Soldier of The Cross, there are many fools and worse, who are against you. Leave the matter aside. Have you not understood that there is a devouring enemy who would love to get you at a weak moment?? What is your weakness? Sex? Food? Time? Reputation? Addiction to entertainment? A need to be right? Religious search? Whatever the matter is, take it to prayer. Move forward and allow Him to lead you in the way He would have you to go. There are no other options. Soldier of The Cross, either He is your Lord, or He is not. This is a matter that you must take up with Him, and it must be aloud. Today.
It is not always easy to encourage the Brethren, although we are told to always encourage each other. There are those who simply can't receive anything. They will tell you constantly how bad things are, and no matter what you say, they continue to stell you that you can't possibly understand. God;'s Word does not apply to them, because they are suffering too much. Then there are some who are so knowledgeable, they can not hear anything from you, because you are not as educated or as intellectual as they. They can only hear from those who are equally qualified or smarter than they are. Then, there are those who hang on every word. They can't get enough. In fact, what they want is your undivided attention all the time. Even though they ooh and aah at each word, it is never enough. What a joy to lend a word to those who love Him! There is a keen ear for His voice and an immediate recognition of His touch. Solder, it is not your job to decide who is who. We are told to have a Word and to be available to encourage all the Brethren all the time. Do not look for results. Just obey.
The modern church does not promulgate a healthy fear of God. He is not our buddy. He is not Big Brother. He is not co-pilot. He is almighty God who holds the stars in place and who is in sovereign control of all of existence. He has given us a Book - a Book that reveals God the Son. A Book that issues forth all instruction necessary for life and for eternal investment. Soldier of The Cross, why should you obey? Why should you pray? Why should you resist the enemy? Why should you leave all behind to follow Him? Because there is nothing else. There is no one else. If you do not obey, there are eternal consequences, and you know it is true because you can not extricate yourself from the Holy Spirit Seal of Promise. Step out. Beyond where you are. Just tell the Lord you will do so. Do it now. Aloud.
Soldier of The Cross, perhaps you have not understood God's Word. You must let go of anger. Moreover, the sun can not go down on your wrath, and when you are angry, you may not sin. Soldier, review the story of Moses striking the Rock. Are you angry at God today? Some will way that God is secure and He can take it. Therefore, you should say whatever you want to Him. I say, agree with God and do not challenge Him. Yes, He can take it. Yes, He understands. Yes, He wants the best for you. Soldier, if you want to enter in to the Promised Land, agree with God.
No teacher of God's Word has the right to be arrogant. Those who teach must remember some critical things: He will teach His own Word. Those who preach or teach must prepare their hearts in prayer and must wait for Him. Today, there are so many who are trained to be entertainers and businessmen. Christianity has turned from taking up the Cross and laying the life down for the Brethren to, seeing how many people will come and how big we can grow. How many buildings can we build? How can we prove ourselves? What validates us? Soldier of The Cross, you must live one day at a time. You must present yourself as a living sacrifices each day. After all, it is only your reasonable service. Those who are determined to serve are not interested in any agenda other than His. Turn a deaf ear to the enemy. Affirmatively decide where your eyes will focus. Look up and move on!
Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is an obedient posture. It is a releasing unto the Lord of the things that can not be dealt with in the natural realm. Soldier of The Cross, is there resentment in your life today? Are you holding on to something because it seems unresolved? Are you waiting for Lord to whack the offender? Let it go. Let it go in prayer You see, if this is not done, there is a splinter in the soul that allows infection and prevents clean service. You must let it go. And, you must let it go in prayer. You are in the service of the King. You are not allowed added encumbrances. Let the matter go in prayer. Today. Aloud.
Love takes no account of an evil done to it. . . Is this really true? My favorite thing about the Lord is that He gave Himself as a ransom for many - for those who did not care and for those who would have loved to see Him suffer in a far more barbaric manner. But, He gave Himself willingly and resented nothing. Soldier of The cross, a great deal of time is wasted in an effort to falsely balance the scales. Even the most stalwart can be caught in the mental gymnastics of getting even. Self-defense. Ever catch yourself talking to the offender? The offender who is not present? Love. He who is Love is eager make His likeness in us. Is He attractive to you? Let Him lift you up and plant you in the Sabbath Rest. Let go.
God's faithfulness is staggering to the mind. His faithfulness is found in many believers. Many have given their lives because they had supernatural vision that enabled them to stand the ground. They have endured torture, lost loved ones, even their own lives, for the sake of the Gospel. There are also those who never miss a meeting. They can be trusted to be early, and it is evident that they intend to should er the load. They sweep floors, clean toilets and expect nothing in return. Love pours out of their eyes. These faithful ones seek out the lonely and can always be found where there is a need. The Lord is always revealed in the faithfulness of these brothers and sisters. This kind of service is predetermined. There has been a time when these Christians have decided that His business is the most important thing in their lives. They are steady, present and nothing tempts them away from even the smallest tasks. Soldier of The Cross, if we love Him, we will stand the ground. We will follow Him regardless of the cost. We do not seek recognition or reward, because we know that we are running a Race that will finish in his Presence. Be a pillar. Resist distraction. We serve one day at a time. We serve sacrificially. The Harvest is His business.
Soldier, there are times when you must hold your position and watch the Lord work. All around distracting forces whirl and undulate. But He who is eternally stable and solid can not be moved. So, when it would appear that all around you is in upheaval, Stand on the Rock of Ages. He has never disappointed anyone who has relied on Him.
He is Love. He always was. He is the Beginning and the End. In Him, there is no shadow of turning. He is the source of all things. He is perfect. He is radiant. He is creative. He is infinite in every way. He loves you deeply. He thinks about you. He wants your attention.