2Ti 2:3 (KJV) Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. – the whole paragraph
I want to encourage you to always say yes to God
I want to encourage you to walk through open doors of opportunity.
I want to encourage you to be a man of God, or to say it another way
I want to encourage you to be GOD’S MAN
I want to encourage you to stand up and talk about Jesus Jehovah whenever you can, because we are in a fight, we are on a battlefield.
We need to be
Going out on the spiritual battle field and fighting the enemy for souls. We seem to be losing that fight
THE ENEMY IS WINNING because we are derelict and/or cowards.
THE ENEMY IS WINNING Because we refuse to obey direct orders given to us by our Commander Jesus Jehovah.
One of my biggest regrets is that I never went into the armed forces.
I’m ashamed of that.
I’m ashamed I let others go and fight my battle, because of that I denied myself of golden experiences that can never be learned in a peaceful land. You got to get out where the rubber meets the road to find out what you are deep down inside.
And I am grieved that I missed the opportunity to experience what is a major part of life – war
WW1, WW2, Korea, Vietnam, the middle east “Desert Storm” president Bush called it, “shock and awe” The U.S. forces fought the Taliban and later ISIS. ISIS seemed to me to be unstoppable then along came TRUMP and they were no more a threat. Now that Biden is president – well we will see.
I also want to encourage you to encourage the brethren to be the best they can be; the bravest spiritual soldiers they can be. To be an example of what aCHRISTIAN should be.
Re 3:20 (KJV)
Behold, I stand at the DOOR, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and OPEN THE DOOR, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
That is a great salvation verse. I use it as a cross reference with Romans 10:9-10
But I feel it can also be used as a key verse of walking through doors of opportunity into rooms of – of what?
Well you got to get into the room to find out what the what is or isn’t.
I want to encourage you to walk through open doors of opportunity
Stand up men
stand up soldiers
If you don’t feel bold still go
Listen up soldiers
When you were saved
You joined the LORDS ARMY
So if you are saved then you are a Christian soldier
NOW WHAT KIND OF SOLDIER ARE YOU?
Are you a soldier who picks up his weapon and confronts the enemy?
Or are you like the 1960 song, “Custer”
PLEASE MR. CUSTER
I DON’T WANT TO GO
(That famous day in history)
(The men of the 7th Cavalry went riding on)
(And from the rear a voice was heard)
(A brave young man with a trembling word rang loud and clear)
What am I doin’ here?
Please Mr. Custer, I don’t wanna go
Hey, Mr. Custer, please don’t make me go
I had a dream last night about the comin’ fight
Somebody yelled “Attack!”
And there I stood with a arrow in my back.
Please Mr. Custer, I don’t wanna go
Is that you when it comes time to talk about John 3:36 or when going out on visitation?
YOU ARE IN THE LORDS ARMY
SO GET IN THE FIGHT. Jesus said be hot or be cold
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
THERE ARE SO MANY EXCUSES
TO STAY AWAY FROM THE raging SPIRITUAL war, Using the KJB to slay demons in a lost man’s heart
WELL, LARRY I AM NOT THAT WELL VERSED
ITS NOT ABOUT YOU. Its about a righteous cause.
Its about a spiritual 911.
The devil has taken a lot of America. People no longer even know the basic bible stories.
They have no fear of God
Psa 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
The lost, they don’t know that there is coming a day when every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is LORD
Isa 45:23 (KJV) I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Ro 14:11 (KJV) For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
Php 2:10 (KJV) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
We are IN A WAR – a spiritual VIET NAM
EVERY John 3:3 Christian NEEDS TO BE IN FIGHTING SHAPE AND ON THE BATTLE FIELD. That means you!
It’s cowardice to run and hide from the face of the enemy.
It’s cowardice to let another die in your place.
have you let another do your fighting, are you a Spiritual deserter?
Are YOU guilty of being a Christian coward.
WELL MY EXCUSE IS
I NEVER SIGNED UP
I HAVE NEVER BEEN THROUGH BOOTCAMP – THAT’S BECAUSE FOR YOU LIFE IS ALL ABOUT YOU
YOU WATCH AND READ AND DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO
WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO BE A SOLDIER?
WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY?
WHY DON’T YOU WANT TO PLEASE YOUR COMMANDER – JESUS JEHOVAH?
Here are some excuses for you
I’m an introvert
I’m not that well versed
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
I’ll embarrass myself
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
Standing for God has nothing to do about you it has something to do
ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN
I often think of Paul as a spiritual John Wayne or Arnold Schwarzenegger
Physically, he was probably a frail man, standing in the gap like a David fighting Galiath.
Paul knew it wasn’t about him
1Co 1:21 (KJV) For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1Co 1:18 (KJV) For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
1Co 1:26-28 (KJV)
1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
1Co 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1Co 1:29 (KJV) That no flesh should glory in his presence.
1Co 2:1-5 (KJV) And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined AND I WAS WITH YOU IN WEAKNESS, AND IN FEAR, AND IN MUCH TREMBLING not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Ok so what’s your excuse for not telling others about the cross and all that it means?
Don’t tell me or anyone else – Tell God because it is God who told you
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Go ahead and tell God why you can’t obey Him.
But if you are repentant then there is 1st John 1:9
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.