, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
When Discouraged, Stay Away from Negative People
Sep 8 2022
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 people, they will likely encourage you to be positive, even if your situation isn’t. To avoid feeling discouraged and fearful, the best thing you can do is avoid negative people as much as you can. Nehemiah saw the impact the people of Judah’s enemies were having on them. They were angry about Jerusalem’s walls being rebuilt. They mocked the people’s efforts. They suggested they weren’t up to the job. They made fun of what they had achieved, suggesting it wouldn’t last five minutes before it collapsed again. And suddenly the people of Judah were discouraged. They started to complain. They lost confidence in themselves and in God. So, Nehemiah placed armed guards around the wall and kept the enemies away. Don’t listen to the negative people in your life. Don’t let them drag you down. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. He will enable you to keep going. THINK IT OVER Think about the following: •          Is there anyone in your life who drags you down? Are there ways you can avoid their negativity?