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What’s Your Sell-Out Price?

In December 2009, President Barack Obama delivered his much anticipated policy decision on the way forward in the War in Afghanistan. To the delight of those who are serious about actually defeating the violent Taliban regime, he announced we would be sending an additional 30,000 troops. However the troops came with a price tag: a deadline for withdrawal. More troops in exchange to an 18 month withdrawal timeline.

While we all want this war to end so our sons and daughters can return home safely to us, military leadership correctly blasted the president’s plan, arguing that it would undermine our allies and embolden our enemies.

The Heritage Foundation reported last week that the President’s policy met with another high profile critic, retiring U.S. Marine Gen. James Conway, who told reporters that the July 2011 withdrawal date has given a morale boost to Taliban insurgents who now believe they can simply wait out NATO forces. According to the General, this artificial deadline is “giving our enemy sustenance.” It seems that our intelligence forces have intercepted the communication of Taliban insurgents telling each other that they only needed to hold out for so long.

As I read about the power of limited commitment and weakening resolve in actually providing emotional, physical and spiritual “sustenance” to our beleaguered enemies, I could not help but apply the same principles to our spiritual condition. How committed are we to seeing the realization of our Kingdom dreams? Will we fight until we win or have we given our enemy a withdrawal deadline? Have we empowered our enemy with political declarations based on comfort and convenience or are we making prophetic declarations based upon the conviction in our hearts that God and His promises are true. We are promised victory. The question remains, do we have the spiritual resolve to fight for it?

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  1. August 30th, 2010 at 07:20 | #1

    Awesome message today, Pastor Dr. Ron!
    It’s not always easy to remember to put on the happy-face of JOY! When you remember that He is always in control of where the shadow of His wings fall, we can walk with Him on the path to victory…Just as God brought His people out of Egypt and they were forced to fight for their lands even AFTER it was promised. He knew the end from the beginning, so He knew what they were capable of having, and He helped them all the way; Still, their freedom and lands cost them. They had to DESIRE it, just like they had to desire Salvation..Their hearts had to be where He wanted them to be.

  2. oneofeight
    August 31st, 2010 at 20:18 | #2

    This message has caused me to examine my life under a stonger lense of conviction. If we have already won…why is not fighting even an option? It seems idiotic to me! Yet, so may times I find myself struggling to keep that victory in sight! Great question! Thanks for stiring up truth in my life!

  3. June 18th, 2011 at 10:12 | #3

    I will be going to lesemarke your blog right off. Terrific information and facts!

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