Faith Identity

Warrior Up!

A recently released documentary called “What is a Woman” by Matt Walsh has caused quite a stir. The entire gender identity debate in society is one indicator of a culture in desperate search its meaning and purpose. Culturally, we are in the deepest, spiritual battle of our age. and, I’m not talking just about the controversy around the question “What is a Woman?”. That is merely a symptom of a massive spiritual onslaught that has been building for decades. 

Sleepy Jesus-Followers

Unfortunately, and sad to say, if you and I claim to follow Jesus but are not putting on the supernatural armor of God, we will become another casualty in the battle. The truth is we live in a universe of spiritual warfare.  Yes, Christ has won the war by defeating sin once and for all on the cross. The Enemy is reluctant to surrender and is wreaking havoc on both believers and non-believers. We are easily blinded to the truth and unless we wake up, will eventually compromise to the point we are held hostage by the strongholds of the Enemy.  Sleepy, apathetic Jesus-followers are exactly what the Enemy wants of us. 

What is a Warrior?

Throughout the Bible, there are numerous references to spiritual battles and the need to be a warrior for Christ. Passivity amongst men is a sin that has plagued us since Adam and Eve.  But that is not the way we are to live. If you are in Christ, you have an identity as a beloved son and a warrior. In Christ, you are a Warrior. In Him, you have what it takes to stand firm in battle.

You Are Being Followed

The Enemy has his eye on you. He is circling you like a roaring lion, waiting and looking for your weak spot.  Through lusting and intimidation and faulty thinking, he wants to take you down; by bombarding you with cultural and internal lies that degrade your identity as a man. He wants to make you think you are weak instead of the warrior you are in Christ.  

Part of the blame for the Woke culture around us is our fault. We have been way too passive thinking love is simply being nice. Our culture laughs at us and calls us dinosaurs for holding Biblical beliefs. And yet, when we stand confidently in our faith (NOT cocky) they get caught in their circular woke thinking, resorting to name-calling and legal actions to shut us down. 

Five Key Qualities of an Effective Warrior

“Be watchful. stand firm in the faith. act like men, be

strong. Let all that you do be done in love.”  

1 Cor 16:13-14 ESV

Any guy who has a reasonable understanding of the Gospel and a desire to follow Jesus would openly admit he doesn’t want to be hoodwinked into being trapped in the Enemy’s lair.  There are five key qualities of an effective warrior for Christ:

1. Be watchful

I’m not suggesting there’s an enemy or conspiracy around every corner, but I am saying that the conflicts you observe whether globally, in your close relationships, or in yourself, are merely symptoms of a deeper spiritual battle going on. Learn to clue in when you see things happening. 

2. Stand Firm in the Faith

I remember a guy at University who would jokingly say he’d smack up a non-believer with his Bible like a 2×4. When Paul told the Corinthians to stand firm in their faith, he was talking about having such solid confidence in their identity in Christ; being in such communication with their heavenly Father that when the Enemy came attacking, they had a firm anchor in Christ, knowing the Holy Spirit was there to fight for them. Knowing what you believe and why and living your faith in relationship with Jesus.

3. Act Like Men

In this day when politicians and professors dance around the question, “What is a Woman?”, as Jesus-following men, we should have a clear understanding of what it means to be a man and to act like one. When you are walking in the Spirit, you will act like the man God wired you to be. Men of courage, trust, and integrity. Men who count the cost, who provide and protect, and genuinely care. 

4. Be Strong

I’ve always struggled with upper body strength. I hit the gym multiple times a week for cardio and muscle development with moderate results. As Jesus-following men, be as strong as you are able in your body, but be stronger in your resolve and focus on the larger Kingdom story of what God is doing. Part of that strength comes from being tightly connected to a band of brothers who has each other’s backs. 

5. Do it ALL in love.

Before you think love is cheesy, soft, and milk-toast, think again. Jesus nailed to the cross, bloody and scarred, a spear in his side. That is love. When our son was little, despite his cuteness factor, he needed discipline. He needed love and sometimes that love hurt. But, the payoff was worth the pain. 

Are you a warrior?  It’s time!

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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