Be a Warrior for Christ

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Be a Warrior for Christ
Text: Ephesians 6:12
Occasion: Spiritual struggle: instruction and interpersonal activity
Audience: Children and Youth, Young Adults
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Be wise as serpents/gentle as doves
Author: Garshepp


Direction

Think of spiritual warfare and the spritual warrior as possibly "similar to a spritual ninja"

How to Get There

Have you ever thought about the activity of spiritual warfare--as a Christian warrior like a spiritual Ninja. Let's think about the following specific scripture: Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. To act as a Christian warrior like a spiritual ninja you will attract only as much attention as your mission requires, advancing in the Way and recruiting new adherents. You'll never be boring or bored as you progress under the greatest seal and the commission.

Do put on all the armor to resist all the fiery-darts, for example to be conservative in a liberal church among deceivers and wolves putting on the armor of the spiritual warfare... Maybe you will even begin to act as a Christian super hero in a manner of speaking--but hey, keep on making progress in a different kind of Ninja discipline--Christian Spiritual Ninja Warrior.

Cross Reference Scriptures for Ephesians 6:12

  1. Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
  2. Ephesians 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
  3. Ephesians 3:10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
  4. Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, (NASB ©1995 version of bible from Online Bible look at "Cross References" to that verse)

Things to Watch For

  1. Learn to be as quiet as possible when listening and learning. There are ways to walk in Christ that make very little if any noise (be a peacemaker).
  2. Fight Satan spiritually, not against people, not physically. Not insulting, or harassing people whom you see as sinners--except if it is necessary to face hypocricy and criminal conduct
  3. Be at peace as much as it is up to you with all people: kids, youth, students, teachers, adults, family, including parents.
  4. Open the doors of your heart and open you arms wide enough to make progress.
    • Go as far into your Christian mission as you can so that joy of Christ Jesus in you is revealed to others.
  5. Communicate to Christ--your commander, avoid sabotaging your prayer life, with Christ for representative, advocate and mediator.
    • You will be overcoming against "evil-in-high-places-and-low-places;" always doing good, good work and winning people for Christ.
  6. Only say enough to lift up Jesus. Don't add any more personal opinion, details, to the story of Jesus than someone needs to see to escape the condemnation of sin according to the word of God in the Bible in God's plan of salvation, but not arguing/or being controversial for no reason.
    • Lift up God's children from pits of hate and drugs, etc. Be filled with the Holy Spirit who is gentle and kind...
      • Remember the famous man in black (Johnny Cash a country and Gospel singer) and how he overcame through faith in Jesus. He had to overcome a life of sin, drug abuse—and allow his backup singer and future wife along with his family and in-laws to help him get right with God and to overcome cravings and addictions. You as young persons can relate this to spiritual warfare, if you know about his music and the movie about his life, then you know that he had originally wanted to the a Christian country Gospel singer.
  7. Avoid groups of clamoring people and avoid riotous living... If you do attend large frivolous, fun gatherings, or events such as at school, and working with others, or some official or unofficial functions, be sincere and as close to the group(s) as necessary ("in this world but not of it") to advance Jesus Christ to someone, to others. Do not be the life of the party, as this draws attention to yourself, and defeats the purposes of Christian J.O.Y. (Jesus, Others and then Yourself, i.e.: "count the welfare of others as more important than your own") and being a peacemaker after the spiritual warfare. "No greater love has a man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friend" (John 15:13)... "but while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."(Romans 5:8)
  8. Walk as close to Jesus' teachings as possible to be an example of walking in Christ, without drawing unnecessary attention to yourself but give the credit to God for any good things that people mention: "Yeah, isn't Jesus (or say God) good!!!"
  9. When accepting your call, take presenting Jesus as the assigned task "1" and 1. A. quickly complete it as happily, friendly, efficiently, and accurately as you possibly can to each one.
  10. Observe people be watching for some of the least of these Jesus children that need assistance.
    • When the occasion arises where you share life in "Jesus Christ" with people, see how much you can learn about the person without saying much about how great or good you are, be meek and not overly proud (don't brag). Proverbs 27:2 "Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips." **This does not mean being recessive (withdrawn), but let Jesus be relevant to their lives in your conversation.
  11. Relate life to Jesus, not your mere opinions. Have your opinions based on the word of the Bible and God's will.
  12. Answer if you are asked something like--"Are you a fanatic?"--support your mission with "I am a (share the Gospel like Jesus) real fan of Jesus!" or like "Yea! Go God! He's the most!" (Compare those to "halleluejah!" or "glory to God!"). Eureka!
  13. Make your way among people: if someone is talking with you and seems to turn his/her back on Christ, and if it seems like they are done talking, then very quietly and quickly move away, while being as friendly and thoughtful as possible. Do not make a spectacle of the other person or of yourself.
  14. Wear appropriate, comfortable (not too baggy) Christian warrior/ninja clothes, that when moving among your people, are not flashy or noisy. This way, you minimize the amount of personal noise you generate visually and physically. Black khakis with a dark shirt and dark shoes work well to be consistent with the image you project: knowing that the typical ninja-warrior wears dark earth tones and dull colors for warfare.
  15. Do random acts of kindness at the most unexpected times.
  16. Become a Christian according to the Bible and celebrate Jesus. Life in Christ is a celebration of JOY. You can accomplish this by staying peaceful and enthused in Christ.
    • Be a real Jesus specialist who thinks first of Jesus, then Others next and Yourself last to realize the J.O.Y. in Christ and to uncover treasures of the saving knowledge of the Way, the Truth, and the Life with others.
  17. Act as the greatest of warriors as a truly relevant, real Christian ninja in all areas of modern life. The warfare against evil is real and is a great area for Christian ninjas as warriors to be active. The real Christian ninja is an awesome spiritual warrior--and it is that kind of superior warrior who should engage in this warfare against evil--so do not fail to engage the foe. Be the best by recruiting from the rankest of sinners to repent and to be redeemed and take the challenge to join you on the front-line of the fight against evil...

Tips

  • Walking on your tip toes is not necessary. Instead, try placing Satan under your entire foot on the ground at the same time, as you walk, but still walk with your normal balance in the grace and love of God.
    • When running the race that is in front of you, it should appear as your whole foot is touching the ground, but only place your full trust in Christ.
  • Trying to be sneaky generates more attention than being normal does. The point is not to be sneaky, but to incorporate grace into your life. Grace is found in the forgiveness of sin that is found in Jesus. No more effort than is required to be a well rounded Christian should be made, nor any less. Again, if you're thinking about being sneaky, people will be more likely to dismiss or reject your efforts. If you are being yourself, you won't draw as much negative attention.
  • Relax and be refreshed as much as is appropriate. Whenever you do any mission for Christ, keep your muscles as relaxed as possible and smile if that is appropriate. **The more tension there is, the less precise the flow of you spiritual message will be, and the more noise you will make about yourself.
  • Get nourishment in God's word and pray enough in order to be strong and thankful, praising Christ and the Father.
    • This requires some effort, experimenting; however, the only thing that will tell you what is right in studying your Bible, is your prospering of your soul and the refreshing of your walk in Christ--by being full of Love, Truth, Faith, Hope...
  • If you study until your headaches, you're overfilling yourself.
  • Any Christians can be Christian ninjas. Start by joining in the study of this kind of warfare for resisting spiritual evil.
  • Be armed with the Bible and use the Sword of Faith, and put on the Armor of Christ--be filled with the Holy Spirit--all to help you follow the discipline of the Life in Christ--as a "Christian ninja"...
  • You do not have to excel at all of these to act as a Christian spiritual warrior, just most of them (the grace of God is the essence). By this you will know that you are walking rightly in Christ: that you love one another: your neighbor as yourself, and that you are kind to your enemy... do as you would have others do to you!
  • You will advance--as you become a most interesting kind of practitioner and instructor of the spiritual martial-arts such as scripture reciting.

Warnings

  • Stalking and disturbing the peace are wrong and will arrest (impede) your efforts for Christ as a spiritual warrior ninja. Do not condone nor do such acts as fighting and harming others by word or deed.
  • Suddenly disappearing can hurt people's feelings: be consistent. Only vanish or slip away when it would be necessary, or to be right back. Stay open to people...
  • People may think you are strange if you follow this guide word for word, so be wise, but remember God has called us to be different--"a peculiar (particular) people" not like the wandering (lost) crowd.
  • Don't fear telling other people that you are into both some kind of ninja warfare and not just religion (but representing the cause of Christ) because it can make you really attractive to real babes, young ladies and a kind of hero to some guys.
    • So then, resist temptation to "plant your flag and to use your sword" no matter how hot the temptation or girl, and you'll gain grand rewards in heaven--and expect great blessings on earth (that is a lot by the way!).

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