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Memorial Day

 

cropped-flag1 Memorial Day is a day to remember and pay honor to military personnel who have died in the service of our country. I’ve only been to one military funeral; I was 9 or 10 years old and the fallen soldier was the son of my mother’s cousin.

When I was in High School, there was a Memorial Day program that paid tribute to “Gold Star Mothers”. The mother I escorted throughout the service was quite old. I remember her telling me her son had been dead for many years. She still mourned his passing and she cried that day. She thanked me for remembering the Gold Star Mothers and for walking with her.

It’s possible to live in this great country of ours and forget that there are men and women who are fighting for us still today. They stand against our enemies so that we don’t have to. They give their lives so that we might live in the freedom that every deceased veteran has earned for us.

It’s also possible to be a Christian and forget that there is a spiritual war being waged. Many have lost their lives in this battle. Even today Christians are being killed because of their faith, as many as a hundred a month. It could be considerably higher! There are no gold stars, there are no front page headlines, the war is hidden, but not from God. God knows, and loves, every soul martyred for Him.

“The Lord cares deeply when his loved ones die.” – Psalm 116:15 NLT

There is also a war being waged for the minds of believers. If we don’t engage and do our part, we surrender ground to the enemy every moment of every day. When we surrender ground, we put our spiritual lives in danger. We must engage. We must fight.

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – NLT

Are you willing to engage in the battle? Or are you afraid of death? Are you more concerned for your living body than your living soul? The body is temporary; the soul is eternal.

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” – Matthew 15:26

There is One who stood on the front line and gave His life so that we might live! When Jesus died, and rose again, He defeated the greatest enemy: death.

“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.” – Hebrews 2:14

The war has been won, but we must still fight the battles. When we fight with Jesus, though our bodies may die, we have the assurance of knowing that we live forever with Him! There are no Memorial Days in heaven!

 

Comments on: "Memorial Day" (4)

  1. God Bless America and those who paid the price for our freedom. Jesus hold and protect us in our minute by minute battle for others souls as well as ours. Amen.
    Ephesians 6:10-18
    New American Standard Bible (NASB)
    The Armor of God

    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [b]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

    18 [c]With all prayer and petition [d]pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, [e]be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

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  2. JANET REDEKER said:

    I totally am saddened by the way our military and vets ate being treated now!!! They deserve much more than they are getting. The benefits are scarce to nothing while we give countries billions that hate us!! We also are losing our religious rights and the day will come that Christians here will be treated and killed as they are overseas! Therefore, we need to stand firm in our beliefs and be ready to give our lives for Him!!!! For as a song says, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through!!”

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