Were Not Civilians!
A soldier in boot camp will jump out of bed before dawn every morning to run and do push-ups. He may not like it, but hell do it because his commanding officer has ordered him to do it. He endures the discomfort because he knows its an inescapable part of military life. A civilian, on the other hand, might start an exercise program, but when the going gets tough, his muscles feel sore and his schedule gets busy, hell just quit exercising. If someone asks him about it, he might just shrug and say, I tried exercise, but it didnt work for me. Some Christians are like that. They hear the word of faith and think, Well, Ill try that. Then when the hard times come, they give up. But thats not how it should be. After all, were not civilians! Were soldiers! We dont try faith, we make it our lifestyle. We walk by faith, whether its hard or easy. We dont do it so well be blessed. We do it because were determined to be pleasing to Jesus. He is our commander in chief, and the Bible says without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Of course, we will end up blessed if well walk by faith. Well end up healed and delivered and prospering in every area of life because God promised we would. That, however, is not our motivation. Were motivated by our desire to serve the Lord. Thats what makes us believe His Word, stand fast and endure when the hard times come. Jeremiah 41-42; Psalm 83 I walk and live by faith so that I can please God. Hebrews 11:6
Scripture Study: 1 Peter 1:1-7