Men Don't Have the Option to Remain Neutral in the Spiritual Battle that Rages

You are a soldier.

Whether you’re a banker, a mechanic, a builder, or a musician, you’re called to battle. You’re a vital part of the cosmic struggle between good and evil; a footsoldier in the war that rages all around us. 

You may not see it. Perhaps you’ve even come to accept this constant struggle as the new normal; as the reality of life in a fallen world. 

But the truth is so much greater for men of God. 

We were created to protect the people around us: our communities, our families, and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Instead, though, we have already given up far too much ground. We have allowed the enemy to infiltrate our thoughts and our minds, and we’ve accepted that what he says is true about us. 

We no longer see ourselves as warriors called to champion the cause of Christ. We fail to take a stand for the people who need us. We have a dozen excuses for why we don’t engage, and an ever-growing sense that something is missing

“All this plainly shows us that the mind of man is a scene of battle

where evil spirits clash with God.”

~Watchman Nee

We are at war against an invisible enemy who knows you were created for a purpose. 

The enemy recognizes you as a warrior, even if you don’t. Satan knows that you are a force to be reckoned with, and his best bet is to remove you from the fight. 

If he can convince you to disengage, he inches closer to victory. If he can convince many men to withdraw, the battle shifts largely in his favor. 

He does that by causing men to doubt their true purpose. The enemy convinces us that God is wrong about us, and that we have nothing meaningful to share with the world.

Satan knows your struggles. He knows the pain, uncertainty, fears, and doubts that you carry from your past. He studies them, because they offer easy places to infiltrate. 

Above all, he wants to convince you that you’re meaningless.

He doesn’t want you to know that your passions, talents, and gifts have the potential to change the world. 

“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, 

the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

~Steven Pressfield

If that sounds like a tall order, consider this: there are millions of men in the world who bear the gifts of God in their lives. When all of those men use their gifts to champion the cause of Christ, others will be encouraged and emboldened to invest their own gifts in the people around them. 

The specific abilities God invested in you perfectly mesh with the needs of His kingdom, and He’s calling you to engage.

The world needs good, strong men with great strength, resiliency, honor, and discipline. The world needs you, and it needs me to engage with the people around us and put our talents to use.

It isn’t necessary to have all the answers. You only have to believe that you’re valuable because you’re God’s. 

Join the men of Junto Tribe as we discover God’s unique design for each of us. We’ll encourage each other, learn from each other, and hear from God as we travel together. 

God needs you on the battlefield.

 

 

 

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