Published July 12, 2016

Shelia Shares
"Fighting To Go Home"

As we drove into the church parking lot just before Independence Day, I saw the sign "Freedom Isn't Free." My mind jumped back to a song I had heard earlier that morning, sung by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

In the first verse, the song "A Soldier Fighting To Go Home" talks about an Army soldier who keeps fighting with the hope of victoriously returning home. "Standing on the battle lines, don't know if I'll live or die. I'm a soldier fighting to go home. All this warfare great and small someday will be worth it all. I'm a soldier fighting to go home."

Verse three of the song moves to the battle we face daily as Christians. We need to put on our spiritual armor each day to be prepared for spiritual warfare. We need to face a very real enemy of our soul, who seeks to tear apart our faith.

Songwriters David Pike and Joel Lindsey say it better than I ever could:

     "Soon I'll lay this armor down
     Trade it for a robe and crown
     Take my victory march down streets of gold
     Where a celebration waits
     Just inside those pearly gates
     But until the Captain calls me to His throne
     Yes, until the Captain calls me to His throne
     I'm a soldier fighting to go home.
     Fighting to go home
     Just fighting to go home."

Everyone reading this faces difficulties in this life. We face temptations. We face issues of our own making and those of circumstances. Life isn't a gentle steady breeze moving us to heaven. Often it is a roaring wind, trying to send us where we don't want to go.

But, like a soldier fighting for his homeland, we need to pick up our weapons every day. We need to dress for the battle. We need to face the enemy with authority given by God. And, we need to fight until we are home. Until we are Home in God's perfect time.

Freedom isn't free. Jesus paid the price for our eternal freedom with His very life. We need to fight the good fight. John 8:36 reads, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." Keep fighting, soldier! We are all just "Soldiers Fighting To Go Home."

- Shelia

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