Once a warrior always a warrior

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A warrior’s weapon is the Sword of the Spirit! Photo source: FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Once a warrior always a warrior. In times past the warrior had to fight for his family to maintain or gain freedom.  He had to bring himself within striking distance of his enemy’s weapon.  Thus, to fight he had to risk his own life.  Death was a daily occurrence (powerful and important to understand).

Our enemy today is no less dangerous and skillful.  Our enemy today is first and foremost in the battlefield of our mind.  He tries to remove our freedom in God by opposing our spiritual values.  Sometimes our enemy is laziness, or our fears.  My enemy tells me I can’t accomplish something and there is no point to even try.  My enemy tells me not to stand up for what I believe in because it is unpopular, or to hide my values because they aren’t the “norm”.The modern day warrior examines his past and wonders whether he has done enough up to this point for the kingdom of God; if he is worthy of the challenge that lies ahead of him.

We as modern day warriors are similar to the ancient warrior.  Although our enemies are not as they once were, we still fight every single day.  We battle because that is our calling.  If you want to make a difference in the kingdom of God, you have to fight, slay, and conquer the spiritual forces wanting you to remain in bondage. Their goal is for you to quit combat.  To live you must fight!  It is better to live one day as a lion than a thousand as a lamb. These turbulent times dictate that we cannot remain in laziness and bondage if we are to learn our weapons of warfare.  The warrior of God must fight!  Only a man who wakes up knowing this is prepared to face it and can call himself a warrior of God.

Fear of the battle is a good thing, it sharpens our awareness to the enemy’s next attack.  Weakness does not exist anywhere in the definition of a true Warrior of God .  Moments of weakness of course, but not someone whose “essence” is weakness.  We can feel the pain and anguish as we push forward in our pursuit of becoming one of God’s warriors; but, also the satisfaction of growing stronger increases with each victory.  You will be challenged to the death in some battles, but you will gain the respect of a  seasoned Warrior.

Learn the skills that remove the fear and doubt.  Quitting isn’t in the vocabulary of one of God’s warriors.  You create that endurance in your mind, body, and spirit, through the intense and heated study of God’s word, only then can you face the forces of hell that rally you to quit.  PUSH your spirit, your will, and mind through the battle … to go further … to be more focused on inflicting a mortal wound to the enemy you are fighting.  Work harder at becoming that Warrior of God.  In the kingdom of God, it is those that refuse to quit that succeed.  Endure hardships not because you have no other options, but with the focus that  these hardships are what make you one of God’s Seasoned Warrior’s.  It’s the hard times, that one day, will bring you to that place of VICTORY, SUCCESS and COURAGE in your spiritual battle.  EMBRACE them!  Rejoice that they are yours and no one else’s.  These long  hard roads are where the lessons are learned and God’s Warriors are trained.  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Shalom, Linda

Limitations

Definition of Restriction (Limitation): 

1)   The act of limiting or the state of being limited

2)   a shortcoming or defect

God wants us to enlarge ALL our territories. For me, I feel it is time to have an enlargement that pertains to life and goodness.  Have you ever had a season where you felt you couldn’t  fully enter into all God has for you because of limitations?  “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” God has made a way for us to walk in the fullness of all He has released to us. He also made a way for us to walk in complete freedom of limitations.

John 8:36   So if the Son of Man sets you  free, you will be free.

We must not allow wrong thinking and mindsets to govern what we perceive to be effective.  If we do, we lose sight of the living reality that is before us.

I know in my case, I have read the Bible in bits and pieces all my life.  I never thought for a minute that the limitation I was allowing to take root in my life for so many years was because of my ignorance and lack of  motivation (I choose to call it laziness).  I always felt like just hearing the word from different speakers or my minister was supposed to somehow give me the security and protection I needed to protect me from others and myself. 

But I now realize that this was a very dangerous position for any child of God to be in. 

As you would guess, my limitations were always that God cannot, but I can!  Always wanting and expecting that God should do it, and being so angry with him when results were not delivered. Never allowing God to put his limitations on my life because they meant bondage to me.  Only going so far with him, and only as long as God did not demand anything I did not want to freely give him. 

These were some of my limitations in Christ.  But I finally realized, through the constant parade of  failures and heartaches which were in my life,  that this was a path to destruction.  So many times we accept mediocre living complete with limitations because we don’t want to plow a new path leading us to complete freedom in Christ. 

But freeing ourselves from limitations that have kept us in bondage takes commitment to his word and faith.  Christ tells us in his word that he came to set us free. What does that mean to us?  How do we apply this truth in our lives to achieve the knowledge and ability to practice it every minute, every second we are called to live as his children here on this earth?

To me this means simply what it states, “He has given us everything we need to live this life without limitations through Him.”   This means that I dig way down deep inside to understand this is reality.  It means the Christ who died for me is either Christ or he is nothing at all.

I have learned that if I am to live this life, I must acquire this ability to live without limitations which keep me from seeing the reality of this God I serve.  What ability am I given through him?  And how will I ever know this unless I become a student and learner of the Bible?

I now absorb and value the time I am able to sit and read my Bible.  Because it has become so many things in my life.  It is my history book, but it is also my manual in mastering life.   It is my book to discover how to be that woman of God to my husband.  It is my book to learn about my dysfunctional ways and how God delivers me from them.  It is my book that has delivered me from my terrifying fears.

I can go on and on but then I would take away from the journey that is now yours to take. 

I can promise you that the journey and the “free-falling” in Christ is a life that no words can express.  You want to experience life in its fullest, a life that you have dreamed and searched for all your life?  It is right in front of you. 

John 10:10:  God has made a way for us to walk in the fullness of all the has released to us.  He also made a way for us to walk in complete freedom of limitations.  Now, you become that excavator in Christ and search for the truth yourself.  If you are not walking and living in the abundant life, you need to find out why.

 Blessings

Erme