The Heart of a Warrior
Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Monday, June 9, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Fight a good fight for the faith and claim eternal life. (1 Timothy 6:12, CEV)
Dig Deeper: 1 Timothy 6:11-16, 20-21
Forgive me for stating the obvious, but men are not women. (For the record, women don't make good men either.) After all, God created us differently. "So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them" (Gen. 1:27, NLT). Both men and women reflect the image of God, but in distinct ways.
God created men to have the heart of a warrior. That doesn't mean that men should be aggressive, alpha-bully punks. (Nor does it mean that women can't fight for what's right as well.) It simply means that within every man, God has planted a divine desire to fight for righteousness.
Remember Gladiator? Russell Crowe, in his cool Roman general uniform, spurs his horse forward through the forest, calling, "Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity!"
For men, there's a part of us that thinks, I wish I could have been there. I would have fought. Men are supposed to respond that way. A man with nothing to fight for quickly becomes a frustrated man. Fighting for what's right stirs something inside a man. It makes him want to be not just a man but the man. The best man he can be.
—Craig Groeschel in Fight
My Response: Do I agree that every man has the heart of a warrior? Why or why not?
Taken from Fight by Craig Groeschel. Copyright © 2013 by Craig Groeschel. Used by permission of Zondervan. zondervan.com.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, awaken a fighting spirit within me that seeks to defend what is right and advance your kingdom on earth.
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