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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Don't lose heart

As we continue this spiritual battle that rages around us, we should take heart from phrases of encouragement like the one above--"don't lose heart"--that are found throughout Scripture. They are simple words that contain such power for us as we wage war. As I told a friend just this morning, Satan's war against God's children is a constant, 24/7 fight. He never relents. Neither can we. This is just another reason why God created us to do life together. On those days when the battle is at a fevered pitch, I need others around me who will link arms with me. I need someone to utter the words that Paul uttered in 1 Corinthians...don't lose heart.

On June 6, 1944, thousands of Allied soldiers found themselves pinned down on the beaches of Normandy, France. Relentless gunfire from German soldiers was making every move life-threatening. Young men led by only slightly older officers were faced with a battle that was unprecedented for its day. What hung in the balance was freedom for Europe and, ultimately, an end to this horrible war.

On one beach, a scene was played out that was repeated up and down that shoreline that day. Colonel George Taylor, commander of the U.S. 16th Infantry, looked around at the men in his command. Some were dead. Many were wounded. All were frightened and faced with a decision. Taylor summoned everything within himself and said, "Men, there are only going to be two kinds of men on this beach, the dead and those who are about to be. Let's move"

The rest is history. Today, you and I face fears, overwhelming feelings, and tough choices. Our enemy is real and relentless. He fires at us from every angle and hopes only to see us dead. You and I can sit in our corner and lose hope. The end result is death.

As for me, I choose not to lose heart. I choose to move forward claiming the promises of Scripture that, even in the most fevered pitch of battle, those who follow Christ have overcome.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 NIV

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