By: William Henry
Today, we are going to look at God as a warrior. As the Father who desires our best and desires to bless us with His best. We are going to look at something most Christians run from. This message is not for the faint of heart. This message is not for those who refuse to step up to be the men and women God calls them to be. This is message is going to hurt some feelings and that’s okay. This message is going to follow the truth. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. No one shall enter the kingdom of the Father except through Him.
First, we need to understand God is unchanging and unwavering. He tells us He is the Lord who is, and who was and who is to come, the Almighty in Revelation 1:8. There are numerous times in the Bible we can find the same message. However, some will say “yeah by the new testament is different. We are under a new covenant. We no longer live under the law.” Well, of course! Thankfully so! We have Jesus! Saved through faith by grace alone. Absolute truth! However, God is the same God today as He was when the old testament came to be. So, we see it the same in the book of Revelation just to make sure we can agree. He is, was and is to come. He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end. He IS STILL THE ALMIGHTY!
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
You will see why that is so important at the beginning in just a few minutes. Now, lets establish that God is a warrior. When we go back through Kings 1 and 2 and Chronicles 1 and 2, we can see the brutality of the time period but more importantly, God is a warrior. But, we are going to go all the way back to Exodus. Destroys Pharaoh and his warriors to protect His people. He fought for them and defeated the enemy. We can look all throughout time and see the same thing over and over. God is a warrior. But, for the sake of moving forward I will just present you with this verse to solidify the truth.
The LORD is a man of war; the LORD is his name.
Why is this important? Why do we need to understand God is a warrior? Because we are called to be Christlike. We are called to follow the commandments of God. We can all find it easy to look at the loving and tender Jesus. We receive the freedom and forgiveness, but we are too cowardly to speak truth. We are too afraid to rebuke the wicked. We want to conform rather than speak out. But I challenge you to this end. Who is your king?
Dr. Cole puts it this way.
“The character of the kingdom emanates from the character of the king. “
Who is our king? Well, when we put Jesus as the pinnacle of our life, we make Jesus our King. He is, after all, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, then we understand from His words found in John chapter 15
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.
Many say Jesus is their King and savior, but they don’t live it. I was guilty of putting my career first. I allowed my boss or bosses to become king over my life. Scripture tells us to honor God by honoring the authority of those over us. We have to acknowledge the sovereignty of God and to do that, we have to understand God allows or authors those in authority into those positions. We don’t always agree with them, but as long as they are not giving immoral, unethical or illegal direction, we should follow it. The only question comes in when it goes against God’s Word.
I used this scripture to justify my obedience and submission. However, I was not putting God first. I was not placing my wife and children above my career. The truth is, I was putting the temptation of authority, power, status, money and self-gratification above God and my family.
I hid these lies in twisting God’s Word and believing the lies of the enemy. I allowed my own desires and my own will to supersede God’s Will. I tried to tell myself and others that I was “ all in” with God and I wanted God to lead me. This leads to a whole lot of other sin, tempting Christ, sedition, and the list could go on forever.
The bottom line is this, God fought for me. He didn’t allow me to continue to believe these lies. He gave me the brutal truth. He put people in my life to call me out. He held me accountable. He gave me knowledge and then held me accountable to that knowledge. He gave me revelation and then called me to answer. Where are you ? He called. What are you doing? He demanded. God is love, but Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life. If I wanted to be the man God created me to be, desired me to be, my family deserved me to be, then I would have to be brutally honest with myself. I had to repent! I had to be willing to say, I am wrong! Then, I had to be willing to submit and answer the call.
Here I am Lord, send me!
We have to examine ourselves. We have no choice but to be brutally honest. We cannot continue to lie or cheat our way around God’s Word. This is the part were we have to evaluate ourselves. Who are we? Where are we? What are we doing?
I ask myself these questions every day. I have to evaluate the people in my life and the actions of my life. Who am I with, are we bearing fruit? What am I doing, are my actions bearing fruit? Am I glorifying God with what I am doing? Am I being the warrior of Christ God calls me to be? I have to be honest, I have to be brutally honest. I constantly prune that which does not bear fruit. God tells us to do so. We cannot be lukewarm and a tree that does not bear fruit must be cut off.
We cannot only look at the loving, compassionate and forgiving Jesus. We must also look at the MAN Jesus is. He is a Man of character. He is a Man of truth. He demonstrated the perfect balance of tenderness and toughness. He had no problems rebuking his disciples, his closest of friends. He had no problem telling those in authority they were wrong. He stood up to the pharisees and authorities of His time. Jesus calls us to be better. Our good is the enemy of God’s best!
Its time for the tough questions. In this list, there are 10 questions to ask yourself. You need to be very honest, brutally honest. If these questions are a yes in your life, you need to REPENT! REPENT NOW!!
1. Do you only come to God when you have a problem?
2. Are you only asking God for something when you pray?
3. Do you twist scripture in your disobedience to justify yourself?
4. Do you believe that going to church on Sunday makes you an active Christian?
5. Do you find yourself compromising with the world rather than standing for God’s Word?
6. Are you truly sorry for your behavior and disobedience to God or just sorry for the punishment?
7. Do you compare yourself to others to judge your level of salvation?
8. Are you silent when it comes to sharing your faith with others?
9. Do you concern yourself more with what others think rather than what God thinks?
10. Are you a hypocrite that loves to tell others not to judge you?
If you answered Yes to even one of these questions, you need to repent and reevaluate what you are doing. If you answered yes to more than one, you need to repent and you need to spend serious time in God’s Word. You need to get some godly counsel and find a group to be a part of who can help you be accountable to God’s Word, not the world’s view.
God is a warrior, He fights for you! He is faithful and will never leave you. I would challenge you to examine your life closely. After you examine yourself with those 10 questions, you need to ask yourself who is your King?
If Jesus isn’t your King, you need to change your life. I look around at those in my life. I am not judging others, I am simply calling their bluff. I am offering truth in love with you now. I am asking you to be honest with yourself, more importantly with God. You need to be all in with God. Period. If you think I have been too harsh, then you need to reevaluate your image of God.
God loves you, but don’t hesitate to know He is a warrior! He is tender, but He is also tough! In that, I leave you with this final thought.
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
Are you all in or are you lukewarm?