Saturday, May, 13, 2017 | 8:39 AM | by ledington
Focus Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10: 1 - 6
What image comes to your mind when you hear “warrior”? Depending on our upbringing, our interests, and the era we were raised in – we might think of a knight in shining armor; an aboriginal defender of his land; a basketball player; a World War II, Korean, Vietnam, etc. veteran; an Amazon princess in a comic book; a ninja and more. The first thing we must quickly point out is that Spiritual Warriors operate with different equipment than warriors of the World. The second thing … and I cannot prove it for it is more of a personal impression … a warrior arises when called; a warrior is obedient. The “bonus” Scripture this week is Ephesians 6: 10 – 20, the armor of God. While the equipment is important, it is what is in the equipment that matters; the mettle (per Merriam-Webster.com: “vigor and strength of spirit or temperament; quality of temperament or disposition”) is far more important than the metal.
The additional scriptures this week give us a different look at what it means to be a warrior. I believe that it is imperative to envision the Body of Christ as a single Warrior. Let’s take a look at the armor in that light:
“… gird your loins with truth”.
“… having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
“… having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.” The Greek word hypodeo is translated here as “shod”. It literally means to bind under one’s feet.
“… taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
“and take the helmet of salvation …”
“… and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
We know from scripture that Christ is the Head of the Body of Christ (as a body and a warrior, we are obedient to the head); we also know that we will have one heart (Jeremiah 32: 39) from God. Personally, I believe that the hand of God is the Holy Spirit, so the sword is the Spirit’s to wield.
As we prepare – as warriors – focus on 2 Corinthians 10: 5, “We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” If we are to be an effective Church – surrendered, obedient and vigilant - we must ‘destroy every proud obstacle ….’ We must start with ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to refine the mettle within each of us; to unite us under One head, One heart.