When the Order is Published


Photo Caption: Portrait of husband soldier in uniform on military leave kissing his lovely wife and holding American flag in front of their house.


The flag is a reminder to us of who we are fighting for.

When you go into battle, you go in the name of something. In our case we go in the name of the United States of America, and we carry our flag as a symbol of who and what we represent. The American Flag represents Freedom, Justice, and Democracy, signifying our country’s pride in it’s leadership to the nations..  When we go to battle and carry the American flag, we carry a significant weight along with it.  We carry the symbol of each state, each person in that state, and the 13 original colonies.  It is a sign to our enemies of not only what we have done, but what we are still able to do. The flag is a reminder to us of who we are fighting for.


When the Commander and Chief publishes an order, that order is disseminated down the Chain of Command. Strategic planning goes into those orders. Intel has been collected that we may or may not know about.  There are reasons beyond our understanding as to why those orders have been fashioned the way they are, but we trust that they have been fashioned so for our benefit and for eventual victory. They are to be followed to the letter, there is no wavering to the right or to the left and insubordination is not an option.

1 Samuel 30 brings us to a time when David was facing a crisis. He had just returned to Ziklag with his men from the land of the Philistines only to find that their land had been burned and their wives and children had been taken captive by the Amalekites. Arriving home to this great tragedy caused David immense distress and provoked his men to contemplate stoning him.  David found strength in the Lord and retrieved the ephod to inquire of the Lord what to do next.” He strengthened himself in the Lord and asked “Shall I pursue this troop? Will I overtake them?” The Lord answered, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all!” (V8)  David led 400 troops beyond the Wadi Besor and struck down the Amalekites. They rescued the wives and children, and were able to recover everything!


David was reminded of a very valuable lesson. When the Lord (the Commander and Chief) publishes the order, you go with all His benefits and victory is certain. The Lord was saying to him, Pursue. Go, fight for your family, fight for your marriages, take back everything the enemy stole.  In your pursuit, you will go in my Name and under my banner.  I will go before you, I will be behind you. I will make your crooked way straight. My Angel Armies have been dispatched and your victory will be assured.  You will recover all!


There is a battle going on for our marriages. The wonderful thing is we do not have to fight that battle alone.  Our Commander and Chief Jesus Christ has issued the order and has also given us His banner.  One of His names is Jehovah Nissi, the Lord is our banner, mighty warrior, victory. The symbol on that flag is the Lion of the tribe of Judah who tenaciously fights for his bride and always wins. The Word we have been given is the same powerful word which spoke Heaven and earth into existence. It has creative and sustaining power. When you speak that word over our marriages you will lift the fallen, unloose the chains, open prison doors and set captives free. It is the Word itself that gives life, not us, but the Word, so we must use it! It is Jesus. Invite Him into the battle for your marriage, for when you do, He will work with signs and wonders to follow.


Just as we are charged in the poem “In Flanders Fields” to “take up the torch and hold it high”, we who have been set free by the Word are charged to give the Word. For the Lord calls us Witnesses. We must pray for, stand for, and fight for our marriages. We have been given the order and are assured of victory.

This Memorial Day we remember those who have died in service to our country. There is a famous poem “In Flanders Fields” that was written by John McCrae during World War 1. There is a section of that poem that has always stuck out to me.

Take up your quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders Fields.”


The order has been issued. The charge has been given, we must take up the torch and hold it high. Finish the task that has been given. We owe it to our fellow sisters and brothers for all they have done.


Hebrews 12:2 NKJV “Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” That “Joy” was you and me.  Your face was what Jesus focused on as He endured the Cross and despised the shame.





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