Obviously, warriors fight. But what are some other characteristics of warriors? One distinctive difference between someone that is considered a warrior, triumphant in battle, is they fight to the end. Anyone can run the other way, but the warrior will face the opposition regardless of the difficulty. A warrior is someone skilled in warfare, possessing stamina, grit, and resilience. We as believers are warriors. We fight on various levels on a daily basis against the wiles of the Devil, our flesh, and defeatist mindsets. The experience required for warfare means that the Captain must subject said soldier to attacks of varying degrees to strengthen him or her.
Warriors are alert. Because the soldier knows without a doubt that attacks are always just around the corner, he or she remains temperate and attentive spiritually and naturally. This means that the child of God experienced in combat does not get hung up on trivialities and complacency. Ears ever tuned into God, the warrior must be ready for instruction prior to, during, and after warfare. What does this look like today? When our feelings say, be depressed for an extended amount of time because of adversarial forces, a warrior resolves to untangle themselves from feelings and WAR!
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:8-11
Warriors eat and sleep well. A tired warrior is a defeated warrior. Similarly, a hungry warrior is a weakened warrior. Famished, we become consumed with our hunger pangs and are less available to meet our opponent. I have grown to a place when I listen to my body. It is not a coincidence that attacks on our mind increase when we are sleepy, as we are not at our full potential. Caring for our natural selves is of great importance. Additionally, resting and eating in a spiritual sense is imperative for warriors. We eat the Word of God. That is reading daily, praying daily, sometimes hourly, and fasting. We rest in the spirit by resisting the urge to operate in panic and fear. Despite our challenges, we are to have well balanced spiritual and natural habits that promote our strength for WAR!
“You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.” Proverbs 3:24
“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.” Ecclesiastes 2:24
Warriors expect to win. Any soldier who has convinced themselves, often with the help of the enemy, that they are losers in battle, lose more battles. A warrior that threatens Satan speaks victory in the face of defeat. Hallelujah! Having homeostasis and alertness, without victory speech, will decrease the potency of the warrior. Declaring victory out of our mouths, makes our enemies sweat. Praising God whilst we war reinforces our victory. I love how David looked at this giant and told him that he was no match for his God, our God. David proceeded to threaten the threat. We do as David did, and receive the same victory, when we proclaim Gods word over our lives despite how ugly, big, and terrifying our situation may appear. A warrior verbalizes their victory at all times.
“David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!” 1 Samuel 17:45-46
Warriors lack nothing. In battle, land, riches, livestock, and other commodities were gained by the armies that defeated their enemies unless God instructed otherwise. Have you stopped to consider the spoil of the battles you’ve won? Perhaps, the material possessions gained as spoil pale in comparison to the spiritual richness found in defeating the enemy. The enemy of our souls loves when we get amnesia to the great battles God has fought on our behalf, the struggles with the opposition that He strengthened us to win, and the bountiful power and authority with which we fight. Currently, I am in a battle for my peace, joy, faith, and hope, indeed, I am not alone. If I look past the emotional fog, into the past, not even the very distant past, I would see thousands of enemies slain. Looking back is vital for the warrior to maintain confidence for the next battle. I will use David as an example again. He remembered that he had been prepared for Goliath as he had defeated many animals that attempted to harm his sheep. We have acquired many skills for defeating our particular Goliaths’. Faith is a weapon. Refusing to be intimidated is also a great tool in warfare. What weapons do you have? Can you remember what tools you used to overcome the last time you faced a giant situation such as the one that is before you?
““Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth. “But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The LORD who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”” 1 Samuel 17: 33-37
A warrior may lose a battle here and there, but they get back up. We might have failed miserably or placed ourselves in unintentional battles. Additionally, we are subjected to warfare because of our affiliation with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. So even in a battle where we did not appear to be the victor because all things are working together for our good, we still WIN (Romans 8:28)! You see, warriors win, even if they stumble because they ALWAYS get back up.
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;” Psalm 34:19
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16
Memo to Satan
Bandaged, arm in a sling
Prepared for battle, I’ll risk everything
God is my Captain, I’m sure to win
Incite war, I’ll take you out again
Pronouncing my victory before the fight begins
New battle to fight, when the other one ends
That’s why I can’t get caught up in trying to make friends
I have enemies that seek to capture my soul
I’m a WARRIOR, in God’s arsenal on His payroll
If I must fight and cry, Lord knows I will
Dispensing the Word of God, I’m shooting to kill
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