Welcome to Essential Gear!
The Necessities - Everything To Make You Mission Ready
Why Essential Gear?
Every journey requires preparation. We are adventurers on the adventure of a lifetime and soldiers engaged in the greatest military campaign of all time! Therefore, our packs must be carefully packed with tools and weapons that are essential. When every ounce in your pack makes a difference, it's important that each item be relevant and precisely chosen.
Essential Gear is a condensed, power-packed package of truths or essential elements that is enough, along with a personal devotional life, to sustain any believer in their journey with God.
Aptly named, these teachings parallel what a soldier needs in his pack in order set out on any mission. Remember, as warriors enlisted in the Army of God, we are following our God and He is bent on conquest!
For the newly saved Christian, these truths will help establish and settle you in your walk with God. From learning how to engage in spiritual warfare to learning how to overcome hurt and bitterness, both of which are inevitable in this life, you will be equipped with what you need to go on to full maturity in Christ. For the seasoned believer, it is always necessary to hone convictions and inspect our spiritual "walls," as in Nehemiah's day, to make sure there are no cracks or broken down areas of disrepair. After all, in the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing as "having arrived." As long as we are on this earth, there is wisdom to be gained, ground to be taken, lives to be fought for and victories to be won.
So, grab your pack! Fill it with these essentials and maintain your daily devotional life, and you will find yourself on the greatest journey of your life!
We are in a battle. As soon as we say, "Yes," to Jesus, we sign up for war. We know that "we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus," but to be successful warriors, we must learn about our enemy and how to fight - on the offensive. Sometimes stealth "under cover of darkness" operations are necessary to see through some very dark nights of the soul. Let this be our anthem at every stage, in every circumstance: "I mean to go right on until the crown is won; I mean to fight the fight of faith til life on earth is done. I’ll nevermore turn back, defeat I shall not know, for God will give me victory if onward I shall go."
Rank & File.
It's a good thing to know at which place to jump in line. But it can be very hard sometimes to surrender the lead, to yield our will to the only true and capable leader, Jesus Christ. He has always and only ever wanted the very best for our lives. As soon as this yieldedness is established and in order, a freedom and peace comes upon us that delights in "following the leader" and is content with simply stepping where He steps and turning where He turns. Behind Him. In second place.
Hurt And Bitterness.
It would be impossible to go through this life and not have difficulties; we live in a fallen world. "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) It is what we do with these hurts and difficulties that makes us or breaks us. Our response is Christlike and opposite of a vengeful, maligning way. Although not easy, we can, with God's help, not only get through hurts and troubles, we can become more Christlike right in them. From a place of brokenness and forgiveness, the sweet aroma of Christ rises from our wounds and bears testimony to all who have the great privilege of passing through the valley with us.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7) The One Who laid the foundations and set the footings of the earth, surely knows North, South, East and West! Only the omniscience and omnipotence of God can lead us in little and big ways. He sees one direction and our obedience, and sees the nations. He guides us with nations in view! Calibrated by true north, His guidance leads us along through highs, lows, mountains, valleys, straight paths and winding curves. As we learn to attune to His guidance, the adventure ever unfolds.
Maintain the initiative. Initiative can have a few different meanings, but in our context, it means "advantage or upper hand" and "one's personal, responsible decision." In essence, our decision to live holy lives means we have an advantage or upper hand over our enemy, the devil. Holiness is a direct counterattack to the enemy; it's no wonder we have to work very diligently to maintain our standards of holiness in every aspect of our lives, at all times, with whomever we may find ourselves. The difference between God's holiness and a legalistic version that is regulated by laws and orders, is that we are moved to be holy out of love for Jesus Christ, not merely duty towards Him. Let us not lose our initiative and allow the front line of battle to become blurred with compromise and inconsistency.
The Coming Glory.
The coming of the glory of the Lord is at hand! This IS our mission. This IS our purpose. To know Jesus and BE READY to meet Him face to face in all His glory! And - to help as many as possible be ready to meet Him. Everything we do is driven by this underlying motive and holy anticipation. Whatever it takes. At any cost.
Having thus chosen our course,
without guile and with pure purpose,
let us renew our trust in God,
and go forward without fear and with manly hearts.
Meals, Ready to Eat.
Big things come in small packages.
An MRE, "Meal, Ready-to-Eat," is a small self-contained, packaged field ration. They are largely used in combat situations when a mess hall is just not an option. They must be able to withstand parachute jumps and deep-sea dives and take up as little space as possible in the rucksack. Also, the nutrient combination is meant to be efficient for an active soldier's physical demands. Small package, big punch.
That's how we like to describe these few resources. They're shorter in length and can be "consumed" quickly, but yet supply life-sustaining spiritual nutrients for you. Take them everywhere. Print out the tract. Stuff them in your pack. You never know when, in the line of duty, you'll need a quick, yet powerful, spiritual food ration.
These Are The Facts
Salvation to maturity in Christ. Essential personal tool. Essential revival tool. Winkie Pratney lays out very practical wisdom to guide a person along the journey from initial introduction to Jesus to salvation to walking with God.
“Herein is love; not the we loved God, but that He loves US and sent His Son to be the way through which we could be forgiven and come back to Him.”
THERE IS NO TIME LIKE NOW...
GOD HAS DONE EVERYTHING HE CAN FOR YOU...
THE NEXT MOVE MUST BE YOURS!
Print it out and take it with you. Share it with anyone. Every person needs this. Just click the title below.
A compilation of fiery snippets from many fathers in the faith. It puts us on our knees before God. May the Lamb Who was slain receive the reward of His sufferings.
Four Spiritual Laws
Just as physical laws govern the universe, God has spiritual laws that govern our lives.
- God loves you and created you to know Him personally.
- Man is sinful and separated from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love.
- Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him alone we can know God personally and experience God's love.
- We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
This is an excellent evangelistic tool. Written by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, in the mid-50s, it provides instruction on how to establish a relationship with Jesus. You can click below for the online version.
The Coming of Jesus Is at Hand
Jesus, God's only Son, said He would come back in the clouds, surrounded by a great number of His holy angels.
What does Jesus’ coming mean to you? Why should you care or even be concerned? What will matter will be Jesus and if you knew Him as Savior and Lord. If Jesus came now, would you be ready to meet Him or would you be eternally lost?
No one knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return but be sure of this, the coming of Jesus is that hand!
The Coming of Jesus Is at Hand is another great evangelistic tool. For many, the coming of Jesus can seem unrealistic or even scary. This tract simply, yet profoundly, addresses His coming and urges all to be prepared and in holy anticipation.
Click the link below to download.
THE COMING OF JESUS IS AT HAND
Daily Prayer Life
Developing a daily devotional life can be a challenge. If you are a new believer, you may feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to start or how to do it. The 29:59 Plan is a great resource to help you establish a daily habit of prayer and devotion and will help you learn how to pray.
We recommend the printed verson. It's worth the investment. Just click the title below.
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