by Christina Rose
You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 10:27 ESV
It was a brisk but refreshing ride on the morning commuter ferry across San Francisco Bay. I stood outside to enjoy the sea breeze, hoping to catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales. Once we disembarked, I would brace myself for the walk up Market Street through dozens of dirty homeless people who would often cry out for help. Their numbers and shabby tents increased every year. As I walked, I would often look upwards towards the blue skies and see American flags boldly waving from the tops of buildings. I prayed that God would help me stay strong in this battle.
My ancestor, Captain William Blackler, was the commander of the boat that took General George Washington across the Delaware River on Christmas Eve in 1776. This was a pivotal time in the war. Turning back meant certain defeat and crossing the icy river in the middle of the dark night through a blizzard could cost many lives.
The patriots were close to starving and their clothes were tattered, yet they pressed on with the faith and determination that freedom for our nation was worth risking death. Their goal lay above and beyond the storm to reaching the shore where they could safely land, so that George Washington could lead our country to freedom. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14 ESV
If Captain Blackler and all the patriots could see the homeless and corruption I was now witnessing, they would have been disappointed. They might wonder if all they had fought and died for had been for nothing. Many generations have followed who also fought and gave their lives for freedom. Yet others have become so complacent that they have forgotten that the battle continues, and that we must pick up the torch and carry it every day for future generations just as our ancestors did for us. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12 ESV
Sometimes we get so distracted by our earthly life that we are like little ants scurrying to and fro, forgetting to look up to see the signs of freedom that are everywhere. The flags, the cross, birds, butterflies and babies, skies, sunrises, sunsets, and rainbows are heavenly messages that God created us to be free, and we must have faith in Him. He can set us free from any oppression – whether it be physical or in the mind. And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 15:13-14 ESV
The battle is real. We have a choice in either focusing on our limitations, or we can look towards heaven and pray that with God all things are possible. We can draw on the strength of those who have gone before us as they did in the Revolutionary War of 1776, to cross those stormy seas in the middle of the night to reach the shores of freedom, knowing that God is on our side, and he always wins. The battle belongs to the Lord.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 ESV
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About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. She is a DAR whose patriot ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. With her young family on the verge of falling apart, Christina appeals to heaven for hope and freedom just as her patriot ancestors did hundreds of years ago. She is a contributor to Arise to Peace Daily Devotional and a frequent blogger for Arise Daily Devos.
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