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CHARLIE MIKE: An Attitude of Action

2 Timothy 2:3-4  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

John 4:34  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

    What does the term “CHARLIE MIKE” mean? In the Special Operations world – Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Green Berets, Rangers, Marine Force Recon, Air Force CCT/Para-Rescue, to name a few, they use the term CHARLIE MIKE as a code for Continue Mission when speaking on the radio to higher command or other teammates. Whether you’re about to jump from an airplane, dive from a boat or assault a target – CHARLIE MIKE is all about making the mission happen – it’s about Never Giving Up until you have completed the mission and hearing the words MIKE CHARLIE: Mission Complete.

    In 2 Timothy 2:3-4, Paul, an older battle tired veteran of the gospel ministry is encouraging a young preacher named Timothy to be faithful to the mission given him and to endure till the end. Jesus said in John 4:34 that his “meat” was to do and finish his father’s work. “Meat” or food refers to the substance that keeps the body nourished, moving and active. Jesus was saying, the work given to him of his father, that is the work of dying on the Cross to save mankind; kept him motivated and drove him to continue and complete his mission. Think of that, when Jesus thought of you it kept him going and motivated him to complete his mission.

    As Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ we will face many battles and hardships. We will have battles until we see the gates of Heaven’s fair city, there will always be a trial to bear or a mission to complete. Trials will come in our work, home, church and personal lives, but we must purpose in our hearts and minds not to give up. We must determine to finish and complete our mission objective. We are to be working for our Lord, sharing his message of forgiveness and hope; we are to raise our children and influence others for His great cause, we must finish. Shout it loud, CHARLIE MIKE!

    One day when our work here is finished and only after the mission is complete; we will hear the trump of God sound its final call. The Lord will return from Heaven and from the clouds call his children home for the last time. The battle will be done, the Mission Complete! We will stand in our ranks before the great General of Heaven, and one by one receive the rewards for our work here below. We will be judged on our faithfulness and how we ran our mission. We will in some points receive rewards and sadly, in some cases we will suffer loss. It should be the desire of every child of God to faithfully conduct our mission so that Christ is pleased and our mission is successful. Until the Trumpet sounds, CHARLIE MIKE!

 

Through the Power of God’s Spirit

Romans 8:8-11  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  10  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

A little boy struggled to move after he fell out of his wheelchair. His legs have not worked since birth and now he cannot on his own get back up. His flesh is weak from this horrible disease that keeps him from a full and happy life; playing and running with the other children. He is powerless to move on his own; he depends fully on his parents and caretakers.

You and I are similar to this young boy. We may not have a crippling physical condition but on our own, that is in our flesh we cannot please God. We cannot please God because we cannot overcome sin and temptation by ourselves, our flesh is just too weak. We cannot please God because our flesh is filled with pride, selfishness, worry and doubt; not to mention a host of other failures that handicap us. From time to time we may gain some temporary victory over our emotions or say no to a temptation, but sooner or later we fall because we are not strong enough to stand. Like the disease that hinders the life and joy of this child; our sinful flesh hinder us from living a victorious Christian life. When we fail it brings guilt, shame and frustration. We just cannot find the power to overcome and live in joy….

In this passage of scripture we find the power to succeed and overcome our failures. If we are saved, then we have the Holy Spirit of God living in us. At our spiritual birth, God sealed us with his Holy Spirit to be our guide, teacher and comforter as we walk the road to Glory. God’s children are promised that the same powerful Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will also “quicken” or empower our physical bodies to overcome and be victorious in life. All the power that brought back Jesus Christ from the dead, is working in you and for you. There is no enemy known to man that is stronger than death, and our Lord conquered death, hell and the grave.  1 Corinthians 15:55-57  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.  57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. In John 16:33 Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Christ is our victorious champion. The same Spirit of God that worked for Christ has been promised to work for us.

Dear reader, quench not the Spirit that is pledged to help you. Don’t put out that holy fire working in you, but allow him free reign in your life to convict you of sin and when he does show you truth and error, choose truth. Follow the Spirit in every decision and you’ll not go wrong even once. Also, grieve not the Holy Spirit of God. When he bids you to follow him, do not walk the other way. He loves you and desires you to go well; never cause him to be saddened or ashamed. Be obedient to his persuading; he has been sent as a gift from God to help you succeed and to please God in your life.  

You may feel like you have no strength, that you have exhausted all and are ready to fail, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” When your strength stops, the sustaining grace of God begins; his strength is enough for you.  Pray, read your Bible and go to church; there is strength for you through the power of God’s Spirit. Invite him to work in your life today.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Devotional Reading

 

What Changes our Children? Part 2

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

2. They will not raise themselves, correct themselves or grow out of their bad habits by themselves: Proverbs 29:15  “The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.” God has placed the parent as the Teaching Authority over the child, to instruct them in the ways of God, in those things that will be right and honorable, and in those things that will be most helpful to them when they grow and leave the home to start a family of their own. When children fall into sin and wrong behavior a great lie of the world is; “They are just going through a phase, they will grow out of it” or something like; “We did that when we were young, we grew up and turned out alright” the worldly educators and child psychologists want you to think this behavior is normal, transitional or just temporary with no lasting effects, but even nature shows us that when a tree starts out growing crooked it stays that way throughout its lifespan; why would we expect less of our children?  So how is this behavior corrected? I will use one very old fashion word – discipline! Yes, I mean physical correction…a spanking to be crystal clear. This should be done in a controlled manner, in a loving attitude and it should end with you praying with your child. I have found that explaining to the child what he/she has done wrong and how it violates the Bible and the rules of the home, then spanking them (so they feel it and know you mean business). After spanking them, tell them how much you love them and that you don’t want them to grow up rebellious and on the wrong side of the law, pray with them and have them ask God and you for forgiveness, explain to them this is the Biblical way that pleases God and honors their parents. You are their parent first and their friend last, be a parent, they will love you more later, and they will be better for it.  

3. The responsibility falls to the parents: the command in Proverbs 22:6 to “train up” the child is directed to the parent; it is not directed to the school, government or even the church, it is not up to the media, television, social networks and friends to train your children…it is your responsibility to train your children. The fact that this is a command given in Scripture means that it carries a penalty if we do not follow it through; we are responsible for the actions of our children. When they leave our homes, then God will deal directly with them, but as long as they are living under your roof, you Dad & Mom are responsible for all they do. You are responsible for the things they see and learn, for their internet surfing, the movies they see, music they listen to, the clothing they wear, the attitudes they develop, the places they go and the people they call friends. This parental responsibility has been down played in our society and our children have paid the price. Current TV sitcoms portray the dad as a mindless, beer guzzling buffoon; mom is often running the home and plays the harlot while the kids are left to fend and raise themselves. This may be how America views the home but it is certainly not how God designed it. Parents, live godly, take responsibility and take back your home and children from the influences of the world and the devil. Your children are counting on you.

 

What Changes our Children? Part 1

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Why would a kind, obedient and interactive child, grow up and become cruel, rebellious and isolate themselves from their family? Why do so many “good” children, from solid families turn out the opposite of their conservative upbringing? While there are many factors to this change taking place, I believe there is a large component we often overlook and many times secular authorities downplay the importance of…INFLUENCE. I believe a child changes over time because of the influences in their lives. Their parents, teachers, friends, music, television, internet and surroundings will play a major role in their overall development. The Bible says in Proverbs 13:20 “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.” This verse shows the importance and outcome of the people we associate with. Those who interact with godly people will be godly and those that run with worldly people will become worldly. Just like the old saying goes “Birds of a feather flock together.” 

 I have seen outstanding “church kids” overtime become some of the worldliest youth I know. It saddens me to see young people grow up and leave the church to run with the devils crowd and all the negative influences of the world. I for one would love to see something different. I believe God’s plan for raising children will work and will be effective to all who use it. The idea behind Proverbs 22:6 is this, if they are trained properly, they will stay the way they are trained. This is easier said than done but I believe God’s way works. I would like to state a few helpful insights that I feel will be a great help in saving our youth.

1. They need the right training: Children must start right if they are going to stay right. They must have a solid foundation of Biblical training. A child that learns to respect God’s authority will also respect the authority of his parents and others authority figures. Family Bible Time along with Family Prayer Time is a must in every home. Regular church and Sunday school attendance are a must for developing this solid foundation that will continue to support them through their adult life. Children also need the example of their parents & guardians to help set them in the right direction. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the picture of a good example is worth the same. Don’t tell them “Do as I say, not as I do” but rather teach them “Do as I say, and Do as I do” lead by example. Parents, you are carving the path which your children will follow for their lives and then later they will teach it to your grandchildren; make sure the path is clear! Training is not simply telling the right things but it is showing the right things by your daily example. Use the limited time you have to develop godly habits and practices in your children and to cut out those things that will one day be a curse to them…..

 
 
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