Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WHAT DOES A WARRIOR LOOK LIKE?

What does a Warrior look like? This Veteran's Day, I have a few thoughts on the subject. The movie industry has their rendition of a Warrior that is many times blown totally out of proportion. Rambo, Terminator, Die Hard to name a few of the older, well known titles. Exciting to watch maybe, but certainly unrealistic. I want to point us in the direction of what I believe it means to be a REAL Warrior. This morning, I watched an interview on CBN with a WWII Veteran, 91 year old Retired Airforce Major by the name of Ralph Davis. He flew 22 bombing missions during the war. He  and all ten of his crew came out without a scratch. He did it for our Country... knew he was called by the Lord. The men would pray together before every mission. He carries, to this day, the scripture  he would read and quote each time: Psalm 91:11, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."  Wikipedia has the following definition of a Warrior:  "A warrior is a person specializing in combat or warfare, especially within the context of a tribal or clan-based society that recognizes a separate warrior class or caste." The Major holds the key to what I believe to be another type of Warrior. Perhaps you could call them sometimes the "unsung" Warrior.
"Jesus called a little child to come to him. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Then Jesus said, "I tell you the truth. You must change and become like little children {in your hearts}. If you don't do this, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. The greatest (most important) person in the kingdom of heaven is the person that makes himself humble like this child." (ERV) Thus the photograph of the Little Warrior above.
 
To quote Major Davis: "If you are going to be a soldier or an airman, you need the protection of the Lord." Even in the fiercest battles we must acknowledge we need help. We cannot accomplish our objectives, our missions on our own. "Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but he is strong." A kids song that more adults need to listen to and take to heart. My husband is fighting cancer on a daily basis. I am his Caregiver. We pray together daily and call upon the help of the Lord. He alone gives us supernatural strength, peace and joy. We know God is the Healer! Ultimately we pray: "Your will be done." We don't know the reasons or the future. We live by Faith in the Son of God. He may heal or it may be time for Heaven. Either way, we "Fight the Good Fight of Faith." God will be glorified in our lives. I have a precious friend and "sister in the Lord" who, seven years ago, was given 6 months to live with a diagnosis of liver cancer. She and her husband give praise to Jesus every day and every moment. The Apostle Paul said that whether we live or whether we die it is all to the glory of the Lord! This, in my eyes is the ultimate Warrior! One who is able to confess his/her weakness and accept the strength and perseverance only our Great Creator God can give. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8 Maybe next time you watch a super hero movie, your thoughts will be drawn to the real Super Heros. As Christian Warriors, of the Creator's Clan, we need HIS divine help and the strength and support of the other Warrior's we fellowship with on a daily basis. "The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights." Habakkuk: 3:19. Confess your weaknesses to one another, forgive one another and pray for one another according to James 5:16. Love one another deeply! Run the Race together! Fight the Fight together! Be Unified in Mind and Spirit! We, together will hear the words: "Well Done thou good and Faithful Servant(s)." Happy Veteran's Day!
 
 


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