Equipped For Service

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The Christian life isn’t always easy. We not only face the trials of life, but we battle the darts that our adversary throws our way each day. Tribulations will arise and we will face hardships but we have a Heavenly Father who watches over us. He knows what we are going through. One thing I have realized as I get older is that the Lord has equipped us with the right tools to handle anything that Satan throws our way.

Recently I saw a video on Facebook of a 17 year old girl who was on her way to a mission trip. She wrote in her journal how she was looking forward to sharing the gospel to the people of Botswana, but her trip ended tragically when her bus crashed while enroute. She didn’t know that it was going to be her last time to write in her journal or that it would be her last day on Earth. May we always carry a testimony that will last no matter what the situation or circumstances. She was right, Satan was watching and waiting to destroy her testimony, but he didn’t succeed because now her testimony can travel much greater distances.

In Habakkuk 3:19 we read how the Lord supports, strengthens, secures, teaches, shields, edifies and protects his people; from Christ we have our strength to perform the duties that God instructs us to do, which is sharing the gospel. The Lord strengthens us so we can stand against our spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world; and Jesus bear us up under all trials and afflictions, and carry us and delivers us out of all of our troubles. The church, though in distress, and pressed with sorrows, believes that the strength of Christ is made perfect in our weakness, because we are upheld by him under all, and brought out of it.   The text: he will make my feet like hinds’ [feet]; teaches us that
all Christians feet should be swift to run, in a lively cheerful manner, the way of Christ’s commandments; with our souls being strengthened, and our hearts enlarged with the love and grace of God; and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in our way: and chiefly this regards the ministers of the Gospel, and the swift progress they will make in spreading the gospel to the world; and nothing should deter or discourage them, or move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty.   They shall walk on securely and firmly: and to surmount with ease all difficulties and obstructions that lie in their way: and the swift progress they will make in spreading it in the world; just like the apostles and first ministers of the word, having their feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, went swiftly through all parts of the world, even to the ends of the earth, with it.

So in the latter day many will run to and fro, everywhere preaching the everlasting Gospel to all nations; and the knowledge of it shall greatly increase;  but to the strength and firmness of their feet; so that they can go upon rocks and mountains securely, and tread and walk, and concerning “walking” on “high places”; hinds feet are made mention of; and so this may also denote the stability of the saints in those times, both ministers and common Christians, in the exercise of grace, and in the performance of duty; their hearts will be established in the faith of Christ, and in love to him, and in the hope of eternal life by him; all which they will be settled in, and will hold fast, and not let go; and will be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord their God.  So in the Gospel of Christ, and in the ordinances of it, their souls will be established in and with the doctrines of grace, and will continue steadfastly in them, and abide by and keep the ordinances as they have been delivered to them; nor will any difficulties, move them from the hope of the Gospel, or from their duty; but they shall walk on securely and firmly: Then the text reads: he will make me to walk upon mine high places: which talks about how the Christian should be lively, spiritual, and heavenly frames of mind; and mount up with wings, as eagles; soar aloft in the exercise of faith; have their affections set on things above; and their conversation in heaven while they are on earth: which serves to draw out the desires of good men after the interest of Christ; to assist their faith in the belief, hope, and expectation of it; notwithstanding all the difficulties and discouragements that may lie in the way: and being of so much moment and importance, that it might remain and continue, and be of use to the church in succeeding ages.

Psalm 18:32-36,39 reads: It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

Ephesians 6:10-17 reads:-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

References from Biblestudytools.com

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About Tracy K

I am a born again believer who has taught Sunday School, Women's Meetings and written blogs and books for the purpose of the ministry. My sole purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus, the son of God, died on a cross for the sins of the whole world. I believe he arose after three days and now sits on the right side of God in Heaven. I believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Without Jesus, there is no remissions of sins:
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