Summary: So you think it is tough being a Christian?
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Quit whining about how hard it is to be a Christian and the Church has no impact in the culture because of blah, blah, blah. Christianity was birthed in one of the cruelest tyrannies in history and spread like a Texas grassfire. Even today, the Church is stronger in places when it should have no chance of survival. Christians are persecuted and killed daily and yet the Church grows. It is not growing here because Christians are not focused on the Kingdom and the King, but on the circustances and their own self interests. When we die to self and look to Christ the Church will thrive. Change yourself and you change your family. Change your family and you will change your church. Change your church and you will change your town. Change your town and it will change the state. Change the state and it will change the country. Change your country and you will impact change upon the world.
So, quit your whining. Stand up like a child of God. Dust off your armor and put it on. Submit yourself to your King and charge Hell for its gates cannot prevail. We are not called to be entertained inside some building's walls. We are called to enter into the fray between good and evil. David faced his giant in the name of the Lord and so should we face our giants. "Greater is He that is in than he that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)
Do not war against people. War against the devil and take back his captives in the love of God. Remember Saul was the greatest enemy of the Christ and he became one of it greatest saints. The war has been won. We are just in mop up mode and freeing hostages from spiritual Auschwitzs. Faith is the victory and souls are waiting for you to free them from their bondage. We do not have to sing "We shall overcome" for He has already overcome. Stop whining and start winning as you were called to do. It is time that the Church rises up and makes the kingdom of Hell tremble at the name of Jesus as it did in the first century.
Rise Up, Fellow Soldier
There is power in the blood and victory in the Cross,
So why, Child of God, do you mourn like all is lost?
Take up your mighty sword, the blessed Word of God
And march into the battlefield where other Saints have trod.
When in joyful, singing faith we do them assail,
The Gates of deepest Hell have no chance to prevail.
Satan's host may seem so many and so very strong,
Yet, before the toughest battle, we can sing the Victor's song.
The Captain of the Hosts has already won the fight
And filled the darkness with His Shekinah light!
There is no foe that He has not already overcome.
The spoils are there waiting so let's take us some.
The time is short and there is so very much to do.
You cannot imagine what Christ can do in you.
So rise up, my fellow soldier, and quit your looking down!
Look up to Him who shares with you the glorious Victor's crown.
Sep 23, 1995