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A Soldier Is Always a Soldier

May 27, 2013

As we celebrate Memorial Day, let us also remember the soldiers that have given up their lives and suffered the loss of limbs to make this Country free. We salute the soldiers that have gone on and the ones still here.
Soldiers were ordered to fight wars to keep this Country free. The same Country turned its back on some of the soldiers. Soldiers believed in the oath they stood for “with liberty and justice for all, home of the brave and land of the free”.
No person understood the harsh conditions soldiers encountered during the course of a war. When they return home, some don’t have a job to return to, their families have separated, no promotions, no living assistance, no mental assistance, harassed or shot down by officers.
Soldiers will guard their posts with their lives even until death. Soldiers don’t need a reason, it’s just who they are. Some soldiers escaped enemy bullets only to return home and die at the hand of friendly fire.
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. (Isaiah 53:3)
Jesus came to this earth to save sinners, to heal the broken-hearted, to shine light into darkness, to give sight to the blind, heal the sick; knew no sins but was rejected by many. Jesus (like soldiers) taken our place on the battlefield and claimed victory on a Hill called Cavalry. He was wounded, beaten and did not utter a cry. Instead of being harassed and shot by officers, He was nailed to a cross.
We too, are soldiers on the battlefield for the Lord. We have to equip ourselves with the whole armor of God. “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. (1Corinthians 15:50) Every person will “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. (Galatians 6:7)
You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. (2Timothy 2:3-4)

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  1. Thank you Pastor Fairley, for reiterating the importance of this day…and the harsh reality which engulfs it.

  2. As always a Word in due season. As you honor our military (who are the very best of the best)we find comfort in your words that as soldiers on the battlefield of God we must never forget the ultimate sacrifice that gave us all a right to Salvation. A truly anointed word Pastor Fairley.

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