I am a Christian Warrior and you are to. Everyday of our lives is a battle, not with flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Yes we face a battlefield every day. Are you praying for a family member that is lost to God at the moment? Maybe you have a family member or a friend that is fighting a terrible illness the list can go on. Every time we pray we are battling in the spiritual realm for the people we care about. But we should also be fighting for the people who we don’t even know. Yes I know it is always easier to pray for someone you know or love, but we are called to fight for the weak, the lost, our governments and so much more. We all become guilty of focusing on ourselves or our families and friends so don’t beat yourself up.
This is a struggle that I believe all Christians face. Yes I know some amazing prayer warriors and I so want to be like them. Don’t get me wrong I spend time praying, but I always feel like I am coming up short. I don’t know if there are others that may feel the same way. When we pray it is not a competition, and we don’t have to make long elaborate prayers. There is just as much power in a simple prayer as a long drawn out prayer.
But I want to remind you that you are already prepared for this battle that comes at us daily. How do I know this, well remember that as a believer and follower of Christ you have Christ in you. Yes you have the DNA of God that is intertwined with your spirit. When we pray we are training for the battle at hand. You were created to be a strong and powerful force, and God has equipped us with the armor of God for the battles that we face.
What the Armor of God!! Yes in Ephesians 6:10-18 it talks about the whole Armor of God that we have at our disposal. I think that is awesome, for I picture myself as a Mighty Warrior prepared to go to battle and take on the enemy. The other great thing is that when we go to battle we are not alone. We always have Jesus and Heaven’s Armies ready to fight with us. Now I think that is AWESOME. Now the enemy we have to battle is the Devil and his goal in life is to kill, steal and destroy us. He is not really strong, but he likes to manipulate, twist the truth, try to make us believe lies about ourselves and our situations. Be strong and don’t allow the enemy to have the upper hand.
As the warrior of my home and family I am a gatekeeper that should always be ready and prepared. I need to have my Helmet of salvation on to protect my thoughts. I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, so I am saved, I am made righteous and my sins are washed away by the blood of Christ. This helmet is strong and impenetrable, unless you allow the enemy to make a crack in your armor. Just as in any battle a foothold can suddenly turn into a major strong hold, so when you hear lies coming against you, stop them in their tracks with the truth of what God says about you. You are a son or daughter of God, you have been adopted into the Heavenly family. You are righteous because Jesus paid the ultimate price for your life. Stand your ground, by having a strong foundation in Christ Jesus. When you really know who Jesus is and you have a strong relationship with Jesus, you form a foundation that will stand the test of time.
Next you put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. If you don’t have all of the armor on, then you lack protection. The breastplate protects the heart and vital organs of any warrior. The belt was used by Roman Soldiers to help support the weight of the armor and to also hold it in place. This was a wide and mighty belt that they would wear. Then hold up your shield of Faith to stop the fiery arrows of the enemy. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and now you are equipped. But that last key piece is pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
God has prepared us for battle and when God leads us into battle it is to win. Just as God did for the Israelites when they went into the promised land. When God is leading you it is to win not to lose. Now going into battle is not always easy, just look at the battles that King David had in the Old Testament. God never tells us that things are always going to be easy, but God has prepared us to handle the battles of life. How you handle the battles comes down to choices that you make. If you just give up then you have let yourself and others down, it was not God that let you down.
When I go to battle it should not only be for myself and my family though. We should all be battling for changes to happen. For salvation for the people who don’t know Jesus. For leaders of the countries to seek God in the decisions that they make. We should be fighting and praying for healings, and we should be spreading the Good News to advance the kingdom. When you battle don’t be afraid to ask for a blessing from God along the way. Look at Jacob he wrestled with God all night, but then before God left he asked for a blessing and received it. Be brave and don’t let fear stop you or hold you back. God has made you a brave and mighty warrior a force to be reckoned with. Remember Jesus has already won the battle. Stand strong my Mighty Christian Warriors.