Adoption, Disciple, Enlistment – A Call to War – 3

August 18, 2014 at 5:44 am (Devotionals, WSGD Newes) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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The Christian in Complete Armour by William Gurnall.

Cowardice VS. Courage

This warfare analogy reveals why there are so many who profess Christ and so few who are in fact Followers of Christ; so many who go into the field against Satan, and so few who come out conquerors. All may have a desire to be successful soldiers, but few have the courage and determination to grapple with the difficulties that accost them on the way to victory. All Israel followed Moses joyfully out of Egypt. But when their stomachs were a little pinched with hunger, and their immediate desires deferred, they were ready at once to retreat. They preferred the bondage of Pharaoh to the promised blessings of the Lord.

Men are no different today. How many part with Christ at the crossroad of suffering! Like Oprah, they go a short distance only (Ruth 1:14). They profess the gospel and name themselves heirs to the blessings of those who Follow. But when put to the test, they quickly grow sick of the journey and refuse to endure for Christ. At the first sign of hardship, they kiss and leave the Savior, reluctant to lose heaven, but even more unwilling to buy it at so dear a price. If they must resist so many enemies on the way, they will content themselves with their own stagnant cisterns and leave the Water of Life for others who will venture farther for it. Who among us has not learned from his own experience that it requires another spirit than the world can give to follow Christ fully?

Let this exhort you then, Follower, to petition God for the Holy determination and bravery you must have to follow Christ. Without it you cannot be what you profess. The fearful are those who march for hell (Rev.21:8); the valiant are they who take heaven by force (Matt. 11:12). Cowards never won heaven. Do not claim that you are begotten of God and have His royal blood running in your veins unless you can prove your lineage by this heroic spirit: *to dare in spite of men and devils.

You should find great strength and encouragement in the knowledge that your commission is divine. God Himself underwrites your battle and has appointed His own Son ‘the captain of [your] salvation’ (Heb.2:10) He will lead you on to the field of battle with courage, and bring you of with honor. He lived for you and died for you; He will live and die with you. His mercy and tenderness to His soldiers is unmatched. Historians tell us Trajan torn his own clothes to bind up his soldiers’ wounds. The Bible tells us Christ poured out His very blood as a balm to heal His Followers wounds; His flesh was torn to bind them up.

For bravery none compare with our Lord. He never turned His head from danger, not even when hell’s hatred and Heaven’s justice *appeared against Him. Knowing all that was about to happen, Jesus went forth and said, ‘Whom seek ye?’ (John 18:4) Satan could not overcome Him – our Savior never lost a battle, not even when He lost His life. He won the victory, carrying His spoils to heaven in the triumphant chariot of His ascension. There He makes an open show of them, to the unspeakable joy of Followers and Angels.

As part of  Christ’s army, you march in ranks of gallant spirits. Every one of your fellow soldiers is the child of a King. Some, like you, are in the midst of battle, besieged on every side by affliction and temptation. Others, after many assaults, repulses, and rallying of their faith (trust) are already standing upon the wall of Heaven as conquerors. From there they look down and urge you, their comrades on earth, to march up the hill after them. This is their cry, ‘Fight to the death and the City is your own, as now is! For the waging of a few days conflict, , you will be rewarded with heavens glory. One moment of this celestial joy will dry up all your tears, heal all your wounds, and erase the sharpness of the fight with the joy of your permanent victory.’

In a word -God, angels, and those fellow Followers already with the Lord are spectators, watching how you conduct yourself as a child of the Most High.  This crowd of witnesses (Heb.12:1) shouts joyfully from the celestial sidelines every time you defeat a temptation, scale a difficulty, or regain lost ground from your enemies. * And if the fight be too much for you, your dear Savior stands by with reserves for your relief at a moments notice. His very heart leaps within Him to see proof of your love and zeal for Him in all your combats. He will not forget your faithfulness. And when you come off the field, He will receive you as joyfully as the Father received Him upon His return to heaven.

Would you be a valiant soldier? Then take heed to the following discussion that follows.

– to be continued. ..
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Questions for further digestion.

♡What is the difference between what we call suffering and God calls suffering?

♡What does ‘take heaven by force’ mean?

♡When are you the most vulnerable to giving up instead of advancing?

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