March Forward Like the Rising Sun in Its Might
Heart to Heart

March Forward Like the Rising Sun in Its Might
by Candy Summers 
  “Awake! Arise, O my soul! … March on with strength and let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might” (Judges 5). Once awakened by His calling to arise and march on, we must seize His truth and walk therein to reap the promises of His Word. As our flesh gives up its way to embrace His Spirit, armed with His armor, our flesh’s awkward, uncertain steps become the skilled steps of “hinds’ feet for high places.” Possessed then by His Spirit, deliberate efforts soon become an unconscious weaving of truth and light which bears the image of the “Risen Son.”  First, we must trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding for God says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Prov. 3:5-6). “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6). “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways … For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:8-9).  “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:15-17). “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). So “be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).  Husbands and wives, be one as God says, “And the two shall become one” (Gen. 2:24). Be in one accord with God’s Word and with one another so you can successfully execute your task with strength—for a house divided will fall. Therefore, gird each other up, support each other, and walk together in all you do.  “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her … So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself, for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church” (Eph. 5:25-29).  “Wives, be subject to your own husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything” (Eph. 5:22-24).  Be Christ like (bearers of His image) especially at home with your family, for “the Lord God [is] compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin” (Ex. 34:6-7). “And so as those who have been chosen of God; holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and    forgiving each other … just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Col. 3:12-13).  For “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23) and a “gentle and quiet spirit is precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 4:4). So therefore, “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love” (Eph. 4:1-2).  Accept nothing less than honor and obedience. To be pleasing to the Lord and to all others, children must honor and obey their parents. Without this in place, hell will reign. “For the rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame” (Prov. 29:15). “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother” (Eph. 6:1-2). Once this is achieved, the academics fall into place.  “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; for those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives. It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:5-11).  Before everything else, teach God’s Word. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deut. 6:5-9).  For “all scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Is. 40:8).  Put on the armor of God for the battle is real. The enemy does not want any more soldiers added to our King’s kingdom, even in diapers. He understands what’s to come. What we are doing is a real threat to the devil’s plans. Beware! Be wise!  “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the powers, against the wicked forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayers and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Eph. 6:12-18).  Also understand that our foe is not always so distinguishable, for “Satan [often] disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). He can make the grass look pretty green on the wrong side of the fence so please remember, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).  Believe and fear not for God is with you. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). “Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments” (Deut. 7:9). Because “many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Ps. 34:19).  Therefore “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13).  When we are willing to obey God, He enables us to do what He commands. “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). “For we know that God causes all things to work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). “I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.… Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:5, 9).  “The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thes. 3:3) and “The one that remains faithful, the steadfast of mind Thou will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock” (Is. 26:2-4).  Have an eternal perspective. “For all things are for your sakes, that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though the outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:15-18).  Run with endurance. “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endur-ance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4). “But be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work” (2 Chron. 15:4).  “Therefore … let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart” (Heb. 12:1-3).  “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary” (Is. 40:28-31). “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes. 5:16).  “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Wives be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands love your wives, and do not be embittered against them. Children be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord. Fathers do not exasperate your children, that they may lose heart.… Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Col. 3:17-24).  “For this reason (we, Jon and Candy) bow (our) knees before the Father … that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory … to all generations forever and ever” (Eph. 3:14-21).  For we are “confident of this very thing; that He who began this good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Know that we love you and pray for you.  Arise now and march on with strength … like the rising of the sun in its might. “Thus you shall do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully and wholeheartedly” (2 Chron. 19:9).