What It Means To Be A God Warrior

Most people think that if you go to church then you are considered a Christian. But there is so much more to it than that. Some who claim to be Christian and go to church put on a very different face outside of church. I’m sure you know someone who fits in this category.

None of us are perfect. Even Christians mess up sometimes. But the difference between a regular church attendee and a true warrior for God lies in a person’s heart, and the actions that come from their heart.

To start with, character and integrity are extremely important to a God warrior. What do those words mean, though? When I was in school, I remember one of my teachers explaining character this way:
“Character is who you are and what you do when no one is looking.”

Sometimes you think you can get away with something when no one’s looking, and sometimes you succeed. But even though people may not see what we do, God sees what we do, and He knows why we do it.

A person with good character doesn't feel good about doing something wrong. Integrity is what guides a person’s character to be good, and the opposite of integrity is dishonesty. It is our moral conscience and we can decide to ignore it or not.

A God warrior doesn't just have good character and integrity. There are a lot of people who have good character but they are still not a God warrior. So what is the difference between a God warrior and a good person?

If you believe in God and care about doing His will, then you will have a sincere longing and desire to live a life of character and integrity. What is His will and why should you care about it?

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Part of doing God’s will is following His example. You decide to be nice to other people. You help others. You are compelled to share Him with others so they can learn who He is.

As a warrior for God, you also actively seek opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus. There are a lot of people who want to lie about who God really is. They want to hate God. They even want to say He does not exist.

When you are on God’s side, these things will make you sad and angry. This is because you know God is real. You know He is love. In fact, by letting Him in your heart, He shows you who He really is. And it is up to us to defend who He really is. 1 Peter 3:15 says:

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."

We shouldn't stay silent as others walk all over God. It is our duty to defend the truth. And we can take these situations as opportunities to share who God is in the face or our enemy.

Even if we don’t know what the bible says, we can share who God is in our own lives and help others. By doing things like this, people will start to see who God is through us. And a God warrior gets excited when others decide to come to Christ.

It is also through grace that we are even able to accomplish His will. Now that you know what His will is, how does His grace help you carry it out?

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

We are not perfect. We all make mistakes whether it’s on purpose or not. So through Jesus’ death, grace is God’s acceptance of us. He gives us a clean slate by forgiving and forgetting.

Without this, we can’t do His will on our own. We are not perfect, but He is. We don’t know all things, but He does. We may fail, but He does not. When we know He is our source of all things and that He freely gives it, we can stand up in courage through His strength.

Prayer is also part of who a God warrior is. When we pray, we speak directly to Him like we would a friend. You can share with Him your deepest feelings, thoughts, pains, hopes. And you can ask Him for strength, advice, direction, or help anytime and anywhere.

By being a warrior for God your primary goal is to discover and fulfill God’s purpose. You still have personal interests and goals but they are not your primary focus; fulfilling the destiny God has for you becomes your top priority. Everything you do starts to revolve around that primary goal.

To reach this goal, you will need resources. A God warrior needs tools and training to defend against the enemy. This is why the bible is such an important resource for every Christian. The more you want to learn about God, the more He will help you find Him.

Will you step up to be a God Warrior? Will you be our one in a million?

You can start now by visiting www.warriorarise.com to learn more. You can register your youth group to join the movement, take the Warrior Pledge, or help us by volunteering. Sign up for all three if you want because we’d love for you to join us!

If you liked this message, I encourage you to share it with everyone you know. May the God of peace and the peace of God be with you. Amen.

*** Written by Sarah Sloan | Warrior Arise Ministry ***

The Danger Of Leaving Off

Key Verse: "“...He has ceased to be wise and to do good”" (Psalm 36:3)

We rejoice when we see a new believer enthusiastic to grow in his walk with God. How sad it is when one who started well has cooled off and no longer has any appetite for the things of God! What a tragedy when a soul turns back, for Jesus said in Luke 9:62: “no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Those who turn back are never really happy. They may return to their old ways and their old friends; they may go back to all that the world can offer and try to stifle the inward voice that calls them back to the Lord, but they can never quite silence their conscience once they have known what it is to be wise and to do good!

Why do people who start out so hopefully turn back? Consider some reasons:-


If a man leaves off he must obviously have made a start, for how can he give up what he has not started? There is, however, what we may call a defective start. There are many people who once attended church, and took part in some form of Christian service, who were never born again (John 3:5). They had a form of godliness, but no inward reality (2 Timothy 3:5; 1 John 2:19).

There are many who, when they started, confessed their allegiance to Christ but did not really get right into the kingdom (Mark 12:34). They have only been Christians in a nominal sense; they have never received the Lord Jesus (John 1:12), nor trusted Him as Saviour (Acts 4:12).


Here is a reason why many lose out spiritually. They start out well in the Christian life and then flounder, for the simple reason that they do not feed upon the Word of God (Colossians 3:16); do not regularly spend time with the Lord in prayer (Luke 18:1); and do not cultivate regular attendance at the house of God (Hebrews 10:25).

Is it any wonder that those who neglect these means of grace break down spiritually? If we neglect food, fresh air and exercise we soon break down physically; and if we neglect Bible reading, prayer and worship with the Lord’s people there is bound to be a spiritual breakdown.


We have all seen Christians become slack when they began to get on in the world. They have been promoted in their job and have moved to a larger house, bought a bigger car, have prospered and have become what the world calls successful. And when this has happened they have grown cold, careless and dull spiritually. The world’s pull is very powerful, and it is easy to go the world’s way instead of God’s way (2 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:15-17).


Sooner or later every Christian is persecuted for Christ’s sake and is chastened by the Lord for the purposes of sanctification. Jesus told us that in the world we would have tribulations and that if we seek to live faithfully we will be persecuted (Matthew 5:10-12; John 16:33).

The Bible also teaches that every Christian must expect suffering, trial and testing. This is all part of God’s permissive purpose and plan in training us and making us the people He wants us to be (Hebrews 12:6-11). But sometimes, when persecution is fierce or adversity is severe, God’s people fall and are turned aside.


If a Christian harbours some sin then most certainly sooner or later he will be out of fellowship with the Lord. For example: if a Christian man marries a non-Christian girl, in all probability through this act of disobedience (1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14) he will become worldly. Sin always puts a barrier between us and the Lord (Isaiah 59:1-2).


Everywhere today Satan has his ministers (2 Corinthians 11:15), false teachers who propagate error and seek to turn aside even the elect of God (Matthew 24:11; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). Be on your guard lest the subtle endeavour of some Christian Scientist or Spiritualist turn you aside from your hope and from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3; Acts 20:29-30; 1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Peter 2:1-3).


Yes, some Christians simply get discouraged, and it is well to remember that discouragement always comes from the Devil but it does come! He sees to that! Very often it succeeds in turning aside the Christian who in his heart of hearts desires to love and serve the Lord. How?

Little by little. No-one leaves off all at once. A zealous Christian does not suddenly say, I am going to give it all up! No, it is a gradual process. It begins in secret. It begins in the heart, secretly and unobserved by any human eye (Proverbs 14:14; Judges 16:20).

With remorse. No-one ever leaves off following the Lord happily, contentedly. Every backslider constantly remembers the better days.

Suppose someone reading this article ceased to be wise and to do good, has grown cold, indifferent and out of touch with the Lord: can he or she make a fresh start? Thank God, yes! What must be done? Three things:-

Make a full and frank confession to the Lord Himself, and be assured that He will forgive, cleanse, restore and reinstate (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9).

Return to the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul (Isaiah 55:7; John 21:15-17).

Trust Him to keep you, to support you, to sustain you and to give you strength day by day (Hebrews 13:5-6; Jude 24).

May the good Lord grant us strength to stand firm in the faith and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel of Christ Jesus. Amen.

*** Written by Francis Dixon | Words of Life Ministries ***

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The Song Of The Soldier

Rise, ye children of salvation,
All who cleave to Christ the Head;
Wake, arise! O mighty nation,
Ere the foe on Zion tread.

Pour it forth ... a mighty anthem,
Like the thun ... ders of the sea; ...
Thro' the blood of Christ our ransom,
More than conquerors are we; ...
More than con ... querors are we, ...
Thro' the blood of Christ our ransom,
More than conquerors are we.

Saints and heroes long before us
Firmly on this ground have stood;
See their banners waving o'er us
Conquerors through Jesus' blood.

Deathless we are all unfearing,
Life laid up with Christ in God;
In the morn of His appearing
Floweth forth a glory flood.

Soon we all shall stand before Him,
See and know our glorious Lord;
Soon in joy and light adore Him,
Each receiving his reward.

Tests and Trials: The Refiner’s Fire

Without exception tests and trials come into the lives of every born-again believer. Oftentimes, they come when you least expect it, when everything seems to be going good for you. Still they come and will continue to come until we all go home to be with the Lord.

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). We’re told in 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” Since tests and trials will always come our way, the attitude we have when they do come and what we decide to do about them will be the deciding factor as to whether or not we live a victorious Christian life.

Tests and trials are not easy and were never meant to be. They do, however, serve a purpose. Jeremiah 9:7 (AMP) says, “Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I will melt them by the process of affliction to remove the dross and test them; for how else should I deal with the daughters of My people?”

Psalm 66:10-12 tells us, “For You, O God, have proved us, You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net, You laid affliction on our backs. You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.”

The Bible talks of God’s children being refined as silver and gold. This metaphor is borrowed from the technology of refining precious metals which included heating them in a crucible to see if all impurities had been removed. These metals pass repeatedly through the furnace until all the dross breaks away and floats to the top. The refiner then removes all the impurities and disposes them.

It is said that the refiner knows when the process is completed by seeing his image reflected in the precious metal purified. God is compared to a refiner of silver and gold which means He allows His people to be cast into the furnace of affliction (Isaiah 48:10) until they are purified and clearly reflect His image in their lives. Daniel 12:10a says, “Many shall be purified, made spotless and white, and be tried, smelted and refined.”

Job, a man who definitely passed through the fire when Satan brought several tests and trials into his life, tells us, “But He knows the way that I take. When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold, pure and luminous” (Job 23:10). Indeed, fire is a blessing if you know how to use it.

From one point of view, times of distress constitute a testing of God’s people as to their trust and loyalty to God. Sometimes, the best place to be is in a position where there is nothing else you can do but step back and trust God. With the Red Sea before them and the Egyptian army behind them, Moses told the people of Israel, “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:13,14).

Passing through the fire is a sign of your commitment to God. If you run away from every test and trial that comes your way, “if you faint in the day of adversity, then your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).

Many people run away from making a commitment to God or anybody else for that matter because with it comes responsibility. In the day and age in which we now live, people do not want to be responsible for anything. They “don’t want to get involved.”

Tests and trials will bring about change in their lives and many people don’t like or want to change. They run away from change as if it were some incurable plaque. They run away from the effort, work, and pain that the changes to become Christ-like require. Daily they avoid the challenges of improving themselves with spiritual growth and are content to lay back and live the easy life.

Tests and trials will require work on their part and most people don’t like to work. They enjoy living in their comfort zone and they crave the quiet life with as little detours and distractions as possible. They like microwaves and remote control switches. They wouldn't think of getting out of their easy-chair and walking across the room to turn on the television set themselves.

These people are not workers, they are floaters. They float through life and take whatever this world throws at them. Whatever will be will be. It is these lazy people who will never gain prominence in the kingdom of God. They are satisfied at being where they’re at, wherever “that” might be, and will never rise above the level of being mediocre believers.

These are the people who back away from the heat of walking through the fire of growth. They pull back and become only “half-baked.” The Bible calls these people “lukewarm” and says that God will spew them out of His mouth (Revelations 3:16). This statement is hard but true and the sooner the decision is made to face our trials and not run away from them the better off we’ll be.

When a test or trial comes our way the first thing we should do is determine the cause of the fire. God does not ordain all fire and it’s not always the devil’s fault either. Many times we bring fire into our own lives. We cannot blame God or the devil if we are facing a financial crisis because we violated the proper use of credit cards at Christmas time. We need to accept responsibility for our circumstances because where we’re at today is a result of the decisions we've made throughout our lives.

We need to be teachable and learn from our mistakes because Satan will fight and attack you through your lack of knowledge. If we refuse to panic when the tests and trials come, if we stay connected to Jesus through the fire, then ultimately spiritual growth will come. Pain always precedes promotion.
James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Many Christians fail to grow because they never see the connection between their problems and their future dreams and victories. A crisis is a signal for you to learn and grow, not lose. You are not to shrivel up and fade away into oblivion just because times are hard. No, you stand up and fight the good fight of faith! Understand that your problem leads to your pro-motion.

A problem will introduce you to yourself and cause you to find out what you’re made of. Every obstacle will bring change into your life. You’ll either be stronger because of it or you’ll be weaker. Great leaders are those who refuse to quit and rise above their problems. All born-again believers should view the tests and trials that come their way as opportunities for their lives to be built up and molded until they become mature in the Lord.

This is how holiness comes and God Himself said, “Be holy, for I am Holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Do not let your head hang low and confess that you’re walking through the valley. In Christ there are no valley experiences. Some mountains are just higher than others.

In the 1960’s, Petula Clark had a hit song called “Don’t Give Up” where she sang “Hold on ‘til you know that you’ve won.” In the kingdom of God it’s the “holding on” that brings growth and maturity to the born-again believer. James says to “let patience have its perfect work.”

This takes time and is therefore a wrong and unprofitable expectation for one to believe their problems will simply dry up and blow away just because they've prayed the perfect prayer. The primary desire for believers should not be to live a trouble free life but rather to develop inside themselves those qualities that will mold and shape them into the very image of Christ. Surprisingly, this is the purpose hardships serve. No pain, no gain. Maturity and strength of character always comes to the believer when they respond to the tests and trials of life in the proper way.

It is faith that causes one to rise up in triumph over their troubles and to rejoice in the midst of their sufferings. Pressure, hardship, and affliction produces patience inside of you and as you put your hope in Jesus unwavering endurance will create in you the character needed to stand tall as you walk through the pitfalls of life. This in turn produces joy and the strength you receive from this spiritual fruit will give you the confidence and hope to put your faith in God “Who always leads us to triumph in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14).

God never promised us an easy life but He did say in Jesus we could have a victorious life. Life is what you make it, whether good or bad, therefore, on the evil day when calamity strikes go to Psalm 91 and meditate therein day and night. As you do you will come to realize that like the three Hebrew children in the book of Daniel (Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego) you can be in the midst of the refiner’s fire and not be burned. And you won’t even smell like smoke. When you exit the furnace of affliction you will come out smelling like a rose.

*** Written by Randall J. Brewer ***

Rescue The Perishing

Rescue the perishing, care for the dying
Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,
Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave;
Weep over the erring one, lift up the fallen,
Tell them of Jesus, the Mighty to save.

Rescue the perishing,
Care for the dying;
Jesus is merciful,
Jesus will save.

Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting,
Waiting the penitent child to receive.
Plead with them earnestly, plead with them gently,
He will forgive if they only believe.

Down in the human heart, crushed by the tempter,
Feelings lie buried that grace can restore;
Touched by a loving hand, wakened by kindness,
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more.

Rescue the perishing, duty demands it;
Strength for thy labour the Lord will provide;
Back to the narrow way, patiently win them;
Tell the poor wanderer a Saviour has died.

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Soul Winning: Don’t Tell Them About Hell But Love

What kind of love terrifies with messages of hell ‘when perfect love casts out fear?’ When we embark on a soul winning exercise and claim to preach salvation through Christ in the name of love but implant in people’s hearts more fear than godly guilt that could lead to repentance, what do we achieve?

When we consistently tell people outside of God’s grace how they will burn in hell if they don’t repent and give up their sins so much that we say little about God’s love and His provision of grace in Christ Jesus, how do we win their souls over to the light?

Don’t get me wrong here. I am not saying we should suddenly go soft on sin and deny lost souls the privilege of knowing the truthI am not saying we shouldn't ‘cry aloud and spare not…and not show the people of the world their transgressions and the repercussions of their sins’ (Isaiah 58:1-2).

My point is that, just as a good salesman wins a customer’s heart in purchasing a product or service, so should we, as believers, be persuasive but uncompromising in our techniques in winning souls to the Lord.

The world bleeds in agony, there is torment everywhere. Homes daily mourn the passing of loved ones, families drown in despair for lack of basic amenities, and take a look at the faces around you – people are hurting. They barely could survive another day with shattered dreams, with broken hearts; and terribly do they seek after succor, hope and reasons to live. This is where we come in, Christians – as the salt and light of the world – to walk with and lead them to Calvary in love (Matthew 5:13-16).

We may not have the power to heal broken hearts and revive shattered dreams but we can lead them to the One who can. What is needed is love. Nothing but love is the pressing need of the world. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.” To paraphrase this in the context of this article, I would say “love is only the path there is in turning a sinner into saint.”

Of course, we can’t overrule the biblical truth that some have seared their conscience with hot iron from embracing the gospel of Christ (1 Timothy 4:2). Some have had their minds blinded by the god of this world and will not believe whatever anyone has to say about their spiritual predicaments, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Yet, salvation through Christ should be preached with love, patience and meekness, and not with a sense of self righteousness, condemnation and haughtiness.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Heellooo, it doesn’t stop there! “For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). Verse 18 of John chapter 3 is what I want us to pay attention to:

“He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” This verse lucidly speaks of choice. You choose to believe or not to believe; the choice is solely yours. But the onus rests on us as believers to influence sinners’ (that we all once were) decisions and help them to choose wisely.

Dear beloved Christians, let’s not tell the world so much of hell and what it holds to scare but of heaven and the many mansions above (John 14:1-3) to comfort and encourage. Unbelievers deserve to know that the price for their sins has been paid. They deserve to know that there is a way out, a solution to their problems, hope for their souls and One who can and is willing to redeem their lost glory and give them life more abundantly.

When a child crawls toward a deep ditch and on seeing the kid, you say: “Hey, child, stop right there! One more step forward and you are gone. You better stop right there and that’s a warning. I love you and don’t want you to perish, that’s why I’m saying this. Come child, come, come…come to daddy, come to mummy…”

No action is taken to rescue the child, what do you think will happen having said this? Your guess is as good as mine, and I believe this is the same way some believers go about telling the world to repent and come to the Lord.

No amount of harsh words and threat of ‘eternal death’ in hell can conquer the heart of a sinner. Only love and the Holy Spirit can do that. And He (Holy Spirit) does this by the seeds we sow in the live of such a sinner. These seeds are the words we say, the life we live, the way we act, the care we express, the offences we ignore, the insults we endure, the kindness we lend, the compassion we show and the love we share. These are what the Holy Spirit acts upon to convict that fellow you shared or will share the word of God with.

The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation for as many that believe, and both in season and out of season must we preach it; reproving, rebuking, exhorting with all long suffering and doctrine. And though the time is upon us when men turn away their ears from the truth…let us continuously put on the breastplate of faith and love, comforting the feeble-minded, supporting the weak and being patient toward all men (2 Timothy 4:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:8-10, 14).

“I exhort therefore, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…(for all sinners); that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

If we must walk in line with God’s desire to have all men be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth, the world needs more messages of love, hope, grace and mercy than messages of hell. Don’t scare people with the psychological picture of brimstones and lake of fire that depict hell as a place of eternal torment. Let’s preach love, show love and hinder not the work of the Holy Spirit with what we say to unbelievers.

May the good Lord fill us with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that we might walk (as ambassadors of Christ) worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Amen.

P.S.: “Thank you for your time and for reading this 'looong' article. I hope it was worth your time and was helpful to you.

“Thus, I want to say that I am not an authority in religious matters and have no degree in theology, but I desire to be deeply rooted in Christ and be established in the faith and truth of our Lord.

“This article is my humble opinion, as a believer, on this issue of soul winning. I stand to be corrected and I am open to learning and gaining more insights and wisdom on the things of God.” Once again, thanks for reading.

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