2 Convictions of Battle Ready Christians
If you have ever had the opportunity to spend time with Christians from varying backgrounds, denominations or bents, you quickly realise there are those who remember they live in victory (through Jesus), and those who have forgotten.
Those who have forgotten seem to be reactive to life and its battles and those who remember seem to be proactive to life and its battles.
When we know whose we are, who we are, and the position of our lives because of those 2 things, we naturally become Christians of strong conviction.
Convictions require us to decide what’s right ahead of time. They’re not based on what feels good or seems right in the moment. Rather they are the unmovable foundation upon which our lives are built.
The Bible character, Daniel, was a man of God who knew whose he was and who he was. In turn he was a man of strong conviction and someone who knew how to face the varying physical, mental and spiritual battles of life. There are many things we can learn from the life of Daniel and the convictions he held.
Here are 2 Convictions of Battle Ready Christians…
1. Scripture Matters
The Bible contains the very words of God written down. God still speaks into our lives through scripture. We learn of who He is and how He acts. We learn what saddens His heart and what makes Him laugh. Without the Bible, we have no compass for our life on mission.
In the story of Daniel, an Angel refers to the bible as the “Scripture of Truth” (Daniel 10:21). Elsewhere the Bible is called the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17) and a weapon that is “sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). Scripture is both a defensive weapon as well as an offensive one. It can deflect an attack as well as inflict an attack.
Deception is one of Satan’s key strategies (Revelation 12:9). For a Christian, knowing Scripture is essential. It’s like a surgeon knowing how to operate, or a musician knowing how to play a song. It’s a nonnegotiable. We simply can’t face life each day without feeding, nourishing, and equipping yourselves with the word of God.
If we cut the Bible out of our lives we are guaranteed to become a casualty of war. If we carry the Bible into our battles we’re sure to gain the upper hand.
2. Prayer Matters
Prayer is powerful! It is the confession of our dependency on God. Prayer is saying “God, I need you” in a world that says, “I need no one”. Prayer is an opportunity to tap into God’s power.
The best way to face the front line of battle is on our knee’s in prayer. Prayer is like bringing a gun to a knife fight. No wonder the devil wants to keep us from engaging in prayer at all costs. When we’re in prayer, the devil is defeated.
As far as the ultimate war is concerned, we can’t lose. Jesus dealt the defeating blow while on the cross (Colossians 2:14–15). That means that nothing can take us away from God’s love and plan (John 10:28). But you can lose some of the challenges along the way. That’s where prayer comes in — and that’s where Daniel entered the battle. Daniel understood that his battle was bigger than he could face on his own. So he didn’t. Daniel tapped into the power of prayer. He revealed his dependence on God, whose battle it is.
Are you battle ready? A life on mission requires us to be strong in scripture and prayer. It’s interesting that after Paul listed the armour in Ephesians 6 (which includes the Bible, the sword of the spirit) he then mentioned prayer. Why? Because even when we are well equipped for battle, we’re still dependent on God.