THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR'S ATTITUDE

 

The Christian warrior today lives in a complex society driven by wicked notions.
There is a need to reduce our lives to only the necessities.

Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

I have reduced what some would say should be a much longer list of issues. I believe the Christian life is extremely simple if we live it the way Christ and the Apostles lived life. So, you have only three things to think about.

 

1. Attitude Toward God- Total Submission

"I am the master of my fate, the captain of my soul"-- William Ernest Henley

OR:

Acts 17:27 (KJV) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being.....

You cannot have it both ways.

If you are captain of one part of your life, and Christ is captain of another part, then you will live in a state of perpetual schizophrenia. You will never know if Christ is pleased with your choices as co-captian with him.

I have seen hundreds of bumper stickers that say, "Christ is my copilot." One day I finally saw one that said the same thing, but the "co" part was X'ed out. It was a lady, or I would have gotten out and hugged her.

With ships, there is only one captain. He may hand over the piloting of the ship to a subordinate, but the captain's orders are law, and he is ultimately responsible for the safety of the ship and its arrival at the next port of call. When he is entering a tricky harbor, he will allow a harbor pilot to come aboard and guide the ship through dangerous channels, but the captain is still in total charge of the ship and standing right next to the harbor pilot all the way in.

There cannot, by maritime law, be more than one final authority on a ship. Once the ship is in international waters, the captain becomes the law of the ship and its passengers. Many people are not aware of this when they go on cruise ships. They may be Americans or Frenchman, but when they are in international waters, they have lost ALL of their rights of nationality.

When you came to Christ and confessed him as your Lord and Savior, you came under the Captain of your Salvation.

Hebrews 2:10 (KJV) For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

You were chosen in Christ, by the sovereignty of God in eternity past, and predestined to be one of the elect-- those who would believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior. When, by your free will (as best you can understand it), you confessed your personal faith in Jesus Christ, you came to understand that he wants 100% control of your life. God's election became official by force of his authority long before you existed. You were born into the Body of Christ by faith in Jesus Christ-- destined to be the bond slave of Jesus Christ forever:

1 Corinthians 6:19 (KJV) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

So, as a warrior of Jesus Christ, you are never discharged temporarily to go back into "civilian life" and play the fool or play captain of your body, soul, or spirit. This is understood pretty well by most Christians theologically, but, it is seldom practiced as a way of life. We instinctively love to take the wheel away from God the Holy Spirit and say, like a punk teenager, "I can drive the car alone now, Dad."

Do you know why we sometimes come into doubt of our salvation? I can assure you that, every time, it is because we take the wheel and make fools of ourselves, get into sin, get guilty, and we sense that God is very displeased with us. We then move on to assume that maybe we were thrown away by God for bucking command and taking control with self-will.

General MacArthur of WW II fame bucked the command of President Harry Truman, and Truman sacked MacArthur. In human affairs, this is absolutely essential to make sure that Military men never get the idea they are the final commander.

But, in the Christian life it is never so. The Son of God, by his own will, paid the supreme price to buy you out of the slave market of Satan and sin, and, by his sovereign will, he has determined that nobody, not even YOU, can find a way to escape from his hand. You may be chastened, and he may even end your life for some really wicked self-will venture, but he will never dump you back into the market place and send you to hell.

You will NEVER be discharged from this war.

John 10:27 (KJV) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The way to find out God is still hanging onto you is to reject his command over your life, run amuck and make a fool of yourself, dishonor him openly, and, I promise you, he will step in and chasten you soundly. It will be very unpleasant indeed.

James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

The only way to be a happy warrior, and the only way to see the day of victory standing at the right hand of your Lord, is to humble yourself, and put yourself 100% under his command.

I group of American Air Force jet fighters were flying in the clouds off the coast of Japan. They were in tight formation, and the wing commander, the lead pilot in the lead fighter, was being watched like a hawk by all the other fighter pilots in the formation. The wing commander called into flight control for coordinates for landing. They were given, and the wing commander started descending down through the clouds flying by instrument only. The other pilots could only see the wing commander's plane, or the plane just ahead of them.

The wing commander came out of the cloud cover, and he realized they were almost in the ocean. He jerked his stick back, and barely avoided crashing into the ocean. Every other pilot saw the sudden jerk upward of the wing commander's plane, and they did the same thing instantly. They had NO time to meditate on why the wing commander was doing something so weird. They all came up from the event and missed the water by feet. It turned out that the flight controller had given them erroneous coordinates which were deadly.

That is how it works. Christ goes first, and you watch him. He died first, and you die with him. He went outside the city and did not return, and YOU go outside the city of self and sin and never go back.

You don't have to know why, you simply do exactly what he wants you to do. The results are his responsibility, not yours. You may find out "why" in this life, but some of the "whys" will only be answered in heaven in the future. This is war, and there is no room for discussion on the battle field. The enemy of our souls is watching like a "roaring lion" for strays. They are the first ones he attacks.

Get right.

Romans 8:27 (KJV) And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

 

2. Attitude Toward Life- Contentment (Patience)

1 Timothy 6:3 (KJV) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

If you wrote up a résumé up, and under the heading, "OBJECTIVES," you write, "I am content with my life the way it is and I have learned to live with what I have," you would not get a job.

The world EXPECTS you to believe you are entitled to MORE-- you need to get ahead.

Long ago, a man who stayed on the job for twenty years was highly honored. My first job out of college was in a paper company. I was low management, and an older union man was assigned to me. There were just two of us in a department that had just been invented. No one, including my boss, had any idea what we were supposed to be doing.

Bert was a great worker, and he saved me from all sorts of blunders. Why? He had run a paper trimmer for the same company for 43 years, and he had worked in every plant in the company. He knew every man in the company, how to get things fixed, and how to get around red tape. My life was literally a lark when it could have been terrifying. There were times when a machine broke, and a long form in triplicate, and a three day wait, was required by union rules to get it fixed by union millwrights. Bert would say, "Steve, why don't you disappear for about an hour." I would head for a coffee shop, and when I returned, the machine was fixed. My boss was beside himself to learn how I got things done so quickly.

Today, if you don't change jobs every nine months, and if you don't get a little more cash per hour each time, you are considered a loser.

This is the attitude of many pastors also.

They talk about their objectives in growing the local church in terms of numbers-- numbers saved, Sunday School busses, numbers baptized, or attendance. There are VERY few pastors in this world who are content to feed sheep faithfully and be content with the results the Holy Spirit gives them. For one thing, they are never exalted at pastor's conventions. They are unknown to the rest of the world.

Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Covetousness is now the way of life of the whole modern world.

Recardo Montalban, long ago, used to do Chrysler ads on TV. That was the first time it really struck me the propaganda factor in the commercial world. He would lean on a Chrysler Cordoba automobile with the perfect grace of a Spanish gentleman, and he would say, with those sweet seductive Spanish Castillon accents,

"You deserve a Cordoba."

What do YOU deserve?

Answer: Damnation.

Paul said, 1 Corinthians 15:10 (KJV) But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. If you ever did anything right, it was not YOU, it was God at work because you were NOT coveting anything.

Philippians 4:11 (KJV) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

There are several questions which I find that, the blunter I make them, the better they will tell me very quickly if I am content:

1. Am I over weight? If yes, I KNOW I am coveting more food than God has supplied me. Matthew 6:31 (KJV) Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? and, Proverbs 23:1 (KJV) When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

2. Am I anxious? If yes, I KNOW that I am not content with my circumstances-- I am not letting tomorrow take care of itself. Matthew 6:34 (KJV) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

3. Am I taking a second look at young ladies who walk by? If yes, I KNOW I am not content with the wife God gave me. Proverbs 5:19 (KJV) Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
and, Job 31:1 (KJV) I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

4. Am I amusing myself by "profane" music and reading material more than the Bible? I know that "profane," as used in King James English, means everything from apples to rape, that is, anything other than what the Bible clearly defines as set apart for God alone. In my liberty then, I often find I am listening to the easy listening radio station when I could be listening to online Christian music. I am relishing the riffs of Glenn Miller instead of "Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe" given to me by the servant of Christ, JS Bach. I am reading about tough boy Texans when I could be reading Paul or David. Ezekiel 44:23 (KJV) And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
and, Psalms 19:8 (KJV) The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

5. Am I making a "need list" which I could easily do without? If yes, I am coveting, which is idol worship. Colossians 3:5 (KJV) Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

6. Am I able to rejoice when someone else gets the credit for something I did? If yes, then I have a higher view of myself than God does. Proverbs 27:2 (KJV) Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.
and,
Matthew 23:12 (KJV) And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Six questions-- six is the number of man, and sin, in the Bible, so let's leave at that.

Nine is the number of fruit in the Bible, which is present in abundance in my life if I have my mind on Christ alone:

Galatians 5:22 (KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Is it time to go outside the city and have another crucifixion?

 

3. Attitude Toward the Battle- Fierce

I have a video I want you to watch. It is short, but it gets the point across graphically:

It is important to either "flee youthful lusts" or head straight into the storm if it is a battle God has sent. To skirt the storm would mean disaster-- what the British call "turn turtle."

We were crossing the Atlantic in 1953 when I was 10 years old. My parents were on their way from New York City to Tanzania to be missionaries, and we chose to go by ship around the south tip of Africa and up the east coast to Mombassa and Dar Es Salaam.

We were passengers on a freighter that took on 36 passengers, and they gave great accommodations and top service to us passengers. The ship was named the Robin Wentley. A tropical storm was moving toward Gulf of Mexico from east to west. We were running parallel to the wave motion, and the ship was rolling side to side violently. We were all terribly sea sick except my Dad. He had a cast iron stomach.

The captain, a Latvian, had a D-9 Caterpillar tractor in the hold, and he told us if it broke loose, it would go right through the side of the ship, and the ship would sink at once. So, he turned westward, and he went head on into the waves. The rolling became an elevator ride, like in the video you saw above. But the peril was eliminated. We had to do this for three days until the storm passed us by. Essentially, we could not escape the storm, we had to go straight into it to be safe.

Ironically, we were no longer sea sick when we went straight into the waves and the storm. The motion was much more tolerable, and it was a lot more exciting to stand on the bridge and watch the bow of the ship dive under water. Our fears turned to exhilaration. Don't lose this thought please.

 

Regarding the battle before the Christian warrior, there is a time to flee, and a time to attack, but NO time to procrastinate.

Choice One- Flee- 2 Timothy 2:22 (KJV) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

"Flee" means to "escape of vanish" according to Strong's Concordance.

It is the prisoner of war's DUTY to escape, and the Geneva Convention recognizes that a prisoner is not a criminal because he tried to escape captivity. It is the Bible believer's DUTY to vanish, leave the scene, of any situation that could result in his being taken captive by the world, the flesh, or the devil.

During the Dark Ages, when the Roman Catholic Church was at its most black state, there were monks and nuns who would go to bed together to sleep all night. They were trying to build up their resolve to resist sin and lust be testing themselves to the extreme. This is madness of course. They should have fled even the thought of such activity if they had taken a vow of chastity. Of course, the poor things needed to simply get married as Paul suggests in 1 Corinthians. But, old Mother Whore claimed that marriage was a cut below the highest form of holiness.

If you are in a holiness monastery, whether in a legalistic Fundamental Baptist church, or a Holiness Church trying to become sinless, GET OUT OF YOUR STUPID MONASTERY PLEASE. Get into the real battle, the battle to win souls. It is virtually impossible to talk about Jesus Christ, with a motive of winning them to salvation, and be sinning grossly. You cannot stare at a women's cleavage and tell her she needs to be born again. I am sorry, fellow, but I tend to get a bit blunt-- it works best for me.

I trust you get the point. It is pointless to hang around the scene of wickedness and pray for help to resist sin. You should FLEE NOW, and do your praying later.

 

Choice Two- Attack- 1 Timothy 1:18 (KJV) This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

1 Corinthians 16:13 (KJV) Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

"Quit" in these verses does NOT mean to quit the battle. This is 1611 English, and it means to "get you butt going soldier." Quit, or abandon the spot, where you are NOW, and get into the battle. Hundreds of thousands of Christians around the world are camping on the spot where they got saved. They are billeted in Status Quo. They need to roll out of the bunk, and get to the front line on the double. That is where the battle is.

Will someone get mad if you go into action? YES! I can promise you that every other simpleton who is sitting on his back side, waiting and watching for the next great experience from the show called "church" today, will be enraged with you. They may even become terrified of you. War is rough stuff.

That is why war movies never look like the real thing. People sitting in a theater or watching a video in their living room cannot stand watching the real thing. Until they invent a movie theater that can spray blood all over the audience, war movies will never by like the real thing. War has to be experienced. Go find a Vietnam Veteran, and ask him what war is like. So, Hollywood makes war tolerable.

War is not tolerable-- it is vicious, and someone will be destroyed, and everyone may get bloodied.

You, warrior of Christ, will win.

Romans 8:37 (KJV) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When the battle is over, the "Captain of our Salvation," Jesus Christ, will be victorious, and you will be standing there on his right hand sharing the moment of victory.

IF.................. you were in the battle.

If you are in idle mode, trying to make up your mind what to do, trying to slip by the storm, you are in great peril. You will be shipwrecked. Your present relationship with Jesus Christ will result in the Holy Spirit telling you what to do without the need for procrastination.

Are you trying to skirt the storm before you-- some issue of spiritual evil in your local church, in yourself, in your family, or at work? The longer you wait to respond, by either fleeing or attacking head on, the more horrendous will be the end of the battle. You or your loved ones may well become casualties.

 

QUESTION:

May I ask you a question as your brother in Christ-- where you changed by reading this article? If not, why not?

I must confess that, as I write articles like this one, they are somewhat autobiographical-- they are the REAL "inconvenient truth." I find that I cannot go to my FTP program, and upload them to the web to get in YOUR face, without making changes in ME.

It is a way of life, it is not a shame. It is part of the war we are in until we go to be with Christ. After every battle a good soldier cleans his weapon, and he listens to the experiences of his buddies-- he is preoccupied with being ready for the next battle.

 

May you have enough.

 

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