Spiritual Authority:

   God's Word makes it clear that His authority is to held in high regard.    If you have an ear for the Lord, you will hear his voice when His people exercise their gifts.    He speaks through imperfect man.  He reveals Himself through imperfect man.  He leads through imperfect man.  He loves through imperfect man.    Soldier of The Cross, respect is not about the person in the office, it is about the office.  If there are issues, pray and perhaps go quietly to another to pray. Let the Lord deal with any problems.  Do not be defiant and do not publicly challenge.  You will only make a fool of yourself.    He who went after you and wooed you, will attend to His Own.

Gaze Upon Him:

   The Lord is incredibly interesting.    Everything about Him draws the gaze.  The richness of His personality is infinite.  His Love woos us to the extent that all else pales in comparison. He is Holy.  Perfect.    The creativity of nature is staggering.    His personal rescue is beyond any plot mankind could  design.    He longs for your attention.    He named you.    Tell Him what you love and appreciate about Him.    Tell Him today.    Aloud.

The Shield of Faith:

     We have protection against all the efforts of the enemy.    Soldier of The Cross, look at the great Ephesians passage concerning the armour.  We have a shield that can be lifted up against anything the enemy sends our way.    We have been told the truth about many things, even though we do not have the capacity to understand.  We have been asked to do things that make no sense, apart from His command.  We have been asked to thank Him for things that seem to go wrong, by sight.    We have been told to give, when there is not enough to give.  We are told to go when there is no apparent way.  We are told to love the most unlovely.    and when we expect it the least, we are ambushed about guilt from the past or fear about the future.    Soldier, we have the Shield of Faith.  We can trust what He Has Said, and we can lift it up in the face of the enemy.    It does not have to make sense.  We do not need to see the end.  We do not need to understand the past.    In Him, we live and move and have our being.    Because He IS, everything is different.

The Everlasting Arms:

   You have one who is watching over you keenly.    He is aware of even a flickering thought in your mind.  He is aware of each tiny pain.  He knows how many hairs are on your head and he has collected your tears.    He wants you to know that underneath you are The Everlasting Arms.    If the above is true, why do you worry?  Is it actually possible to leave your burden with the Lord, or is it   a frivolous request?    Soldier of the Cross, it is  not a request.  We are commanded to leave anxiety behind once and for all.  Certainly, this is not something the flesh can do.  It is supernatural and is done b y faith - because He said so.    He will never go away.  He will never let you down.  He will never weaken.    You are always held by the Everlasting Arms.

On Asking Why:

   Do you need to know why?    Something has happened to you and it is either unfair or something that causes grief.  You are asking the Lord why.    Why are you doing that?  Didn't you tell Him you would be a Living Sacrifice?     Does He make mistakes?    If He told you why, do you think you would have the capacity to understand?  What if you did not agree with His reason ?    Soldier of The Cross,  we move forward according to the Word of God, by faith.    We bring our needs and requests to Him by faith.    We love and serve the Body of Christ by faith.    We allow Him to lead us in every area of life and we submit to Him in every area of life, by faith.    Why then should we question Him when it seems that something has gotten by Him?    Has it?

His Love:

So few are able to grasp that He completely Loves His Own. The Lord told Hosea to do something that brought him disgrace and, no doubt, heartache. Yet, it was for his best. How do we know this? Because He has said so. Soldier of The Cross, have you told the Lord that He can order your day? Your life? Your thoughts? Your finances? Your family? Your reputation? Your body? Your ambitions? What about your possessions? We all have places that are held behind closed doors, or clenched in tight fists. He is in the business of preparing us for heaven. He loves us enough to bring about the things that will reveal Himself and that will bring about the glorious changes in His Own. Soldier, why resist? Is there something better? Can you find another truth? Is there another who will answer when you call? Of course not. There is only One. One who gave His Life as a ransom for many. Take these things before Him today and speak with Him about it. Aloud.

No Ruts:

The Lord will always make sure that His Own do not get stuck in a rut. He cares to much for us. He is shaping us. Preparing us. Drawing us to Himself instead of just letting us fade away into the gravity of this life. Soldier of The Cross, there is much work to do. There are many who are hungry, lonely, grieving, ill, imprisoned, and most are lost. There is always something in the personal life that demands attention, yet often it cannot change with the attention it demands. Leave it with the Lord and move to the next person who needs ministry. Determine to spend the remaining days revealing Jesus.

Judging:

Matthew 7:1 Do not judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and and criticized and condemned yourselves. . ." Soldier of The Cross, there is a significant difference between judging others and recognizing wrong doing. As far as you are concerned, if you see something that another is doing that is out of line with the word of God, the first thing you must do is take it to the Lord. If you are not in authority in the local assembly, watch your tongue, because the matter is not your business and it is not up to you to fix or correct others. If you are asked, that may be another matter, but perhaps not. Many are quick to speak, but few are in spiritual authority. God's Word makes clear the process by which correction should be delivered, and there are no exceptions, unless you are specifically asked. Even then, caution and prayer must be in the front. Live your own life and mind your own business. If you are to correct another, it will be with a church authority, and it will be according to the Word of God. Make knowing Him your goal.

Clean Hands, Held High:

You must expect the Lord. In order to be ready, you must have hands that are ready to receive whatever He has for you. You must also be clean before Him. While unhealthy self-examination is never good or fruitful, it is essential to be available to the scrutiny and correction of the Holy Spirit. We are told to hold up clean hands. It is not hard. All He asks is availability. Nothing is done by those who stare at themselves all the time. Much is done by those who just pick up and run after Him.

The Cup Tipped Over:

Amy Carmichael said that then the cup is tipped over, what is really inside spills out. And, it happens to us all. When you are tipped over, what comes out? Resentment? Self-defense? Tale-bearing? Wound-licking? Anger? Soldier of The Cross, you must be clean on the inside. You must be present before Him regularly, for the purpose of His deepest cleansing. You must trust Him enough to be eager for what ever He shows you. How changeable are you? Are you truly available? Soldier, this life is but a fleeting moment. His desire is to bless you and to love you for all eternity. He is preparing you for heaven. Submit