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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
www.thekeys2kingdom.com
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Embracing The Fight Of Faith

Posted 12-27-2021 at 11:29 PM by Albert Finch


We must not look at the pressures of our times as though they were obstacles set to restrict us. For in the hands of the Almighty, these are the very tools He is using to perfect us.

But the same Spirit that predicted the perilous conditions at the end of the age also forecasts that, in spite of difficulties and battle, the Gospel of Christ's love will be proclaimed worldwide to all nations (see Matthew 24:14). The Lord also said that the "crop" of last-days Christians will reach full stature (see Mark 4:28-29), and that those who know their God will be strong, do exploits, shine like the stars, and lead multitudes to righteousness (see Daniel 11:32; 12:3).

WALKING AS OVERCOMERS IN OUR DESTINY


In every age God requires that we walk as overcomers. To position ourselves as overcomers we must ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7) until we come to understand and implement God’s purpose for our life. We are to pray, to stand in spiritual warfare, to intercede for our leaders and soldiers, and not to surrender the vision that God has put in our heart for our lives (our DESTINY), regardless of whatever temporary setbacks we may face.

We must ask ourselves, is our focus upon the enemy's flood?

Or are we bearing fruit that remains for His Kingdom, in the midst of the onslaught of evil, through moving from glory to glory in His calling on our life?

We don't forget that even when darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples, the promise of God is that His glory shall rise upon us and His presence shall be visibly seen through us! In spite of the appearance that darkness is never-ending, the Lord promises that, at the end of the war between light and darkness, "nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising" (see Isaiah 60:1-3).


THE FIGHT OF FAITH IN GOD'S PROMISES


Our fight is the fight of faith: Do we believe, affirm, and meditate on what God has promised to build up our spirit each and every day? Our war is against principalities and powers: Do we believe the report that Christ shall "sprinkle [that is, cleanse, and bring forgiveness and transformation to] many nations" - (Isaiah 52:15) as we co-labor with Him to advance His Kingdom in the earth?

His Word is not just a comfort to us in times of trouble but a sword that we wield in times of spiritual war. His faithful Word is what we proclaim over our CALLING in Christ, our family, our church, our city, and our nation! Consider His proclamation: "So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it" - (Isaiah 55:11). No matter how the battle rages, God's Word shall not return to Him void.

Consider also His commitment: "I am watching over My Word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12).

"The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart' – that is, the Word of faith which we are preaching" - (Romans 10:8).

CREATING THE FUTURE


The Lord does not want us worrying about the future; He wants us to create it through the knowledge of His will for our lives (our DESTINY in Christ), through the proclamation of His Word – which is the "sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17) – and through our yieldedness to the power of the Holy Spirit. And then He promises, "Whoever believes in [Me] will not be disappointed" (Romans 10:11).

He assures us, "All things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23). Let's break the bondage of a passive spirit. Let's take up the sword of the Spirit and embrace the fight of faith!
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