So many today are not prepared for spiritual battle. Worse yet, those who are suppossed to be used of God to set others on fire are wasting their life.
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Cor. 12-14
“For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” 1 Cor. 14:8
Though in the context Paul is talking about speaking in tongues it is a very interesting analogy that he uses. Here’s the deal. We have been called to fight the good fight of faith [1 Tim. 6:12, 2 Tim. 4:7]. We are not only called to be ready and prepared for battle, but we are commanded to prepare others! “Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!” [Isaiah 62:10]. Isaiah 58:1 declares, “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet…” So, I am called to be ready and prepared for battle – fighting the good fight of faith as well as training others to do the same. My voice is actually to be like a trumpet. Think of that! Here’s the question. How clear is the sound coming forth from my mouth, and my life? How clean is that sound? Or is there any sound at all? A good way to gauge these questions is to ask myself, “are others around me desiring to fight the good fight of faith because of my life? If not, I need to see what kind of sound is coming forth from my life. Is it uncertain? If so, why? Is there insecurity? Is there sin? Does my trumpet need a little adjustment? Or do I just need to go back and learn to “play the trumpet” in the privacy of my own prayer closet?
Before I preach to others I must first preach to myself. Before I prepare a message for people I need to prepare my heart before God. After I have does the necessary “heart maintenance” then (and only then) can the Holy Spirit begin to use my life for His glory. Once I have sincerely prepared my heart I had better use the trumpet of my life! There’s too many “silent witnesses” these days who sit around on Church chairs doing a whole lot of nothing. The Apostle Paul said with heart-wrenching tears… “woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.” [1 Cor. 9:16]. Wrench-out your heart here, or wrench it out on Judgment Day, but we must awaken ourselves to the signs of the times and rise up like never before to declare this glorious good news of the gospel of our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It’s all or nothing. Are you ready to start preparing for battle?
“Lord, I feel a sense of urgency. Too long I have been sitting around polishing the trumpet, but not blowing the trumpet. I’ve been “blowing it” in the flesh, but haven’t yet understood just how crucial my role is in your Kingdom. Help me today to be re-awakened to be prepared for the battle – to fight the good fight of faith. Today I take hold of Eternal Life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Feeling limited? Feeling stifled? Feeling like you are beating your head against a wall? I believe this Psalm contains the secret to living the Christian Life…
“My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness And Your salvation all the day, For I do not know their limits.” Psalm 71:15 NKJV
This is such a powerful Scripture. It speaks of newness, boldness, righteousness, Heaven, and all that encompasses the declaration of the Salvation of the Most High. How in the world can any of us be so courageous so as to proclaim this great Gospel? The last part of the verse gives us the key. “For I do not know limits.” Notice in the original language the word, “their” isn’t even there! I believe this was David’s secret to “the Christian Life”, if you will. He saw himself as unlimited! Could it be that so many of us are not sharing the glorious Good News that God can make us righteous and that His Salvation is available is because we set limits on ourselves? We feel we’re limited by our mistakes, our past, our jobs, our cities. We find ourselves saying, “Oh if only….” David wasn’t like this. He was going forward because he didn’t know anything about limits. If you would have asked David, “But what about the strongholds of the enemies?” He would have said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, anyway God fights my battles!” We need to learn to live without limitations. We must break them off and begin to do what God has called us to do!
Have you ever had someone who was so jealous about you? Did it drive you nuts, or did it awaken something on the inside of you to realize your own value as a person?
Daily Bible Reading: Josh. 19-24
“And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. Joshua 24:18-19 KJV
This isn’t necessarily the kind of message that you’d think Joshua would share with the people of God – not too encouraging. Basically the people are saying, “We’ll serve the Lord!” and Joshua is saying, “No you won’t.” Why would Joshua be so confrontational? Joshua knew that the people of God were still holding on to the gods of their past and certainly weren’t volunteering to get rid of them. Joshua wanted them to get right with God, but he knew that their hearts weren’t right, and thus they were not going to experience all the goodness that God had planned for them.
I wish I could really understand that incredible revelation that God is a jealous God. Most of the time it’s easy to think that God isn’t really all that interested in my affairs, but ‘O to understand that He is a jealous Lover who wants to spend time with me and to bless me – that would change a lot of my warped preconceptions of God. Because if I understand this concept of God being a jealous God it will enable me to get rid of anything that will hinder my walk with Him. As I rid myself of these things I position myself to both, love and serve God!
“Lord, help me today to see just how jealous you are of my soul. Forgive me for allowing other things to get in the way of a pure 1-on-1 relationship that has to potential to revolutionize my entire life. I desire to follow you today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Are you at least 20 years old? Are you willing to be used by God? Well, if you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions then this message is for you!
Daily Bible reading: Heb. 11-13, Num. 1-10, Ps. 28-35
Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war. Num 1:26
This is the first numbering that God spoke to Moses to number the people. But this numbering isn’t “everybody”, but only those who were 20 years and older. There is also an interesting prerequisite to who was to be included in this count. They had to be able to go forth to war. I wonder how many Christians these days couldn’t be counted on by God. The Lord is basically saying, “I need people who are mature and militant!” Today, in the Church, we have those who are immature and act like mice!
Jesus said of His Church, “…the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it!”
Who will step up and be counted? Who will throw off their selfish immaturity and begin to get real with God? Can God really count on Christians today? I believe that, as a foundation, we must be committed to spiritual growth. A person can be a “Church go-er” for 20 years, but if they don’t know how to stand up against the whiles of Satan, what good are they to the Kingdom of God? We must have strong men and women who are mature and militant. If we’re not there yet, we must direct our attention to these two key areas if we are going to make a difference in our generation.
“Holy Spirit, it’s my prayer this morning that there would such a strong desire in me to be mature and militant. In a day and age when truth is fallen in the streets – I long to be a restorer of the breach and to proclaim the Gospel with boldness and clarity. Today, be the strength of my life, in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.”