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YOU CAN HELP THE MILITARY

Even though everyone may not agree with our country's position on war, we all can agree that our military people need our help. You Help can by giving with just a little time and effort. If our military refuses to do their part we all will suffer and if we refuse to do our part they will suffer. Here are a few suggestions.

1. They need our thanks -
it's hard to do a job and never receive any appreciation for it from the boss or anyone else. Our military is working for each one of us. Find someone you can write to and tell them thanks for serving our country.

2. They need our respect -
they need to know that we think they, and the jobs they do, are important to us all. After all, they have answered the call of our country to protect us and our freedoms.

3. They need to know we are concerned about them and
their families that have been left behind.

They need to know we are concerned for their safety, and that they have good military leaders, good fellow soldiers and good equipment.

4. Most of all, they need to know we are praying for them.
They need to be prayed for effectively. How can anyone pray effectively? First, their heart must be clean of wrong doing before God, because God says he will not hear the prayer from someone with an unclean heart.

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

What is iniquity? It is disobeying the commands of God. Some commands are written in our hearts, and some in His word the Holy Bible. In today's language we can call iniquity as doing wrong.

What does God say is doing wrong? Some common wrongs to God are listed in Exodus 20. They start off; thou shalt not have any gods before Him, honor thy father and mother, Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie), Thou shalt not covet (desire things others have ), thou shalt not commit adultery.

God tells us doing wrong separates us from Him.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God, and your sins have
hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Because God is holy, He cannot ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin (doing wrong, disobeying His rules) as if it doesn't matter. Wrong doing cuts people off from Him, forming a wall that isolates God from the people he loves. That makes it real clear that God says that he cannot hear anyone praying to him who does not have a clean heart. That brings us to the important question of whether or not God considers your heart clean. Does He? What do you think by what His word has just told us? He tells us in his word the Holy Bible what we must do to have a clean heart.

1. Believe that He is holy and cannot have sin in His presence.
People who die with their sin unforgiven separate themselves eternally from God.
Proverbs 15:29 The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
Romans 6:23 The wages(consequences)of sin is death (Eternal Separation from God), but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2. Believe that God loves you and wants you to be with him for all eternity.He wants you to come to heaven when you leave this life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

3. Believe that God took care of our offenses (disobedience) toward Himself by allowing His Son Jesus Christ to take our sins upon Himself and die, Suffering death, the separation from God, for us, so we can have eternal life.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Life saving belief is more than just knowing something in your head. Life saving belief is being sure in your heart that God's word is true; That it is true about His holiness, His love for us, our sinfulness and Jesus taking the wages (punishment) for our wrong doings (sins) so that we can be with God when we do die. If you have never received God's gift of salvation will you receive it by believing in your heart that He is holy and you are unholy, and believe you deserve the results of your wrong doing but also believe Jesus took your sins and their punishment and died for you. Why not ask him to forgive you for your sins and tell him thanks that Jesus died for you. If you do this you are clean before God and he says he will hear your prayers for our military.

Certainly you'll want to send this information or write the church for some information to send to your military friends because they need God's salvation right now. You can meet their greatest need by telling them how they can go to heaven and be with God now before it's too late. Your other friends might like to know how they can be sure their prayers are being heard by God, so tell them what God says. We really can help our military with these simple steps.

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