We have just completed the Warrior series. I believe this is one of our best teaching series and that fact is reflected in what God has done in people’s lives during this four-week teaching series. I hope you understand that every man is a warrior. And that while every warrior is dealing with real life solutions, God equips us with the solutions to succeed in the most significant issues of our lives.
There have been so many movies made about warriors. One of my favorites is the Lord of the Rings. In this movie we see the need for war balanced with a desire for simpler, peaceful times. But, once again, it takes the likes of noble warriors like Aragon, Boromir, Legolas and Gimli to save the day from one epic battle sequence to another. Be it conquering an army of the dead to defending the great Rohan stronghold of Helm’s Deep from an unstoppable army of orcs, The Lord of the Rings offers a series of examples of the warrior’s craft all while reminding us that the purpose of a true warrior is always, in the end, to bring about peace.
So what type of warrior are we compared to the warrior we talked about in the teaching series? John Piper said that “I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their shortcomings and I see so little war! “Murmur, murmur, murmur, why am I this way? Make war.” Hopefully, this series has equipped you to take action.
Aragon the hero in the Lord of the Rings movies was strong and agile, able to defend himself easily from all attacks. But, Aragon was not so much about what he physically looked like, but that he always mentally saw himself as a warrior ready for battle for the cause.
Psalm 18:34 says “He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze…” versus verse 39 which goes on to say, “You armed me with strength for battle…”
I hope that you feel more like a warrior after attending this series. I hope you have learned that living in the 21st century requires diligent training so we will be fully prepared for what is ahead of us. That preparation requires a knowledge of God’s word. The more we know the Bible the better we can, as 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of the faith.”
What I hope you feel inspired to do after attending this series is to dig into God. Seek Him out as training for what’s ahead. 1 Corinthians 9:25 speaks of this training. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
I also hope you realize that we can’t be warriors by playing dead to make it to the next battle. It is easy to believe that because we serve a God where the word impossible does not exist, that all we have to do is sit back and let God do it all. When I read the Bible and listen to the Spirit, I hear God calling me to join Him in his mission. I hear Jesus telling me to go. He said I will do greater things than He did. I hear God calling me to action, not to take the battles off.
Remember that you have been chosen as a warrior of the Kingdom of Jesus. Nothing can harm you or come against you because of Jesus who is in you. Nothing can overwhelm you and what looks like defeat God uses to glorify Himself and further His kingdom.
Some people might say, “Marty, I am more like Barney Fife from the Don Griffith show than I am a warrior like Maximus in Gladiator.” Most of us are more like Don Knott’s character than Russell Crowe’s. But I hope you learned in the Warrior series that God calls ordinary people and He does extraordinary things through them.
God saw a valiant warrior within a farmer, saw a king within a shepherd, a leader within a fisherman, and an apostle within a persecutor. God used a man slow of speech and tongue as His spokesperson to the Pharaoh and a seemingly wild man who wore camel’s hair and ate bugs to prepare the way for the Messiah. I wonder what he sees in you and more importantly what He can do through you.
Training, skills, knowledge and preparation is not what qualifies you to be a warrior. God’s call qualifies you. It’s what God sees in us, not in our own fears, nor what other people doubt about us. 2 Timothy 1:7 says it best: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Just what we need to be warriors for Him.