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The Lockstep of Love

November 1

             “... such as went forth to battle, expert in war ... which could keep rank: they were not of double heart."  1 Chronicles 12:33

"The anatomy of the trooper of truth goes like this: ..."


It is easy, is it not, to keep in step with those going the same direction?  Drill and ceremony, in the arena before an adoring crowd, is not the true test of the soldier however; the battlefield is!  Dress Blues under sun and applause is useless if you break rank when the bullets begin to fly.  The way we approach our Christian training will reveal itself in the inevitable war every true soldier of CHRIST must engage.  The time we invest in all facets of our faith are never to be regarded as duty or drudge.  No! ... each day's devotion, preaching service, Sunday School class, or Bible training of any sort, is meant to usher us from HIS presence trim, and fit to fight.  "Order my steps in THY word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me."  HE is the DIVINE D. I., HIS Word our combat manual; and to disregard HIS training at any level will prove to your own peril, and the disgrace of  the coward in the conflict. 

"Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty ..."  A double heart is not directionless, just aimless and circular, spiral if you will.  "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways."  Sadly though, when it comes to a victorious walk with GOD, many believers today have taken it to the next level, and lie incapacitated spiritually, in a perpetual state of triple heart bypass.  "Draw nigh to GOD, and HE will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."  These may be strong words from James, the 1/2 brother of our LORD; but just what the DOCTOR ordered, and often needful, to get us back in the battle!

"Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain ..."  The anatomy of the trooper of truth goes like this: our eye dilates our heart, our heart directs our mind, our mind dictates our steps, and our steps determine our direction and destiny.  Thus where we look is critical, for every glance steers the carcass of our Christian life.  "THOU hast given a banner to them that fear THEE, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah."  The banner of the believer is the Book beholding the blood bought gospel of JESUS CHRIST.  Stay focused there, and all will be ultimately triumphant in the lockstep of love it begets.    

"Teach me THY way, O LORD; I will walk in THY truth: unite my heart to fear THY NAME."

For Love of Country
Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872)
(American inventor)
"The nearer I approach to the end of my pilgrimage, the clearer is the evidence of the DIVINE origin of the Bible, the grandeur and sublimity of GOD'S remedy for fallen man are more appreciated, and the future is illumined with hope and joy."

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