- Original Teaching: Where Are The Warriors?
- Date: May 16, 2001
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Jeff Heglund
- Scripture: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
- By: Jason Felton
In last week’s blog entitled “Where Are The Warriors?” we began to look at the some of the criteria that it takes to become a warrior. We saw that if you are going to be a spiritual warrior that you must be born again, you can’t despise your youth, you must be pure, and you must be sober. As we finish up our short series this week, we want to take a look at a few more character traits that we must have if we are going to be a warrior for Christ.
A true warrior is somebody who is strong! Ephesians 6:10 tells us, “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” So we see right here that we aren’t talking about a natural strength, but a spiritual strength. You must be strong in Him. Judges 6:14 says, “Go in this thy might, have not I sent thee.” We need to realize that as warriors we are totally invincible when we are obedient, going in the power of His might. If you are moving in God’s anointing and fulfilling His call on your life, you can’t fall! There is nothing that can come against you! Unfortunately, too many of us we have been weakened by the cares of this life. We have been rendered powerless by the spirit of this age. One of the main things that keeps us from being warriors is we just don’t want to pay the price. We would rather have ease and comfort instead of enduring hardness as a good soldier. As a warrior, whatever God has called you to do, do it with all your might!
A true spiritual warrior is violent. Matthew 11:12 says, “The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, but the violent take if by force.” If you are going to finish the race, you are going to have to be violent. In your flesh, you are no match for the devil. He will whip you up and down if you are not setting out against him. If you are not properly armed with the spiritual weapons the Lord has given. If you are not striving, you are not going to make it. Real warfare is violent right? There is blood, fighting, death… Well, spiritual warfare is no different. There is a price to pay if we are going to get to Heaven. The price is everything. The cost is a daily death and 100% total surrender of your life to His will.
A true spiritual warrior is zealous. Not just a zeal for themselves, but a zeal for those around them. We need to stir one another up with our zeal. Do you tolerate sin in the lives of your friends and family? Do you stand up to carnality and worldliness in those that are around you? In a society that is thriving on tolerance and compromise, we need to have a zeal for purity and holiness in the lives of our family and friends. It takes a warrior to train up a warrior! What are you doing to strengthen those that are around you? What are you doing to train up a stronger next generation? First, you must be the warrior that God has called you to be!
True spiritual warriors have testimonies. We read the testimonies of those in the Bible or modern day heroes, but do you have your own testimonies? Where are your stories of healing, deliverance, salvation, etc… Your experiences will be what provokes another generation of warriors! You should be excited about your testimonies and should want to share them with others so that we can glorify God and strengthen the brethren. Don’t just sit around and live off of what everybody else is doing for God. Go out and get your own testimonies! God wants to show Himself mighty on YOUR behalf!
As we end for today, don’t over think what a warrior is. A warrior doesn’t mean you have to be a pastor, evangelist, or missionary. We are all called to be soldiers. We have all been given tasks and jobs in the kingdom. How are you doing with what God has called you to be? Most of being a warrior in our lives is in the mundane things. It’s in daily, consistent Christian living. It’s being a good spouse. It’s being a Godly parent. It’s being a faithful friend. So in those areas, are you being the warrior that God has called you to be? Those are all very high callings which are not to be taken lightly! You will stand before the Lord and give an account for what you did with everything and everyone God has entrusted to you. Be the warrior God has called you to be!