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

Never give up!

The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope.  Col. 1:5 (MSG Bible)

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 Erme and I were just talking about fulfilling our purpose  (dreams & goals) in life. We believe that each of us is called to a mission that no one else can fulfill.  Yes, if we abandon our goal, someone else may be able to take over and complete it for us, but it may not be the same as if we had performed the work ourselves.

At times we would rather give up and allow things to pass on from our hands.  We have been in the battle so long that our hope is weak and our heart is broken.  We have scars on our bodies and bloodied faces.  The forces that keep coming at us are relentless and seem to grow stronger each time we confront them.  The promise of victory is no longer as vivid in our minds as before.  What is the use?  It seems like an elusive dream.

Erme shared a story with me about a friend of hers who has muscular dystrophy.  Each morning, despite her chronic pain and muscle loss,  this woman gets out of bed rejoicing because God has granted her another day in which to fulfill her purpose.  “He has need of me!”, is her daily inspiration.  She expressed how the enemy whispers every morning in her ear, “Just end it all.  It would be so much easier.”   And she admits it is a constant battle of the mind fighting the option to overdose on her pills.   Her word to everyone is to never give up, “Get up, dress up and get going.  God has need of you today!”

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created.  For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels — everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.”  Col. 1:15-18 (MSG Bible)

God’s original purpose was for us to reflect His love and glory to others.  We are to flavor our world and keep it from spoiling.  Our mission is to walk forward boldly each day knowing that we are accomplishing His divine will for men.  We are representative of ALL HE IS to others.  Showing them that with God all things are possible (Luke 1:37).  If we give up, then others may lose hope, give up and fall away. 

It is not an easy mission.  It is one that requires a strong spirit, mind and body.  It requires being able to see beyond the present circumstances to the victory beyond.  It requires those who have been knocked down to get up once again.  Why?  Because Christ did this for us and continues to do it for us every single moment of our lives.  His love is so deep for us that He enters into spiritual battles on our behalf so that we will not fall away.  The Father desires to dwell within us, to be one with us.  And as we become one with Him, we will see and understand His purpose. 

This is how much God loved the world:  He gave his Son, His one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.  John 3: 16 (MSG Bible)

Isn’t this a worthy cause to fulfill?  Never give up…. the Father has need of you today!

Blessings,

Dee