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Counting the Cost

12 Aug

16WaterTowerConstruction_40When a nation goes to war, its people understand sacrifices will be required of them in order to win the war. Rights will be suspended, privileges revoked. People might have to eat rice instead of meat, use old appliances instead of buying new ones. People will be called to fight, to lose who they love, some will be called to die for the cause.

Never forget that we are all at war. Sometimes, we must lay aside our plans and dreams for the cause of this war. Each and every sacrifice, no matter how large or small, might make the difference in saving a soul or losing one to the enemy.

It’s no secret among my friends that I want to get married. I am not deceived, this might have to be sacrificed for the war. God might call me to a battle that provides no time for a family. I must be prepared to give up my dreams.

In World War 2 many men had to lay aside everything to go fight the war. Men had just married, just got engaged, or had their first child, but they could not stay behind to nurture any of those things, because they knew if they did not fight, then all would be lost. If they did not fight, there would be no wife, girlfriend, or newborn to come home to.
Some, sadly, lost what they left behind. Girlfriends did not wait on them, wives left them, children grew up without a dad for years. Others were grievously wounded, and some men never came home again. Still, most today would say with pride they’d have done it all over again if meant winning the war. That’s why they are the greatest generation.

But as amazing as all that may be, our war is more important, for we fight the demons of hell for men’s souls. Make no mistake, the stakes are nothing less than that.
<!– D([“mb”,”u003cbr>”For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities. Against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12nu003cbr>I have memorized that scripture, and burned it deep into my memory, because I cannot fool myself into believing each day I step out my door, that I am stepping out into a peaceful neighborhood in a peaceful country. No, I am stepping out into a war-zone, a battlefield. All around me are men captured by demons, held to do the evil one’s bidding. I have only one weapon, and that is the Gospel of Christ. It is the only weapon that works against these demons, and the only medicine to treat the wounded.nu003cbr>u003cbr>We must make the sacrifices and fight the good fight, so that, in the end, we can look back on our lives, at everything we wanted but had to put aside and say that yes, we would do it all over again, even if it meant winning only one soul for Christ. Let us remember that the struggles, sacrifices, and suffering of this world are God’s wartime policy. God does not want us to suffer anymore than a government wants its people to suffer. But the suffering means winning the war, winning souls, and those are more important than anything else. And like any wartime policy, its only temporary. When the war is over, God will take away all the suffering, and there will be eternal peace and bliss.nu003cbr>u003cbr>As the song says;u003cbr>This victory is worth any cost. So make the most of life that’s borrowed, love like there’s no tomorrow.u003cbr>”,1] );
“For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities. Against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
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I have memorized that scripture, and burned it deep into my memory. I will not be deceived that when I go outside, I step out into anything less than a battlefield. All around me are the dead and dying, the wounded and captured. I have only one weapon, and that is the Gospel of Christ. It is the only weapon that works against the evil of this age, and the only medicine to treat the wounded.

Fight the good fight. Make the sacrifices, just as Christ did. In the end, you can look back on your life and say that you gave all, just like Christ did, to save one more soul. Remember, the suffering of this world is only due to the war our people, God’s people, are presently in. God does not want us to suffer here anymore than a government wants its people to suffer during a war, but the suffering means winning the war, winning souls, and those are more important than anything else. Like any war, it will not last forever, and when the war is over, God will take away all the suffering, and we will see it was all worth it.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others, at whatever cost.”
-Arthur Ashe

“The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson

“The cowards think of what they can lose, the heroes of what they can win.”
-J. M. Charlier

“When in doubt, win the war.”
– WW2 Motto

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