Willing to Die
Theme of the Week: Born to Be a Warrior
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Our people defeated Satan because of the blood of the Lamb and the message of God. They were willing to give up their lives. (Revelation 12:11, CEV)
Dig Deeper: Revelation 12:7-12
If all this talk about fighting and violence and being a warrior bothers you, let me just say this: the virtue of strength is determined by how it's used. If it's used to love and to protect, it's good. Unfortunately, it can also be used to inflict harm, and that's not consistent with what we see of God's character in the Bible. He calls us to fight for what's right. And a warrior is only as worthy as his cause.
A man without a cause from God is often just an angry man who doesn't know where to direct his pent-up energy and aggression. A warrior with a cause from God directs that warlike energy for a cause greater than himself. Gentlemen, God created you with the heart of a warrior. Until there's something you're willing to die for, you can't truly live. You were created to fight for righteousness.
Until you tap into that divine cause, you'll be bored, destructive, and frustrated. I thank God I get to live my divine cause. I honestly believe I'm on the front lines of the most important war: The kingdom of God versus the kingdom of darkness. I'm willing to die for the cause to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
—Craig Groeschel in Fight
My Response: What is a cause I'm willing to both live and die for?
Thought to Apply: A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.—Martin Luther King Jr. (civil rights advocate, pastor)
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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