Summary: God created us as a warrior race and equips us to fight the good fight of faith.
How many of you want to be in control of everything you do? I think if we honestly look at ourselves we would admit that is the case. We all have this drive, this inborn desire to want to control. Just walk downstairs and spend some time in the nursery. Every child there has a desire to be in control. They want to accumulate every toy that is there, even if their hands are already full. They all want the biggest pile, and if another child wants something they have in their pile, even if they are not using it, they scream, “MINE!” In fact, if you want them to play with something and they are not, you just start playing with it and see how fast they react and reach over grabbing it from your hands so they can play with it. MINE!
This accumulation relates to the drive we have for power, a drive to control, which is not necessarily wrong. It can become unhealthy when it gets perverted from its original intent however. But realize tonight, we were created by God to be a Warrior Race. We sing the song, Mighty Warrior, dressed for battle, so what do warriors do? They win battles so they can have control. Isn’t that true? Now, how do they win battles? Well, by being more powerful than their opponent. Each side has a commander. Now if you are a Christian, your commander is Jesus Christ, and if you have read the last chapter of the book you discover we win when we fight for Him. I don’t know about you, but it is important to be on the winning side, and on Jesus side we know we have victory.
But why do we have to fight? It is because we have a destiny. 2 Timothy 2:11,12 says, Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him. From this I can conclude, if we endure, if we stay the course and don’t lose faith, than our destiny is to reign and rule with Jesus Christ.
So how do we fulfill our destiny, our calling? How many of you would like to have Jesus come to you, place a crown on your head, and then say, “Look out at Seattle, it’s yours to reign and rule over.” There is an interesting passage in Genesis 1:28 which says,
God blessed them and said to them: Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. This was right after the creation of man and woman. How are we to subdue the earth? Webster’s Dictionary says the word subdue means to conqueror, to bring into subjection, to overpower by superior force, to overcome.
Why do we have people today who do not believe in the Christian message? Why is it when Jesus defeated Lucifer on the Cross, or even before than when he rebelled in heaven, that God did not sent him to destruction at that time? It was so we could fulfill our destiny, it was so we could develop into our potential. We have not been called to be wimpy Christians but valiant warriors. Are you ready to subdue Seattle and the surrounding communities?
For the most part, I see Christians who are just living, just getting by, just existing and have not developed into their full potential. Like babies who have never learned to walk, never coming into the understanding there are greater things in life outside of where they crawl. People, don’t settle for mediocrity in your Christian life, reach out and attain to your potential, be a warrior of Jesus Christ.
Say this with me, I have a place to God and people to bless.
In Matthew 10:34, Jesus said He came to earth to bring a sword to subdue the enemy, to call us to a new kingdom and then He went out and defeated the devil on the Cross. As a believer in Christ, it is our duty to execute Jesus written judgement on Satan and those who are in subjection to him.
Psalm 149:5-9 states, Let the saints rejoice in His honor (Now who are the saints? We are if we believe in Jesus Christ). And sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise the Lord.
Are you executing judgment when Satan comes against you? In a war, there is the shedding of blood, and this war is no different, Jesus shed his last drop of blood on the Cross, and while His blood flowed, the enemy was singing, and dancing, they were celebrating, they were rejoicing that they had crucified Jesus on the Cross. But they soon discovered you cannot keep a good guy down, and in the midst of their celebration, Satan was defeated.