I spent a good part of my life training… firearms, martial arts, edged weapons – mortal bits. Warriors, people in a combat mindset, always see life through a warrior’s eyes. A policeman always sees the one loner out of place in the crowd – while the rest of us just see a crowd. The Spec Ops operator is intense, always in warrior mode, because that IS who he IS… who he has trained himself to be.
One of the great shortcomings of most Christ-followers today, I believe, is a severe blindness to the warrior part of their faith. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m not talking jihad, or the Crusades (enough damage has been done in the name of Christ to last forever)… but the spiritual warfare aspect to a life of faith that Christ and the scriptures talk frequently about.
One of my favorite authors – John Eldredge – writes eloquently about this in Waking the Dead
Any movement toward freedom and life, any movement toward God or others, will be opposed. Marriage, friendship, beauty, rest—the thief wants it all.
it becomes the devil’s business to keep the Christian’s spirit
imprisoned. He knows that the believing and justified Christian has
been raised up out of the grave of his sins and trespasses. From that
point on, Satan works that much harder to keep us bound and gagged,
actually imprisoned in our own grave clothes. He knows that if we
continue in this kind of bondage. . . we are not much better off than
when we were spiritually dead. (A.W. Tozer)
Sadly, many of
these accusations will actually be spoken by Christ-followers. Having
dismissed a warfare worldview, they do not know who is stirring them to
say certain things. “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to
take a census of Israel” (1 Chron. 21:1). The Enemy used David, who
apparently wasn’t watching for it, to do his evil. He tried to use
Peter too. “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things . . . Peter took
him aside and began to rebuke him. ‘Never, Lord!’ he said. ‘This shall
never happen to you!’ Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me,
Satan!’” (Matt. 16:21–23). Heads up—these words will come from
anywhere. Be careful what or who you are agreeing with.
we make those agreements with the demonic forces suggesting things to
us, we come under their influence. It becomes a kind of permission we
give the Enemy, sort of like a contract.
Some foul spirit whispers, I’m such a stupid idiot,
and they agree with it; then they spend months and years trying to sort
through feelings of insignificance. They’d end their agony if they’d
treat it for the warfare it is, break the agreement they’ve made, and
send the Enemy packing. (Waking the Dead , 154–55)