We’re in San Diego in our motorhome, and a little later this morning, will be traveling to Lake Havasu where we will work for at least a year in establishing a church. As we drank coffee, Jerry began to sing , “Off we go into the wild blue yonder”, and then “We’re in the army now”..and other “fighting songs.” We talked a bit about the Second World War, and whether any of those are official armed force songs. At the conclusion of our conversation, I noted, “I like fighting songs.”
A bit later as I was reading the Bible, this passage of Scripture rather “leaped out” at me.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12
YES! I said. God’s people must be aggressive, fearless, resourceful, visionary, wise, strong, faithful, forward looking, wearing His armor, and we must be possessors of “cutting-edge” thinking. At the same time we must be sweet, humble, considerate and thoughtful—except to Satan himself. With him, we cut no slack, and have no mercy. We’re violent, cutting and slashing until, through God, we bring down Satan’s kingdom.
What an army is this one! What distinction to be a soldier here! Reminds me of a little song we sang in Sunday school when I was a child.
“I’m to small to march in the infantry, ride in the cavalry, shoot the artillery.
I may never fly o’er the enemy, but I’m in the Lord’s Army…..and so on.”
So we’re off today, Jerry and I…to do battle for the Lord in Lake Havasu, Az. Know something? We will win!
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