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Iron-Strong Revisited

This morning I allowed the enemy to foil my plans for a God-encounter. The internet went down. Grrr. It should not be that big a deal, but my spirit was not ready for it, and I'm tired. So the enemy's trap worked on my weakness. However, that stops now! I went back to an earlier blog, and it helped! So I'm sharing that blog again! Hope you enjoy!

Today I am so fired up! I read a few excerpts this morning from:
John G Lake-His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith
It is a book about a man of formidable faith! See these few powerful excerpts taken from this book:

1) You see the note that touched the souls of men, the note that rang down through the centuries, and which rings in your heart and mine today. Christianity NEVER WAS DESIGNED BY GOD TO MAKE A LOT OF WEAKLINGS. It was designed to bring forth a race of men (and women) who were bold and strong and pure and good, blessed by God. The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.

2)In one of these class meetings one day, as I sat listening to the testimonies, I observed that there was a kind of weakening trend. People were saying, "I am having such a hard time." "I am feeling the temptations of the world so much." Etc. I was not able at the time to tell people what was the difficulty. I was only a young Christian. But when they got through I observed the old class leader, a gray headed man. He said something like this, "Brethren, the reason we are feeling the temptations so much, the reason there is a lack of sense of victory is because we are too far away from the Son of God. Our souls have descended. They are not in the high place where Christ is. Let our souls ascend, and when they ascend into the realm of the Christ, we will have a a new note, it will be the note of victory."

3) Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ's in your body. Not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God. That is the gospel of the Son of God. . .

You can see John G Lake’s indomitable spirit reflected in these few passages from the book. Do you desire to have this strong inner core of faith yourself? I’ve discovered that whoever yearns to live a life of victory and have this rugged spirit can do so. It does not come by wishing but it comes by commitment. It is developed by an insatiable thirst to know God intimately, by a desire to learn about Him and a desire to share in Him a communion of thoughts and spirit. Jesus opened the door for our union with Him, for our growing ever stronger, ever closer in our relationship. We can walk through that door whenever we choose to do so. We can live everyday lives full and strong. The highway is before us. (See the book Cast Up A Highway for the architect’s design/plan)

We have the ability to lead lives lion-strong and complete with joy and victory!! Do you believe it? And what do you think of his comment at the end of the first excerpt. . . “The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.” What does it mean to you? I’d really like to know how you see this concept.

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David Block on Sunday, April 17, 2011 10:45 AM
Really enjoyed this article on faith. The last paragraph you talked about living a lion-strong life and I thought about Lk. 16:16 AND Matt. 11:12 and the only way I see followers of Christ entering the Kingdom of God is taking in with force, aggressiveness, pursuing with all their hearts. We also have to know and understand how to deal with the enemies of faith: doubt, fear, cares of the world, human reasoning, satan, and worldliness. I'm sure there are more but these are the ones Jesus mentioned that I see.
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maryc on Monday, April 18, 2011 8:32 AM
Oh David I so agree with you! In this world culture which is growing more hostile to the truth every day, no truth seeker can sit back and just float into the glorious eternity God has planned for those who know Him and love Him. The enemy continues to fight viciously for the destruction of all believers and those who will choose to believe. As you mentioned he has many tools and traps to roadblock our journey. The Scripture verses you mentioned do set the tone for the need to be prepared to do battle as we pursue our goal of an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior. When we stay steadfastly united to Him as the vine (see John 15:1-15) our reward is worth the battle. But make no mistake, it is a battle and requires aggressive and bold pursuit of our God and His truth everyday.

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