Thursday, June 30, 2011

Remember the Alamo!

Yes, don't we? John Wayne made it very memorable! But then, so did our history teacher when we were kids, right? I'll never forget when I saw the movie for the first time, how proud the soldiers in the fort were of their country, their families, and each other. And God.

Actually, the actual events that happened at the Alamo were very important to our country, and to us as Americans. Not only did those brave men stand for what they believed, they died for it. Not only were they outnumbered by literally thousands, but they fought on when they were given an escape. Not only did each one proudly defend his country, each one proudly gave all.

All through our country's history we see the same display. Many are not as well known, or celebrated, as the Alamo has been. We had the American Revolution, where men and women worked and fought tirelessly to establish a new nation. There were the Indian wars, of which we are not too proud to admit to. And then there was the Civil War, a war that tore our land apart,and pitted brother against brother, sister against sister, but again, all believing and standing for their beliefs. All proud and willing to, again, give all.

The more modern wars are equally full of great stories of bravery and heroism, victories and great loss. And even the wars and battles in the Bible show men, and sometimes women, holding their own, shouting their own victory cries, charging ahead fearlessly, to win that which was theirs.

God is always in the midst of war. He is there with the blood, the sweat, the tears, the fear, and the joy of victory. He witnesses each atrocity committed against each person, and His heart grieves at the tragedy that unfolds. But remember, God has purposes that we don't understand, and with those purposes come benefits for His people. If we go into battle with His name on our lips, He will carry the sword of life before us, and victory will be ours. He did it for the Israelites...He does it for us, each and every day, if we but ask Him.

No, victory does not always come in winning a war. Sometimes we lose. Sometimes we forfeit lives, just like at the Alamo. But standing for and with God is a win/win situation. Life, and you have His blessing. Death, and you are with Him forever. How can that be considered loss? If we are following Jesus, trusting Him, believing in Him, no battle will ever defeat us. Remember, we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.

'What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?'(Romans 8:31 KJV)

Remember the Alamo! And remember that God was there, just like He is here, with you and me, fighting our battles with us, never leaving us alone.


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