We love the word “warrior” and despise the word “wimp.” We all want to be warriors and, better yet, to be known as one.
The truth is we have warrior days and we have wimp days. Some of us may have lots of warrior days with the occasional wimp day, while others of us the warrior day is the exception.
What causes the difference? Let’s look at three areas…
Disobedience to God is the choice to take off the armor and commit to wimpiness. Ironically, we may even think at times that we are making a warrior move, but if disobedience is at work, in the end, it leads to a wimp-out. Resisting temptation, walking away from sin, is a warrior moment in and of itself, but then makes for warrior days.
2—No to Adam/Yes to Jesus.
The lazy, apathetic, passive way of the flesh, Adam’s nature, is the way of the wimp. The proactive, forward-thinking, and motivated Spirit of Christ is the warrior’s mode. It’s a moment-by-moment, day-by-day, year-in-year-out choice. Which one do I follow? Who am I going to be?
3—Right Attitude/Wrong Attitude.
While at first glance this may seem to not fit in this list, it is huge. The strange mix of our brain and our heart colliding, then mixing with our spirit creates our attitude on any given day. The decision on how to think and feel dominates our actions. The lousy, negative, pessimistic attitude of the wimp defeats us and leads to sin and Adam choices. The overcoming, hopeful, fight-through-it attitude of the warrior motivates us to defeat sin and choose Christ. This, of course, only comes by surrendering fully to Him and choosing to live on the altar of sacrifice.
Today, this week, together, let’s fight the wimp and choose to be warriors. Each day we choose this path makes for a day we will walk in our identity as sons of the Almighty God.
Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. —Ephesians 4:22-24 NLT
Frankie Rainey February 25, 2014
Well said, Robert! Frankie