There is a beautiful reward in ministering to the poor.

There is a beautiful reward in ministering to the poor.


Remember, there are many kinds of poverty. There are those who have no home. There are those who are hungry. There are those who are ill and are poor in spirit. There are those who are in prison and are so impoverished, they are barely living.


Then, there are those who are old. In need. Lonely.


One of my most beautiful childhood memories is that of my father visiting a man who lived in a chicken coop. I remember the tiny shack, barely standing. The man must have had a degenerative disease, probably cancer. I remember how frail he was, I could see his bones - all of them. He coughed and had to hold on to the splintered, gray boards as he spoke to my father.


In my memory, the most striking thing was my father's love for the man.


I was seven years old, and we were in New Jersey, preparing to be missionaries. I think that was the first time I realized what it meant to reach out to those who were alone and without anyone else.


I have no idea if the man accepted the Lord, or if there was any other contact. I only know that we rode for a long time on dry, dusty roads to see someone we did not know. I knew the man was dying, and I knew that if we had not come, he would have died alone and without Jesus.


Oh, Soldier! Please.
Look away from your own comfort needs, and be available. What is it to you if you live or die? What does it matter if you have much or little? You know where you are going and you have the assurance of eternal security.


He took up the Cross. Will you?

When the Lord blows a wind of change, move with it.

When the Lord blows a wind of change, move with it.


There are times when you know the flag has been planted. You must stand and give your life to hold the land.


There are other times when the door has closed behind you, and you know you are being directed another way.


It is tough.
When years of work have gone into the work, when money has been prayed in, when prayer has resulted in evidence of God's blessing, it is not easy to move.


We know so little. All we know is what we know. Yet, the Alongside One indwells, and He is able to lead, to restrain and to bring a new vision.


Soldier of The Cross, be sure you are only looking for the next move. Those who have to know the whole Plan always miss the next step.


Just look up, and move on.

Minister of Life in the Home

The Soldier of The Cross must be a minister of Life in the home.


So often, it is the little daily things of life that penetrate the soul and rub callouses or leave infected prints.


It is easy to be come so familiar with the habits and personalities of others, that you have immediate reactions, or even have reactions to things that have not yet happened. Often the most harmless or well-intended things can become annoying, just because the flesh is demanding, and because we have an enemy.


Most often, people in the home are treated by others according to concept. There is rarely a fresh opportunity for any family member to be treated differently, once a pattern of reaction is established.


Would your family say that you don't complain?
Would they say you reveal patience?
Would they say you are more aware of the needs of others than your own needs?
Do they know you listen to them?
Would they say you reveal Jesus?

Don't Miss a Beat

Christian Soldier, when the immature and self-centered try to interfere with the work of the Lord, don't miss a beat.


It is His work. Not yours.
Leave it with Him in prayer and attend to the thing He has given you.


In this life, there will always be those who are not surrendered enough to stay the course. There will always be those who are jealous. There will always be those who are to easily swayed. There will always be those who feed on conflict. There will always be those who can never be wrong.


Learn to look at Him and keep moving.


You must be discerning. Self-defense, irate accusation, wound-licking, and gossip are all attempts to hook the attention of the soul and bleed out its ability to concentrate on heavenly things.


You must walk in Christian momentum. Walk where the Light is. Refuse to be seduced into the fruitless and sinful quicksand of distraction.


He could come tonight!

Know What the Word of God Teaches

What a precious thing it is to know what the Word of God teaches.


There are basic doctrines that are precious to the faith and to the living out of the daily life. There can be no compromising or cheapening of the tenants of the faith.


Yet, there is so much more.


Knowledge must lead to action. We are to be dead to the world and alive unto Christ. That calls for affirmative appropriation of the eternal vision God gives to those who make themselves available.


Knowing what God's Word says is a compelling gravity that draws the Soldier of The Cross to press into anything and everything the Lord will do in order to bring about His Own Likeness.


Is there anything else?
This life offers nothing precious. Nothing lasting.


Without the Power of the Holy Spirit, catechism instills a pharisaical religion in the listener.


We need Life. We need to be touched.


We need to know the truth, and that without compromise. And we need to see Jesus.

He will answer far beyond anything you can imagine.

As you pray, remember that the Lord is not going to answer prayer according to your concept.


He will answer far beyond anything you can imagine.


So, be sure not to limit God in prayer. I have heard people outline and describe to the Lord how the situation should be addressed. I have also heard people pray specifically about situations that they know nothing about - perhaps there has been a secondhand prayer request. How dangerous it is to just take the ball and run.


We must pray according to God's Word. He can not be put in a box, and He never does the same thing twice.


If you are praying for a job for someone, that is wonderful. If you are praying for a specific job for that person, you must have a witness of the Holy Spirit that the job is the will of God for that person. Otherwise, you must pray for for the will of God with regard to the person's job.


Soldier of The Cross, we are told to pray about specifics. I have often prayed for things I did not know the Lord would bring - a free church, certain pieces of furniture, money for a particular trip and many other things.


When it comes to the lives of others, simply be careful. Do not pray, for example, that the Lord would put someone's child in a specific college. Instead, the issue is the will of God, and the eagerness of involved parties to submit to His will.


If you have found you have participated in gossip, tread carefully. You are already on thin ice and you must confess your sin before you pray about the thing you have just heard.


Being accepted in Christian circles should never determine the direction of prayer.


God's Word is the only Standard.

The More you Obey The Lord

The more you obey the Lord, the more natural obedience becomes.


The Lord has not merely asked for the difficult. He has asked the impossible - that is, impossible for the flesh.


The flesh can not love God with everything. The flesh can not resist telling a lie. The flesh can not abandon covetousness. The flesh can not love its neighbor more than itself.


Hallelujah, we who are His have the Indwelling Holy Spirit. There is power - supernatural power to obey the Lord.


Because we have been born into the Kingdom of His Dear Son, the Kingdom of Light, and because we are adopted sons, adopted into the Royal Race, we can obey.


We respond to The Word. We respond in prayer. We resist the enemy by simply choosing God's Word Because He Is!


Each choice that is made in agreement with God qualifies as obedience, and it sets a vector. The next choice either maintains the vector or compromises it. When the choices line up with His Word, there is momentum to the vector that allows the believer to walk in the Light as He is in the Light. The dark insecurities fall into the shadows and the vision of heaven is far more real than self-image or rejection.


Soldier of The Cross, neither to the left, nor to the right.
Set your face like flint.
He will cut the path.

You will stand alone before the Lord.

You will stand alone before the Lord.


You will account for your actions and your words. Your works will be tested by fire. They will burn or they will stand. You will not have any reasons or excuses.


Nothing will be found to be the fault of any other person. You will stand alone before Him.


So, stand before Him now. Make your decisions according to the Word of God. You may not acquiesce to a lesser standard. You may not compromise integrity to please someone else.


You may not choose a less resistant path, just because it is asked of you or because you are passive. You may not bend in an ungodly direction to please the sinful.


No one has ever been won to Christ by the drawing down of the Christian flag.


Soldier of The Cross, keep your eye on the Goal. Make sure your day is about His Word, His Life, His Own and His agenda.


Do more than you feel you can do.
Do more than you think you can do.
Step out and love one who you think you could never love.


Invest in eternity.

The Character of God

The character of God is profoundly attractive to the Soldier of The Cross.


While our God is mighty, sovereign, omniscient, omnipresent, holy and much else, He is also loving, tender, and merciful.


The Lord is not a buddy or a chum. But He is responsive to you beyond any human concept.


He listens.


If you let Him in, He will come in to the very center of your heart and He will sit down and fellowship with you. He has said so.


Soldier, learn to enjoy God. In order to do so, it is necessary to bring His availability to the foreground of prayer.


After all, He died for you before you cared.
He went after you.
He revealed Himself and then He wooed you.


He is not a Gauntlet. He is the Lover of Your Soul.

Make sure you are investing in eternity.

Make sure you are investing in eternity.


Where have your thoughts been today? Problem solving? Worry? Regrets?


Soldier of The Cross, be a forward-looking Christian. There is no benefit from worry. There is no benefit from fear. There is no benefit from guilt.


What does God's Word say? Where should your treasure be?
Where, in fact, is it?


Are there influences in your life that would distract you from The Goal?


You must talk to Him about it. Ask for a vision of eternity.


No Believer has ever been spared this attack. God's Word sheds light on all issues of life, including eternal treasure.


This must be a deliberate decision. It must be based on The Word of God. You must tell Him that you trust Him far more than you trust your own ability to interpret circumstances.


Life is less than fleeting.


Eternity is without measure.