“Praise the Lord, who is my rock, He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle.” Psalm 144:1
THE JOY OF THE LORD!
Ok, so just because we are engaged in battle we should not lose sight of good things. Without joy we will become weary in well doing and battle fatigue will set in. Exhausted and ready to give up we will lose sight of the joy that is set before us. It was this joy that enabled Jesus to endure the cross, as we read, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 See here, it was joy that Jesus saw, the joy of being with His Father! Friend we share that same joy! Praise God that we share this! Without this we will be exhausted and ready to give up, because we will lose sight of the good things of God. These great things are our future, heaven, eternal life, and the great love of God! This is strength to our lives and the reason for us to press forward. This is our vision, and God our Father has given this vision unto us through His Son Jesus Christ. We need vision, as we read, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 this is what Jesus saw, this same vision of life with God the Father!
It is this vision that we share that will cause us to endure just as Jesus endured the cross. We cannot lose sight of this. Friend there is a miracle around the corner for every believer who holds fast to this promise! In wars of the past, throughout history we will hear of a thing called, R&R, Rest and Relaxation, these times of refreshing are what we are to think on, not always war, and battle, and combat, but also as we read, “Finally brethren think on these things, whatsoever things are true, (Jesus), whatsoever things are honest, (Jesus) whatsoever things are just, (Jesus) whatsoever things are pure, (Jesus) whatsoever things are lovely, (Jesus) whatsoever things are of good report, (Jesus) if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
EXCERPT FROM SKILL FOR THE BATTLE