Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering wars

It is Memorial day morning, the rain is falling. For the past month our city band his been practicing patriotic music to play at a gathering at the cemetery to honor our veterans. I was thinking about how many in our military have suffered for our freedom. At Arlington cemetery an honor guard stands in rain, in severe storms in honor of our men who have given their lives in war. Brave soldiers endure searing heat in Afghanistan, some without God and without hope have taken their own lives. Life is not worth much when God is taken away, and yet this is happening in the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are to keep God in our hearts for, We are a Christian nation with the motto  In God We Trust and Jesus gave his life to bring us eternal life and freedom.

John 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Many have given their lives to secure our freedom's. I had an uncle who died in the Bataan death march in WW 2. We can trace our family history and find other's who fought in wars, foreign and domestic. My son was a Marine in the Gulf war. My oldest brother was in the navy in WW2 and my other brother served in the army in combat in Korea. A young man who came to faith in Jesus through our Internet ministry gave his life in Iraq, to secure their freedom. Some wonder if we are losing our freedom today from within our own nation. We must be diligent to preserve our freedom. A people at ease may become slaves. The devil is sneaky and subtle and he often appears to be something he is not. We are to discern words and actions and to trust our God. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Our nation is losing discernment as the love of God is replaced by social programs. If we give up the love of God we have lost the war.

Psa 55:21  The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
Psa 55:22  Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Remember Jesus who said:

John 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Freedom begins in a heart that has received forgiveness and new life through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are then in the Lord's army. He is righteous and loyal to God. He is God the Son, the very Living Word of God. and we follow him in victory.  (Veteran's Walk of Honor)

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