Consider Yourselves Dead

In this short clip from the drama Twelve O’Clock High, Brigadier General Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) gives his men some hard, but necessary information.

“Consider yourselves to be truly dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:11

“For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:3


When things get tough, when hard-luck seems the norm, we remember that our Lord faced it all and overcame.

In Him, we do too.

Fight the good fight.

Consider yourselves dead, but alive in our Lord Christ.



The speech:

“There will be a briefing for a practice mission at 1100 this morning. That’s right, practice. I’ve been sent here to take over what has come to be known as a hard luck group. Well, I don’t believe in hard luck. So we’re going to find out what the trouble is. Maybe part of it’s your flying, so we’re going back to fundamentals. But I can tell you now one reason I think you’ve been having hard luck. I saw it in your faces last night. I can see it there now. You’ve been looking at a lot of air lately… and you think you ought to have a rest. In short, you’re sorry for yourselves. I don’t have a lot of patience with this, “What are we fighting for?” stuff. We’re in a war, a shooting war. We’ve got to fight. And some of us have got to die. I’m not trying to tell you not to be afraid. Fear is normal. But stop worrying about it and about yourselves. Stop making plans. Forget about going home. Consider yourselves already dead. Once you accept that idea, it won’t be so tough. Now if any man here can’t buy that… if he rates himself as something special, with a special kind of hide to be saved… he’d better make up his mind about it right now. Because I don’t want him in this group. I’ll be in my office in five minutes. You can see me there.”


3 thoughts on “Consider Yourselves Dead

  1. When a society replaces the true God with self, then self is the most important. Self sacrifice becomes a means to an end, not the beginning of a new life….


  2. We will never see this type of attitude again unless there is a great world challenge. The leading society has disintegrated into selfishness and corruption. The Jewish/Christian beliefs the USA are based upon are being destroyed. Selflessness is a spiritual event based upon something larger than self…. Sadly, the spiritual is leaving bringing chaos and violence.


  3. I saw post of September 5, 2016. Wow looks great. A person could start their own congregation with this knowledge. Notice I didn’t say church.


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