Soldier of The Cross, we are told in I Thessalonians that we have " . . . all the privileges and rewards of the new life in Jesus Christ the Messiah. " What a tremendous thing! Why then, do we insist on living as though it were not true? Why must we impale ourselves on the day to day drudgeries? Why must we worry and fret and rehearse our past losses and hurts? Why are we blinded to the needs of those around us? Are you a Soldier of The Cross? Have you decided to take up the Cross daily and follow Him? We have been born into Heaven's economy. We have been born into a Royal Race. We have been born into the Kingdom of His Dear Son. We have the seal of Promise on our hearts. Can you go back? Of course not So, Soldier, you must proceed. You have either claimed your life as your own, or you have crossed The Line. Soldier, look up and move on!
The Lord will take anything and make everything out of it. He who created the heavens with His word of power is fully able to take your life, just as it is, and reveal Himself. All He requires is, availability. What do you have? Not much money? Not much time? Just a few loaves and fishes? He can take what you have and do anything. In prayer, you must yield up all that you have. He will reveal Himself as The Light of The World. All you need to do is be available.
There will be no acrid air in Heaven. Where He is, there is sweetness, Glory, Light, healing and creativity. Soldier of The Cross, when the atmosphere is wrong, you must Stand on The Rock of Ages and resist the enemy. Because we live in a fallen world, and because satan is the prince of the power of the air, there are always things that pierce the most determined and stalwart. We read about the saints of the faith and we think that they were stronger than we. It is not true. Soldier of The Cross, do you recognize what is happening? Can you see when you are being attacked? A Servant of the Living God ought not to be on the defensive. He who is our High tower, Commander, High Wall and Fortress, is more than able. Do you need to be in control? Are you willing to let Him have His way? If you are, the ground on which you walk will not move. Your eyes will reflect Him. Your countenance will reflect Peace. Walk in the Light, as He is in the Light. It is absolutely possible to taste Heaven on earth.
The Soldier of The Cross may not howl and carry on about how he has been treated. If you hear yourself behaving that way, stop and consider the One who died for you. When there is no Cross, the flesh needs attention and tries to gain a false balance by persuading someone against someone else. The offense may even have been caused by someone no longer living, but, if there is no Cross the need to salve the wound gets stronger with age. The Cross is the place of the death of the flesh. It is the place where personal offenses are given up to the Lord. It is the place where the gravity of this life is weakened, and heaven brings a vision of eternity. It is the place of ministry to others- sacrificial ministry. It is the place of sweet fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Soldier, waste no time. Take up your Cross daily. In prayer. Aloud.
The bottom line of your life is, have you decided to trust God, or have you not? If you are trusting Him, you must look at Him. You must listen to the things He says, because you have already decided that your life is in His hands and not your own. What are the most basic facts you know about Him? He is Love. He gave Himself for you. He is preparing a Place for you. He watches over you. He dwells within you as the Holy Spirit His heart is ravished when you think of Him. He listens intently. He has already conquered death. He has made it so that you can experience His peace at all times. Where else will you go? Who else will you follow? So, He means what He says. It means He will withhold no good thing. It means that He will enter when the door is opened, and He will sup with you. He will lead you with His eyes. He will restore the years the locusts have eaten. So, the One who holds the stars in place and gave His life for you, is only going to allow what is the best for you. Therefore, thank Him. Those who are thankful do not ask "why". You don't need to know why. In fact, you do not have the capacity to understand, even if you were told. You are not Omniscient. He alone holds the understanding. Submit to the surgical knife of the Lover of Your Soul.
What are the things that undo you? Usually they are the little things of everyday life. Unkind words spoken, too much attention, too little attention, misunderstanding. Whenthere is no taking up of the Cross, there is no dropping of the Load. The hands must be empty to take up the Cross and follow Him. He wants to make His own likeness in you. That means taking you through the things that will sand away the useless places. Soldier of The Cross, you are being prepared for heaven. Refuse to be tipped over. Learn to look at lend yourself to the things that are of importance to Him, not the things that are important to everyone else.
Soldier of The Cross, the flesh has the strongest of feelings. Disappointment is an emotion. A feeling. And, it is real. The issue is, is He real? Is His Word true? Or is it not? Soldier, consider the famous hymn. Are you indeed a Soldier of The Cross Yes? Get up. Dust yourself off, and gear up for the battle. After all, what else is there? Stand then in his great might, with all his strength endued; but take to arm you for the fight, the panoply of God. Leave no unguarded place, no weakness of the soul; take every virtue, every grade, and fortify the whole. Soldier, take this to prayer. Aloud. I tell you, if you have not prayed loud, you have never experienced the release that prayer can bring. You must formulate thoughts into sentences. Come before Him and declare that you will serve. Is there an area of your life that is open field for satan? Tell Him you will yield. Do it today and do it aloud. Tell Him that you will leave no unguarded place!
Those who walk with the Lord know what it is to partake of His Life. His Life far exceeds enthusiasm or fervor or bent. His Life is always present where He is allowed to be. This means that when the Soldier of The Cross is available, the Lord is ministering through that Christian. This ministry if beyond anyone's personality or ability. It is supernatural. The Life of the Lord is resurrection Life. It is described as "rivers of living water" that flow out of the one who is in unity with Him. Soldier, there is nothing you can do to minister the life of the Lord, except belong to Him, cling to Him, Love Him and obey Him. You can't improve your personality. You can't take a course. You can't practice. You can't sacrifice to get it. You can't imitate. You can. just know Him. Then, He will reveal Himself through you.
It is not difficult to have a relationship with the One who holds the stars in place. All He requires is your availability. There are many things that can stand in the way: Intellectualism Sophistication Personal plans The desire for the approval of others The need to be in control Longing for success The need for comfort Religion Soldier of The Cross, be like the leaf on the tree in the Fall. Wait for Him. He longs to communicate with you. Tell Him you are available. Tell Him today. Aloud.
If you find change difficult, you need to get some things settled with God. Traumatic change is never easy. Death, debilitating illness, an unwanted move, a broken relationship - any of these will be tough. However, as Soldiers of The Cross, we have chosen to serve Another. That means we must allow the deep work of the Holy Spirit in order to be able to follow the Lord. If we are available to be changed by Him, we are available to the changes He brings into our lives. Concerning many things, we have free will. There are changes we can choose not to make. We can resist the gentle leading of the Spirit. In so doing, we miss God's best for us. Nevertheless, there is choice. If we follow him, there is Glory, transformation and freedom. There comes a time when God allows change, or brings change that the flesh hates, simply because of the level of discomfort. These changes should not be traumatic. These changes are those that are a natural part of the supernatural course. As an attorney, I see many people who do not have a choice. They are heartbroken and would have done anything to avoid the situation in which they have found themselves. As a member of the Body of Christ, I see those who fear a loss of control. I see those who are so afraid God will let them down, that they deliberately and knowingly refuse to live by biblical principles. Soldier of The Cross, are you really His? Humility is a requisite to having any relationship with the Lord. Why did Paul say less of me and more of Him? All you know is what you know. In fact, you do not even know all of the things that are "common knowledge." How can you possibley know what is best for you? For that reason, we have His Word. He has asked you to wait for Him. To trust Him. To take His Word over what you see with your eyes. He has asked you to let Him lead you. He wants to be your Shepherd. Put the baggage down. Be ready to move. Those who are ready in Christ are able to work with total concentration, regardless of the circumstances. Those who are ready in Christ are able to live in the moment. Those who are ready in Christ are aware of the needs of others. Those who are ready in Christ are eager to serve. Those who are ready in Christ have a world vision. Those who are ready in Christ are not easily offended. Those who are ready in Christ are able to love the unlovely. Those who are ready in Christ are stable. Those who are ready in Christ are like Him.