For the last few days the Lord’s been flashing before me these two somewhat similarly spelled words, ‘durant’ and ‘daunt.’ The meaning of Durant is enduring. The meaning of daunt is seeming difficult to deal with in anticipation. Then He brought into this an inspiring old hymn called, “Christian Warfare,” by F.L. Rowe which was written in the early 1900’s. The lyrics are based off 2Timothy 2:3:
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
Here are the lyrics:
1) Ye Christians, rouse united stand, Be true in our holy warfare; With shoulder touching shoulder, march, Go trust in Jehovah’s watchcare.
2) Let nothing daunt –no foes affright, For God’s brave ones never waver; We’ll win the day and plant the cross –sweet rest cometh after labor.
3) Sleep not nor slumber—e’er on guard, We’ll meet ev’ry foe advancing; Each scar and stripe more honor gains—Our eternal joys enhancing.
4) E’en down to death if God should lead To serve in the cause of Jesus, All earthly praise can not compare With the glories God will give us.
Chorus: Then stand ye bravely, know no fear; God promised thro’ His Son that greater victories yet are ours, If faith ever lead us on.
This message for today is for those that need to be encouraged to continue to walk by faith and not by sight. Hear as the Lord leads you and remember, the wind (of the Spirit) blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. This is how it is to truly walk by faith. The full enduring trust towards God and His ways are necessary to be born of the Spirit (John 3:5-8). Unity only comes by the full leading of the Spirit and when that is fulfilled in you, only then can you stand and not waver.
There is a spiritual war occurring now. God’s true spiritual army is standing. They do not focus and look at the things below because they know how to walk the walk of the cross already and have won the victory. It seems foolish to those perishing, BUT when it’s fulfillment has been manifested for all to see, everyone will know that they’ve truly been raised from the death of the cross that God laid on them for His purposes to save those behind them. (1Cor. 1:18-19)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
The unified army of the Lord will walk in the true unfailing enduring love of God that will not be intimidated by the whiles of the enemy because they will have no fear (1John 4:18). They will walk upright and forward, not wavering (Joel 2:7). They neither sleep nor slumber in the Spirit as the Spirit shows them what to pray for, and against for His purposes. They know where their help comes from (Ps. 121). This unified army has bore scars and wounds in battles over the years, BUT they are from the flesh and its arrows from the tongues, BUT these warriors know the fiery tongue of God and have been trained to use it as led. His Spirit will shoot at them and they will suddenly be wounded, and allow their enemy’s own tongues to be used against them, and instead, they will be put to shame by others as they look on to their demise (Ps. 64).
The honor of the Lord will fall upon these worthy soldiers as He unfolds their release. Their eternal joys will enhance. They know the praise of men of this world are but rubbish because they know and understand that there is one God alone, and no other gods before Him.
For those growing in their walk at this time, be ready to take on suffering as a good soldier. No one is greater than the Master Himself, Jesus (John 15:20). We all take part in suffering for the sake of those behind us. Holiness comes with obedience to the Holy Spirit in all things. Walk forward into holiness through obedience that leads to true faith, and you too will be placed in His command under the true Commander of the Army.
13 Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?”14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”15 The commander of the LORD’s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
This walk may look daunting, but in true obedience unto holiness, it is enduring forever.
Hear what the Spirit is saying…