The indwelling Holy Spirit empowers the believer in many areas. He give power to obey. He gives power to move. Power to stand still. power to speak. Power to remain silent. He enables the Soldier of The Cross to lay his life down for the Brethren. He sheds light on the situations. The list is endless. One of the grandest provisions for the Christian is the Power to follow the Lord when everything around is intended to distract. It is a supernatural response to the Lord that is not to be compared to even the most extraordinary human concentration . It is simple. Because He said. I believe it. I take hold of it. I put all my weight on it. I stop weighing and analyzing the things I see, and I stand on the Promises. But it is supernatural and it is the result of specific prayer. Prayer that gives the situation over to the Lord. Prayer that chooses His Word. Prayer that puts aside personal agenda. Prayer that recognizes His Sovereignty. Prayer that agrees with Him in all areas. Allow the Indwelling Holy Spirit to release this supernatural power in your life. Agree with God.
Soldier of The Cross, have you decided what your life is about? It must be based on God's Word. He Himself has said that those who respond to His call must set their faces "like flint". Not looking either to the left or to the right. This is possible when there is prayer. This is possible when there is a determination to exalt His Word above obvious circumstances. This is possible when the Servant determines that he must pursue Love. This is possible when the Body of Christ is put in the foreground of Service. This is possible when the Servant is determined to be a Living Sacrifice. Soldier, put your Treasure in Heaven. No where else. Tell Him. Tell Him today. Aloud.
What makes His Promises real to you? How can you say that you know He is true to His Word? Until you step out on His Word, you do not know - you only believe. Those who have decided to put their weight on Word, albeit circumstances appear to contradict God, those are they who know He can be trusted. They chose to trust Him when His way appeared to be outside the realm of possibility. Soldier of The Cross, trusting God is a stunning adventure. Few have ventured into the vast frontier of faith. Those who have discovered the freedom of faith will say that there is no limit to the experience of freedom found in Christ. His Promises care diametrically opposed to sight and the control impulses of the flesh. There is absolutely nothing else. In fact, when we stand before Him and our works are judged, everything that is not of faith, not founded on the Promises of God, will be burned up and will come to nothing. There is much to do and you are not alone. He is always active. Loving. Supportive. Advocating. Look up and move on!
When did you last tell the Lord you love Him? As much as He has done for us, and as great and wonderful as He is, it is remarkable how seldom we talk to Him about who He is and what He has done. We sing worship songs and hymns, but that is not enough. Something wonderful happens when the believer stands before the Lord and worships privately in this manner. He becomes more clear. More close. How can there be intimacy without communication? He has written His Word that is supernaturally infinite and reveals as much as the Soldier of The Cross is willing to receive. Let the Lord take you beyond. Let Him lead you with His eyes. Tell Him what you love about Him. Be specific. Tell Him aloud. Today.
Soldier of The Cross, be sure that you do not need to be right all the time. How do you react when you are wrong? Is it an issue? Are you compelled to defend yourself? Are you angry at the one who corrected you? Must you defend yourself and assault the offender? These are important questions, because you have volunteered to be one in service of the Great Commander. You are in the service of the One who holds the stars in place. If you have a hard time being corrected, you have some serious situations ahead. Is it important to be right? Is it important that all involved know that you are right? Is it important to make it clear that someone else is wrong? Soldier, get your priorities in order and gaze upon the One whom we serve. Did He have to make it clear that He was right when He was on the Cross? Tell the Lord that you are His and that He can have His way in His time. Tell Him aloud.
Soldier of The Cross, have you told the Lord that He can do anything with your life? If not, why not? What are the issues? Is He able to decide what is best for you? Is He capable of choosing the thing that is the bet thing for you? Or, is it possible that you have either equal or superior ability to determine the best course? Have you actually told Him He can have you? Aloud? It is not possible to do this unless you are serious and mean business. When you have told Him that your life is in His hands, you will know freedom for the first time. I have actually had people tell me that if they let the Lord have their lives, He will destroy their families. This statement denies God's Word. There is an assumption that God is looking only for a willing victim. You will agree with me that God is Love. You will agree with me that He has your best interest as a foremost desire for your life. You will agree with me that He gave up Glory and died for you. You have nothing to lose. The King of Glory wants your attention. He wants your Obedience. He wants your love. He wants your all. Is there anything better?
If you agree with God, you will be able to thank Him for even the hardest things. Do you agree that He is Sovereign over all? You must thank Him for the hard things. Do you agree that He knows what is best for you? Do you believe Him when He says He will withhold no good thing? You must thank Him for the hard things. Do you believe He loves you and that He gave His life for you? You must thank Him for the hard things. Do you agree that He is preparing you for heaven? You must thank Him for the hard things. Do you believe He has set you free and put you in a large place? Do you believe He will heal your land?You must thank Him for the hard things. Do you believe He is preparing a Place for you? You must thank Him for the hard things. Soldier, you must learn to come before Him and name the thing that seems so impossible and painful. According to God's Word, you must also be able to thank Him for all things, and you must be able to trust that He knows what is best for you. Why do so many Christians live roller coaster lives? Because they interpret the pleasant to be good for them and the unpleasant and/or painful to be not good for them. You have the power to thank God for all things that He allows in your life. You have the Indwelling Holy Spirit. There is no power greater. That power is activated by obedience. Do not settle for less than seeking Him over all else. Stand firm on His Word. Agree with God. Experience the freedom and healing that is yours in Christ. Live in release so that you can reveal Christ to a lost world.
What does it take to be a Servant of The Lord? The decision to belong to Him. That is all. It is a decision to follow Him no matter what the cost. Soldier of The Cross, can you say that you are His Servant? Have you counted the cost? Are you willing to pay the price? Is there any reason to make a different choice? Are you willing to stand alone? Or with those who have been rejected by others? Soldier, you must seek the Lord ongoingly. Each day, you must make it your aim to press in o the call and present yourself for service, present yourself as a living sacrifice and affirmatively allow Him to do anything He will and can do with and in your life. When you have so presented yourself to the One who died for you and who is preparing a Place for you, you will be able to minister to the Body of Christ. You will be able to give sacrificially without any loss. You will have a vision for the lost and you will be available to those who are repulsive to others. You will be eager to do without if it means seeing Him more clearly. You will be passionate about and dependant upon His Word. Listen to me, Soldier: Is there anything else? Look up and move on!
The Life of the Lord flows from those who have decided to follow him with all they are and all they have. Apart from that, His Life does not flow through Believers. There can be warmth, understanding and support. But the Life of the Lord is raw heavenly Love. It is ministered with a sweet burning in the center of the being of the object of that Love. God's Love does something. It melts the hardest hearts and it breaks down the thickest and highest walls. It crosses language barriers. It can replace a lifetime of agony with peace and purpose. There is nothing else. There is no second best.
God's Grace is far beyond human comprehension. The Books of the Prophets outline the consequences of disobedience. At the same time, the Holy Spirit records that He who holds the stars in place, desperately loves His Own. If they will turn to Him and be His, He is always willing to receive then with open Arms. Soldier of The Cross, many do not understand what it means to follow the Lord. It means that He and He alone, must be the center of the Believer's life. It means that there must be public and private evidence of His rule in the Believer's life. It means that all the Believer has is His. It means there is no right to ask why. He leads, we follow. It means that His discipline is welcome. It means sacrificial love for the brethren. It means obedience to His Word. It means devotion to His Body. It means He is All in All.