Words of Truth - August 17, 2011

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Fulfilling Your Duty"

Israel Bissell
“And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.”  Judges 7:21

        Thanks to the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, everyone has heard of the "midnight ride of Paul Revere."  But few have heard of Israel Bissel, a humble post rider on the Boston-New York route.  After the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, Bissel was ordered to raise the alarm in New Haven, Connecticut.  He reached Worchester, Mass., normally a day's ride, in two hours.  There, according to tradition, his horse dropped dead.  Pausing only to get another mount, Bissel pressed on and by April 22 was in New Haven--but he didn't stop there!  He rode on to New York, arriving April 24, and then stayed in the saddle until he reached Philadelphia the next day.  Bissel's 126-hour, 345-mile ride signaled American militia units throughout the Northeast to prepare for war.
    Ronald Reagan said, “We would be surprised at how much would get accomplished if no one cared who received the credit.”  History may remember the names of a few heroes, but there are hundreds that never received a word of recognition yet faithfully did their duty.  Many throughout the ages have acted with valor and bravery, and have done noble things, only to be forgotten or unnoticed by history.  However, the world would be a very different place had they not fulfilled their duty.
    We do not need heroes to save this generation.  We do not need a rising star to be the one who turns our country around.  What we need is every ordinary citizen to make the sacrifices needed to just fulfill their duty.  We must give ourselves to our responsibilities no matter what it costs us.  What are your obligations?  What are your responsibilities?  What are your duties to the next generation?  To make a difference, mount up the resolve and courage of Israel Bissel, and no matter the cost, fulfill your duty.

Study verses:  Eccl 12:13; Rom 12:1,2; II Cor 8:5; Eph 6:5-8;

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Previous devotions

"Overcoming Obstacles" - August 10, 2011
"Shine!" - July 20, 2011
"True Patriotism" - July 6, 2011
"Righteousness Exalteth a Nation" - June 29, 2011
"War Against the Flesh" - June 8, 2011
"Redeeming the Time" - June 1, 2011
"Waiting on God" - May 25, 2011
"For The Sake of Others" - May 18, 2011
"The Cost of Freedom" - May 11, 2011
"Mother's God" - May 4, 2011
"Walk Humbly" - April 27, 2011
"Walking In Truth" - April 20, 2011
"Revealed By Pressure" - April 13, 2011
"God's Saving Communication" - April 6, 2011
"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011


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