No Limits:

     Oh, Soldier, do you understand there is no limit to what faith can do?

 

     Apart from supernatural faith, there is nothing.  It is not about human belief or acceptance. It is His ability to do.  The thing is, we must be available.

 

     He will not present a plan for our approval. 
     He will not give a preview of what faith will bring.
     He will not validate our insecurities.

 

     He only asks that we trust Him.  What is there to lose?  You are where you are because you have no control.   He does.  You know it -  it is just that you are not experiencing the release.

 

     The bottom line is always, who is He? And, does He lie?

 

     You are a Soldier of The Cross, which means you have made the decision to take up The Cross and follow Him.  That means the death of the flesh.

 

     It means testing. 
     It means the unknown.

     It means stretching and discomfort for the flesh.

 

       It means the he delight of His Presence.  The assurance of His Provision,  And His Glory that eradicates the negative.

 

     Soldier, there is nothing else.

 

     Look up and move on!

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Divine Energy:

     How can you keep going when you simply can't move forward?

 

     How can Joni Eareckson Tada keep going?  It can't be easy.  It can't be accessible possibility.  It has to be responding to the divine vision.

     It has to be the result of a pursuit of God.

 

     Vigorous service comes easily to no one.  Not a chance.

 

     Those who agree with God determine to agree, whether they feel like it or not.  Many have been  ill and have served vigorously.  Amy Carmichael, for example.  Hudson Taylor, for example.  Lilias Trotter for example.  Look them up and read about them.

 

     These things take place in the prayer time.  Over and over.

 

     Tell Him.  Today
     Aloud.

The Walk:

     It seems to me that most Christians pray in such a way as to avoid  walking by faith.

 

     Is seems so uncomfortable not to know the next couple of turns in the road.   Most want God to lead them onto a "safe"  path, one that assures the sojourner of success without conflict, criticism, misunderstanding or illness.

 

     While it is true that we have a God who has promised to protect us and deliver us, He has also told us that He can not be known apart from faith.

 

     Faith is not just belief.  Faith means putting your money where your mouth is.

 

     Faith means if He says go, we go, even if  failure seems to be guaranteed.  Who could  have predicted the Red Sea would part? Certainly not Moses.

 

     Abraham was willing to sacrifice the son of Promise, because God said.   Who can do that?

 

     Knowing God always means stepping into an unknown frontier.  That's what faith is.  Always moving.  Always relying on His Word instead of experience, knowledge, advice or a foreboding feeling.

 

     You are a Soldier of The Cross.  You have taken up the Cross and you are following hard after Him. That is a daily and affirmative decision.  It is not possible for you to live in a predictable and unruffled world.

 

     His Protection is under The Cross you take up.
     His Light is Under that Cross.
     His Love is under the Cross.
     His Life is under The Cross.
     Red -hot fellowship is under The Cross.
     Revelation is under The Cross.
     Freedom and security are under The Cross.

 

     Oh, Soldier, meet the challenge and obey the Command.

 

     Feels scary?

 

     Tell Him.  Today.
     Aloud.

 

    

Fellowship:

     Red-hot fellowship is found by those who long to learn to live by faith, and find others who want the same thing.

 

     The life of Faith is a Place.  A Land of the Sabbath Rest. 

 

     Why is this so rare?  Because faith is scary to the flesh.  It means letting go of by-sight security.  It means  relaxing the grip on the things of this life.  It means agreeing with God, even when it involves losing the things that are so precious.

 

     It means living in another Land while the body is still in this land.

 

     The Frontier of Faith.  Taken only by prayer.

 

     Tell Him today.
     Aloud.

    

All Things:

     Do you believe that all things work together for good?

 

     Do you really believe it?

 

     If you do, you will be talking to the Lord about it in prayer and He will be supernaturally assuring you and speaking to you in your own words as you come before Him.

 

     You are a Soldier of The Cross.  You have crossed The Line. You have made the decision that you are not your own.  So, Soldier,  each uncontrollable and devastating matter must be yielded to Him in prayer.  Based on His Word. Not on circumstances.

 

     The bottom line is always, whether or not He can be trusted.

 

     That is the reality in your situation.

     Tell Him.    Aloud.
     Today.

Planning:

     How tempting it is to try to make sure everything is in order ahead of time.

 

     Conversely, folks who are too casual about laying the groundwork usually run into problems that could have and should have been prevented.

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     The Soldier of The Cross must do all that can be done.  After that, he or she must be available to let the Lord do anything.   The key is, preparing in prayer.  Those who pray much about the matter are always praying for the Lord to have His Way.   For Him to do the thing that needs to be done even if that is outside the plan.

 

     There is limited recognition of the Lord by those who only pray for the exact protection of the conceived outcome and method planned.

 

     We must constantly be reminded that we only know what we know,what we  have experienced and what we can imagine.  Beyond that, the Lord can bring a vision of the impossible,  but that always involves the kind of faith that steps out into the realm of the unknown.

 

     Nothing is safer.

 

     Who is willing?

 

     Faith is the only safe frontier.

 

     Tell Him today.  Aloud.

The Battle:

     The enemy knows just what buttons to push.

 

    Just when you think things are under control,  you are ambushed by the unexpected.  It feels unbearable and it is always accompanied by fear.

 

     The tendency is to work to try to be stronger in the weak area.  Unfortunately, much Christian psychology aims for that area to be "healed".

 

     God's Word indicates it is possible to be healed in all of the areas of the soul, but never by making the weak area stronger.  It is always healed by learning to be more dependent on Him.

 

     I am not against all of psychology - just a lot of it.   Surely there are gifted counselors.    The issue is,  where is your treasure?

 

     Is it in gaining equilibrium or is it in learning to trust the One who holds the stars in place?

 

     You are a Soldier of The Cross. That means you are taking up the instrument of the death of the flesh and following after Him.  There is no allowance for planting any flag in the soil of Control. 

 

     It is about yielding to His control.

 

     This happens in prayer and it must be aloud if physically possible.  The Holy Spirit leads in the choice of words, and through this, He will speak to you. 

 

     You will hear Him clearly.  You will be empowered to follow.  You will be thrilled to submit.

 

     Tell Him today.
     Aloud

 

 

 

Only The Rock.

     Soldier of The Cross, do not look to resolved circumstances for relief.

 

     Look only to Him.  He is the Rock.  And there is a Place carved out for you.  

 

     It's so easy to frantically pray about and desperately wring your hands over the present situation.  The problem is, that does nothing.  It doesn't involve eternity.  It doesn't involve faith.  More than anything, it misses the mark and guarantees you will not see His Hand.

 

     The Lover of Your Soul designed the matter before the enemy crafted a plan to defeat you.

 

     You are not helpless and you are not a victim.  Neither are others involved.

 

     This is about His Plan and your submission.  He alone knows what is around the corner.

 

     So Soldier, pray with all your might and let the Holy Spirit lead you.

 

     Buck up and ask the Lord to deal with your worrying.

 

     Do the next thing before you with all your might. 

 

     God's Word is more real than the way that you feel.

 

     Stand before Him and tell Him.
     Today.
     Aloud.
 

 

    

Off the Rail:

     In the Body of Christ, Love is not the result of chemistry.

 

     I have so often seen cliques form in churches.

 

     The bottom line is that we are to lay our lives down for the Brethren. 

 

     That means we love the unlovely.
     It means we must  let the Lord flow through to those who seem to have nothing in common with us and those who don't seem to get it.
     It means we are available for the  most obnoxious troublemaker.

 

     This isn't to say that we pretend everyone is wonderful and overlook the one who is against the Lord.  It just means we acknowledge that only He knows the heart and we are available to the Holy Spirit for the ministry of Love.

 

     You are a Soldier of The Cross.  You have enlisted in the Army of the Lord and you stand in the ranks of those who agree with Him no matter what.

 

     You have the Indwelling Holy Spirit. He has given you discernment.  He is the Light-giver.  He empowers.  And He is the example and He holds the nozzle of Love.

 

     Soldier, this is something that springs from prayer and there is no other source.  Stand before the Throne and tell the Lord you will obey.  You will be a vessel of Love.

 

    He'll show you what to do when.  He never fluffs over prayer. 

 

     His Love is demonstrated by and through His Own.

 

     Tell Him. 
     Aloud.

 

    

The "Unexpected":

     It is critical to remember His Word tells us that we are not to place our Treasure in this life.

 

     Not an easy thing for the flesh.

    

     Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.

     But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;

     For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
                  Matthew 6:19-21 (Amplified Bible)

 

     You re a Soldier of The Cross. You love and cling to the taking up of the Cross and following hard after Him.  That means your hands can't be clinging to other things. 

 

     What are you thinking about?  Talking about?

 

     The battle is in the mind.  

 

     Soldier, make sure that you are not always striving for control over circumstances.  Your goal must be to know Him.  To be like Him.  To be quickly responsive to the Holy Spirit.

 

     Stand before Him and deal with the matter of your thought life. He will renew your vision of following Him.
     Do it aloud.
     Today.