The zealous Soldier of The Cross

When we are told to "never lag in zeal," we must not look for a feeling of spiritual energy.


Zeal is a feature of the presence and freedom of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer. This Christian zeal is the result of decisions made - decisions resulting in obedience to Him.


The zealous Soldier of The Cross is the one who does not allow periods of passivity. He simply decides what his priorities will be and he lives accordingly.


The zealous are not a saber-waving kamikaze warriors, charging on a fast horses. They are plodding Soldiers, who have looked up and have seen His Graciousness. His Love. His Mercy. His Majesty.


They have decided they will love, serve and obey. They are eager for divine correction. They remain steady because they can see eternity. Even when the body gets weak, purpose does not become diluted with physical limitations.


To the end, which is only the beginning!

There is much Glory in suffering.

The Soldier of The Cross may not compromise.


If you have to get recognition of how much you have suffered, you have no understanding of The Cross.


Soldier, in all of the human experience, it is not possible to make a comparison between what you have been through and what He went through.


The beauty is, He understands. All that we go through, He has experienced.


We have a Savior who has tasted it all and understands. It is not possible to tell Him something that He does not understand.


In the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no room for you to feel sorry for yourself.


Brace up. Look at Him. Take hold of The Word.


Move on!

The Soldier of The Cross may not compromise.

The Soldier of The Cross may not compromise.


There is a Standard. It is The Word of God. Swirling circumstances do not justify compromise. Right is right and wrong is wrong.


Today's society presents a barrage of unreality. There are movies, and a myriad of video games. Television demands a stretching of the boundaries of decency.


What is Your Standard? Who is your Standard?


Will you move with the era, or are you His? Are your children be allowed to watch things that make the angels cringe?


When you are angry, do you swear?


Do you think there is such a thing as a "white lie?"


Soldier of The Cross. The Word instructs in noble character. He gave Himself as a Ransom for Many, and not one cared at that time. No one knew what was really happening.


He asked that the offenders be forgiven for their ignorance.
And, we must do the same.


There is no room for the flesh.


Look up.
Move on!

The Balance is Prayer

The balance between careful planning and being available to inexplicable change is, prayer.


Without prayer, there is no walking in the Light. If the Christian Soldier is not walking in the Light, there is no course to chose other than the obvious, or the previously agreed upon
plan.


When there is no divine Light, the obvious is always by sight, and faith has no input.


Why does most of the Church fail to walk in the delight of His Life? Because the flesh despises the faith-walk, and spends all its energy fighting faith. A weak or non-existent prayer life allows the flesh to braille its way through a gauntlet of negative emotion and human desire.


Soldier, pray. The most detailed plan may very well be the way to go. But it is prayer that will usher in the slightest, but undeniable restraint if the Holy Spirit is leading in a different direction.


There is no Light unless prayer is in accordance with The Word of God. Those who desperately seek an answer that does not line up with His Word, are not really praying.


Prayer begins with agreeing with God. The one who genuinely wants His way tells Him so and is looking for Him.


No Heavenly Light, no Heavenly sight!

Rejoice

What a tremendous thing it is to have something to rejoice about.


Unlike those who have no Savior, we are able to see eternity. We are able to go to the One who holds the stars in place with absolutely anything.


We have the confidence that He who designed and maintains the universe is in complete control of even the tiny things.


Read Zechariah 9:9. He let the whole world know He was coming as Savior, King, man and God.


There is never a time so bleak that it can obscure what we have in Jesus.


We are told to rejoice in the Lord.
If we are determined to obey, He will lead.

There is much Glory in suffering.

There is much glory in suffering.


If you have to get recognition of how much you have suffered, you have no understanding of The Cross.


Soldier, in all of the human experience, it is not possible to make a comparison between what you have been through and what He went through.


The beauty is, He understands. All that we go through, He has experienced.


We have a Savior who has tasted it all and understands. It is not possible to tell Him something that He does not understand.


In the Kingdom of Heaven, there is no room for you to feel sorry for yourself.


Brace up. Look at Him. Take hold of The Word.


Move on!

Wisdom

"The beginning of Wisdom is, get Wisdom. . ."


There are those who desperately want to be perceived as being wise. There are those who are engaged in the thrill of the hunt.
There are also some who want to satellite around those who are perceived to be wise.


Soldier of The Cross, Wisdom is a Person. When we walk in the Light, we see what He sees. Love rules. There is security.


We know what we are taught - that in this life, we do not have the capacity to understand it all. We can't even take it in.


Wisdom begins with obedience. It begins with the avoidance of foolishness. This is possible because God's word identifies foolishness clearly.


I have been with people who were not educated, not brilliant and not articulate. Yet, as they reflected His Presence on the countenance, it was not hard to see an absence of rebellion in their lives.
Absence of stubbornness.
Absence of negativity.
Absence of offense.
Absence of a need for attention.
Absence of the need to achieve.
Absence of wound-licking.


Presence of Jesus.

Refuse Distraction

Refuse distraction.


God's Word presents a record of numerous Servants who refused to look away.


I am always struck by Paul. In the conditions well-known to be horrid, he was in prison, in coupling chains, and was deserted by most who had formerly claimed to be friends or supporters.


He was beaten and falsely accused. We know nothing of his family. It certainly seems that he might have mentioned it, had he had contact with family.


Extra-biblcal accounts tell us those prisons were cold and food was either bad or absent.


Yet, Paul pressed into his calling. He attended to the churches collectively and to individuals as well. It is evident that the Church was far more important to him that his own uncomfortable situation.


It is reasonable to assume that Paul experienced many discomforts that we will only learn about in heaven.


Soldier of The Cross, what is the thing that is most distracting to you? In fact, do you recognize distraction? Do you think it is acceptable to focus on the negative? Does negativity dominate your thoughts? Your conversation?


The Cross is the great leveler. Death is death. If you are dead unto the world and alive unto Christ, you are free.


This happens in prayer.


Maturity considers God's Word first and circumstances second.
Gaze upon the things that are eternal - the things that count to God.


There is nothing else of eternal value.


Are you in some kind of prison today? He can set you free right where you are.

May not be a Scoffer

A Soldier of The Cross may not be a scoffer.


One who is honest in prayer, one who is determined to Serve The Master, one who is confessing sin, that Soldier may not allow his or her mind to dwell on the faults of others.


If there is disobedience to the Word in this area, the Christian will begin speaking ill of a brother or sister. Thoughts get entrenched in circles of speculation, wonder and fantasy.


The Word of God must be on your mind and in your mouth.


Why would you waste time on anything that is not in agreement with Him?
Why would you fail to invest in eternity?


Christian Soldier, you will see things according to the way you have prayed. If you have prayed about the matter according to God's Word, you will, over time, see things as God sees them.


Watch the tongue.
Watch the thoughts.
Honor The Word.

Where does Human Effort End and Faith Begin?

For years, the age old question is one that has haunted the intellectual and soulical searchings.


Those who have crossed The Line and made the decision to live according to The Word, understand that there is no gap and there is no conflict.


Prayer must go before everything. If there is waiting to be done, there will be a resistance to movement and it will not go away. It will seem slight and it may not be logical, but as long as there is prayer, it will be there.


Often, when the Lord is indicating a restraint, the agreement or confirmation will come from from another believer. If there is to be movement, the restraint will be removed and there will be confirmation from those who have private prayer lives and have experience with the Lord.


Soldier of The Cross, it is critical that you understand that no Believer does everything right by sight. When we get to heaven, we will know more. In the meantime, we are here and we are learning.


In the Body of Christ, the problem arises when there is a spirit of discontent and it always begins with a woman. Often there is criticism and complaint from one who wants to influence another in order to bring about change. It is not possible for the discontent person to keep the matter silent.


Learn to wait. Never catch the falling ark.


Soldier of The Cross, learn to remind yourself that we serve another who is able to lead us.


He never teases.
He never hides.


There is no other communicator like our Lord.


There is no other leader like our Lord.