11:00 AM on November 11, 1918 saw the armistice ending the hostilities known as World War I (a.k.a. “The War to End All Wars”) took effect.
On June 4, 1926, the US Congress declared November 11 to be a legal holiday. An act approved May 13, 1938 made “Armistice Day” (every November 11) a legal holiday. Then on June 1, 1954 the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans” making it a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
I believe it is important to honor all those who were and are willing to make various sacrifices to ensure that our freedom is not taken away. All of our military service persons deserve our gratitude and our thanks.
There is another type of war being fought even today...right here...in Siloam Springs, AR. It is a battle that has been waged since the beginning of time. It is not a physical war, but a spiritual war (see Ephesians 6:10-18).
Satan has many dirty, sneaky, underhanded, tactics that he uses in this war. One of his most effective is to confuse us as to the identity of our real enemy. He figures if he can get us focused on each other and our differences of opinion, then he’s got us right where he wants us.
And he is exactly right. The more we fight with each other over who’s opinion is right and who’s opinion is wrong, the less time and energy we have for focusing on him: our real enemy.
So how do we stop fighting each other? We look at what Paul tells us in the last part Ephesians 6:18. After talking about our real struggle, he says, “With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
It’s difficult to fight with someone over an opinion when you “always keep on praying for” them. It’s difficult to fight with someone over a difference of opinion when you remember that they are not the enemy: Satan is.
So, when was the last time you prayed for someone with whom you had a difference of opinion? Well, that’s too long! Pray for them NOW!