Thursday, August 9, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 August 9

“But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel” 
(Philippians 1:12-17).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the benefits of being a U.S. Army Drill Sergeant is that you get to wear the distinctive Drill Sergeant’s Badge on your uniform for as long as you are in the military.  It is a unique badge with meaning.  The Drill Sergeant Identification Badge is worn by all qualified Drill Sergeants.  Each element of the badge has a specific meaning.  It consists of 13 stars representing the original colonies.  The torch burning brightly in the center symbolizes liberty.  The snake is derived from the original “Don’t Tread on Me” serpent on the Gadsden Flag, a symbol of American independence during the 18th century.  Together with the torch and breastplate, it indicated readiness to defend.  The breastplate is a symbol of strength.  The green background is a vestment worn under the breastplate.  It's called a Jupon, which represents the new Army.  The snake grasps, with his tail and teeth, a scroll inscribed “This We’ll Defend,” the motto of the United States Army.  The inscription summarizes the meaning of all the symbols on the badge, depicting the determination, devotion, and constant readiness of the American soldier.  In so many ways, Paul was a Drill Sergeant.  He was a trainer of men.  He was a representative of Christ and was set for the defense of the gospel.  No, Paul did not wear a badge on his clothing to reflect who he was, he wore it on upon his heart until the day of his death.  Are you set for the defense of the gospel?

Sing:  We are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For it is the power unto salvation.  And it’s to everyone, everyone that receives it.  And it’s to everyone, everyone that believes it, we can have everlasting life.    
Thought For Today: “This We Will Defend”

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