As a follower of Jesus, you have a mission and a purpose.
You have a land to protect; relationships to defend; an enemy to fight; people to save.
Like Adam in the Garden of Eden, you have something to fight for and something to fight against.
Adam was created to keep the garden; to fight for his wife and his relationship with God and all the inhabitants of the garden.
Adam was also charged to fight against the world’s enemy and his mission to steal, kill, and destroy.
Your fight is the same.
There is a battle raging all around us – in our homes, our streets, our churches, and our workplaces. People are hungry, oppressed, hurting, and lost. Our culture is confused, and the lines of truth have been blurred.
God is seeking warriors to stand in the gap and free the oppressed. We are to stand and fight against the evil that divides, oppresses, and destroys.
“…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
We are called to run toward the battle rather than away from it.
We must fight the powers of darkness on behalf of others just as Jesus did for us. It is our duty to raise our shields and swords and do great violence to the enemy.
Understand, though, that the enemy will fight back, and his favorite weapon is fear.
· “What if that person doesn’t want my help?”
· “Do I have what it takes to fight against government-gone-wrong?”
· “What if I don’t make enough money because I left work early to spend time with my wife and kids?”
Satan knows that we possess a light that will overcome great darkness.
Satan uses fear to create doubt, which causes strong Christians to settle for complacency, timidity, surrender, confusion, and neglect. He effectively removes us from the battlefield.
But consider Steven Pressfield’s theory in his book, Do The Work.
“The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”
The places where our internal struggle is strongest are the battles that are most important in our lives and in the world.
· Am I standing and fighting for those in need?
· Am I protecting my family and fathering my children?
· Am I defending my community against evil and working to bring God’s culture into my community?
Join the men of Junto Tribe as we seek to overcome our own fear and realize that even Jesus felt fear.
Jesus overcame it by choosing love instead of fear. He loved His people so much that He sacrificed His own security to ensure theirs.
We must do the same. We must choose love instead of fear. We must stand and defend. We must run toward the battle, even when fear prompts us to hide.
If you accepted God’s mission today, whose life would immediately be changed?