Power:

     Power is in learning to lean on the Everlasting Arms.

     Today's congregations are peppered with teaching about success and being empowered to "achieve".

     Soldier of The Cross, the flesh is driven to be in control.

     Who was in control when Paul was imprisoned, beaten, and deserted by Christians?
     Who was in control when Isaiah was sawed in half?
     Who was in control when Peter was crucified upside down?

     What about John on the isle of Patmos?

     Success is measured by Heaven's standards and reaps eternal results.  Human success is worth nothing in itself.  The only godly empowerment is that which is supplied by the Indwelling Holy Spirit.  He enables the Soldier to obey.

     Real power has to do with the choices made in private obedience.    

     The health and wealth preachers on TV may be interesting and entertaining, but they do not reflect what is set forth in the Word of God.

     Tell the Lord you give up all interest in what others think of you.  It's a life-long series of obedient choices.

     Tell Him aloud. Today.
     Keep moving.
 

 

The Real Goal:

     How easy it is to lose sight of the most important thing - knowing Him.  This is especially true of those who consider themselves to be in ministry.

     When you are with a Brother or Sister who is pursuing Him rather than pursuing Christianity or ministry, there are always the fireworks of fellowship.  That is because He is present.

     Taking up The Cross and following after Him is an affirmative, all-consuming sphere of living that is not possible without yielded and explicit prayer. 

     The Cross is the place of the death of the flesh, and I can't clobber my own flesh.  It is a supernatural work that takes place as I agree with God.  I don't have to understand it all first.   I must obey, and then I will walk in The Light and understand a few things.

     Soldier, the busier you are, the more you must pray.  The less you have, the more you must give.  And the deeper the hurt, the more you must seek out someone to love and to serve.  Remember, we love the unlovely.  I can certainly tell you I was actively and consciously rejecting Him when He touched me and drew me to Himself.

     There is nothing else worth anything.  Taking up The Cross gives wisdom for family matters, puts relationships in perspective and invites God to make the deepest changes in the heart.

     Go to Him with this now and do it aloud.
     Then, look up and move on!