We must have our spiritual eyes open to see and live another reality. Therefore, the great call of these times is to fulfill II Timothy 2:3-4:
"Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the One who enlisted him as a soldier."
A soldier does not enlist for a vacation. Though many may have become Christians because of a promise of health, wealth, or the solutions to their problems, true soldiers have enlisted with the very real commitment to be willing to go into harm's way, and if necessary, pay the ultimate price to advance God’s purpose for their life. True soldiers of Christ go even further, resolving to die every day to this world so that they live to move forward God’s Kingdom in the earth.
True Christianity is a life of sacrifice. As we are told in Matthew 16:25:
"For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake shall find it."
THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM
It is true that when we lay down our lives daily for the sake of the Gospel we find a fulfillment in life, peace, and joy in a way that is incomprehensible to those who do not know Him. There is no greater liberty that we could ever know than to be Christ's slave. To walk in the courage that it takes to be a soldier of the Cross is the path to the ultimate freedom--the freedom from fear.
If we have died to this world, then there is nothing this world can do to us. One who is dead does not fear rejection, failure, or anything else.
The paradox is that being a soldier of the Cross is at once the hardest thing we could ever do and the easiest life we could ever live. Even so, true soldiers do not serve for the rewards or benefits, but because it is the right thing to do. The Lord is worthy of this devotion. We were bought with the ultimate price, His own life, and we now belong to Him.
As Paul wrote in I Corinthians 7:35, "And this I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly, and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord."
BE PREPARED FOR PERSECUTION
A factor we must prepare for is that the brighter the light of the Church becomes, the more threatened those living and loving the darkness will become, and the more they will attack her.
Christians who are not prepared for persecution are not prepared. Like it or not, the brighter our light becomes, the stronger we become, and the more we will have to fight. Even so, there can be no victory without a battle, and the bigger the battle, the bigger the victory will be. We also have the great encouragement that we are on the side that cannot lose if we remain faithful.
LIKE KING DAVID I MAKE WORSHIP MY DAILY TOP PRIORITY.
I DIE TO THE WORLD EVERY DAY FOR THE SAKE OF MY CALLING IN CHRIST TO ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM IN THE EARTH..
EVERY DAY AND IN EVERY WAY GOD IS OPENING THE EYES OF MY UNDERSTANDING TO SEE INTO THE HEAVENLY SPIRITUAL REALITY.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY
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