In it to win it!

Do you go into battle already defeated? Are you facing an adversary who fills you with fear? Does the potential outcome of a confrontation make you want to cut and run?

This is the wrong attitude! God has your back!

Fear not sayeth The Lord!

Be not afraid!

I am with you!

Everybody knows that attitude is everything.   A soldier trains for months, sometimes even years, to complete a mission. Day in and day out he or she practices a skill that when employed in battle, becomes essential to victory. That skill is the ability to rely on his or her training and remain calm in the face of imminent death or bodily harm. That skill is confidence. A confident soldier, not a cocky one, is a worthy adversary. A confident soldier trusts that his teammates will perform under pressure and not run, he trusts that his chain of command will do all that it can to protect his team so that they can complete their mission, he trusts that if he were to get wounded, other equally brave soldiers, airmen and marines will move hell or high water to extract him from the combat zone and provide him the best medical care in the world. Sadly, a confident soldier also trusts that if he were to be killed in action, his fellow warriors would work hard to remove his fallen body from the battlefield and return it to his loved ones for a decent burial. This is the attitude of the well trained soldier: Trust in the powers that be and follow orders, trust in their compatriots ability to stick to the mission and not give up, trust that they will be well cared for if they fall. A soldier like that is effective on the battlefield.

Just as it is in the world, the battlefield of the spirit requires the same attitudes. A spiritual warrior must have faith in God and His will regarding an upcoming battle. A spiritual warrior must have faith in his or her fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That they have the training needed to complete the mission at hand and that they are as committed as he is to it. A spiritual warrior must know that he will have the prayers and support of his or her congregation and that if he or she were to fall (sin), that his brothers and sisters in Christ will close ranks and provide him/her with the aid necessary to get back up and keep on fighting. A confident spiritual warrior also knows that the battle is already won and that the gift of eternal life awaits.

Don’t enter into battle unprepared. Train your spirit through reading God’s word, through fervent prayer, through communion and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ, but most importantly, know in your heart that God has a plan for you.

Trust in God and lean not on your own understanding.