Gladiator.\nTroy.\n300.\nRocky.\nWhat do all of these movies have in common? Other than the fact that I could watch them over and over again, these movies contain a character who literally fights for his life. Not the kind of fighting that makes the audience a little nervous but the kind of fighting that literally keeps you on the very end of your seat, biting your fingernails, accelerating your heartbeat and tapping your feet, making you feel like you yourself are the one fighting.\nThese men in these movies are warriors.\nWhat is the difference between a fighter and a warrior? I think it lies in the man’s reason for fighting. When one is fighting for something larger than himself, the fight is bigger. It is harder. It requires more sweat, more tears and more determination. The cost of losing a fight for yourself? Your pride. The cost of losing a fight for a greater purpose? A change in the war itself. The stones you throw have a rippling effect on everyone fighting beside you.\nFighting for a purpose, for a reason, it requires you to completely step away from your own agenda. Your battle plans are no longer crucial for the plan of action because there is one in command who is much wiser than you are. Despite your ideas, your commander has his own route of action that must be taken. And you? You must surrender to it.\nSo, just as a warrior must fight blood and tears, a warrior must also surrender. \nHe must surrender to the one who is greater than him. He must surrender to a plan of action that is constructed for his own benefit because his commander can see past the gates he stands behind. He must surrender because although he has his own equipment, it is the strength of an army that will ultimately win the war.\nJesus doesn’t call us to surrender so that we can softly accept defeat. He doesn’t call us to surrender so that He can watch us be crushed under the foot of our enemy. He calls us to surrender because His shield of protection is all-encompassing, all-knowing, and impossible to beat.\nJesus’ army has compassion for the lost but NO room for the wicked.\nJesus’ army is courageous. willing. bold. strong. intentional. intelligent. confident. fearless. And most of all, victorious.\nSo, warriors of Jesus, remember what you are fighting for today. Remember that while you may know how to use your sword, the Lord does not always want you to draw your weapon. While other times, he will call you to fight. He will call you to fight with every morsel of strength in your being. And when your strength ends? His begins.\nDo not worry about this battle for your commander is in charge of EVERY army. He knows each of their battle plans and the minds of his enemies. \nJesus’ army will be victorious each and every time.\nWho will you fight for?\nYou’re a warrior, a true soldier here. Into the enemy’s eyes, you look without fear. You remain educated and always aware. You pass commoners as they point and stare. You are different, completely set apart. But this is old news you’ve known from the start. Death does not scare you or keep you away. You know your maker and he determines your day. You respect authority without need to be King. But people worship you asking you what can they bring. Your eyes resemble truth at its’ core. Deciding to do right, no matter what is in store. You walk without stumbling in the dark. Using God as your GPS on the journey you embark. You offer mercy to other who aren’t as strong. Knowing that everyone sings a different song. Your equipment lays heavy upon your chest. Yet you never do less than your absolute best. You preach the power of Christ through action alone. Live David, you kill Goliath with only one stone. When others begin to condemn or criticize. You say Jesus’ name and know they can’t cause your demise. Instead you use it as a platform to proclaim His grace. Praising the Lord with blood stained on your face. Fighting for you is not a physical competition. You are a warrior, that is your position. You rest at night praying for your enemy. Aware that saving them is not your ability. When the war continues and you enter the battlefield. You stand on the rock and hold up your shield. Fear has no place and death has no hold. Oh warrior for Jesus, do you hear the story you’ve told? Keep fighting, keep standing, keep lifting your face. This arena can’t contain you, you’ll remain in first place. Don’t be discouraged, your heart is in high demand. You are a warrior, your life’s in His hand.\n \np.s. Please continue to pray fervently for my friend Spencer and Lindsay and they gear up for this battle they are fighting against melanoma. As true warriors, hit your knees and be ready to stand in the gap for Spencer and Lindsay.