Striving for Faith of the Gospel
“The united front for the completion of the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ to all nations”
-Conduct worthy of the Gospel
-Don’t be terrified in any way of your adversaries
-It has been granted on the behalf of Christ to Suffer
By The Watchman
Dana G Smith
Keywords: striving, faith, gospel, united, believers, proclamation, gospel of christ, nations, men, watchman, newsletter, bible
Conduct worthy of the Gospel
Philippians 1:27 ¶Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
There is one thing our brethren in the faith left us, that is legacy. Both to do and to die, for the cause of in the service of Christ Jesus our Lord from whom all things flow. It is here that in this day and age we must put away all things which do not fit this cause. In America the faith of Christ has become a spectacle show that consists of gaudy and carnal displays. These displays bring forth in heroic measure our evangelists, messengers, prophets, teachers, and pastors. Within this group is myriad folks who all claim Christ in varying dubious ways from mysterious angels to gold dust, to riches if you give me money. All based upon the fairytale church and the sugar plum Jesus as I speak of it.
All of these things speak of a place and a time that could of only occurred in the days in which we live. A society that is given over to every pleasure under the sun. It is, of course, unnecessary to go into the horrid details of the carnality in the nation we now live. In a time long ago, where our faith started, in the place of the Romans and the Jews who were left, our Savior saw to this time and declared to all men that would listen “to take heed to yourselves”. It would be a time when mens hearts, and the hearts of women, as well, would be full of the day in which they lived. Time would be spent in pleasure, eating, drinking, and tending to the personal cares that belonged to them. They would eat, sleep, and think of these things with the things of God afar off. If they did think of any God, it would be a God that allowed such things. To this end they would never consider hell, only heaven, and certainly not wrath, but only love. In this society, the current carnal wave of secular christians became even worse, and was made into a fairy tale that even most Christians overseas can’t understand how the American church became that way.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares
To this end, I speak directly to those in the faith, the current faith of Jesus Christ. One of disciple ship, sacrifice, and the cross of Jesus Christ. One where motive is heaven driven, with the scent of Christ, an aroma of his sacrifice on the cross and his leadership for us who are left. In the last days, be sure, God will have a people. I believe that the sorting of the wheat and chaff for the final thrust to the end time deliverance, salvation, and proclamation of the gospel is soon to be revealed. Indeed it will be a time or reaping and sowing, but it will be a time when the true blades and fruit of the wheat will hang heavy as they reveal the crop being readied to harvest for the Lord.
It is in this we must as one, push forward. Unified and with our minds one, striving for the ‘Faith of the Gospel of Christ’. This is not about you and I, nor about denominations. It is not about nations, but about men and women, boys and girls, along with the teens of today in this perverse society. It is about reaching those who will listen, not with gimmicks but with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know this power and so does my wife. It is that power which has changed our hearts and with his Spirit led us to this place. We are on the precipice looking over into the devils playground where myriads are being led right now. The man made gimmicks, the intrusion of Satan into the Sanctuary of God, and the illusion therewith will try to destroy many. The coming Son of perdition [destruction] will lead the world in the abyss of mockery. A world where the masses will follow and believe what he does and says. They will do this because it is a world that has rejected the “love of the Truth”. This Truth, is Jesus Christ, our LORD, and we are the ones, those who are his, who will lead the soul saving fight for the “faith of the gospel of Christ.”
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
We will not win nor be effective if we do not face the oncoming onslaught with faith, the gospel of Christ, and in unity. Standing together in one faith, for the cause of Jesus Christ, with one Spirit, the power of the Holy Ghost, and with our minds firmly made up in Christ. For we will face enemies, not one but many. We will face disturbances, attacks, hatred, variance, strife, and much more. But we must stop the childish ways and stand up, united, with faith, together for the “faith of the Gospel of Christ”. It is that Gospel, which brings men to salvation and the knowledge of our Father and God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Don’t be terrified in any way of your adversaries
Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Today the world is weaving back and forth with the uprisings of the people of other faiths and ideas. We have many who are waiting for their version of Salvation 101, the New World. There are faiths of others, and of other Gods. There are hopes and dreams of men and women who hope in another God. There are spirits, demons, and men who are led and possessed by them to bring in these end time kingdoms. The world has been fighting varied forms of terrorism for years now. The world is seeing the rising of Islam, and others rule the day for the coming Catholic kingdom as well. Along with this the Jews wait for the Messiach to come, even though, he has already come. They wait though. We as believers in Christ Jesus, Yeshua Ha Massiach wait for his return to set up his kingdom on earth, ruling the Throne of David in the millennium.
History is replete with Christians being fed to lions, pulled apart by horses, trampled by elephants, shot by firing squads and more. We have the history of the church and personal witness of books like Foxes book of Martyrs to prove it occurred. The theme we find in these all, that although the believers saw betrayal and death, we find spilt blood and an overcoming faith. These stood the test, as their captors sometimes did inhumane deeds to their body. Amidst these tortures, some recanted, while others stayed true to death. In these all, over the centuries we find that amidst the horror of death, there was a power that no human could understand. For they stood there and endured these things unto death. The same thing occurred to our Lord Jesus Christ who endured the torture, mockery, and death on the cross. The Apostles stood and fell as martyrs for Christ, with the exception of John, who died in old age. Steven the first martyr fell and saw the Lord at the right hand of God.
Acts 7:55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
If we are to win in these last days, it behooves us to follow Christ Jesus so closely that his power is in us and flows through us. That even in the event of such a death, we may be found in him, faithful to the end. As Christ says in Revelation to us:
Revelation 12:11 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.
There are many, for example Islamic terrorists who have cut off heads, slaughtered people because they were according to Islamic faith, “infidels”. They cause terror and fear to flow among peoples and nations. The sign of the crescent for many can mean either life as a Muslim or death because your not one of them. Make no mistake about it, the war that is coming is about faith. There are many faiths and even among Christians there many with varying faith. The question for you to answer, where is yours? In the face of the devil or man, can you stand for Christ. I tell you, on your own you cannot. But we must understand our God and Lord will not forsake us, we are given commands to “love not our lives unto the death”. We will all face death, either natural or unnatural, so the end of it all for each of us remains in the Fathers hands. We are his, live or die, we are his. Let us therefore, understand we have “overcame by the blood of the lamb”, and that in this overcoming, we live by and relate to all men we can, “the word of our testimony” of this Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
In the face of death, hatred, scowls, mockery, persecution, and anything the devil can hand to us, we are more than conquerors in Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. Both history and men who lived that history has proven that Christ and the Father never forsook them. Now let us move forward in the closing realm of history and give the “testimony” of our Lord, to all “men”
declaring the “faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. In doing this, we may, through all means, win the lost to Christ.
Romans 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It has been granted on the behalf of Christ to Suffer
Philippians 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
30 Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
There is one message that many do not like to hear, that is suffering. Paul suffered much, and was met with many obstacles. Yet in all this, he overcame. For Americans and many others in the modern nations like this one, suffering is not on the agenda. It is something we may think about, but for many, it is to be avoided. Yet for the early church and even among believers in other nations, suffering is part and parcel of their living. Some months back I reported on our Tuesdays World affairs prophecy news show of three young girls in Indonesia who were found with their heads cut off. They had been heading to school when confronted by Islamic terrorists who found the perfect jihad in these three young innocent girls. So for the sake of their god and their faith, they killed these innocent young believers. All of whom are now with their Lord in heaven. Yet, these girls did two things wrong, not only were they Christians, but they went to school and were girls, both of which were not permitted.
It has been said the church in America is six miles wide and only one inch deep. At times the carnality and showmanship faith we see on the television and in the meetings surely make it appear that way. The parable of the sower seed found for example in Mark speaks specifically the types of seeds and the results of the sowing of these seeds. Yet I speak directly of the seed sown on stony ground and the seed sown among weeds. Here we find that which was sown on stony ground had no root, so when persecution or affliction for the words sake occurs, they become offended and fall away. For those among the weeds, the cares of this world, the deceit of riches, and the lust of other things enter in, thus choking the word. Those who are these, become unfruitful. That is why we see an anemic and carnal church in America. We have not even seen persecution so to speak. What we have seen is the cares of the world, deceit of riches, and many lusts. America is full to brim with all of these things. What’s more, these things have crept into the churches. They come in by deceitful spirits, lustful demons, and men possessed by such things. They enter in, naming the name of Christ, yet they belong to belial, the devil.
Mark 4:16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Moreover, in this parable is also the ones who bear good fruit. The seed sown was on good ground. One in four seeds in this parable, only one, fell on good ground. That is 25%, if your putting the calculator to it. Yet for those who are such, they hear the word, then receive the word, and thus bring forth fruit. If your one of these, then scripture says you will bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. But notice, it is not one for one. One seed, one fruit, but fruits many, borne to one good seed.
Mark 4:20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.
21 ¶And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?
22 For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.
23 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
To one person [on good ground], who hears the word and receives it, and brings forth fruit, to them is the multiplicity of the kingdom of God. For The word given will not return void, but that word of God given or spoken will accomplish what the Father wills it to do. In this you can be sure and certain.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Ours is not a carnal battle, even though we may face suffering, death, or persecution, for the gospels and the words sake. Although we may indeed face men who hate us for our faith and in whom we have that faith, namely Jesus Christ our LORD, ours is to stand fast with faith. Because as we look at them, with boldness, compassion, and even love, speaking our ‘testimony’ and the ‘faith of the gospel of Christ’, it will be to them a token that we are speaking truth amidst death. This will be a light to those watching that the word we speak is true, and that truth is found in the one whom we testify too, that is Jesus Christ. Testifying even unto the death. In this, not one hair of our head will perish, so says scripture. It will be true, in our death will be found life. That life, no man takes away because it is in the Lord Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega. He has the keys to death and hell and also to heaven and the kingdom of God. Amen, even so let it come Lord Jesus and your Kingdom. To God be the glory and honor, through Yeshua Ha Massiach, amen, forever.
Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.