The Warrior's Way

Day 1 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Day 1: Introduction

There is “A Way” things work. 

There is a way a toaster or a computer works, just as there is a way an airline pilot, an accountant or an athlete works. There are significant, pertinent and specific terms associated with how something or someone works, whether a tool or a role or job. Words are always significant, no matter the role. Mechanics have a language all to themselves as do engineers. (Hopefully you see my point, more on this later.)

When you look at the Life of Jesus, is there anything fierce about it?  Anything courageous? 

Anything laser focused or intentional? Anything that appears to be controversial?

The answer is yes, Yes, YES and YES!!! 

Now, I’m not saying we set out to be these things. We wont have to do that if we recover something else. If we recover this something else, you wont have to recover it, Jesus will entrust it to you more and more. It’s the way the Kingdom works, 

“Faithful with a little and you will be given more.” Luke 16:10

If the day to day of the 1st century can have a whole group of religious folks (like the Jews, for example) off base, out of alignment and distanced from the way of God then there's no reason to believe we get a pass on this thing. No, the enemy of our hearts is too good for that and oh yes, there is an enemy in our story. The fact that few know how this Love Story and Battle really work is testimony to reason we have the vast majority of Christ followers disoriented and unable to offer the world a life of substance, a life that looks as is different from those who don’t yet have Christ.  

If you are now wondering “Am I one of these saved people that are lost?” 

The answer is yes, if you felt or asked that question then you don’t yet know and haven’t yet experienced the Warrior’s Way

What if everything could change? What if in a few days you could begin an exploration of an orientation that would (over time and with God’s help of course) change everything? Jesus bestowed on his friends a dangerous presence: they were dangerous for good! Warriors in the Kingdom of Christ with Whole Hearts, Full Lives and a Kingdom Authority are truly dangerous men and women. 

In this 7 Day Devotional we will explore the words associated with a Beloved Son or Daughter of God caught up in the Larger Story God is authoring; the greatest love story set in the midst of the fiercest battle. An Epic story is what we find ourselves in the midst of and yet, most people (Christ-Believers included) don’t live that way.

The Disciples of Jesus learned a certain way to live, they learned a language, a set of terms specific to their roles as His apprentices in the Kingdom. For the most part, these critical and defining terms have been lost and therefore the way to live has also been lost: the way of a Christ follower and nothing less than the way of a Beloved Son Warrior man or Beloved Daughter Warrior woman of God.  

If we are ever going to live free, then we must understand how this story works, how authority works and who has it in our lives. Believe lies and you live compromised. Believe the Truth and you are set free.

 

In your quiet time alone with God consider the following questions:

What do you make of Paul’s warning in Ephesians 5:15-17?

Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil. Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is. (AMP)

Do you believe that passage has expired or that it is appropriate for today? How so?

What if there was something specific to walking with God that you have yet to discover? Is there more? Could this be part of a way that has yet to be explored, discovered, enjoyed by your heart?

This Heart of a Warrior Men’s Devotional Series is comprised of excerpts and quotes from The Heart of a Warrior book. To learn more about the book and for other resources visit http://www.zoweh.org/youversion