This morning as I awoke from a dream, I felt as though God spoke to me and said, “Be as General Patton!” God always has a sense of humor so I laughed at the thought of me, a general. A general in God’s army! Again, I smiled and leaped to my computer to research who this Patton was and what he was known for. Although I knew I had heard of General Patton somewhat, but really didn’t know about the history of his life story. After researching online to gain a general idea why I should be like Patton, I found very interesting facts about him. A 1970 film was made about Patton which they say really portrays the man except in the area of his speeches. General Patton made unforgettable speeches. Now, I must watch the movie because he was known for one of the world’s most intriguing military men. It is also said that Patton was also one of the most complicated military men of all time. He was known for carrying pistols with ivory handles and his intemperate manner and is regarded as one to the most successful United States field commanders of any war. He also was very competitive. He continually strove to train his troops to the highest standard of excellence, and his life goal was to become a hero. By the time WWII was over, his Third Army had liberated or conquered 81,522 square miles of territory. What I do know is God wants us to stand our ground, fight in a war unseen by natural eyes and work together as a team. Take note of the speech Patton gave on June 5th, 1944 to soldiers in England.
You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else. Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight. When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.” Patton stopped and the crowd waited. He continued more quietly, “All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role. Don’t ever let up. Don’t ever think that your job is unimportant. Every man has a job to do and he must do it. Every man is a vital link in the great chain. What if every truck driver suddenly decided that he didn’t like the whine of those shells overhead, turned yellow, and jumped headlong into a ditch? The coward could say, “Hell, they won’t miss me, just one man in thousands”. But, what if every man thought that way? Where in the hell would we be now? What would our country, our loved ones, our homes, even the world, be like? No, Americans don’t think like that. Every man does his job. Every man serves the whole. Every department, every unit, is important in the vast scheme of this war. The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns and machinery of war to keep us rolling. The Quartermaster is needed to bring up food and clothes because where we are going there isn’t a hell of a lot to steal. Every last man on K.P. has a job to do, even the one who heats our water to keep us from getting the ‘G.I. runs. “An Army is a team. It lives, sleeps, eats, and fights as a team. They were part of a team. Without team effort, without them, the fight would have been lost. All of the links in the chain pulled together and the chain became unbreakable.”
This man had a way with words and with people. He was an encourager, a leader with a vision, a person whom others believed in. There was nothing in the way that would prevent them from winning. He never stopped pushing forward, to rest or stand still was obsolete in his eyes. Pursue to win! Much like me, I get disappointed when others don’t give more than 100% of trying to improve themselves in training for their walk with God. I am very strong willed, asserted and commander in chief. Yes, I also have a way with words and sometimes blurt out without thinking. I also believe, as Patton in the sense of nothing will stop you except yourself.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Colossians 1:11 You are being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy.
To get the impact of this, stop and think about what you couldn’t do without Jesus! Without Him, you could not have adequate concepts of God. Without Him, you could realize no victory over sin. Without Him, we would all be a victim of His wrath at judgment. Jesus said to His disciples “without Me you can do nothing,”. Ephesians 2:12 teach us outside of Christ, we have “no hope” and we are “without God in the world.”
So with Christ through Him, and in our relationship of active faith in Him we have strength! We have strength to adequately evaluate ourselves, and strength to know the difference between right and knowing and obeying His Word. We have strength that comes through the remission of our sins and strength in response to prayer. We have strength of character as we follow His example and obey Him. This is strength we have in such abundance; we are able to do everything God wants us to do.
Christ’s soldiers should strengthen one another’s hands in their spiritual warfare. Let nothing be wanting in us, whatever the success be. When we make conscience of doing our duty, we may, with satisfaction, leave the event with God, assuredly hoping for his salvation in his own way and time.
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armor of God in which God gives to each believer. The Christian armor is a must to wear; and there is no putting off our armor till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is neither against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; it is with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts. We must resolve by God’s grace, not to yield to Satan. Resist him, and he will flee.
If we give way, he will get ground! If we distrust either our cause, or our Leader, or our armor, we give him advantage! There is nothing for your back because there is nothing to defend those who turn back in the Christian warfare.
The devil is the wicked one. Violent temptations, by which the soul is set on fire of hell, are darts Satan shoots at us. Faith applying the word of God and the grace of Christ quenches the darts of temptation. Salvation must be our helmet. Prayer must fasten all the other parts of our Christian armor. Our enemies are mighty, and we are without strength, but our Redeemer is almighty, and in the power of his mighty we may overcome. Wherefore we must stir up ourselves, prepare for battle for in the end we already know who wins the war! Real men don’t surrender, they fight until the battle is won!