The sun was high in the sky, sending its scorching heat to the combatants in the valley below. Swords gleamed in the harsh light, the crash of steel upon steel nearly deafening.
Two forces were engaged in a pitched fight. The smaller of the two forces held fast, not surrendering an inch of ground to their adversaries. They were in a battle that was part of a war thousands of years old. Generation after generation had risen up and continued the fight of their forefathers and this generation was no different. The battle was fierce, their forces exhausted, the enemy strong and numerous. Yet, not a single warrior in their lines faltered, they fought gallantly side by side, united as one.
The enemy regrouped and charged again, determined to break the small but mighty line of warriors.
Fifty feet, forty, thirty, twenty, ten, three, two, one…the crash of metal upon metal was tremendous, but the courageous line of warriors held fast.
They had received a call to continue gallantly in this war and they were not about to falter in their charge…
Welcome warrior! I am glad to see you here! Your debriefing instructions are below. ↓Presently, you might be confused at this moment. Warrior? Who’s he talking to? Simple. I’m talking to you. Yes you.
It’s always good to define words, so let me briefly clarify what I mean when I call you a “warrior.”
The dictionary defines the word warrior as “a brave or experienced soldier or fighter.”
Soldier? Fighter? Am I talking about the military? Yes, of sorts. However, I am not talking about the military the nations in this world have. I’m talking about the calling that every Christian has received to be a warrior in the army of Christ. Chances are perhaps you haven’t thought about or even really considered that you are called to be a warrior as a Christian.
Yet the truth is we were created for battle. We were created to boldly stand for truth. Let me point to some verses that speak to this reality.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:10-13
When I hear words and phrases like “demolish,” “wage war,” “weapons,” “take captive,” and “armor,” one thing comes to mind-warriors in a war.
Spiritual warfare is a serious and sobering reality. There is a war going on right now at this moment that makes Word War 1 and 2 look like child’s play.
This spiritual war is a war that determines eternal destinies. That’s some seriously high stakes.
As followers of Christ, we are called to wage war against anything that is contrary to the Scriptures and the nature of the God we serve.
We are to wage war against sin, hating it with the same disdain that our God does. Have you ever considered sin as a weapon that kills? While that’s probably not how we normally think about sin, such a statement is true. We are clearly told in Scripture that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Sin leads to death and separation from God in the horror of horrors of a placed called Hell. Sin is not to be taken lightly or looked on as trivial.
Yes, we are in war.
Why is sharing the gospel so hard? Why is spending time studying and memorizing the Word so difficult? Why it is so tough to spend time in prayer? Why is sanctification so strenuous? Why is there so much opposition in proclaiming the name of the Lord in any way, place, shape or form?
The answer, we are in a war!Do we expect the enemy to sit around as people are drawn into the kingdom of Christ? Of course not! We would expect pushback in the physical realm of warfare, so why shouldn’t we expect it in the spiritual realm as well?
It’s time to start thinking like warriors. It’s time to start looking at every area of our lives as a battlefield. It’s time to stop expecting an easy coast through life. It’s time to start expecting hardship and opposition at every turn. It’s time in the power of the Lord to start demolishing the strongholds of sin that are in our lives and the culture around us.
It’s time to start fighting and to fight like warriors.
For after all, that is what you are, a warrior. A warrior in the army of the King of kings.
“Look and behold! Here comes the enemy! Quick! Swords out, shields ready! I’ll watch your back, you watch mine! Don’t worry or fret! God has us hemmed in behind and before! Prepare for the clash of arms! Remember to strike out in the strength of the Lord, not your own!”
Fifty feet, forty, thirty, twenty, ten, three, two, one…