Crimson Tide, War Eagles, and Volunteers

THE CRIMSON TIDE, THE WAR EAGLES, AND THE VOLUNTEERS

Introduction:

1. Immediately when I mention the title for this study, many people think about football and football teams.
2. For example, when I mention the Crimson Tide many people, especially in the south, think of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
3. When I mention the War Eagles many people, especially in the south, think about Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
4. When I mention the Volunteers, in this context, many people, especially in the south, thinks of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
5. But, of course, this study is not about football. It is not about football, football fans, football players, football coaches, or football teams.
6. This study is about how, according to the Bible, the Crimson Tide makes War Eagles, but we must be Volunteers.

I THE CRIMSON TIDE

1. First of all, I believe that the all faithful Christians love the crimson tide. All loyal Christians love the crimson tide.
2. When we talk about the crimson tide in this study we are not talking about those who wear the white and red, but we are talking about the blood that Jesus shed. It is not about a football team on a football field, but it’s about a bloody stream that has the power to heal (Isaiah 53:5).
3. It is the crimson tide that Zechariah spoke of when he wrote, “In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness” (Zech. 13:1).
4. Joel prophesied about it, “A fountain shall flow from the house of the Lord” (Joel 3:18).
5. John wrote about it in Revelation 1:5, “To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”
6. Again from John, “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:7).
7. It is the crimson tide that we sing about in a number of our songs:

a. THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD. The second stanzas says, “Would you be free from your passion and pride?…Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide…”
b. THERE IS FOUNTAIN. The first stanzas states, “There is a fountain filled with blood Drawn from Immanuel’s veins, And sinners plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains.” The fourth stanzas says, “E’er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme and shall be till I die.”
c. HAVE YOU BEEN TO JESUS? The fourth stanzas has, “There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean…”
d. GRACE GREATER THAN OUR SIN. The second stanzas says plainly, “Dark is the stain that we cannot hide, What can avail to wash it away? Look! There is flowing a crimson tide, Whiter than snow you may be today.”

8. I have a book titled, “The Crimson Tide and other sermons.” In it I trace the blood of Jesus through the entire Bible, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The bloody stream that keeps us clean is what I mean. For example,

a. Genesis 3. God made them clothes when they tried to hide, which pointed to the need for the crimson tide. (Rev. :13-14).
b. Genesis 4. Abel’s offering was only accepted when he complied, with a sacrifice pointing to the crimson tide. (1 Peter 2:5).
c. Genesis 22. Abraham was shown that God would provide, a lamb for Himself…which is the crimson tide. (John 8:56).
d. Exodus 12. The Passover lamb was the death angel’s guide, as well as a type of the crimson tide. (Jn. 8:58: 1 Cor. 5:7).
e. Leviticus 16. The high priest sprinkled blood when he went inside, which was a shadow of the sprinkling of the crimson tide. (Heb. 13:24; 1 Peter 1:2).
f. Psalm 22. This Psalm tells us what our Savior cried, when He was shedding the crimson tide. (Matt. 27:46).
g. Isaiah 53. This chapter explains just why He died, and why He shed the crimson tide. (Heb. 2:9).
h. John 19. One of the soldiers pierced His side, and water came out with the crimson tide. (Jn. 19:34).
i. Acts 20. In this chapter we learn that He purchased His bride, and the price that He paid was the crimson tide. (Acts 20:28).
j. Revelation 5. Those in heaven proudly cried, glory be to the Lamb for the crimson tide. (Rev. 5:9-12).
k. Revelation 19. Jesus is seen here and on a white horse He did ride, and His robe was dipped in the crimson tide. (Rev. 19:11-13).

9. The crimson tide is what saves us (Rom. 5:9). The crimson tide is what keeps us saved (1 Jn. 1:7). And the crimson tide is what will get us to Heaven (Rev. 7:14). Sin can’t hide from the crimson tide.
9. But the crimson tide, or the blood of Jesus, not only cleans us up, it also makes us:

II WAR EAGLES

1. I believe that all faithful Christians are war eagles. All loyal Christians are war eagles.
2. When I refer to war eagles in this study, I am not talking about those in the orange and blue, but rather about those whom God has made new. (2 Cor. 5:17).
3. Notice the following statement from Paul to Timothy, “No one engaged in war entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2 Tim. 2:4).
4. In 1 Timothy 1:18 he wrote, “war a good warfare” (KJV).
5. Again he wrote, “endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”. (2 Tim. 2:3).
6. To the Corinthians he said, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God…” (2 Cor. 10:4).
7. One definition that Webster gives for a soldier is “a skilled warrior.”
8. And a warrior is a “a man engaged in warfare.”
9. But, someone asks, “Where does the “eagle” come in? I understand that we are at war and that we are warriors, but what about the idea of being an eagle?”
10. The answer is in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
11. In Revelation 12:14 the woman (whom I understand to represent the people of God) was “given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished….”
12. Actually, the crimson tide makes us war eagles. And war eagles fly down the field, ever to conquer and never to yield. (In Matthew 13:38, in explaining the parable of the tares, Jesus said “The field is the world.”)
13. In Christ we are “more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom. 8:37). We are promised the “victory that has overcome the world” (1 Jn. 5:4). The one who is in us is “greater than he who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4). As God’s war eagles we are “ever to conquer and never to yield”
14. As Paul said to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7).
15. The crimson tide makes us war eagles, but we must be:

III. VOLUNTEERS

1. I believe that all faithful Christians are volunteers. All loyal Christians are volunteers.
2. When I talk about the volunteers in this study, I am not talking about those wear the orange and white, but rather about those who have chosen to come to the Light. (Jn. 8:12, Matt. 11:28-30).
2. In Psalm 110:1, David wrote: “The Lord said unto my Lord, ‘Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
3. Jesus Himself applied the words of David to Himself when He was confronting the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-45.
4. In Psalm 110:2, David said that, when Jesus was at the Father’s right hand, He was told to “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”
5. In Psalm 110:4, Jesus is referred to as a “priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.” (This statement is quoted in Hebrews 5:6 &10 and applied to Jesus).
6. Therefore it is clear that all of Psalm 110 is about Jesus and His people.
7. It is in this context that verse 3 says, “Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power…”
8. The crimson tide makes war eagles, but we must be volunteers.
9. Christians are the Lord’s volunteers. We are Christians by faith, and not by force. We have chosen the way of truth, because the gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for our sins) has influence our lives. (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
10. Remember that Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build My church” (Matt. 16:18). Only those who confess what Peter confessed (that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God) can be saved and added to the Lord’s church.
11. The Rock on which the church is built is Christ (1 Cor. 10:4). When we trust in Him, and build our lives on His word, we are building on a rock solid foundation that can never be moved. (Matt. 7:24-25; Heb. 12:28)
12. We sing about it, “On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
13. You see, I am a volunteer on His team and this ROCK “will always be home sweet home to me.”

Conclusion: Jesus, as well as others in the Bible, often used people, things, and events that people were familiar with to teach spiritual truths. One reason for this is because it makes these truths easier to remember. Hopefully, we have learned that the Lord’s Crimson Tide does indeed make us the Lord’s War Eagles when we become the Lord’s Volunteers. You can become a Christian at any time by trusting in what Jesus has done for us on the cross and being born again. (John 1:12 & 3:3-5). Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.wordpress.com

An Attitude of Gratitude

AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Thanksgiving Day in our country has come on and gone for the year 2018. But as Christians we need to remember that thanksgiving is not just a day with us…it is a way with us. God expects us to have an attitude of gratitude which is not always easy to maintain, because so many things go against the grain. It is hard for us to stay focused, when the cares of life are trying to choke us. It seems so much easier to concentrate on the things that are stressing us, rather than on the way God is blessing us. But if we will simply pause to think, we will have cause to thank. In other words, if we will meditate we will appreciate. If we will take time to think, we can have a mind that thanks. Psalms 100 is:

A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. Notice that this Psalm of Thanksgiving emphasizes the:

1. RESPONSE of the Thankful
a. Make a joyful shout.
b. Serve with gladness.
c. Come …with singing.
d. Enter …with thanksgiving.
e. Enter…with praise.
f. Be thankful.
g. Bless His name.
h. In other words, have an attitude of gratitude.

2. RELATIONSHIP of the Thankful
a. It is He who has made us.
b. We are His people.
c. The sheep of His pasture.
d. He created us (made us). He claims us (His people). He cares for us
(sheep of His pasture).

3. REASONS for being Thankful
a. For the Lord is good.
b. His mercy is everlasting.
c. His truth endures.
d. We thank Him for His goodness (Lord is good), His grace (His mercy), and
His guidance (His truth).

Here are some things that we can always be most thankful for:
1. Thanks be to God…for His indescribable gift! (2 Cor. 9:15)
2. Thanks be to God…who always leads us in triumph in Christ. (2 Cor. 2:14)
3. Thanks be to God…who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Cor. 15:57).

Final Thought: WE THANK YOU LORD FOR HELPING US THANK YOU FOR THINKING ABOUT US!!!

Wayne Dunaway 11/23/18

Stressed Over MDR for Years

STRESSED FOR YEARS OVER MDR
I received the following note today from a brother who read my book “Just as I Am: Married, Divorced and Remarried” (this is only one among many I have received):
Dear Brother Wayne
May God bless you greatly for your love, care, and diligence to put together this message for those who are in the MDRsituation. I have personally been in stress for over 34 years, being condemned in a no-way-out situation. I praise God that He gave you the wisdom to discern the truth of His word, and the loving heart to share it with those who desperately need to hear it. Thank you so much!
My response to this is:
This is what makes writing the book worthwhile. The “gospel” (good news) of salvation in Jesus for one “in stress for over 34 years” (not seconds, or minutes, or hours, or days, or weeks, or months, but 34 years) and one of those who “desperately need to hear” that Jesus has grace and mercy for those who are seemingly “condemned in a no-way-out situation.” This brother apparently maintained his faith in Jesus for 34 years in spite of the opposition, criticism, and condemnation he must have received from some in the church. This is very commendable on his part and serves to illustrate how much some MDR couples love Jesus and want to do His will for their lives but “cannot change” what has happened in the past…and neither can we! Condemn them if you must, but God have mercy on all our souls concerning our past…including those of us who have turned MDRcouples away from Jesus and unjustly “condemned” those who are  in a “no-way-out situation” and caused undue “stress” in those whom Jesus came to bless! Read John 4:4-39.
Read about the: The Savior, The Sinner, and the Soul-Winner!

Wayne

A $100 Word!

A $100 WORD!

I read about a poet whose writings had blessed many people for a long time. He was a very famous writer and made a great deal of money at his trade. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, “I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over $100 a word.” The poet raised his eyebrows and said, “Really, I certainly wasn’t aware of that.” The reporter then reached into his pocket and pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to the poet and said, “Here’s a $100 bill. Now I want you give me one of your $100 words.” The poet looked at the $100 bill for a moment, took it and folded it up and put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks.”

“Thanks” is actually a word that is worth far more than that. “Thanks!” What at word! But it is a word that is too seldom heard. It is too rarely spoken or used only as a mere “token.” It is too often even forgotten. But we need to develop a habit of being “thankful” even after Thanksgiving Day is over. I know that we all are going to have some “down times” when we forget or neglect or find it difficult to be thankful or to say “thanks” and really mean it. But if we focus on being “thankful” in September or December like we do in November, just think what an effect it would have on our lives.

I am glad we live in a country that has a day of the year set aside to focus on “Thanksgiving.” I have heard about the NFL players, various religious groups, as well as others, who fed the hungry and display many other acts of kindness on “Thanksgiving Day.” This is all well and fine. But Christians need to display this attitude throughout the year. If every day were just like “Thanksgiving” what a wonderful world this would be. But how is this done? I will suggest a few points that I have heard or read over the years.

I. Choose to give thanks.

The thoughtful are thankful. Those who meditate will appreciate. We need to get a grip on gripes. We must learn to count our blessing, not our bruises. “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost….count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

2. Change your focus from circumstances to Christ.

Regardless of how bad circumstances may be, God is still good to you and to me. We must learn to focus on that point. We need to practice refraining from complaining (which is not easy for any of us to do). Remember God is God when everything “fits together,” and God is God when everything “falls apart.” God knows everything before He starts anything. It is good to know that when times are hard…God is never “caught off guard.”

3. Consider the bright side.

We can look for the good. There is always something to be thankful for no matter how bad the situation may be. If it’s a bad day, then you can be thankful that every day is not a bad day. And most of us have heard about the man who complained about his shoes…until he met a man who had no feet.

4. Concentrate on God and His will.

God asks us to give thanks in advance — even before we see or know the circumstances or how they will turn out. Practicing giving thanks can help minimize the pain of a difficult experience. Remember, God is too wise to be mistaken. He loves us too much to be mean. And He is too powerful to be manipulated.

“Thanksgiving Day” in our country is coming up later this year. But the Bible teaches Christians to always be thankful. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name (Hebrews 13:15).

Thanksgiving is not just a “Day” in the year with us, it is a “Way” of life for us because Jesus is so dear to us. We need to remember that “thanksgiving” is “thanksLIVING.”

By the way, “thanks” for reading (and recommending) our posts and “Closer Walk” devotionals. Thank God for Jesus! (2 Cor. 9:15).

Wayne Dunaway
gandpministries.wordpress.com