The "Cross of Calvary", later called the "Maltese Cross" represented the principles of charity, loyalty, chivalry, gallantry, generosities to friend and foe, protection of the weak, and dexterity in service.
The eight-pointed cross is a symbol used to denote the eight obligations.
The four arms represent:
The eight arms represent:
I Live in truth
II Have faith
III Repent of sins
IV Give proof of humility
V Love justice
VI Be merciful
VII Be sincere and whole-hearted
VIII Endure persecution
TAKE PRIDE IN PERSECUTION
2 Cor 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Mockery - Luke 23:11
Poverty and tribulation -Revelation 2:9
Imprisonment - Mark 6:17, Daniel 6:1-28
Torture - Isaiah 50:6, Acts 14:19
Death - Genesis 4:8
Threats - Acts 4:21, 4:29
Exile - Revelations 1:9
Persecution - 2 Timothy 3:12
Becoming a Soldier of Christ
Prerequisites for Becoming a Soldier of Christ (male or female)
I Poverty Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 16:13
II Chastity 1 Corinthians 6:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Matthew 5:27-28, Philippians 2:15, 1 Peter 2:11
III Obedience 1 Samuel 15:22, 1 Peter 1:14, Deuteronomy 11:13, Romans 6:17, Joshua 22:2-3, Philippians 2:12, Deuteronomy 8:6, Leviticus 19:37, Deuteronomy 13:4, Jeremiah 7:23, Isaiah 42:24
IV Duty Romans 12:6-9, Romans 4:5, Romans 9:11, Ephesians 4:1
V Responsibility Luke 9:26, Mark 4:21-22, Ezekiel 33:6-9, 1 Timothy 5:20-21, Proverbs 29:24, Psalms 50:18
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints
From 'The History of the Christian Church' by Henry C. Sheldon, 1895, Boston University: "The women vie with the men in courage, accompany them to the battle-field, meet the fugitives with reproaches, and endeavor to drive them back to the conflict. The men, on their part, entertain a high respect for their women. "They even suppose somewhat of sanctity and prescience to be inherent in the female sex; and therefore neither despise their counsels, nor disregard their responses." In their mutual relations, both are honorably distinguished by the virtue of chastity. Polygamy is practised only by a few, whose alliance is solicited on account of their rank. "The matrimonial bond is strict and severe among them. Men and women alike are unacquainted with clandestine correspondence. Adultery is extremely rare among so numerous a people."
Cure of loneliness
Count up the hours of life, and most of them are passed alone. Besides, there is a moral solitude far greater than physical. Who has not felt the deep solitude of a crowd? The most dangerous, because the most subtle, temptations come to us when we are alone. An unoccupied state is sure to foster what is bad in us, and our lonely hours are generally our most unoccupied ones. It was in a solitude that even our Lord had His fiercest attacks. Must read: view full article here
Prayer is talking to God, and when we do so, we must do so with an open and sincere heart. Be humble, and honest when you speak to God, or else he won't bother to respond. Every healthy relationship, such as a marriage, depends on a good communication line. This is no different with our relationship with God.
- Be persistent in prayer (Luke 18:1), Jesus prayed three times repeating the same thing (Matthew 26:42-44, Mark 14:32-39);
- Pray without ceasing (Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18);
- Do not worry about what to say to God (Romans 8:26, Hebrews 5:7);
- Pray and sing with the spirit of understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15);
- Thank God in your prayers (Philippians 4:6);
- Pray for the Saints (Ephesians 6:18, Luke 22:32);
- Pray to God in solitary (Mark 1:35). Matthew 6:5-13 (See also Luke 11:1-4) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
The Lord's Prayer
Jesus Teaches His Disciples to Pray:
After this manner therefore pray ye:
- Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
The prayer of the Saint has Gods delight Proverbs 15:8, John 9:31, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 145:18, Matthew 11:25. Prayers of the Saint are kept in Heaven Revelation 5:8, Revelation 8:3-4
These are the gifts to the faithful
- Visions, Dreams (Acts 2:17, Job 33:14-18, Genesis 37:05, Matthew 27:19, Revelation 7:9-10)
- Healings, Miracles (Acts 2:43, 3:3-16, 5:12-16, 6:8, 8:13, 9:32-34, 9:36-42, 19:4-6)
- Blessings (1 Chronicles 4:10, 1 Kings 8:59-60, John 12:27-28)
- Answer to prayers (Matthew 7:7, James 5:16, 1 John 5:14-15)
- Stigmata (Luke 22:44, Galatians 6:17)
- Casting out demons (Luke 10:17, Acts 8:6-7, 19:11-12)
- Punishment in Gods name (Acts 13:6-11)
- Protected against harm (Acts 28:1-6, Daniel 6:2-28, Judges 6:11-13)
Prayer and fasting is voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer with God and to purify the body. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but you can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer.
Fasting without prayer is healthy for the body, fasting with prayer dedicated to God, is pure power. The prayer from the cleansed body reaches full effectiveness.
Fasting is to make your prayer stronger. There are a number of occasions in which prayer alone isn't strong enough.
Take a look at Jesus' words: Mark 9:28-29 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Satan knows prayer and fasting are strong, hence he will test us on our weakest moment. Matthew 6:16, 6:18, Psalm 69:10, Matthew 5:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 9:9,Luke 4:2,
Remember that Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-11) fasted forty days, Elijah in 1 Kings 19:7-9 and so did Moses in Exodus 34:28. This alone proves the importance of fasting.
The purpose of meditation is to learn to stem the endless flow of earthly thoughts of the mind, and learn to control our undisciplined thought patterns. Learn to synchronize our minds and bodies together for the glory of God. The untrained mind will wander into thoughts of temptation, that are delivered by Satan and his demons. Concentrate on the truths of God. By simply bringing to focus conscious thought into each moment of your day to day actions this will help to focus and calm the mind.
- Psalm 1:1-2 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
- 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
- Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein..
Psalm 119:99. Philippians 4:8. Genesis 24:63.
To those who dedicate themselves to their profession, and live their beliefs. They are those who will always get the job done. It begins with the mind.
The mind is the primary focus of all training. It is absolutely imperative that you learn to control your mind, and how you think. In training and actual combat the mind is the driving force behind all that instigates you to become a better combat operator. How you process your thoughts can be a motivator or an obstacle. You must decide which element you wish to incorporate into your mentality. The untrained mind is lazy and will quit way before the body will. And it is capable of deterring you from a desired goal or action.
Conflict, pain, and confrontation are not to be feared, only respected. But irrationality, disregard for training, and impatience are to be avoided at all costs. The intensity of the training, whatever it may happen to be, should mirror your willpower. Your training must be unconventional, and always push the limits. The more extreme you train, the more your mind and body will acclimate to such situations. And it will increase the chances of surviving such experiences in conflict or combat.
The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.
Men and women of valor
The life of the saint is struggling endlessly with the world, as the shepherd is forever vigilant against the wolves. When the saints are persecuted, they are engulfed by the love of God, for in their state of agony, they are being tested by the Lord Who is love. To be persecuted is to be loved by God; it is a sign that the Father desires that you be as His Son, to live as Christ lived, to suffer just as He suffered. Those who are not persecuted, who live entrenched in the fat of comfort, without enemies from amongst the wolves, and in the avoidance from the struggle that the Sword of Christ brings, are hated by God, and thus God deprives them of the honor of persecution. As David wrote in the tenth Psalm: "The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates." (Psalm 11:5) God loved Elijah, and He thus blessed him with the oppression of Jezebel; He loved Moses and bestowed upon him the mission to confront the tyrant Pharaoh - a terrifying enterprise - to endure the arduous journey through the desert, and conduct battles against the pagans who sought out his destruction. As the Savior Himself said, "If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you." (John 15:18)
God hates the sin but loves the sinner
The talent pool has always been pretty thin when it comes to moral perfection. All the perfect people are in heaven. God works with sinners because that's all he has to work with. Think about Noah who got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, David who was an adulterer, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Samson who had serious problem with anger. Only Jesus was sinless.
However, there is one sin that will never be forgiven, which gives comfort actually to all those who endured hardship. The unpardonable/unforgivable sin or "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" is mentioned in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:22-32. "Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin" (Mark 29) - Jesus.