Text: “…Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.”
Good morning, actively
contending Christian! Not for you the
weekly, or bi-weekly, sitting on a non-participating pew of a church-building;
going through the motions of being a Christian; attending, legalistically,
never-ending ‘church-meetings’; preaching to the converted; and going through
every rite of ‘religion’ laid down to you by often well-meaning, but just as
often, foolish clerics.
No! You have been saved from Hell’s fires and an
Eternity of terrible punishment and torments by the risen Christ Jesus, and
being thus gloriously delivered, you are very keen to share the Gospel with
other sin-enslaved captives of self, sin and Satan.
Praise God for your zeal to
serve the Living Lord God! Praise God
for the leading of God the Holy Spirit, pointing you and directing you to GET
OUT THERE to contend for the true Christian faith. Thank you, dear Lord God, for actively
“Beloved, when I gave all
diligence to write unto you of the common Salvation, it was needful for me to
write unto you, and exhort (urge) you that ye should earnestly contend for the
faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3)
How are the unsaved,
unregenerate, perishing souls of our nation ever going to receive knowledge of
Christ’s great Salvation, if you and I are constantly found merely sitting in
what has been called ‘Holy Huddles’, ensconced within some obscure building which
has been designated by mere men as ‘the church’?
All those who have been
redeemed by Christ’s precious and sinless Blood; quickened from having a dead
spirit to be a living spirit by God the Spirit’s regeneration; granted, by
God’s grace, the gifts of repentance from our sins and faith to believe and
receive Christ’s full Atonement Sacrifice for all our sins; and born again of
Him – WE ARE THE CHURCH!
Christ does not live within
buildings made by man’s hands of cement and stone and wood. Christ lives within His Church, and you and I
who are born again in Christ Jesus, have Christ Himself living within our
hearts (the whole essence of our being, not the blood-pump in our chests), and
only, and at all times, by God’s free and wonderful gift of grace.
Christ is the only Person
Who can call us to be ‘members’ of His Body – the true Church.
“For we are labourers
together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given
unto me (Paul), as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and
another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:9-11)
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God and
that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him/her shall God destroy; for the
temple of God is Holy, which temple ye are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
‘Yes, Dr McClinton, I hear
what you are trying to teach me, but I am of a naturally shy, reserved, nature,
and don’t feel I could go out and actively contend with others for the
Salvation of their souls – I just wouldn’t be strong or brave enough to do
so!’, I hear some say.
To such dear ones, in
Christ, I repeat the promise of the Lord God: “…Thus saith the Lord unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the
battle is not yours, but God’s…Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set
yourselves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah
and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the
Lord will be with you.” (2 Chronicles
When we go forth to witness
for Christ; when we seek to faithfully present the glorious Gospel story and
the promises of the Lord God to other members of our families; to neighbours;
to associates in the work-place – we are NEVER called to do it in the power of
our own puny flesh, or the strength of our own human personalities. We go forth to do Spiritual Battle in the
Name of Christ Jesus, and in the full power of God the Holy Ghost. Praise His Name for the privilege!
“But ye (true active-service
Christians) shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto Me (Jesus Christ) both in Jerusalem, and in all
Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Verse 28. “Thy God hath
commanded thy strength. Thy strength is thy best – all that is
within thee; all that thou canst do, and be, and become; and all that thou hast
– the two mites, if these be all, and the alabaster box of spikenard, very
costly, if this be thy possession…By that which God is in Himself, by that
which God is in us, by law on the heart, and by law oral and written, by the
new kingdom of His love, and by all His benefits, Thy God Commands thy
strength.” (Samuel Martin 1871)
The Lord God is not asking
you and I, mere mortals and so prone to sin and failure, to do anything
miraculous, or to achieve anything momentous in His service. He is only asking you and I to be faithful
with His Word, in His Word, and by the guidance of His Word at all times,
inspired by God the Holy Spirit.
It is our God-given task to
be faithful and obedient to His direction.
It is God’s own Divine power to fulfil His faithful promises to us, as
clearly given to us in His infallible Word.
“I charge thee therefore
before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead
at His appearing and His Kingdom; preach the Word; be instant in season, out of
season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine… But watch
thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full
proof of thy ministry.” (2 Timothy
When other souls refuse to
hear what you and I have shared with them of the Gospel, that too is okay – for
there are many that not only will not hear, but by God’s decree, cannot hear
the Gospel message and receive Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:14) However, our duty to such souls is done, when once
we seek to clearly show them Christ’s Salvation.
Thought: Better to be a
Christian contender, than a Spiritual coward.
Come out of that comfortable ‘holy huddle’, begin to actually prove
yourself in the army of the Living Christ Jesus? Be an actively contending Christian, to the
glory of the risen Lord Jesus.