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An Enduring Victory

June 7

"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of JESUS CHRIST."   2 Timothy 2:3

"The glory of soldiering is never attained in the house of the statesman."





Successful warfare, by its nature, is proactive, not reactive; and because it is, war becomes a hard business.  "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:"  Most believers resist viewing their Christian life on these terms; and many who do are content, thank you, to fulfill their duty at the rear of any battle.  "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."  This goes far in explaining why the brunt of our forces find themselves, as much engaged in R & R, as they do seek and destroy.  As it pertains to Church warfare, the best offense is a good offense.  To our demise though, many are willing to sue for terms of peace with an adversary the likes of the Devil himself.  To lay aside one's armor and sword, has left more than a few bad soldiers of JESUS CHRIST dead and dying on the battlefield; and because it never is noble to shoot your wounded, the line of stretchers we bear becomes a bit cumbersome to our mobility.    

"But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;"  Bivouac, forced marches, fierce battles, fallen comrades, and hardness of sundry other sort, all make up the life of a soldier.  Why then, do we read of this soldier analogy time and again in the Scripture, and crumble in chaos and yet retreat at the first hint of the enemy?  The glory of soldiering is never attained in the house of the statesman.     

"And HE said, Nay; but as CAPTAIN of the host of the LORD am I now come."  A famous American general once earned the title: 'Ol Blood & Guts'; and became revered, for his tenacity in pursuing and defeating enemy forces.  May I suggest that sobriquet more fitting our Christian COMMANDER, WHO stood HIS ground just outside Jerusalem, and defeated every foe in a pitched three day battle.  "Looking unto JESUS the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith; WHO for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD."  Would, that HE give us this same grace to overcome our cowardice, and be always pointed in forward leaning faith toward the front.

"For consider HIM that endured such contradiction of sinners against HIMSELF, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."

For Love of Country
John Langdon (1741-1819)
(Governor of New Hampshire)
"Vain is the acknowledgment of a SUPREME RULER of the Universe, unless such acknowledgments influence our practice, and call forth those expressions of homage and adoration that are due to HIS character and providential government ..."

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