The Hidden Things:

     There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.    
                                 Luke 12: 2. 3

     We all know that the Lord sees it all.

     Yet, there are still times when you act and feel as though there is something hidden in your life.  It could be anything from a fear to a painful habit.  Or perhaps you are covering for someone else - so common in ministry to find that a spouse is covering for a mate's problem.

      As always, I speak to you as a Soldier of The Cross.  This means you have made a decision to take up the Cross (the place of the death of the flesh), and follow hard after Him. You will follow wherever, whenever, and under all circumstances.  You are eager to be changed.

     In order to do this, He is making your load lighter all the time. 

     Being made in His image, your depth knows no limit.    You are a sojourner and a pilgrim.   He loves you to the extent He will not let you continue to drag the rotten load behind you as you move on.

     Soldier,  this is probably not the time for public confession, as that is usually destructive.  This is the time for transparency in prayer.

    Then look and listen for Him.  You can't do this on your own.

     Stand before Him and let Him lead you in prayer about this.  Do it aloud.
     Do it now.

Blessing and Money:

     The teaching that God's blessing is manifested in financial gain is a cancer in the Christian community. 

     It is not noble to be poor, and it is not a disgrace to have much.  The issue is,  the money is His, not ours.

     God is no man's debtor.

     One of the most neglected yet often quoted verses in the Bible is Matthew 6:11;  "Give us this day our dally bread . . ."

     In teaching the disciples to pray, the Lord made it clear that our provision is to be prayed in daily.   This is rare in all of Christendom.

     When we have plenty, we forget to pray for provision, and we tend to think of the money as belonging to us.  When we don't have enough, we wait until bills are not covered, and then there is pleading and panicky prayer for money to cover the immediate thing.  that is usually followed by letting "certain" people know there is a financial need.

     There are always financial surprises, and no where in the Bible is there one word that promises wealth if you support a particular ministry or person.

     The money is His, and the tithes and offerings need to come right off the top even if there is not enough to meet your on-paper need.   There is a promise about His provision when the first fruits are yielded up to Him.

     Soldier of The Cross,  if you are waking up in the night worrying about money, obviously you are being attacked.  That aside,  learn to pray in the finances.   It results in faith.

     Do it aloud, and do it each day. You must learn to be dependent, not independent.

   

Do The Next Thing:

     So many things are raging about you.

     Perhaps devastation, betrayal, or depression for no apparent reason.  Do the next thing that is before you and do it as unto the Lord.

     Soldier of The Cross, He could come in five minutes from now.  You cannot solve the matter and you cannot pull yourself out of the mud.  But you can do the thing that is immediately before you.   

     Is is grading a paper?  Changing a diaper?   Doing dishes?  Are you obligated to preach or to teach?

     Do the next thing.   We put one foot in front of the other and we move on until He does something else.

     And Soldier, commit this to Him in prayer.  Aloud.
     Look up and move on.

You Never Know:

     It's much too easy to observe someone and decide what he or she is thinking because of the countenance.

     When someone does something or refuses to do something, the enemy loves to bombard the  thoughts with all the reasons why.

     If you don't know for sure, do not try to figure it out.   The scenarios will play out on the screen of your mind, and you will experience real emotions based on a fabrication. 

     Much gossip starts this way.

     Soldier of The Cross,  when strange things happen, do not fill in the blanks with speculation.   Much spiritual murder has resulted from this kind of thought activity.  Only the Lord knows the heart.

     Many things are hidden.  We are not supposed to know everything.  The flesh craves an answer and wants to be in control by understanding.

     It has to be clean. If you don't know for sure, don't guess.

     Leave it with Him. Aloud.
     Today.
    

Justice:

     Yes, Vengeance is His, as He has told us.

     This does not mean you are going to get to see it.  The last thing the Soldier of The Cross needs is to hang around the crime scene,  waiting for the offender to get whacked.

     When we cross over, we will see and understand justice.  Right now, move on.   If you look back to watch,  even though the happenings are in the unseen, you will turn into a pillar of salt and be useless.

     Forgiveness does not mean you are best friends with the offender.  It mean you let it go and move on.

     The worst thing is to be misquoted with devastating results.  Or to have someone report falsely about you to another.  There is always a terrible ripple effect. If it can be straightened out, do it.  But you are a Servant and you are following after Him.  There will be no putting the Cross down so you can settle the score.

     You can't put your hand to the plow and look back.

     If you have decided your life will be about ministry, you will absolutely be maligned and/or betrayed.  Usually by someone you have invested yourself in.

     You must move on.  The Lord might fix it quickly and He might not.  It is a matter to be dealt with in prayer, and it's not easy.

     The enemy will press you to vindicate yourself, but often this is a deterrent to service.  It is one of the hardest things to give up to Him.

     Soldier, look up and move on.

     Tell Him you will leave it at His feet.  Tell Him aloud and tell Him you want to move on.   This world is  not your home, and that fact becomes more and more real when you agree  with Him in prayer.

     Do it today.    

Just For Today:

     Tomorrow will deal with itself.

     Right now, you need to turn your attention to the immediate.

     Take in His Word.  You have been forgetting that. Stand before Him and let the Indwelling Holy Spirit lead in prayer.    You can't fix tomorrow when tomorrow is not here.

     Give it to Him in prayer.  Now
    
Aloud.

 

 

Stop!

     It is not good for you to sling back words you think the other deserves.

     We have all heard the age-old adage "Don't stoop to her level".

     Getting even is a habit.  You must realize right now that when you retaliate to either get back at the other or to put him or her in place, it is a huge mistake and you make a fool of yourself.

     One of the loudest messages in the Bible is that God will attend to what the other deserves, and that you do not have the capacity to know what that is.

     This habit has to be broken, and it must be a matter of prayer.  Your holding your tongue is a tremendous protection for you.  Words created damage, and when the other is creating damage, why should the Soldier of The Cross sling it back?

     Children must be taught that this is not a matter of being a weakling, but that it is a matter of wisdom.   It is a protection for the one who can't be moved to say foolish and destructive things.

     As a family lawyer, I see this problem as widespread. I have an incredibly hard time trying to get my clients from hurling hasty and angry responses to the other party.  As a pastor's wife for 33 years, I saw that believers often can't wait for God, and must rush in and take the matter in their own hands.  This always results in damage, division and  the door is thrown wide open for the enemy.

     Soldier,  "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . ."   (John 1:14)

    The Word.  He is The Word.   Words are so critical.   You don't have to have all the right words, but you surely do need to withhold all the wrong ones.

     Listen to yourself.

     Pray about this.  Aloud.

 

Plodding On:

     Lord, as I stand before you tonight, I want to say aloud to you again that you can do anything you want with my life. 

     Please do anything and everything in me to make me more like you.  I know this will cost, and I know I won't like it when it happens.  Nonetheless, i want you more than anything.

     Oh, Lord, I am so burdened about the one who has strayed so far from you and is veering off in such a destructive vector.   By faith now, I give her up to you and ask that the Holy Spirit would remind me to govern my thoughts about her life.  Please lead me in how to pray for her.

     Lord, so much is flying about, but I tell you I am determined to have my being in you and nothing else. 

    
     Thank you so much for your Word. Please let me see and hear you more quickly and more clearly.

     My Lord and my God.

 

The Leading of The Spirit:

     The leading of the Indwelling Holy Spirit is more often than not ignored by Christians.

     It is different for you, because you have made the decision to give up the right to design your own destiny and have told the Lord you will yield to His leading, no matter what.  This means you are always praying to recognize Him, and waiting for His direction.

     Generally, when you know nothing, do nothing. 

     There are times when a decision must be made, and you feel like you are still in the dark.  Remember, He is preparing us for heaven, and He is not going to  take you away from everything that might be labeled a "mistake".  He wants to train you in wisdom.   Consequently, there are times when wisdom is gained from a wrong choice.

     When it comes to decisions of significant consequence,  He gives unction, assurance, curiosity and miraculous opportunity.  He also draws us to the unexpected.

     The Frontier of faith means that we are wooed into areas and presented with plans that are out of the realm of our imagination.

     Do you truly want to serve Him?   There are times in life when there is a tiny little thought that seems to come from nowhere.  It might be an idea that is something impossible for you and out of the realm of anything in your experience.  But it just won't go away.   It is like a little silver strand of thought that makes no sense and matches nothing.

     Pay careful attention.  The Holy Spirit is not a screamer.  He is not a head-basher.  He is often delicate and leads the Soldier who is in prayer about being a Living Sacrifice and doing anything God wants.

     Oh, Soldier of The Cross!    He will lead you into the most exquisite places.  And even when all is unfamiliar, you will know you are at home.

     Take this to Him in prayer.  Aloud.
     Today
   

Encourage Yourself In The Lord:

      And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.   
                      Samuel 30:6

     The most interesting thing about this verse is, we have no idea how David encouraged himself in the Lord.   We only know that he did.

     All front line Servants of the Living God have times of unspeakable discouragement.  And as a matter of course, the enemy is always trying to keep us deflated.  He constantly send missiles in an attempt to deflect our attention from the Goal.

     Laziness often creeps in. When there is little prayer and no fresh Word of God, the Soldier is vulnerable.  But a devotional life is not a prescription to produce all we need.

     One of the things that sets the heart aflame is the story of one who has gone before and has been in desperate need.   Hearing how that need is met by the Lord is not only encouraging, but instructional.   So many have been called to serve, and the stories of His faithfulness are fuel for the Soldier's heart.

     I have just finished Herbert Grings' autobiography.  He was a little known missionary to the Congo in the early part of the 1900's.   What a Soldier!  What difficulty and what deliverance.   What answers to prayer.  Heartache and loss.  Death.  Thrill.  Satisfaction. Explosive joy.

     Soldier of The Cross, make a habit of reading about those who have gone before us.  While there are a few good books written today, much of Christian literature has to do with feeling better about yourself and having a better life.  What a waste.

     Follow the journeys of those who have been called as you have - called to take up The Cross and follow Him.

     There are hundreds and hundreds.  Many are free on the Google Books site.

     We need each other.  We need to hear from those who have gone before.  We see their footprints on the path in front of us.    

     Buying books?    Start with Elisabeth Elliot's "A Chance to Die"- the story of Amy Carmichael.     When you hit the second half of the book, you will not be able to put it down.  Consider the title. 

     Get the Jaffray series.  Many missionary biographies.  
     Our heritage makes us vastly wealthy.

 

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