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Whether we live or whether we die!

Posted by appolus on May 6, 2013

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom 14:8)

There was a famous group of warriors from the Highlands of Scotland. The “Highland Charge,” was one of the most effective field combat strategies in the arsenal of the Scottish army. Imagine facing hundreds of large screaming Highlanders coming at you at full tilt screaming their lungs out and swinging broad swords that measured six feet. Many armies who faced this charge simply broke ranks and fled. These front-line warriors always took great casualties but they were abandoned to the battle and they died with honor. Are you abandoned to the battle that you have been called to? Is the fear of life or death, success or failure, standing in the community or rejection, holding you back from serving the Lord with all of your heart.

The Spirit that was in David compelled him to not only challenge Goliath, but to run to the battle. The Hebrew children said to that wicked old king that their God would save them from the fire. Now, how many in Christendom would say amen to that? Yet, what is not often quoted in many circles is what they said after that which is truly a statement of faith “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods nor worship the golden image which you have set up.” (Dan 3:18) You see, whether they lived or died, they would glorify their God. “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15) Job is saying that even although he has lost everything and even if God would kill him, still he would trust his God. Paul says ” For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”(Php 1:21) Can we say that brothers and sisters, can we truly say that this is our chief end, that whether we live or whether we die we will glorify God? There is a Scripture often quoted by many in Christendom and it is this ” By the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony,” and this is how we overcome the evil one. Yet the full Scripture says. ” And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”(Rev 12:11) “And they loved not their lives unto death” Brothers and sisters, this is the mark of the genuine saint, not that they are delivered from every situation but that they glorify God despite their circumstances, even in matters of life and death. This is normal Christianity. This is a witness to the world.

6 Responses to “Whether we live or whether we die!”

  1. abkeyte said

    Oh,that men would trust God to this extent! Job, Joshua, David, Daniel and the three lads – what a list of heroes! One and all! This is the warrior way! We need to make our minds about who we are and who we serve. The maintain that the list of heroes in Fox’s book of martyrs is not complete as the pages are still being filled daily!

    Hebrews 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

    This is our heritage. This is who we are created to be! No matter what we face, if we will trust God in it, He will bring glory to His name by bringing us through it! He won’t save us from it, but will deliver us through it! Have faith! Have courage! Take your position and stand!

    God bless you my brother! I needed to hear this, this morning!

    • appolus said

      Yes indeed brother, the warrior spirit is abandoned to the battle. The decision is already made and circumstances will not determine or shape our future, He will……………..bro Frank

  2. W.E. Smith said

    Thank you Bro Frank for sharing this. To be a martyr is not single glorious “choirs of angels” event but a constant condition of our heart. To have a martyr’s heart is merely to have died to all that we are in ourselves and to this world.

    “Yea, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves but in God, which raiseth the dead…. Always bearing about in the body the deadness of Jesus that the Life also of Jesus may be manifest in our mortal body” (2 Corinthians 1:9, 4:10).

    Tell any ordinary believer that in accepting the Savior they took upon their life the sentence of death and their eye will glaze over and they will look over at their happy (“God loves you and wants you only to have the very best in life”) pastor for clarification.

    “I AM THE LIFE,” AND “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.”

    This is what God is after. Our lives mean nothing (I mean this relatively obviously). They amount to nothing. A martyr seeks only the increase, the magnification, the filling of all things including himself with this Life.

    Before we charge anywhere, into any battle, we must have already died. Satan must hot have a place, even so much as toehold in our lives and hearts. The dead man is the only true courageous man for he has nothing to lose.

    • appolus said

      Yes indeed brother, ” a constant condition of the heart.” This death before battle is so vitally important, and we see Jesus show us how on Gethsemane. We also see how violent the battle is as the Lord actually sweats great drops of blood before finally declaring that it is His Father’s will that He will follow. If the Lord Himself had such a battle, then we certainly will have to be willing to die the death of Gethsemane……………….bro Frank

  3. W.E. Smith said

    When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

    My brother, have you ever considered that you or I might be actually included in this group? How many indeed will be slain in the days ahead by the one who was a murderer from the beginning? The world will be painted red by the blood the martyrs, and the Lord of All, will count every drop. And the wrath of the Lamb of God will be unimaginably swift and terrible for all those who spill it.

    Martyr means witness, and the Lord must have His witness you see, for the very world and the dragon himself are on trial. By killing those who represent the Christ, they have killed the Lamb over and over and over again. Yet the pages of the Revelation convey such a strange image, that of a Lamb who becomes a predator, a wrathful and powerful avenger, one who slays (perhaps) billions of souls. I don’t pretend to comprehend it all my brother, really I don’t, but it is a fearful thing to even consider being on the wrong side of this Being knows as the Lamb.

    But the beast cannot withstand a witness, so in league with the false prophet (false, established christianity), he will seek to silence and destroy all those who are martyrs (witnesses). Note that they cry out not “father forgive them for they know now that they do, but rather – how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?

    The time of the Lord’s patience and grace is almost at an end, dear saints, and I ask you here and now – whose side will you be on? Have you already laid down your life for the Lamb? Have you come out of this Jezebel Church, Harlot mixture of worldliness and corruption. Do any of Lord’s indictments against the churches apply to your own life? Well if they do they your lamp will be removed, you will no longer be light in the world (a witness) and salt. He will spit you out of His mouth.

    Fearful thoughts indeed, and we must all examine our hearts in this hour.

    He will measure His temple (people) and make determinations about who stays and who goes. The measuring rod is in His hand and in the hands of His servants.

    Who are you following – men? groups? ideas? doctrines? patriotism? Then inevitably you will reject Him when His sword is lifted high above His head. The wine of your life must run dry. The vessel must become empty before He can fill it with new and better wine (His life). Lazarus must go down before he can rise again. You must become blind before He can make you see. Moses and Elijah must fade, so that all that remains is the Lamb, the Beloved Son in whom the Father is most pleased.

    HEAR HIM!

    HEAR HIM!

    HEAR HIM!

    HEAR HIM!

    HEAR HIM!

    …and do whatever He tells you, even it means the loss of everything you are and hold in your heart.

    • appolus said

      “My brother, have you ever considered that you or I might be actually included in this group? ” Yes brother, I have considered that and believe it to be a real possibility. If we are indeed in the birth pangs stages of the end of ages then it is more than a possibility but a likely-hood………………bro Frank

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