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John Bradshaw


A legendary battalion were inspired by a rallying cry. The same cry rings in the hearts of God’s people as they engage in the battle of the ages.


John Bradshaw

President of It Is Written



  • July 23, 2020
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We're about to open the Bible together let's pray as we do so and trust that God would bless us today it's pray now. Father in heaven we come to you in the name of Jesus skiing that as we consult you would you would speak we thank you for the blessing of Scripture that your spirit inspired the holy men of old to write and what they have written I pray would be a blessing to us now and I pray in Jesus' name amen World War 2. Unfortunately provides us with a wealth of lessons it's inevitable that it should that kind of conflict on that sort of scale when humanity was was putting behind itself the really rather primitive methods of warfare utilized in World War One and was embracing the far more advanced and far more deadly means of destruction tanks had been used in World War one but by World War 2 They were far more advanced much faster and they were more deadly aircraft by World War 2 were far more sophisticated than they have ever been had ever be radar was used in war for the 1st time in World War 2. Carriers were now being used and in World War 2 They were the most important ships in the Navy and of course the weapons themselves were unlike anything used on a battlefield in the a 2 for example I say the atomic bomb which killed somewhere approaching a quarter of a 1000000 people in just 2 Japanese cities. Now wall can bring out the best in people and it can also bring out the worst in people after a war has been fought we celebrate the gallant we lionize the courageous we honored the Intrepid and some warriors take a special place in the annals of human history the 28th but salient known as the Mahdi battalion was part of the 2nd New Zealand division the fighting of the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force during the 2nd World War It was a front line infantry unit made up entirely of volunteers the battalion usually contains $750.00 men it was divided into 5 companies and it happened to be ordered to become the most decorated New Zealand Battalion of the 2nd World War like other infantry battalions the Mahdi Patel unit was divided into 5 companies for rifle companies of about $125.00 men each at a hit quarters company of around 200 men each company was commanded by a major or a captain to battalions for rifle companies creatively named a b. c. and d. were organized along tribal lines the Mahdi other native people of New Zealand a tribal people and so those 4 companies tribally all more tribal he oriented while the Headquarters Company drew its personnel from all of a Mahdi din and they were quite a bit salient in the words of Lieutenant General Bernard Fryer who commanded the 2nd New Zealand division no infantry battalion had a more distinguished record also more fighting or a last had such heavy casualties as the Mahdi battalion. The Mahdi battalion fort in Greece on Crete in North Africa and in Italy Raul considered New Zealanders to be the finest troops on the Allied side they believe they were fighting for God full King and full country the chief of stuff of Germany's General Rommel the Desert Fox his chief of staff said give me the Mahdi battalion and I will conquer the would go the Mahdi battalion had a battle cry them on in their fight and it was. Caught. Up would up would be strong but those who've studied World War 2 would have said that the name to Krone evokes memories of some of the bloodiest handed to end fighting of the distant war to crow was a 650 feet high rock fortress in the side. Of Tunis in North Africa it was held in 1903 by Italian and German troops which block the drive towards Tunis which was about 45 miles away in a straight line on the night of April 19th but a handful of b. company men led by Sergeant. Stale Dacia cliff face to reach the summit and I don't need to remind you just how dangerous that was a sheer cliff and Sergeant but not he went up. Followed by others and after 3 days of desperate fighting it was taken not he then left to find reinforcements he came back with a section of c. company and another platoon and successfully pushed back the axis counter-attack. But now he and his men took 300 prisoners a British Lieutenant General described what he did as the most gallant feat of I witnessed in the course of the war. This was a rallying cry. Being strong Always be strong that motto has become part of the fabric of New Zealand culture today after a tragedy people are encouraged because Be strong in a sporting contest someone might encourage another person on the field by saying. Be strong give it all you've got give it power give it everything there are high schools that have taken as the school motto. Be strong now this concept of strength this concept of being strong this is a Biblical concept here we are virtually the eve of what the Bible describes as a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation and God is looking for those who will embrace this idea. God is looking for those who will be strong. Jesus himself said in the Bible in Matthew chapter $24.00 and verse 13 Jesus said in Matthew $2413.00 but he that shell and you are under the end the same shall be saved now in the Greek the would use there is hoop Aminah you find a wood in Revelation 1412 that's from that same Greek who come on a Revelation 1412 here is the the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus the patience the steadfastness the constancy be in dear instead of the Saints Here they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus they have a hood God's call to their. Cause. In Romans 4 in verse 20 you read about Abraham and I want to turn there in my Bible and read it along with you if you have your Bible or your device handy then tune with me to Romans Chapter 4 here it is and will read in. 20 in fact I'm going to back up and begin in verse 19 we are reading about Abraham and the Bible say it is and not being the week in faith Now let's pause if you are not weak by inference you are walk of course you are strong and not being weak in faith he did not consider his own body already did since he was about 100 years old and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief but was strength and all but was strong in faith giving glory to God that would there as in. Now we get this Would you remember Romans one verse 14 Romans one verse 16 I'm sorry I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ because it is the power of God under celebration you have heard it said that that would. Comes from the word the Greek would do none this and that's where we get dynamite from this is the kind of faith Abraham is described as having Abraham had done on like fake powerful faith and that's fascinating actually isn't it because this man who was so strong in faith. This man was so strong in faith that he slept with this wife servant and he told a character named a been elect that his wife was actually his sister but here we are told the truth he was strong in play God is looking for strength again I share with you what the Scripture says being not weak in faith in considered not his own body now did when he was about 100 years old neither the deadness of Sarah's womb he staggered not of the promise of God through unbelief but was strong in faith giving glory to God Amen and now let me read verse 21 and being fully convinced that what he had promised he was. Able to perform and therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness Abraham's faith was strong when he believed that God was able to do what God promised to do you can see where we're going here consider this with me for just a moment if we were considering Abraham to have strong faith because he was good he didn't relent he didn't stumble he didn't make mistakes then we would never be able to say that about Abraham because there were moments when he was an abject failure of faith when was he strong in faith when he believed that God was able to do what God said he could to do Abraham was strong in faith when he took God at His Would Paul encourage Timothy to be strong Timothy be strong but what did he say be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus 1st chronical 16 verse 11 seek the Lord and his strength see his face continually there I look with you in a very very well known passage of scripture over inefficient chapters. 6 where we are told directly to be strong we pick it up in efficiency and those 10 Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might notice this finally my brethren be strong Imagine if God said be strong but I want to see you all strength how would that work out but Paul wrote to the church in f. assists and he said be strong but what the strong in the law did and in the Paua all that. Might. My brother my sister what we have promised is that God is the secret of our strength whole new spirit is promised to come to you and bring to the presence of God The powerful strong presence of God to bring to you the righteousness of Christ that powerful mighty righteousness and to bring into your life character of the Lord Jesus Christ what you think with me about the strong people of the Bible Samson Centrum was strong because of the. He wasn't strong because of his head he was strong because of the is God and that head that grew luck Sherry Asli was simply a symbol of his faith and trust in the God of Heaven think of David's mighty men they were strong. You read about what they did their exploits how they took down enemies how they defeated the mighty in the powerful Where was their strength to strength came from gawd David took down Goliath boy day the going into battle David. Being strong and he was strong why because he relied not on oh no King Saul I don't want you you can keep that I'm Ok I will rely on dog. Insulted Dave and David spoke back to his own No no I come to you in the name of the God of Heaven he took down go live macho into battle with us sling and 5 stones and by the way you heard it said that the other 4 stones were full Goliath's brothers allow me to say with respect the Bible does not say he took 4 other stones for Goliath's brothers. The Bible doesn't actually come out and say Go Live had any brothers at all we in food some people in food that let me tell you why he took 4 extra stones because he knew that when he took down Goliath the Alma bear was standing right there and being 100 of them was all me of soldiers David was saying I will take down go up. And if I have to I'll take down the 1st fall men who come running towards me how can you be that strong when you're a shepherd boy you are able to be strong when you are strong in the Lord God how would he be strong David what are we building our faith on the wise men according to the Bible built his house up on a rock you might say that is the house built upon Jesus an Ok with that Jesus himself referred to his saying and so the wise person builds his or her house upon the rock the Word of God we be lieve that what God says he is able to do we trust that God is faithful Paul wrote to the church in Corinth 1st a Corinthians Chapter 16 and verse 13 he said Watch ye stand fast in the faith Krit like men be strong Another translation would say act like men as a matter of fact let me pause and share this with you a high school about 40 minutes from where I grew up has as its motto. Now in explaining the motto key a car they said well the longest sentence is act like men be strong and of course this is a coed school so what I want to be telling the boys and girls to act like men they may not have realized but the longer phrase came from the Bible where the Bible says. God there is that that catch cry directly in Cry for the believe strength we needed dog says be strong but where is your strength that's my question for you today we are not far away from the time when the world will unite against the principles of the Bible there are times when you feel discouraged in your church because you hear things and you see things and you wonder where some people got their theological degree let me tell you this is no time to buckle at the knees cob let me share this with you. You come to church and you don't like the music all right you come to church and you don't appreciate the bend to the pa system and all right you come to church and you don't like I don't know you and you'd rather have seats than pews appears than seats you'd rather have someone else leading the music or someone else greeting you know how people can be a Don't get me wrong I'm not saying that all of these things are inconsequential some of them are not some of them are very consequential they might be time there might be times there might be times when you would be far better off just deciding that you're going to go to the church across town in an extreme case but you know what the devil wants you to do he he wants you to leave and take people with you and get your nose bent out of shape and be upset that's what he wants you to do this is no time for that God would say to you can't remember the church isn't yours it isn't mine it is God and by the way the devil is at the top of his game and what he will do is bring people along to the church and endeavor to drag out. I know the church teaches this but have you considered the us and. I know we believe that old head thing but But what about this and you know if you really had a strong you know you know who's really. Do you know that you can trust anyone around here have you with other people say that if you haven't. Then either open your ears or God bless you You're so fortunate the devil is that would don't make his job any easier than it is he's already dealing with people who've been weakened by 6000 years of sin he's already dealing with people who have inherited and cultivated tendencies towards evil he's already dealing with that don't make it easy by following the critics and listening to those who copy and Bach and bellyache about the church it is the apple of God's eye no one said it was perfect I'm in it and by the way you're in it so it can't be perfect but don't get dragged why sometimes you have I grew up on a river essentially about this fire from of a large river learned to swim in that river and I learned that swimming against the current took effort you could do nothing though and get dragged down stream the world is a current that is dragging you in the wrong direction there are times you've got to swim against it it'll take energy it'll take stick to it of this it'll take determination it'll take strength. And so key a cause think back in church history Mata's went to the state and you know I've read about this there were times that men would be burning at the stake and their wives and their children would be standing nearby singing him as the flames rose that's strained What do you get that from you want to see that strength you took me in your Bible to Daniel Chapter 6 I shall show you that strength is your strength going to go to Daniel 6 and will read from Daniel 6 and right after that I want to go back to what Paul wrote to the if Asian So 1st Daniel chaffed a 6 and we shall begin at the beginning Daniel 6 books one it pleased Darius to sit over the kingdom $120.00 set traps all kind of like princes to be over the whole kingdom and of these 3 governors of whom Daniel was one that the set traps might give account to them so that the king would suffer no loss interesting Daniel was on a ship then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and set traps because an excellent spirit was in him and they came gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. For so the governors and satraps jealous they were sort to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find no. Faults because he was faithful nor was there any error or fault found in him would you like someone to be able to write that about you one day we tried to find fault in her we tried to find fault in him but we couldn't find any because she he was Faith told to God what a testimony let's read on those 5 then these men said We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the Law of his God verse 6 so these governors are set traps the wrong before the king and they said thus to him. Live Forever all the governors of the kingdom the administrators and satraps the councillors and advisors have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree that whoever petitions any God or man for 30 days except you a king Shelby cost into the den of lions now a king established the decree and signed the writing so that it cannot be changed according to the law of the Medes and Persians which does not alter therefore King Darius signed the written decree what a law. Thank you wasn't Wasi he didn't think about Daniel faithful Daniel a man that he valued immensely he didn't think about that he should have but he didn't so where did that leap then you walk through this with me a law has been passed by the way this story is a prophetic story of points towards the future read Revelation Chapter 13 and you find this same scenario reenacted that's why it's important to look at it. Because one day we'll find ourselves faced with this very situation a law consuming worship you must worship in the specified way and if you don't you will die so what did Daniel do what would what should you and I do let's look at the example of Daniel verse 10 now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed when he knew he went home and in his upper room with his windows open to Ward Jerusalem he kneeled down on his knees 3 times that day and prayed and gave thanks before his God Think this through here was Daniel knowing that his life was on the line one false move yet dead and in fact a false move would have even been a false move if you're faithful to God you are gone Daniel you are absolutely gone. Burstein what of that say he knew the writing was signed he went on he didn't walk to the forest he didn't climb Ah I mount and he didn't go to. Outsell and lock himself in a room he went home in other words you will know where to find me and then the Bible says in his upper room with his windows open. Look through the windows you're gonna see me you know where I am and if you want to you can see me know if he prayed they might have thought oh he's praying in the direction of Babylon and praying to the king Daniel is of baying the law. But no his windows were open in the direction of Jerusalem Daniel was praying and he was saying to them yes I am praying to God He kneeled upon his knees if he'd been sitting down and the reclining chair they might have said just relaxing but he was in the posture of crayon there was no doubt what he was doing he kneeled upon his knees 3 times that day and gave thanks before his God if it happened once the king might have said oh he forgot if it happened twice he might have said. Maybe forgot but 3 times no way no way Daniel was being faithful Now what was it that gave Daniel this faithfulness if you have noticed I didn't read all of the 10 the Bible says down your knowing the writing was signed went home what was up a room opened the windows face towards Jerusalem kneeled on his knees prayed 3 times a day and what does the Bible say as was his custom since the early days another version says as he did for time you and I might say just like he always did why was Daniel Able to be a man of great faith because Daniel was a man of faith from his days he had cultivated the habit of faithfulness so that when push came to shove it was as natural for Daniel to turn to God in faith as it would be for a flower to face the midday sun you see Daniel was faithful then because he'd always been faithful and I wonder I wonder if you are cultivating an attitude of faith in your life wondering. I'm wondering if a fullness represents what you doing day to day moment to moment. You see if we say I will be faithful not to more not so much read my Bible today tomorrow or maybe maybe not today I will not let the crowd sway me but tomorrow I'm just going to get swept along by the crowd that's not an attitude of faith it may be that you're growing that's understood but that's not what faith looks like faith leans upon the Word of God always and relies on God always to do what God has said that he will do faith is an unrelenting reliance upon God Again you might say well you know I don't always get it right Ok All right that's because you're grueling in grace and you're praying to God and you're saying a lot make me a faithful woman make me a faithful man Lord let my life be characterized by faithfulness to you praying about that you're saying God gave me grace today I'm tired of the failing poor your spirit to me live your life and make do you'll work in me one day God is going to be looking for. A people of Daniels people of Daniels when the Daniel story in Daniel Chapter 6 is laid out as you see it played out in Revelation and Chapter 13 where would you be then. And you may say as people say oh I'm not strong enough as the woman who came to the great preacher and said great preacher I don't think I have the faith to be a model in the great preacher said My good woman I can promise you I don't have the faith to be a martyr she said if you don't have the faith to be a martyr then what hope is there for me and he responded by saying If God wants me to have the faith of a model or of God wants me to be a martyr then he will give me the faith that I need in order to be a modern way as your strength don't be saying and not strong enough because the Bible says that God's strength is made perfect in weakness don't be saying I have failed too many times because you haven't God is able to turn you into the reason successes don't be saying I think I'm too weak take it from me I know you are too weak. But it's never been about our strength ever since Adam and Eve ate the fruit our strength was good for nothing since then it has been about the strength of God working in our lives and this is why we read inefficiencies and Chapter 6 and now we're going to pick it up in verse 11 where the Bible says good on the whole of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities against powers against the rulers of the doctors of the say against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places Ok this is a battle that we're in this is a major battle we are fighting an enemy much greater than us and yet God says Be strong God says. Be strong always evah be strong. Fight the good fight of fake with strength and with power and in the direction of success and so the Bible says you need that. 13 therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all. To stand stand therefore having good at your waist with truth having put on the breast plate of a righteousness and having showed your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace let me ask you this where do we get these things from from God Do you go to this spiritual gym and work out pumping spiritual eye until you can say I can't I'm a book I have what it takes no this is the god this is like day that actually saying to so yes I can do this or give me your Ummah if you will understand what I mean he didn't do that but if he had he would have been fighting in the hour of soul dog says. Be strong but how in the armor of God Let me let me let me address something with you are you fighting you facing temptation you victorious sometimes you failing other times one approach are you taking you coming to temptation leaning on the wood of God are you coming to temptation praying a prayer God Doing my life what I cannot do in my life or you coming to temptation saying a lot I am weak but I don't have to be without hope because there is hope and you are you coming to temptation and what I'm saying is when temptation comes you are you entering that moment in your life and saying this is going to work out Ok because I'm relying on God and I'm asking God to work his power out in my life to many of us which is get blown away like a leaf in the wind because when temptation comes we don't know to do like Jesus did and call on the Word of God We're not reminding ourselves to claim the promises of God We are not saying oh God this is temptation and it's too strong for me so strengthen me in this moment and I can succeed because Jesus is living his life in me. We take the whole of God verse 16 says above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery dots of the wicked one and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit being watchful to this in with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints you see we pray we take the word of God we have a we want to be strong and that strength is in the Lord and there aren't any short cuts some years ago this was the 1990 s. there's a terrible earthquake across the sea of mom from is Stan golden Turkey recovery experts walking through the ruins of collapsed apartment buildings discovered that the cement used in the construction of these buildings had been had been and there was so much sand in it in the cement it would crumble and you had. Too much sand not enough stun too much said it was too weak when the earthquake came what could it do it all it could do was fall down. Wasn't built out of the right stuff what's your fate built out of if you build it from the wood of God you will be Ok you don't want to be building your faith from the wrong material we are turning it out Bibles to 2nd Corinthians Chapter 12 2nd Corinthians now in chapter 12 and we're starting in verse 7 this into a pole said and lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations a thorn in the flesh was given to me a messenger of Satan to buffet me lest I be exalted above measure we believe that Paul was referencing is vision problem concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord 3 times that it might depart from me 3 times and he said to me. My grace is sufficient for you. All my strength is made perfect in weakness therefore most gladly I will rile the boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me therefore I take pleasure in infirmities in reproaches in needs in persecutions in distresses for Christ's sake for when I am awake then I am strong How can you say that this is a contradiction in terms when I'm weak I'm Strong know that's easily understood because when I'm weak I am trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ I'm relying on dog for my strength Amen that's right had a mother write to me recently she said I heard your sermon you said that God provided a job for your father in law when he lost his job into his faith that's right I said that because it's true she went on to say my son lost his job for his faith and he's been without work ever since oh man you can feel the pain count you well here's my advice here cause hold Fost be strong in the Lord madam you imagining that God is finished with your son hold on for another moment the phone will ring all gone for another day and they'll be a job vacancy advertised hold on for another day and then God will move this young man charge who is always be missing God's will for my life all of this time hold on because God is faithful and it's when we start to waver when we start to weaken that we manifest no faith you can go to God and say I have trust in you and therefore I am in a fix. I remember when I wore younger men's clothes I made the decision to be a Christian it meant that I could no longer carry on in a certain job where I was employed lost my job and if I get the man on the other in the phone what Thank you it's been great you being a good employee have a nice life and I realized I am unemployed I was 12000 miles from home and I was unemployed and the money I had in my pocket was due in doing or at the glee I had to talk to God and I said to God God you got me into this mess. You get me out of it and did he did he yes he did did he get me out of that mess instantly Was there someone at the door. I just feel impressed and knock on the door here or in the doorbell and off of the 1st 1st person I see Job did God do that no it wasn't the next day nor was it the next day nor was it the next day but it happened because God is faithful it's all he can be because God is faithful Madame tell your son. Be strong but he's wavering he's weakening Ah that's because he's being strong in his own strength be strong in the Lord and trust in Him Hebrews Chapter 4 this is a passage we want to see starting in verse 14 look at what the Bible says seeing the end that we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens Jesus the Son of God Let us hold fast our profession would you like to consider that with me for a moment hold fast but I'm weak. How do I do that the right of the Hebrew said Seeing then that we have a great high priest do you know what that means we've got a great high priest in the heavens Jesus who went to scenes for us because he is they are. The same books is you can hold us just hang on just hang on it says in verse 15 Paul we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may attain mercy and find grace to help in time of need I love what he says be close this let's come. Because in heaven Jesus is there as our Great High Priest Let's come boldly because even in heaven we have our Savior and a friend let's come boldly God does not say rely on yourself says there's a great big God in heaven so great they have it of heavens cannot contain him what does God say because of that he. Be strong of course the Mahdi but tell you we go into war really relying on their training relying on their wits and smarts and. Their own talent as soldiers. I mean to say none of them in a faith but you get my point the difference here is when God says do you keep. Saying be strong but be strong in the Lord be strong but be strong in Christ and in his power you know friend if you have a beating then you have discovered that to live in a world where there is much sin is a challenge God has called us to develop a character like is Who could believe that that is any kind of easy matter it's not a noble well rounded character. We were born like that you have to fight against you d.n.a. you've got to fight against your selfish self but we to be reborn and to take hold of a power. Greater than our own when I was a kid in primary school Robert McSweeney said Won't you come and spend the weekend on my phone and I said yeah that would be great I lived on a dairy farm cows everywhere were walking around the farm one day he said he wanted to grab that electric fence so I said Hey why don't you stop being crazy he said no no no it's easy you reached over he grabbed the electric fence he was falling he said Go on you give a try to know no I couldn't do that oh noes find it no problem grabbed the fence. Bush had a grab right here well I grabbed an electric fence of course I didn't know and he didn't tell me that the why he grabbed it was not powered it was no electricity going through that wire but the y. that I grabbed old my friend Robert made sure there was tons of power and that it felt like God being. You know what Christianity is grabbing hold of the power power the power of Christ where do we get it Holy Spirit the Bible says Be strong. But if you're honest you know you have no power you have no strength with sin as we fall in short of the glow of the glory of God We Fall In short of the glory of God What do we do crap that same. Course is not an electric fence to powerful Sadia you grab hold of Jesus in just like there like Tristen flow through my body the power of Jesus will flow through you your life becomes the outworking of the will of God it'll. Be the Same. Again. Simple Prayer Jesus live your life in me a simple act Lord I choose to take hold of your hand. A simple belief Lord I believe you love me you forgive me and you accept me and now you live in me as your own simple. That power starts running through your ken we pray about that. And we pray remembering the words of Jesus. Be strong Let's pray Father in heaven we can face our weakness and our inability to be strong but we know and we believe in your ability to be strong in us. We remember those words. Be strong. We choose today to be strong in the old in you in the power of His might you all might live in us now. Make Al lives your dwelling place it's a fortress an abiding place where your presence let it be we pray we thank you in Jesus name please say with me a man and a man God bless you looking forward to seeing you again next time. Until then remember. Who. I am.


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