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

When We Go Through Tough Times

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I Corinthians chapter 10, verse 13 states, “Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But, God keeps his promises, and he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm at the time you are put to the test.  He will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”   This verse states  two things to me.  It says that God is in control — he will not allow me to be tested beyond my power to remain in him.  It also states that God will give me strength to endure it.  This is good news! I have found that the worse thing I can say to myself during difficult times is, “I can’t cope because I feel hopeless.”  The bible tells me to challenge that type of thinking no matter how difficult things get. 

Nowhere in the bible does it state we will be spared of discomfort.  John chapter 17, verse 15 states, “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but I do ask you to keep them safe from the evil one.”  Wow…what does that mean?  It states that God is in control.  He knows how much I can endure.  He will not let me be tested beyond my power to remain firm.  He also tells me he will give me the strength to endure it. 

I need to watch my attitude.  If I base my attitude on how to get through difficult times on 1 Corinthians, 10 verse 13,  I would take the attitude that, “God has given me this test, so I just want to through it as quickly as I can and get going.”

But, I read in James 1, verse 2 -4 that he has presented to me the attitude I should be adopting.  “Consider it a sheer joy, friends when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.  So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed , not defiant in any way.”  I learned that my attitude had to change.  My thinking of difficulties as a curse is to be avoided.  The saying, “Don’t get out of anything prematurely,” has really made a huge impact on me; on how I think about the whole process of difficulties.  God has shown me he wants to use every difficulty I go through to develop my faith. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  When I am going through difficulties, I think they will surely destroy me, and I cannot understand why I am going through them.  But this verse tells me to trust and  rely on God. 

“We need to trust in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose.”

After reading this verse (Romans 8:28) I realize that God knows his plans for me and what he is doing is for my good.  I don’t have to understand everything, I need to trust him like a child trusts his Father.  God shows me that I need to stop complaining to others, I need to tell them that God is giving me strength and his word to go through the difficulty, and to grow in my trust and faith in him.

Philippians 4:8 tells me to stop worrying about what I am going through.  So I fill my mind with Praise: things that are true, noble, pure, lovely, and honorable. I then recall times when God has answered my prayers, especially the difficult times when I had to rely on God for each moment.   These are the times I know that God has been closest to me, and demonstrated his power to me.

So for me, finding verses that cause me to think, to trust God, to make a decision to accept them, and to apply them to my thoughts will make a difference in my difficult times. 

It is not easy to change the way I think and act, but with the power of the Holy Spirit, I believe I can make these changes in my life and to trust God when I am going through those difficult times.

Blessings,

Erme