“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” -2 Timothy 2:5
Recently, while in Coronado, California, after touring the southern part of the state preaching, my son and I were having a conversation about what it would take to become a Navy SEAL. He has talked about becoming a SEAL ever since I can remember, watching videos of their training night after night, buying exercise routine books, and asking questions about how to get properly prepared.
In parallel, I also talked with him about what kind of people he should have around him in the process (1 Corinthians 15:33) and the evolution of life itself.
I shared with him that he is going to want to have around him those who are going to excel (Philippians 3:14-15) and them that have their eyes on the same objectives as he does.
While talking, we could hear the F-18s and the Blackhawk helicopters flying overhead and looking out into the ocean, we saw those who were training to be SEALs being tested beyond their limits.
As I was talking with my son, it came to me that I see the same thing in the Church and those I desire to have around me.
King David prayed and said, “I am a companion of all them that fear Thee, and of those that keep Thy precepts” (Psalm 119:63).
I then said, “If you were to get into SEAL training, and let’s say that you were in the 3rd week and someone that you saw as a potential friend suddenly dropped out of training, is that the kind of person that you, if you continue on, you would want as a friend (1 John 2:19)?
He said, “No.” I then said “You want those who are going the distance with you, those who are persevering, those who are pressing in and relentlessly conquering all odds that are put in front of you, right (1 Thessalonians 5:12)?” He said, “Yes.” And I said “Those will be the friends that you want in your life. Don’t settle for anyone less.”
Oh, how often I see this in the Church. I see a ministry with a real anointing (1 John 2:27) but with their eyes fixed on an idol outside of the Lord (Hebrews 12:2).
They see that when you press into the kingdom of Heaven understanding that the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12), and that you are looking to be clothed with nothing but Christ (Romans 13:14), and are ever seeking to be perfected in Him (Psalm 138:8) that this is somehow strange.
Some will think it odd because your walk is serious (1 Peter 4:4) because you seek to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-17).
“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us His Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:7-8
These are those who call themselves Christians yet, act like the devil in conversation (James 1:26). These are those who hold not to their word. These are those who are threatened by your very presence because your anointing is real and goes beyond where they stopped. It now becomes about them and your presence is a threat to their heretical selfish compromises.
You can always see this by those which they surround themselves, they are loose in their lives because they are loose in their doctrines (1 John 2:4).
We are to hold firm to the faith, we are to “beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness” (2 Peter 3:17).
When correcting them, not knowing the whole counsel of God themselves, somehow, they feel that you are critiquing or criticizing them rather than lovingly correcting them (2 Timothy 3:16) and getting them directed back to the straight and narrow.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” -Matthew 7:13-16
I have seen these undermining men that do not fit into their scheme of things. Therefore, they quietly ostracize along with their followers those that don’t fit the god that they have created (John 16:1; 2 Timothy 3:7).
“These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me.” -John 16:1-3
These flatter with their lips, but secretly they hate you.
“The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.” -Psalm 55:12
I personally want nothing to do with them. I’m better off without those kinds of friends in my life than with them, just like I was telling my son, for they have gone as far as they are going to go and no more.
As for me, I want it all because it was all promised to me and the “all” that I am talking about is the Lord God of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is my inheritance and I am His. I am satisfied only with His presence and am not going to stop until He has my all, and all of this whether others go with me or not.
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