I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Philippians 4:13
Remember the Oath
I woke up this morning thinking that it is important to help others understand our soldiers’ oath to protect us. I discovered the Army’s oath a few weeks ago, printed it, and stuck it in my Bible. Watching all the troops stream into Washington, D.C. this week, hearing my own Ohio Governor state he called up the Ohio National Guard, and then listening to Dutch Sheets read the Navy Seal’s Oath on Give Him 15 this morning prompts me to post it here:
“I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962).
Pioneers can’t be those who need the security of the familiar. They are trailblazers, not trail-followers. Uncommon and unqualified commitment, combined with a willingness to take risks, is what Christ requires; and it is an absolutely essential characteristic for those He uses as change-agents…
Ronald Reagan was a risk-taker, difference-maker, and pioneer. Combining spirituality, patriotism, and uncommon commitment, he was an example of the pioneer spirit. Only a pioneer would stand on the world stage and, against the advice of all of his advisors, forcefully decree, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Although he made this audacious statement while President in 1987, the seeds of a pioneer were growing in Mr. Reagan much earlier. On October 27, 1964, he issued the following poignant decree: “They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is right.”
May God give America more Ronald Reagans…
Winston Churchill helped save Great Britain and the entire world from Hitler’s Third Reich. Led by his passion, determination, and amazing ability to communicate, England fought the good fight against Hitler when it looked like he was unstoppable. One of Churchill’s many poignant quotes from that time was about duty: “The destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits—not animals. There is something going on…which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.” (Italics mine.)
Likewise, whether we like it or not, there are challenges in America today that spell “duty.” Abortion spells duty. A spiritually lost generation spells duty. Human trafficking, an anti-Christ spirit and attitude, an attack on traditional marriage, a compromising church—all of these, and many more problems in the world are issuing duty’s call. God is asking for a pioneer generation to arise, difference-makers who are willing to pray until the change comes.
I love our military. I’m inspired by their commitment and humbled by their many sacrifices. I wonder if, at a heart level, we shouldn’t possess the same degree of commitment to Christ and His cause—including to this nation He raised up to be a light to the world—that our soldiers demonstrate. As I read portions of the U.S. Navy SEAL Creed awhile back, I couldn’t help but think this should be the Christian’s creed. I carry it with me. Please indulge me; it is so inspirational I want to share it with you. Though a little lengthy, it’s well worth our time.
U.S. Navy Seal Creed
In times of war or uncertainty, there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with an uncommon desire to succeed. Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life. I am that man…MORE
This weekend promises to be one different from anything many of us have experienced in our lifetime. I just watched a video of a known news broadcaster trying to leave Washington, D.C. last night and having to go through a military guard post. Find the video HERE. Changes are coming, and we can’t see into the future to know what they are. However, if we have rock-solid faith in God and pay attention to the scriptures, we find endless amounts of help and strength.
Many years ago, I was at my wit’s end. I remember the day and the hour. It was when I came to the end of myself and turned my life over to God. That same day I found a prayer card an elderly lady gave me sitting on the window ledge above my kitchen sink. On it was a picture of Jesus as He died on the cross for us. It read, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I put the little card in my purse and carried it with me all the time.
All these years later, I can guarantee you that by faith in the one true God, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” Philippians 4:13
Saint Paul tells us when we have done all else to stand firm and pray! We may not need to put on the garb our military soldiers wear, but we can put on the Spiritual Armor of God! And pray for our military – our soldiers, their leaders and our President. We can pray for our nation, those we agree with and those we disagree with. We can pray for the soul of our great nation. God bless America!
(Link to the PDF Armor of the Prayer)
God bless you always,
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