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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ten Ways to Be a Mighty Force For the Cause of Christ - Don't Let Others Bring You Down!

By Cathy Deaton

Be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

Abraham Lincoln
This quote is almost the opposite of the way most of us feel about someone who has wronged us, even those of us who are Christians. Many times we do not find ourselves taking the high road of honor and integrity, but the low one of revenge.

If there was any one person who had to endure a severe onslaught against his character, it was Abraham Lincoln. Only 10 days before he took office in 1861, the Confederate States of America seceded from the Union.

Lincoln had only been elected because there was a huge split in the other party, and he was viewed by his own advisers as a second-rate country lawyer who had absolutely no leadership experience.

There were very few who believed he had the potential to lead the country in the worst time of its existence. The previous president, James Buchanan, had already given up, and made the comment that he would go down in history as being the last president of what was then called the United States.

Absolutely everything was against Lincoln as he tried to formulate a plan to reunite the country.

There are probably very few of us who have suffered such an onslaught against our character, but still were able to be strong enough to stand for the right thing no matter who was against us.

Lincoln did not waver in his beliefs and fought for them with all the energy he had.

Most of us look at him as being larger-than-life, and feel that we could never have what it takes to stand so strongly in the midst of adversity, much less make a huge difference for the lives of so many people.

Every Christian has the power of God to stand behind him. He wants to do mighty things in your life, but you must want to please Him more than you want to please others.

Don't let Satan tell you that you can't be a mighty force for the cause of Christ!

How do you Stand Strong against Satan?

You must believe that God is BIG enough to handle any problem that comes your way. You can only do this is if you start to understand His Character.
God is the foundation that you must build upon. Anything else will crumble, fall, and take you down with it.
Bathe every day in prayer and get forgiveness of any sin that God reveals. Without His Power, you have no chance to succeed against Satan.
Learn how to hear the Holy Spirit when He speaks. If you are a Christian, He is with you at all times to lead you in the truth.
Determine you will make a difference each day. Don't just get into the habit of same-old-same-old and fill up your minutes with things that are not worthwhile.
Always, and I mean always, live your life with honor and integrity. Choose the high road no matter how good the low road may look. A person of character chooses integrity even when nobody else is looking.
Read the Bible and live by its principles. God has set them up so that you can have the best life possible. Don let anything keep you from following the instruction of His Word.
Your feelings will not always lead you in the right direction, so make the choice to stand on truth instead.
Ask God for the faith you need to believe for what He tells you.
God wants to meet you exactly where you are at this moment. Pray and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He is waiting patiently for you to ask.

Fill your days doing the things above; then when somebody does something that brings you pain, you will remember that you must take the high road no matter what your feelings say. You can let God Himself fight for you and take care of the situation.

It is a good feeling to know that you do not have to bring yourself down to the level of others when they treat you badly. You always have a choice as to the action you will take. Be much too noble to give back an offense.

Cathy Deaton is the author of Handbook for Victorious Christian Living, a book for the Christian who is truly seeking God and wants to live in victory in every area of their life.


She also has started a blog: http://who-god-is.com/

God has done remarkable things in her life and she has found that He is truly a God of wonder and amazement, and wants to bless His children in more ways than they could ever imagine.

Her site Blueprint for Victorious Christian Living takes passages from the Bible and gives the meaning of key words in the Greek or Hebrew. The articles are short and can be printed out easily for study or read online in about 5 minutes.

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