Becoming a spiritual warrior is much like being a military warrior with a different focus and a different type of enemy. Every individual has their need for becoming a warrior, rather it is for their own peace of mind, their family, their church or a special group of people. This blog will focus on being a warrior for your family.
Be Relentless: A warrior must be relentless. They cannot give up in the middle of the battle. A warrior must fight when they don’t feel like it, when they are ill, when they have been wounded and even when it looks like there is no winning. Being relentless is more than the mindset of not giving up, it is the mind that says I will make a difference in this situation.
Know your strategy: Going to war means winning is the only option. You cannot consider losing. A warrior must have a strategy, a plan or a playbook. You cannot fight the enemy if you don’t know what the enemy looks like, if you don’t know the moves of the enemy and how the enemy attacks. Your Bible is your playbook and it is there to give you specific instructions on how to prepare, how the enemy moves, what the enemy is known for and how to take the enemy down.
Plan for casualties: Whenever there is a fight or war you can count on pain, hurt or even death. There will be a loss of some sort. The loss can come in all forms such as being detached from friends or family, being rigid with fasting, and cutting off negative interactions. You may be the person hurting, not intentionally, or you may be the person being hurt.
Suite Up: Surely you do not think you can go to war without being properly dressed. Your enemy is not who you think it is, which means you cannot dress the way you normally dress. Ephesians 6:13 gives a description of how to dress; “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Your head is covered so you can think, see, hear and smell, your heart is shielded, your feet must be protected and ready to take you where you need to go.
Finally, as a warrior, know the Word of God. The Bible is your sword, it is your weapon. The Bible is quicker than any bullet, it will hit its target. The Bible is what you stand on. As a warrior, you will be lonely, and you need the Word to be a comfort. It gives you light when it is dark.
Always declare the victory, say it with your mouth, believe it in your heart, see it and walk in it!