Being a warrior for God is an amazing gift. I believe that we are all called to be warriors in some sense or another. Some are called on a small scale and others are called on a larger scale, as it is their gift from the Spirit. No matter what our level of warrior may be, we must stop and remember that we fight not for our glory, but for the glory of God.
When you are recognized or complimented for you accomplishment, how do you respond? How do you react? Do you find pride entering your heart as you pat yourself and the back and tell yourself that it was a job well done? That your strength and talent brought you to this place of acknowledgement? You can definitely be happy and filled with joy that you received praise, but you must also realize that your talent and your strength has come from God, and that in turn he must be praised.
As a warrior we must remember that we cannot depend on our strength alone. The next Bible verse in the NIV that uses the word warrior is in a prayer of an old woman who as thought to be barren. Then, miraculously, after seeking the Lords heart Hannah had a child, Samuel. This is her prayer of joy and praise.
1 Samuel 2: 1-10 – NIV
Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 “Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
6 “The Lord brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
on them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
10 those who oppose the Lord will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
May we all pray this prayer of joy when we receive a compliment. May we all sing these words when we are strong in the Lord. Being a warrior means nothing when it is done for our own credit. Our bows will be broken, and those who are weak are the ones who will be made strong. Make sure when you are handed a battle, when you overcome an obstacle, when a trial is triumphed over you give praise where praise is due or your warrior status will be stripped away and given to someone who leans on the Lord.