In the Lord's Army - For Life
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6: 11 - 13
Years ago, children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School sang a little song “I’m in the Lord’s Army” :
I may never march in the infantry
Ride in the cavalry
Shoot the artillery
I may never shoot for the enemy
But I'm in the Lord's army!
I'm in the Lord's army!
I'm in the Lord's army!
Each day, True Care staff and those involved with pregnancy centers across the country put on the armor of God, for we are part of His army for life. One of True Care’s core values is being Christ-centered: our staff starts each day in corporate prayer; we are all involved with churches in our community; and we share devotions to encourage each other in this fight for life. As the Apostle Paul reminds us in the above Scripture, “… our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil …” Without Christ as our commander-in-chief, pro-life work could not be the force that it is, in our community and in our country.
Because of that armor, because of that Christ-centeredness, we’ve reached more abortion-determined women in this area than our ministry has seen in previous years. In 2018, we served 309 women, 88% of whom had positive pregnancy tests. We assessed 49% of them as abortion-minded/determined, ones who had high risk factors to choose abortion and those who actually had already made an appointment for an abortion. Our year-end report showed 208 unborn lives saved in 2018. That’s four more than the previous year in which we saw more women, but fewer abortion-minded/determined ones. We give God all the glory for His work at and His Spirit surrounding True Care!
Being in an Army doesn’t mean standing around all the time; there are opportunities to march as well. On Friday, January 18, the National March for Life takes place in Washington DC. Those of us who cannot attend can do something, and that is pray. Pray for the marchers and for the onlookers. Pray for everyone who will be in town and have opportunity to see this convergence for life in our nation’s Capitol.
Pray also for Heartbeat International staff and the moms and babies who are part of the organization’s Babies Go To Congress program. They meet with members of Congress and their staffers later this week. Each story, each witness, each marcher and walker is part of God’s army for life and each is a witness for Him and for life, life that He has created. Two years ago, True Care President Terry Winship and one of True Care’s patients, Acacia, were part of this event.
There’s opportunity for you to also march for life here in our community. On Saturday, January 26, Natrona4Life, an affiliate of Wyoming Right to Life, will hold its 2nd annual March for Life. Join in at City Park at 2 pm that day as we stand – and march – for life right here in Casper! Be in prayer for this event as well.
We know opportunities like these, whether taking place in Washington, in Casper, or elsewhere, can and do bring out those who oppose our position on life. We need to pray for these people, too. The Lord commands us to love our enemies and to “do good to those who persecute” us (Matthew 5:44).
As we continue to “fight the good fight of faith …” (1 Timothy 6:12), engaging in this battle for the lives of unborn children and their mothers, let’s remember there’s a time to stand and a time to march – and there’s always a time to pray!
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord … For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.”
- 1st Peter 3:13 - 15 & 17, English Standard Version