Be the Right Kind of Warrior

The Right Kind of Warrior

Instinctively, I am one who loves to fight back.

I resurrect walls to keep others from hurting me.
I walk with a shield to keep things from getting past me.
I respond with defensiveness to make sure the fortress stays secure.
I grab my weapons so others know that I am a well-protected woman.

Bottom line, I am a fighter. I am a regular defender of my own causes.

But God is calling me to surrender.
He is calling me to wave my white flag.
To lay it all down.

It’s not so much that he doesn’t want me to be a warrior, but that I have been going about it the wrong way.

While I have thought arm up, he says, “Lay it down.”
While I have thought keep safe, he says, “Go risky.”
While I have thought protect, he says, “Let me be the protector.”

He requests one position of me that is the ultimate military gambit.  It is one condition that changes the whole battlefield. He calls me to it.

Will I lay down my plans, my armors to make this change?

Because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before the LORD when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants that they should become a desolation and a curse, and you have torn your clothes and wept before Me, I truly have heard you,” declares the LORD. 

(2 Kings 22:19)

What is this condition the Lord desires?

It is an open, vulnerable, humbled and receptive heart.

It is a heart where walls are down,  weapons are abandoned
and doors lay wide open so the Lord can enter in and best do his work.

It is a heart where God teaches us the moves
and the tactics that will change our lives.

It is a heart where our arms learn to embrace
the Father like we never have before.

In this, we no longer need to wage war on our own because the ultimate Warrior is directing us. Why do you need yourself, when you have someone far greater than you leading you? What use are your weapons when you now have His?

We can trust that this ultimate General knows the best way for us and can take care of us better than we could ever take care of ourselves.

“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex. 14:14)

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Kelly Balarie

Kelly is a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers. She spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest cause is to help women to live passionately and purposefully for the Lord. Kelly loves hunting for God's truth in all she does - and her trials have served as the best grounds. While she has suffered through an eating disorder, financial troubles, depression, and various consequences to sin, she has found God's unique and beautiful purpose in these dark places. Her greatest desire is to come alongside other women as they walk down these paths to help them see that God has been holding their hand the whole time. When Kelly isn't writing on her blog, Purposeful Faith, you will find her eating yummy food with her husband or searching online for her next travel destination. Receive Kelly's Blog Posts via Email: http://tinyurl.com/qcj7lne You can find more from Kelly at: Blog: www.purposefulfaith.com Twitter: @kellybalarie Facebook: www.facebook.com/purposefulfaith.com Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kellypmart

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