Secret Codes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:4-6

Recently, i finished reading an incredible book, authored by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson, called Lone Survivor.   The book is an autobiography from Luttrell’s experience in the United States Navy Seals and his horrific encounter with the Taliban. In honor of the veterans and servicemen and women throughout our country, I would first and foremost like to state my gratitude and thankfulness for these people. From years before us and years to come the American Military continues to amaze me by their sacrifices and dedication to our freedom.

During the book, Luttrell does a great job of describing many facets of the Navy Seals that would normally go unknown to the common public. Additionally, he describes some techniques of communication used by our forces as well as the enemy and other tribal communities that he got know while on his mission. The majority of these communication techniques are so elite and elusive to others that those untrained with the specific outfit, would have absolutely no idea of what message was being relayed.

During the story, among massive trauma and danger, Marcus used coded signals via the Navy Seals as well as witnessed specific languages techniques used by the native tribesmen to save his own life. At a time of absolute desperation and loss of lives, these successfully coded messages resulted in his rescue and the recovery of MANY fallen heroes that lost their lives for us on that mountain. I have been earnestly moved by Luttrell’s story along with so many other veteran’s experiences and as I read my daily verse from this morning… it really hit home.

There is a way among the Navy Seals, and the Airborne Rangers, and Green Berets, and elite warriors such as these. There is a training and regiment that is so tight and intense and specific that NO ONE outside of the groups can truly comprehend. This creates not only incredible skills and strength during times of chaos but also and INTENSE BOND that cannot even be broken by death. Again, earnestly moving to me as I continue to learn how to love well, protect the lives around me, and contribute to my community.

I encourage you to read the story of Marcus Luttrell and his experience on that mountain, but see the verses here from 1 John as well:

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:4-6

This reminded me of the “coded” messages used in the story. How many times have you tried to share the Good News and received little back but silence? Or on the contrary, how many times have you heard someone “of the world” say something that to you may have sounded completely foolish, yet everyone else seemed to receive it so well? ELITE FORCES know the difference. Verse 6: WE are from God.  I gather a good majority of the readers on this post may already be in the King’s Army, if you will. And if so then you know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. For the one on the fence, looking for the answers my prayer is we continue to live a life of LIGHT and SPEAK the news of the gospel daily!  Yet, there will be struggle. There will be losses and destruction, and even at times, you may feel as though you have reached your end, much like Marcus did. ELITE FORCES know the difference. You have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 

Thank you Marcus Luttrell and thank you Jesus for installing such hearts of strength and courage that fight for life and freedom.

 

Author: Brenden Kurtz

Kingdom now. A Life interrupted by the Great I am. Project love unto others, both known and unknown, & to elevate one's attitude and aptitude. www.barnabasman.com

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