There is never a victory without a war !! We have not been called to a picnic but to an army-THE ARMY OF THE LORD. If you feel discouraged where you are, or you just don’t like it, then you may be in boot camp. Also, soldiers do not get to pick their assignments and if you are in special forces then you probably will not be very comfortable where He puts you most of the time. Special forces go directly into enemy territory even beyond the front line of battle.
We will suffer for Christ. If one hasn’t then check the spiritual compass because it may not be pointing the right direction. Why would He spare us when He did not spare Paul, Peter or even His own Son who suffered so much for His glory?
Suffering will either break down our flesh or cause us to run and go AWOL in the army. When we respond the correct way our flesh will become weaker and weaker and as a result we will know Jesus more and more. That’s because the flesh can not have anything to do with the Spirit and as long as we have flesh then we have a veil between us and God. The thickness of the veil depends on our obedience to God.
Think about it, is it hard to obey when you feel like it? Of course it is but we do it, when we don’t like it, because we trust our COMMANDER and His word to us.
Obedience or even increase suffering leads to decrease flesh which results in the veil become thinner and we begin to know GOD more intimately. Then His glory is revealed to the world through us.
I am so thankful God reached down to me in a traditional church through a Bible study written by another Baptist thousands of miles away in Canada. He’ll probably never know the impact his study about EXPERIENCING GOD had on my life this side of heaven but God surely knows. Through it God saved me and put me into relationship with Him. Only God knew all that I would suffer afterward and how I could have never survived without Him. Even those who I see running from God and the assignment He has given them I feel sorry for because they don’t realize what they are doing. God is at work and He doesn’t join us we join Him in whatever HE is doing. We must look around and see what it is HE is up to and take His han
As a soldier of the cross, there may be times we might not even like the place we’ve been sent to and feel miserable. That’s how Jonah ended up in the belly of the fish! If we look to God He can help us love the way He loves and feel compassion. Afterall, our misery is only revealing more flesh that needs to be cut away from our heart. Trust the Commander. He only wants to make the veil thinner so we can know Him and make Him known.