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Wait Until The End. It is going to be amazing!

So maybe you saw the Tennessee-Georgia Tech game. Tennessee won in double overtime. How? No one really knows. Butch Jones called it a, “will to win,” season. I just call it another 4th quarter heart attack season!

But during the game, many Tennessee fans gave up. Many said…“unflattering” words on Facebook or Twitter. Many fans began planning Butch’s retirement party.

Then, with a solid effort, UT caught up, blocked a field goal, and stopped a goal line run for victory in double overtime. And, in football, “a W is a W,” no matter how messy it was getting there. It is in the books. Tennessee is 1-0.

That game was a little like the Christian life. Our lives are messy. We sin. We fail. And sometimes Satan backs us up like Georgia Tech running a triple option.

But, especially in hard times, we need to cling to one truth – we win! Victory is certain for those in Christ. Satan has been defeated. Sure, he will take down as many players as he can along the way. But, for those who remain faithful to the end, eternal salvation is secure.

You see, unlike some fans, the team never gave up. They stayed in the game until the end. And that is the Christian life. We aren’t fair-weather fans watching a game; we are players on the field.

There will be times of discouragement. There will be times of disappointment. You may not be able to see how God will use your life to bring about His glory. You may not see how these present struggles will end in a “W.”

But if we remember that victory is in Christ, the Christian will never give up. The final enemy, death, will be crushed when Christ returns. Just be faithful until the end…it’s going to be amazing!

“But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

Feeding the Enemy

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“If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink” (Proverbs 25:21, NASB).

It seems the Iraqi army took Proverbs 25:21 literally a couple of weeks ago…accidently that is!

According to recent reports, “Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers.” Apparently, Iraqi pilots mistakenly dropped supplies over an area controlled by ISIS and not to their soldiers who are currently fighting ISIS.

When asked about this mistake, a member of the Iraqi parliament said:

“Those soldiers were in deadly need of these supplies, but because of the wrong plans of the commanders in the Iraqi army and lack of experience of the pilots, we in a [sic] way or another helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers.”

In explaining the event, a brigadier-general in Iraq’s Defense Ministry said, “Yes, that’s what had [sic] happened,” some air force pilots “do not have enough experience… they are all young and new.”

When the Apostle Paul quoted Proverbs 25:21 in Romans 12:20, this isn’t exactly what he had in mind. Feeding one’s “enemy” is a noble idea, when done on purpose. It is a sign that you are not going to take vengeance. Rather, you trust that the Lord will work out everything properly in His time. It is an act of grace and mercy.

But accidentally feeding your enemy, because of carelessness and a lack of planning, is a serious danger. Children of God must take great care to ensure that they are dropping resources in the right places. This is especially true in training the “young and new.”

Satan is prowling about, like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Give it some thought…where have you been dropping resources? Have you been feeding the Lord’s army or sending supplies across enemy lines?

Every time you feed Satan, he grows stronger and is able to devour more souls of soldiers in the faith. Beware; his next meal might be one you dropped his way!

Honor Flight

Honor_Flight_t607This past week, almost seventy years ago, on April 30, 1945, Adolph Hitler went into his bunker, poisoned himself, his dogs, and his mistress, Eva Braun, and then shot himself, ending the idea of a 1,000 year Reich and his “superior” race. He was a sociopath, a true megalomaniac; he had absolutely no remorse or feelings for the millions of lives he destroyed.

Thankfully, there were those who were willing to go to their deaths, fighting against his tyranny and genocidal conquest. They were called the greatest generation, and they deserve recognition for their service and their sacrifice. And, thanks to a program that has really “taken off” over the last several years, these veterans are getting honored in a way that many never expected.

You see, as I post this article, five WWII and Korean War veterans are headed from our Rock Hill, SC area to Washington, DC. They will experience the great joy of taking an “honor flight.” The Honor Flight program honors veterans and thanks them for their service by bringing them to visit the memorials that were built for them and their fellow veterans.

As the web page for the Honor Flight states, “Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society.” With approximately 640 WWII veterans passing away each day, there is not much time left to honor these brave veterans who were a part of the “greatest generation.”

I wonder if their example speaks to the church today. As we fight against the original megalomaniac, Satan, will we look to their example? Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “our struggle is not against 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.” In other words, our fight is a spiritual one, against an enemy who will never quit or commit suicide. It is a war against sin.

Will there be some among this generation who face the challenge to fight Satan and the power of sin? Will this be a “great generation” of those who are worthy to receive a crown of righteousness? And, if we remain faithful; if we “fight the good fight;” if we rise to the challenge of the spiritual fight…then what? A spiritual “honor flight” waits for us too!

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17, “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” What a glorious day that will be. Reject Satan and his works; trust in Jesus and His righteousness; and remain faithful in the fight against sin, even unto death. Will you be on that flight? Will the Son of Man find faith in this generation? I pray we will be up to the challenge.