But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat - for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus - And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise - this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded
Dan 1:8 Ac 21:13 Psa 57:7 Phip. 3:13-15

Continuing on in our series, Shock Proofing Our Spiritual Walk, we will need to stop for a moment and turn our attention to this word we call "DETERMINATION." It was Hugo who said, "People do not lack strength; they lack will." However, I am particularly fond of the following quote-signed Anonymous, "He who would be a mover of the world must not be moved by the world." And since we are on the subject of quotes consider the following expressions by Munger and Scott.

"There is no road to success but
through a clear, strong purpose

"When a man has not a good reason for doing
a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone

I am utterly convinced that there can be no commitment where there is no determination. Call it want you want but without determination, that is spiritual gumption, we will come to an sudden and abrupt halt in OUR walk with the LORD.

But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful
Matthew 13

On this topic of DETERMINATION I would like you to carefully listen to the following selection borrowed from Foxe's Book Of Martyrs having to do with the life and times of Andrew, Christ disciple .

VII. Andrew

Andrew preached the gospel to many Asiatic nations; but on his arrival at Edessa he was taken and crucified on a cross, the two ends of which were fixed transversely in the ground. Hence the derivation of the term, St. Andrew's Cross...

The proconsul ordered Andrew not to preach these things anymore, or he would face a speedy crucifixion. Whereupon Andrew replied, "I would not have preached the honor and glory of the cross if I feared the death of the cross."

Andrew going toward the place of execution and seeing the cross waiting for him never changed his expression. Neither did he fail in his speech. His body fainted not, nor did his reason fail him, as often happens to men who are about to die. He said, "Oh cross, most welcomed and longed for! With a willing mind, joyfully and desirously, I come to you, because I have always been your lover and yearn to embrace you."

I ask you today my dear brother and sister, what cross have you been called upon to pick up? Would you be so bold, so brave, so DETERMINED, as to most proudly and joyously bear it for the glory of God?

Besides, what else do you have to live for that is worth giving all your life's energies to? And what could possibly be of such value to you as to out-shine the excellency that there is to be found in knowing and sharing in the suffering of Christ?

And so I introduce to you our subject with great enthusiasm and anticipation for all the things the LORD is going to accomplish on our behalf. Be sure to join us for our next devotion as we continue our study concerning this word, "DETERMINATION."

Until then let's DETERMINE in our hearts to carry out the challenge laid out before us in Hebrews 13:11-16, Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.




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