“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Matthew 28:18
Satan is alive on planet earth. This understanding will not be trouble free or painless. Your enemy is intelligent, skilled, and personally driven by his cause. He will fight viciously. But God’s Spirit declares this is a new day for men He is making new. The tide is turning, and the days of living in defeat and despair have been replaced with the full commitment of God’s men who are willing to fight in the open, hand to hand. Our collective focus on exposing, isolating, and moving aggressively against evil will change and reduce evil’s capacity to wage war. We have overwhelmingly superior weaponry placed at our disposal and rising numbers of skilled warriors locking arms. God’s men are on the march, and we are resolved to accept nothing less than a full victory, even if that costs our very lives. In the words of “Brave Heart,” HOLD.
God has full confidence in your loyalty to His cause and your abilities to fight for Him when you are called upon by circumstances and the commission of Christ. Your King has declared to you “All authority has been given to me.” It’s time we deal with evil the right way — expose it, engage it and keep it on the run through Christ.
You will find that the biggest battle you will fight with the Enemy is in your own head. Discipline your mind, because the attacks upon it will increase. The spirit of fighting as God’s man is allowing yourself to be directed by God and applying what He shows you. Every application will require your surrender in order to secure your victories. Ready yourself.
Father, you know war is ugly but victory is sweet. Thank you for the hope you have placed in me.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” I Peter 5:6
Humble Pie is kind of like broccoli, you don’t eat it for desert. Jesus’ style of humility has personal influence under the control and management of the Holy Spirit. He whispers, stop talking about yourself and get interested in God and then others. He invites you to take some of that bonus you just got and pay it forward. Give it to someone or something that God brings to your mind. Humility before God manifests itself in controlling your ability to influence. The trouble comes when we transfer that control to a feeling, the moment, convenience, a fear, or our appetites. Each of us has influence, and we’ll project that on to others for better or for worse. The question is, how will you use yours?
Will you be the person that uses his position to intimidate, demand, and threaten the man who possess wealth for his own pleasure? God desires that we lead but also to remember who gave us this position of leadership and for what purpose? He gives us money and things to use and enjoy but not exclusively for our purpose. It really does get down to out of control selfish behavior. Not doing without thinking. God desires the best for us but knows that the best for us does not include self-absorption. The aroma of selfishness really kills the sweet taste of humble pie.
The lens of Jesus was a mission on earth of humility, that’s where it had to start and finish. He had to learn the rhythm of possessing royalty without flaunting His crown. You may not be a celebrity, but you have influence. Similarly, you may not be pulling down six figures, but I know you have relational capital in the lives of others, use it wisely.
Father, your recipe for humble pie is the best ever made.
“The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitude of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
The heart of God’s man is one huge scabbard loaded with the Word of God. His tongue represents the sure and confident grip of a strong hand in the hilt, ready to unsheathe it at a moment’s notice and thrust it into any situation warring against him, his faith, and his commitment to God’s purposes. This is our culture as God’s men and men of spiritual war. We make sure we are locked and loaded, full of the Word.
Job is a picture of the priority and proximity of the Word of God to a soldier of God – Job 22:2; 23:12 talks about this. Just like a SEAL’s best friend in a fight of his life, the best companion of a God’s man in a fight is the Word of God. We cannot live without it, and we cannot fight without it.
In our contest against evil, Satan tries to get us sloppy with our sword by manipulating or twisting the Scripture to fit his objectives. It’s subtle but effective disinformation the Bible calls “doctrines of the demons” (Timothy 4:1).
The sword of God’s Word in hands carrying a strong sense of identity in Christ, aware of their authority in Christ, and intent on the Holy Spirit are more than fit to fight evil.
Thank you Father for equipping me with the sword of the Word, may I use it honorably.
Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.” — Flavius Vegetius Renatus–
One of the main goals in being fit to fight is to deepen our sensitivity to one profound fact: weapons are only as good as our training. By now, I sense you feel in your gut, like I do, this inherent responsibility to train with your weapons — to train up, load up, suit up, and show up. And yes I think we can safely say it’s a kindred spirit with the Lord Jesus Christ moving inside. It’s a spiritual reality, a brotherhood born of battle and blood, steeped in a proud tradition, and forged from one Man’s willingness to lay down His life for us.
We can’t explain this connection fully, but what we do know is this: every God’s man gets Jesus as a man. This means you long to fight the way Jesus fought, to sacrifice the way He sacrificed, and to win liberation for someone else the way he liberated you. “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exits, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one which makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:10-11).
Women can appreciate this sentiment, even applaud it. But they can’t sense the male bonding and our shared responsibility as men. It is the stuff of brothers. That’s why, as fighting God’s men, we live the language of weapons, demolitions, and one-on-one struggles with our enemy. Not because we’re armchair navy SEALSs, but because all of these concepts are in the training manual. We are identity-and duty-bound to be proficient with them in all forms.
Father, you have given me the tools, the training and clearly identified the battle. Thank you for trusting me.
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3
We can’t look up at the Man on the cross and lose in our quest to throw spiritual caution and fear to the wind. In fact the longer we look at Him up there, the more dangerous we become for the Kingdom. We join the ranks of men who saw Him from a distance and risked, men who walked with Him up close, and men who through the centuries endangered their lives to demonstrate their love.
If you are to bet at all, study the Man who risked it all.
Keep your eyes on Jesus who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God – he could put up with anything along the way; the cross, shame, whatever. Now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside the Father. When we find ourselves flagging in our faith, go over the story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into our souls! Faith in this historical fact will bring us through.
Father, you have not held back on the gifts you have given me to do the things that will bless You, me and others. Thank you!