Resolve – something we must have in these days. Resolve – even more so must we possess in the days and years to come.
As our ultimate example and the One we are commanded to follow, Jesus knew He had come for a distinct purpose and was determined to complete the mission, at all costs. When the time came for Him to move on it, He did not flinch, back down, or seek an escape route out of there. He had the resolve, the firmness, the determination to do what it took to get the job done.
As the apostle Luke records in chapter 9:51, “When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;” (NASU) Or as the NKJV translates it, “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”
Isaiah did rightly prophesy about the Messiah Yeshua as written above, “I have set My face like flint.” That is exactly what He did.
To put this in full context, one must read the other verses that come before and go beyond that verse. It gives a wider picture of what He was committed to do.
“The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
For the Lord God will help Me; therefore, I will not be disgraced; therefore, I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. He is near who justifies Me; who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me. Surely the Lord God will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed, they will all grow old like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant? Who walks in darkness and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God.” (Isaiah 50:4-10 NKJV)
Even as we are commanded to grow deeper in love for one another in our hearts, at the same time we will be required to stand stronger because of that love with more resolve and a greater resolute heart to press on, to push through, to not stop until we have completed our assigned mission from above.
As any toughened combat soldier, long before prepared to engage in battle; or the proven athlete, measured and strengthened through years of practice for his competitive field; or the years of perfected, intense time given the trained surgeon, now performing through the grueling hours in the operating room – these similar years of ourselves being trained, groomed, and prepared for this hour must show itself strong as we stand courageously and boldly in these days of increasing pressure to bow down and give up.
The enemy of our soul continues to use the masses to attempt to tear down, destroy, and eliminate the eternal truths of God Almighty’s Word. And as a roaring lion, he will not stop in his attempts to wear down the saints of God, doing so until we will give up. But we must not give up, and instead stand strong with the Lion of the tribe of Judah, with firmness, decisiveness, and a granite will to hold the line, advance the truth, and see the war won, as it has forever and a day been recorded in the final book of the Bible.
With even more resolve, pressing forward to the mark with increasing strength daily, spending more time in prayer with our Lord, more time in His Word, and more time with His people, we are together working for His Kingdom to come.
I pray you are staying in the battle, standing firm together, committed to the end to see it happen. Do so with even more resolve.
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