Ozark Christian Living

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Flag of Our FATHER

June 14

"THOU hast given a banner to them that fear THEE, that it may be displayed because of the truth."   Psalm 60:4

"If one is to embrace the truth of GOD, one must first meet the GOD of truth." 





As we draw ever nearer the second advent of JESUS CHRIST, the place of our pilgrimage grows increasingly cynical toward HIM.  "And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:"  Have you not noticed the disdain this world holds toward truth, and any and all would-be purveyors of it?  Verity has become intolerable to a culture intent on every man doing that which is right in his own eyes.  Relativism reigns in the street, in the marketplace, and in the homes across our land; and any who challenge that are shouted down from the towers of the enlightened. 

"And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it JEHOVAH-NISSI:"  (The LORD our BANNER).  If one is to embrace the truth of GOD, one must first meet the GOD of truth.  This encounter is unmistakable, as the banner of person and pride, is bleached ghost white in blessed surrender before HIS presence.  It is there, in the incubator of humility, that the truth of GOD turns more than tolerable, and the life of the newly redeemed itself goes on display as HIS banner: "But ye shall receive power, after that the HOLY GHOST is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto ME ... and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Flags hold tremendous significance in our lives, and elicit some of our most passionate emotions.  "Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them ..."  They represent: identity, sovereignty, pride, loyalty, patriotism, courage, sacrifice, and so much more.  There is something wrong with the American who doesn't get a little lumpy in the throat at the sound of the National Anthem, and the sight of Old Glory waving in the wind.  There is likewise, something tragic about the Christian who stands indifferent at the sight of HIS scars and stripes; while possessing the intimate and personal knowledge that HE is all GLORIOUS!

"We will rejoice in THY salvation, and in the NAME of our GOD we will set up our banners: ..."

For Love of Country
H. Norman Schwarzkopf
(Commander of Coalition Forces during  Operation Desert Storm)
"I began to believe that, when my forward commander radioed that they had reached the Euphrates River ahead of schedule.  I waited for the other shoe to fall.  'General', he said, 'I've got to tell you about the casualties.'  I braced myself.  'One man was slightly wounded.'  That's when I knew GOD was with us."

(upon hearing the success of the 101st Airborne's flanking maneuver)

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