One of the most significance dates in world history is June 6, 1944. On that day the course of history changed. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. Their objective was simple, defeat the Nazis there and move forward inland. However, there task was one of the most difficult of World War ll. That day would result in over 4,000 men from the American, British, and Canadian Army’s losing their lives with thousands more missing or wounded.
That morning June 6, 1944 General Dwight D. Eisenhower gave orders to commence Operation Overlord. He told the troops: “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”
Two thousand years earlier, Christ gave the Church a commission to do battle and win!
Acts 1: 8 … “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The church has been called to a great Crusade, and not one of violence, hatred, or even arrogance. We have been called to defeat the devil and take the message of the Gospel to the nations. We have been challenged to invade every strong hold the Devil has and share the love and compassion of our amazing Savior that was willing to die on the Cross for all of us.
The church has been striving for centuries to take the world for Christ, and it is time for a modern day “D-Day” for the pastors, church leadership, and members to stand up and invade their community with the Gospel of Christ. Stop sitting behind the four walls of your church and move out to win the community.
Prior to the invasion it is reported that General Dwight Eisenhower, in a message to troops before Normandy, said “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely ... I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
Christ is saying the same thing to us today! Taking our family, community, nation, and world for Christ is not going to be easy. The Devil has had a long time to figure out how to stop us. However, with God’s blessing and promise, we will have the victory.