We Shall Fight!

These were ?stern days? for England as Winston Churchill called them.

Much of Europe had fallen before the Nazi juggernaut, and Germany was poised to attack England.? There were many who hoped that Churchill would negotiate with Germany to save their necks.? But speaking to the British Parliament on June 4, 1940 he gave a ringing call to fight.? Here?s an excerpt:

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender?

Shouldn’t we who have trusted the Lord of hosts have even greater resolve?? Shouldn’t we who are heirs with Christ set our faces like flint, determined to fight the good fight to the end?? Let us take up the whole armor of God, and resolve that by his grace:

We shall go on to the end,
We shall fight for the gospel in our own hearts and the hearts of our children and fellow believers,
We shall fight to believe God is sovereign and good and loving at all times, even in tragedy,
We shall fight with growing confidence and strength in Christ, the power of God,
We shall fight to forgive and do good to those who sin against us,
We shall fight to not forsake fellowship, even when we feel like quitting,
We shall fight to keep pursuing God in his Word and prayer,
We shall fight to put sin to death in our lives,
We shall fight to keep the simplicity of devotion to Jesus,
We shall fight for the glory of God, whatever the cost may be,
We shall never surrender?

Are you suffering ?? Cast down?? Weary?? Don?t surrender!? Get up, pick up your sword and shield and fight the good fight of faith! (1 TI 6:11-12)

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Comments

  1. says

    thanks mark. this is very encouraging. i’m so glad that when i’m weary and tired of fighting that Christ is on my side, fighting with me, rooting me on and giving me the hope and promise that because of the blood of Jesus, I will make it.

  2. says

    Hey there Mark!
    How did you know that I needed this today? Great post, I so often feel my legs and my resolve giving out. It’s at those times that I have to rejoice since Christ’s strength is made perfect in my weaknesses. I’m still a loooong way off but I truly want to learn to rejoice in hardships and trials, how great it is to know though that in the midst of all the trials I can rejoice in the fact that Jesus is right there in the midst of it with me! He actually enters into our suffering with us! What an amazing God we serve!
    Thank you so much for sharing this very timely piece of encouragement!
    Blessings
    Ron Reffett

  3. says

    Hi Stephanie,

    I’m grateful the Lord encouraged you through this.

    Hi Emily,

    Yes, you will make it, exactly because Jesus is with you, strengthening and helping you. Never, never give up! 5 years from now you’ll look back and be amazed at all Jesus has done in your life.

    Hi Ron,

    Yes isn’t it amazing that Christ is with us in our trials. And we all share in the sufferings of Christ – our sufferings don’t atone for sin, but we share in the same kinds of sufferings Christ did – things like rejection, being mocked, etc. So he can surely relate and knows exactly how to help us.

  4. says

    Mark, that sounded like a General Patton moment and I was the soilder who was sniffling and scared when there was casulties lying all around me.Thank you for the reminder of who are commander and chief is.”Onward Christian soilders marching as to war with the cross of Jesus going on before”. Scott Rhykerd

  5. says

    Hey Scott!

    Thanks for commenting. Great to hear from you. Amen – we have a great commander! Isn’t it amazing how patient he is with us and how he keeps on calling us to get back up again and get back in the fight?

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