“The mettle of a man is tested in adversities and he, who remains firm in his beliefs comes out shining.” – Sam Veda
God who created ALL things and individuals for His glory can use whatever and whoever He wants at any time or place to speak His Word.
God is at work within us and our circumstances even when we don’t see Him. This deep truth was brought home to me again this past week as He returned me to a place where He’s taken me and given me insights over several years. None of these visits were “happenstance” but divine appointments. Each was necessary to the training and discipline He is working out in my life. For we are His workmanship created for His purpose to do His good works which were fore-ordained before our birth.
Nothing just happens. God prepares our hearts through circumstances and people that He engineers as the Master Builder of Life.
Recently, I came across several military coins and pins that had “found” their way into my hands. Yet God has been speaking that we are never to take the credit for anything we do; we are the work of His hands.
Two of the pins that He used to illustrate some truths He showed me while going where He sent were the “De oppreso liber” and the “Ne Quis Effugiat” pins.
De oppresso liber is the motto of the United States Army Special Forces and it is US Army tradition:
“to free from oppression” or “to liberate the oppressed“.
The phrase is also translated,
“Out of the overthrown man, comes or is made the free man.”
It bears resemblence to the motto,
“E pluribus unum”: “Out of many, one.”
Just as viable: “From a man caught, a man free,” and “From the man seized, a man free.”
This translation resembles a portion of a famous St. Augustine quote:
“The turbulent have to be corrected,
The faint-hearted cheered up,
The weak supported;
The Gospel’s opponents need to be refuted,
Its insidious enemies guarded against;
The unlearned need to be taught,
The indolent stirred up,
The argumentative checked;
The proud must be put in their place,
The desperate set on their feet,
Those engaged in quarrels reconciled;
The needy have to be helped,
The oppressed to be liberated,
The good to be encouraged,
The bad to be tolerated;
All must be loved.”
Learn to do well:
relieve the oppressed
judge for the fatherless,
defend the widow.
The phrase originates from the exploits of World War II
OSS Jedburgh/Sussex Teams operating behind the lines in France.
Colonel Aaron Bank, father of US Army Special Forces, and his teams enabled the French Resistance to grow and oppose the occupying German Army. The unconventional warfare tactics of Colonel Bank differed from the conventional warfare tactics of the rest of the US Army in that they included clandestine support for one side of an existing conflict and that they were subversive to the Nazi forces in power.
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?
Luke 21:36, “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
“Ne Quis Effugiat”
The US Border Patrol Fugitive Operations’ motto,
Ne Quis Effugiat, is Latin for “We exist so none will escape.”
God Watches Over His Word To Perform It.
Isaiah 43:9-13, “Let ALL the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?”
Matthew 16:18, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
“We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle. Spiritual selfishness always wants repeated moments on the mount. We feel we could talk like angels and live like angels, if only we could stay on the mount. The times of exaltation are exceptional, they have their meaning in our life with God, but we must beware lest our spiritual selfishness wants to make them the only time.”
My Utmost for His Highest
Revelation 4:11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created ALL things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”