Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things, (yes, even trials).
1Corinthians 13:7

Therefore, my beloved son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Thou therefore endure hardness as a good solider of Jesus Christ. No man that wareth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please the one who hath chosen him to be a solider II Timothy 2

Don't be fooled! Like it or not, as believers we are all a part of the Army of God, and as such we are called upon to be good soldiers. A solider in this case is referred to as; "a champion for the cause of Christ." The Scriptures tell us that we have been chosen [drafted] to this position. Think not, then read the following passages.
Nehemiah 4:17, Romans 13:12, II Corinthians 6:7;10:4, Ephesians 6:11-17

As "champions of the cause of Christ" our first priority is to be strong; that is to say, we are to increase in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. What was that you said? Grace? Grace,in the life of a solider? I mean, when was the last time you heard of grace being taught in Boot Camp?

But grow we must if we are to survive the spiritual warfare we find ourselves thrust into. The idea we are chosen to be soldiers must tell us something of the walk the Lord has called us to. Jesus did not come to make us happy. However, He did come to make us joyful, and that that joy would remain.
1 John 1:4 These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

Was that an amen I just heard? Careful don't get carried away yet. Are you aware of the
cost involved to experience the truly joyful life? Well, we are given a small glimpse in the Gospel's of Matthew and Luke. Let's take a closer look.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5:12

Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luke 6:23

Did you know that the word, "Rejoice" means, "To leap for joy?" So what we see here is, that if we want the kind of life that will cause us to "leap for joy", we must then live the kind of life that will draw opposition and persecution into our lives.

Hey come back; don't run away just yet, besides if you're on A.O.L. you'll only end up getting signed off. Like Christ our model, and the whom we are to imitate, our joy is directly related to the degree of endurance that is evident in our lives.

Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

What in the world does grace have to do with endurance? Well, as *good soldiers of the cross we are called upon to ENDURE, NOT JUST TOLERATE, hardness. You say what's the difference? Glad you asked! The most obvious one is that of attitude, but there is a greater truth to learn here. You can see it more clearly in the following passages where two types of people are portrayed.

Heb 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Mark 4:16,17 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.

What made the difference in the lives of these people? I declare unto you, it was God's grace. And it is this grace whereby, God exerts His holy influence upon our souls; that when allowed to kindle, sparks us to Christian growth and virtue. It is this grace that when allowed accomplish its work in our hearts, causes us to count all things, as did the Apostle Paul, "as dung."

Here are but a few things our brothers, sisters, brethren, and prophets, who went before us endured and came out victorious on the other end:

Hatred from friends and family, affliction, rejection, shame, betrayal, persecution, abuse and misuse, grief, tribulation, humiliation, offenses, false accusation, hardness, spoiling of all goods, trials, testings, threatings. And if that's not enough, ALL THINGS! Can any of you identify?

Well, believe it or not, some how all this enduring pleases God and is that not the ultimate goal of each one of us, regardless of where we are in our spiritual walk?

Claim God's Power.
Bind the Enemy.
Always Look To Jesus the Author and Finisher of their salvation.
Are Not Influenced by the Things That Are Seen.
Pray At All Times.
Put on the Whole Armor of God.
Watch With All Perseverance.
Report For Duty
Follow Out Their Orders Exactly As They Were Given.
Do Not Offer Their Own Opinions.

Again, this can only be accomplished as we faithfully, and continually, carry out the Masters instructions which tell us, "look not at the things which are seen - but keep looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.
2 Corinthians 4:18 Hebrews 12:2

Yes, we must choose to stay focused on the Captain of our Faith, only then can we have courage to march into battle for the Lord Jesus Christ. Be a good solider. Report before the Throne of Grace today and receive your orders.

Know this; the joyful life is the enduring life; the enduring life is the blessed life; the blessed life is the life full of the grace of God.

Verses For Your Own Personal Study

Matthew 10:22, 24:13
Mark 4:17, 13:13 John 6:27
Romans 9:22
1Corinthians 13:7
2Corinthians 1:6
2Thessolains 1:4
2Timothy 2:3,10, 3:11, 4:3,5
Hebrews 6:15, 10:32,34, 11:27, 12:2,3,7,20
James 1:12, 5:11
1Peter 1:25, 2:19


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Now I commend You Brethern To The Word Of His Grace That Is Able To Build You up And Give You An Inheritance Among The Saints Ac20:32