*****Constant victory means constant battle!****
Life for the Lord is not something about which we can just say, “Well, I made that victory! I’ve won the battle and the war is over, and now I’m going to settle down and enjoy life!” Because we never have a victory without a battle, and there are some battles we have to keep fighting our whole lives until our dying day!
It’s a battle every day–especially with our besetting sins–”the weights and sins that so easily beset us”. (Heb.12:1) Some people seem to think they can get the victory once and for all over something and they’ll never have another battle. But that’s where the Devil is apt to test us the most, on our weak spot, our Achilles heel, our besetting sin, our greatest temptation! But the Lord always has the victory for us if we’ll keep going for Him! He says, “My grace is sufficient for thee; for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.” (2Cor.12:9)
It’s really thrilling to look back and see our own progress!–To look back down that rugged mountain road we’ve just come over and to see we’re really getting somewhere! But it’s even more exciting to look forward and up to heights we’re soon to attain and views we’re soon to thrill to if we keep fighting, climbing, winning and don’t quit!–Amen?
So be an instant witness! “Preach the Word; be instant in season and out of season!” (2Tim.4:2)–But better in season! Try to avoid that out of season business! But be instant anyhow! Instantly obey, instantly witness, continue instant in prayer, and instantly serve the Lord every instant! (Rom.12:12)–Always witnessing and always preaching the Gospel and leading others to the Lord, always showing Jesus’ Love wherever you go, wherever you are! Give your full time to the Lord, your whole worship, and serve and love the Lord with all your heart, all your strength, all your mind, everything you’ve got, right to the very End!
Then in an instant, with one sudden, supernatural, miraculous, mighty wave of His Wand of Power–presto!–all of us who belong to Jesus will be instantly changed and raised to be with Him when He returns! (1Cor.15:52)
The Lord had to let Adam and Eve fall in the Garden and let them eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, so they would know the difference. They had all the good, but they may not have understood what good was, and how good it was, because they didn’t have anything to compare it with, it was all good. They never really appreciated the Garden until they lost it.
There has to be a little evil and a little bad to make you appreciate the good things. If you didn’t have a few troubles you wouldn’t thank the Lord for all the good things! If you didn’t have problems, you wouldn’t appreciate the solutions. He allows the bad or the evil to show you that you never had it so good, and to help you be more thankful for when things are good, and to help you appreciate Himself–the Good of all goods!
We need to remind ourselves constantly that the most precious thing we have outside of our souls is our time! Time wasted is gone forever, and though it is easy to waste, it can be pretty expensive. Time well-spent may cost a lot in effort and strength and sacrifice and love, but it pays eternal dividends!
If you put off the job the Lord has given you until everything else is done, it will never get done, because everything else is never done! Whatever we do, we must do quickly, as we haven’t much time left! Tomorrow is too late, and it’s almost too late now!
“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power,
To tell just when the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own!
Live, love, toil with a will!
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon be still!”