The Fix:

     There is not one word in the Bible that promises the avoidance of heartache.

     He has promised healing and restoration, neither of which fits any formula.

     You are a Soldier of The Cross.  This means you have committed to submit to him and He may do anything He wills with your life.  In fact, you tell Him that daily.  But this doesn't mean you are safe from pain, seeming failure, betrayal or slander.

     It means that underneath are The Everlasting Arms.
     It means that  it will all be made clear in the end
     It means that he can sweeten the pain, and He does that when you come to Him in prayer and pray about the matter according to His Word.

     And it means you submit to him in all things so that He is free to prepare you for eternity.

     For you, Eternity started the day you were born.

    Take it to Him.  Aloud.
     Then, look up and move on!


Blast From the Past:

     The enemy loves to remind you of the past.  When he does, he flashes before you images of events that are often remembered by no one but you.

      Reflecting the public or private miseries of the past is equal to putting up a sail to catch the winds of defeat.  What can possibly be gained?  If during prayer, the Lord brings to mind something that should be brought to Him for repentance,  that is different.

     We are being prepared for Eternity.  We are to be forward-looking.

     Take the matter to Him, and do it aloud.
     Then, look up and move on!


     How did you ever get here?

     You prayed about it. You followed the Lord, you have done and are doing your best, and yet things appear to be getting worse.  In fact, it cannot continue this way. 

     All around you there are monuments to your commitment.  People.  Investment.  Children, especially.  What can you do?   You are offering up desperate prayer all the time.

     There is deliverance.  Stop letting your mind whirl round and round about the situation and treat it as though you had only a few hours to live.  Do the next thing before you with vigor and trust.  Let Him have room to make something out of nothing.  Let Him have room to do the impossible. 

     His solution and deliverance is something not possible to imagine.  So, stop trying to imagine it.  You will find a soothing peace and a confidence in His attention to the situation.

    Leave it with him, and do it aloud.  Even if it is every hour. 
    Do it and make sure it is aloud.


     There must be a vision for service.

     There are so many stories of those who have had crippling handicaps, yet served to the last breath.

     Soldier of The Cross, what about you?  Is your life about you, or is it about taking up The Cross daily and following Him?   We all need to be reminded of the basics all the time.  The reality is,  this world is not your home.

     Clean up your thought life by prayer.
     Clean  up your mouth by prayer.
     Clean up your private habits by prayer.
     Clean up your schedule by prayer.

     Soldier, everything in your life must be brought before Him.  How else can you be transformed?   He will never force Himself on you.  He is always knocking at the door of your heart.  What does it mean to have Him come in and "sup" with you?   Are you interested in that?

     Oh, Soldier!  Please, please consider eternity.

     Come before Him and remind Him you are available for anything and everything He wants with your life.

     You can't say it if you don't mean it.
     Say it aloud.



     If you have decided to serve the Lord no matter what, and if you have asked to be more like Him, you will already have run into one or more Christians who intend or have intended to do you harm.

     When I first met the Lord, a wise man told me that if I were  going into Christian service (that can be diaper-changing, as it is The Cross that matters), I should be prepared to see the ones I helped the most try to hurt me the most.

     How grateful I am to have been warned of this ahead of time.  It has certainly turned out to be true, but this is one of the things that can be pre-determined;  betrayal happen and it  must not slow you down.

     A living sacrifice does not lie on the alter and then whine about how he or she is being treated.

     There is work to do, and nowhere in God's Word does it say that the Soldier of The Cross will be protected from the dirtbags of this world.   It is the eternal that is protected.

     The enemy would do anything to slow you down and have you lick your wounds.  He invariably uses Christians, and most of the time it is a woman.   This is particularly true in matters involving the local church.

     Soldier, take Him at His Word.  No one can harm you  - everything will wash out in eternity.  For now, love much more,  pray much more, and do the thing in front of you with all your might.

     Commit this to Him in prayer.  Do it aloud.


The Body:

     You must go to church.

     Are you in a home church that is really a church?  Great.  Many or most have started that way.  What you may not do is make excuses for simply not going anywhere.

     Church is not about getting all you need.  Church is about laying down your life for the Brethren.  Your children desperately need to be raised in a church.  So, drive for an hour each way, but go to church.

     Soldier of The Cross, this is about being a Living Sacrifice.  Go somewhere and be the seed that dies.  Life will spring up around you.
     If you are not assembling together, you are opening yourself up to deception and a form of numbness.   The enemy loves it.

     Bring it to Him, and do it honestly - aloud.

Moving On:

     Soldier, you have absolutely no idea what the Lord has for you.

     The issue is, will you be available?  Is there a limit to what He can do with your life?

     You are either a Living Sacrifice or you are not.  It is a decision that must be made, and then you must state it in prayer day after day.   It involves trust.

     Even after singing and agreeing with all of the verses and the preaching, many don't trust the Lord.  So, can He be trusted?  What about you?

     Tell Him.  do it aloud.


God is No Man's Debtor:

     What is money?  

     I have heard the wealthy say they feel poor, and must continue to gain more in order to feel secure.

     Very few Christians consider praying "give us this day our daily bread . . ."  So, because of a lack of prayer about this matter Believers often suffer needlessly.

     Soldier of The Cross, your investment must be in eternity.  This does not mean you can't have money.  Of course you must save, and investment is wise.  However if you should lose every cent, you must predetermine that the money is not yours, but that you have been a caretaker of it for the Lord. 

    Financial security does not come from having a lot, it comes from obedience.   The Bible makes it clear that giving is a huge part of financial security.   Those who give out of obedience are also those who know how to pray in their daily bread.

     The New Testament sets forth the obligation for the Believer to support the local assembly as well as other giving.

     Soldier of The Cross, that money is not yours.  f you don't' learn to  pray in your "daily bread", you will have the feeling that it is yours and comes from your own efforts. 

     Resist emotional please for money.  Support the local church - I am a big proponent of tithing.  It's a great place to start.  Then, give as the Holy Spirit leads.  Often you will be led to give what seems to be all you have.  It it is the Lord's leading, He will more than supply your needs, as He has promised.

     Is there one verse in the scriptures that justifies worrying about money?

     If you have a great deal and tomorrow there is another great depression,  predetermine that you are relying on His Provision, not on your bank account.

     There is no security like that of learning to lean on the Everlasting Arms.  Either His promises are reliable or they are not.

     Most do not pray about money until they think there is a crisis.  Prayer about our financial needs should be daily.  That is what we are taught by Him.    

     Do it today.  Aloud

The Biggest Blinder:

     Most Christians do not have an active private prayer life, and this includes many missionaries and pastors.

     The private prayer life is a decision and a commitment.  Most will agree, but more often than not, Christians agree with what is known to be scriptural and right, rather than because of personal experience.

     It boils down to a physical discipline.  We are good at praying together, and of course many things must be dealt with through corporate prayer.   The private prayer life is another matter. 

     Prayer is fueled by the Word of God, and of course, that is how we pray in His name and according to His will.

     If at all possible, prayer should be aloud.  In so doing, there is a specific choice of words, and the words are by spoken and heard by the one who has set aside this time with the Lord.   Often, the Lord speaks to the petitioner by the Holy Spirit's leading in the choice of words.

     In spite of good teaching, some don't really believe there is much to pray about if there are no pressing needs.

    Soldier, there are always pressing needs.  We just don't always know them.  For the Soldier who is willing to linger in prayer, the Holy Spirit if faithful to unfurl one sentence after another.  This rarely happens when the attempt to pray is silent.  Silent prayer almost always deteriorates into wool-gathering.

     There must be a daily declaration to Him that He can do anything with that Soldier's life.  There must be an acknowledgment of who He is and of His sovereignty.  Different ones will come to mind for intercession.

     It's so important to pray aloud and to have a place that is private.

     Private prayer is what sheds light on everything, and allows the of The Cross to walk in The Light.
     It allows the soldier to recognize the Lord more quickly.
     It brings a confidence that He listens.
     It is absolutely pure worship.
     It heals the deepest wounds.
     It reveals eternity.

     Soldier, you can have all the right answers, but without a consistent private prayer life, you will often miss the Lord and you will put up your sail for the enemy's breeze.

     Take the matter to Him and ask Him to lead you and to train you to please and know him in prayer.
     Ask Him aloud.  Today.


What Others think:

     One of the most successful crevasses the enemy uses to invade is, what do others think of you?

     For many, the issue is credentials. For others it is appearance. Perhaps it is behavior. Usually is, do they agree or disagree?

     For the Soldier of The Cross, this cannot be an issue.

     Yes, you are not to be a stumbling block.  And you are  to point others to the Lord. 

     I am speaking only of the insecurity that comes when others disapprove, or when there is a fear of disapproval. 

     For those in "Full time Christian Service"  there is always the concern about financial support.   Maturity often forces that hand, but it is an issue for all Soldiers.

     What are you depending on?
     To whom must you prove yourself?
     If that one or those several do not agree with you, what is the cost?

     Soldier, you have been given as assignment fro God.  The One who holds the stars in place has issued a directive, and there is nothing that can touch that. In Glory, you do not account to any one else.

     Take it to Him and do it aloud.