Accept Your Call: Warrior

Becoming a Christian is easy. You believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Boom. Done. Being a Christian after that point is not easy. God does not promise you prosperity or a smooth ride through life into eternity. If that were the case, we wouldn’t need half of the stories in the Bible. But if you are a Christian, as I am, then you are called to courageously face the challenges that assail you.

 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” Every person called to participate in warfare is, by definition, a warrior. That includes me and you, and together, while keeping these things in mind, we will fight that which cannot be seen.

Warriors realize they were born for this, for the battle, and they understand that there’s an enemy-do not be fooled. Out of the plethora of verses to address this, I love Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” The flesh and blood are merely tools and battlefields which either side of this eternal conflict can use.

 I want to note here that we’re not simply fighting off depression or bad mojo or negativity. We are resisting actual persons without bodies. And this resistance will not be pleasant. If you feel God telling you to fast and pray for a friend, your body will try to persuade you to not listen, and most likely an evil spirit as well. Choosing to listen to the Holy Spirit on this matter isn’t pleasant, but it’s right. When troubles assail us, we need to remember that it’s most likely not our boss trying to ruin our life, but a demon who is influencing that person. That demon’s mission is to steal the life God has given you (John 10:10).

When difficulties of life come, you, as a warrior, must face them both realistically and joyfully. Don’t give in to anxiety, but plan and prepare. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says this, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” There’s that old saying, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” A warrior takes that to be true but realizes that there’s an unmentioned middle step. The trials in our life are painful. Just like how muscles get sore after an intense workout, those muscles of our spirit, if trained properly, will indeed repair stronger. But take heed, for if you train the wrong muscles, it can cause further problems. 

During and after trials in our lives, we need to be constantly praying that we keep our eyes on Jesus so that the kinks in our hearts can be made smooth. If we don’t remain soft to the Holy Spirit, then we will build hidden resentment in our hearts. But as it says in James, if we cast our cares onto Him, He will exalt us in His time. 

A warrior perseveres through the trial. These trials are often seen as life moments. Perhaps it’s losing your job or the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Those moments happen to both Christians and non-Christians, and everyone just has to keep putting one foot in front of the other. But James says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (1:12) He goes on to explain the origin of temptation so that we can fight against it. He wants us to remember the consequences of sin no matter what we’re facing in life. When we persevere under trial, it’s not as the non-Christians who will soothe their pain by overeating or with alcohol or by withdrawing or other unhealthy means. We choose to continue to have a joyful, peaceful, hopeful attitude no matter what, how long, or how desperate the situation is, and that is not easy. It takes practice. 

During those moments when the tendrils of despair threaten to strangle our hope, we call upon fellow warriors to pray and fight alongside us. Galatians 6:2 tells us, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” In order for others to fulfill this command, you must be willing to share your burdens with them as well. If someone does share their burdens with you, fully consider the honor. I recently witnessed a group of moms collectively donate over $100 for a mother with a toddler in the hospital. This was on top of the prayers they were showering on her. True fellowship is jumping into the fray with another. Don’t pridefully try to take on a battle meant for an entire army by yourself. 

Every single Christian is called to be a Warrior Priest. We will fight against the enemy of our souls with everything we have to the glory and honor and praise of Christ Jesus. And when we fight, we can rest knowing that the outcome of the war has already been decided. We will not be defeated. Revelation 17:14, “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” It is an honor to fight beside you, my fellow chosen and faithful warrior.

“Scripture quotations are from The ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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