definition, a spiritual worrier is a born again Christian who is consumed with fear and so wrapped up with the concerns and
affairs of this life that he/she is dysfunctional in the post salvation spiritual life. Such a believer is born again &
eternally secure as all Christians are, but has not come to “…know the truth…” (John 8:32 NIV) that
delivers the spiritually mature believer from such bondage.
Spiritual worriers will eventually suffer from burnout
leading to a passive interest in God or of the things of God. Due to a misconception of what the post-salvation life of the
Christian is all about, worriers will sooner or later retreat when their unrealistic expectations do not materialize.
primary cause of spiritual worrying is a result of failing to acknowledge their eternity security, which leaves such a believer
with no other alternative but to try to retain salvation & live the spiritual life by one’s own power, talents,
and abilities and religion. (Religion is anything that Man has added to or taken from the Word of God.) This approach to spirituality,
coupled with an excessive attention to the distractions of life, will ensure defeat in the spiritual battlefield of the mind.
can come in the form of overt blessings as well as adversities.
Failure to resolve the issue of eternal security of
one’s salvation is a tremendous impediment to spiritual growth and sanctification. In fact, it will taint such a believer’s
ability to accurately interpret, comprehend, and apply virtually ever other doctrine of the faith. Satan knows the significance
of a believer reaching this milestone in the post-salvation spiritual life & has attempted to undermine this spiritual
principle (eternal security) since it was taught in the founding years of the early Church. In fact, nearly the entire book
of Galatians was written to address this very issue. Due to false doctrine promoted by religion, the issue continues to be
a bone of contention among even the most sincere of Christians to this very day. Any target that Satan persistently attacks
is obviously of great significance in his plan to assault the family of God.
Satan, the commander in chief of the demonic
forces (Eph.6: 12) uses deception as his primary modus operandi. He will use both overt blessings and adversity to distract
and or neutralize anyone who advances in the spiritual life and thus becomes a threat to his kingdom. He will even misuse
passages of Scripture as he did when tempting the Humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt.4: 6) & with Eve (Gen.3: 1)
in an attempt to secure his objectives.
Our fallen natures (Rom.7) are receptive to satanic philosophy. Satan knows
exactly when, where, how, and what to approach each individual with in order to secure his objectives. His ways will always
appeal to the fallen nature within us as we are predisposed to do so. Satan is a master at his trade and has had thousands
of years of experience in exploiting this fundamental weakness in the human nature. (Prov.14: 12/1 Cor. 2: 14).
the spiritual worrier and the spiritual warrior have the same objective in mind, that is to pursue a “good” life
that God will approve & bless. The issue is determining exactly what is the “good” life from a Biblical perspective
and the means to secure it.
The spiritual worrier is under satanic deception and thus believes that his own works are
needed to obtain and retain salvation. He believes that the “key” to this problem free life is his own good works
that will be the basis for God blessing him both in this life and in the life to come. The basic flaw in this philosophy of
salvation/sanctification by works is that salvation and sanctification are neither obtained nor retained by human good works
or through Satan’s chief weapon of mass deception, religion. (Romans 11:6/Isa.64: 6).
Our part in salvation
is belief and our part in sanctification is submission, but it is the work & power of God made makes both possible.
“good” life to spiritual worrier is one that is problem free and a life in which all of one’s desires are
obtained & retained. Thus anyone and/or anything that threatens to cause problems in the spiritual worrier’s life
must be identified and addressed. The spiritual worrier uses every human means available to avoid or rid themselves of problems
or people who are “raining on their parade”. The spiritual worrier believes that the secret to life is the avoidance
or elimination of problems and fails to come to the realization that adversity & suffering is the very means for advancement
in the spiritual life.
Truly anyone who is trusting in his own good works or in “religious” rituals to
save him DOES have a lot to be worried about!
Man’s works and “religion” has never and will never
save or sanctify anyone.
Man’s works of self-righteousness are nothing but “filthy rags” according
to Isa. 64:6 (NIV) & religious rituals (as far as salvation is concerned) are at best false doctrine and at worst acts
of blasphemy as they attack the integrity, completeness, and security of the Person and Works of the Lord Jesus Christ.
is anything that Man had added to or taken from the truth as it is revealed in the Word of God. Religion is Satan’s
counterfeit plan to draw the individual away from true spirituality. In order for anything counterfeit to work, it must have
the appearance of the real thing & it takes spiritual discernment to be able to distinguish which is which.
best way to counter attack counterfeiting is not to keep up with the endless manufacturing of phonies, but to have a solid
knowledge of the Truth and thus the discernment to identify a phony when it comes along.
For those who have spiritual
discernment, to be called a very “religious” person is actually an insult of the highest degree. The Pharisees
who opposed our Lord were otherwise very “moral” and “religious” persons.
Prior to his conversion,
the Apostle Paul was a very “religious” man who perceived his calling at that time to be the total destruction
of the Church of Jesus Christ. To his credit, he became one of the greatest spiritual warriors of the Christian faith as he
faced tremendous opposition both from within and from outside of the Church.
A spiritual warrior is one who acknowledges
that glorifying God in the midst of spiritual warfare is the primary reason for which the human race was created and very
purpose for every human soul being placed on this planet.
God is glorified whenever an individual exercises his own
free will and believes in the Person (who He is) and the Works (what He did on the cross) of the Lord Jesus Christ. This belief
is what saves an individual and rejection of this truth is what condemns him for all of eternity. Anything added to or taken
from this truth is from religion and has nothing to do with true spirituality.
Once saved, it is the same power that
enables the born again believer to proceed to and through the sanctification process and brings maximum glory to God. There
is no need to worry about succeeding, as it is the work of God, not Man.
The spiritual warrior’s only goal in
life is to seek and accomplish His will, not our own. We can then engage the enemy with confidence and assurance of the security
of our relationship with God and have no fear because everything and anything that happens to us has its purpose in His will.
careers, friends and personal goals have their legitimate place in this life, but everything (Matt. 19:21,22/Luke 9:25) &
everyone (Luke14: 26) else must be kept in their proper place in the divine order of priorities.
It is no coincidence
that “opportunities” and problems come up whenever the spiritual warrior begins to make some progress in the spiritual
Let’s examine the characteristics of a spiritual warrior.
The spiritual warrior’s life will
be one of constant conflicts with ever-increasing intensity as he advances in the spiritual life. The Lord Jesus Christ “…I
did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt.10: 34 NIV). The same will be true of His spiritual warriors.
tells you that Christianity is the way to an easy life knows nothing about the post-salvation spiritual walk with God. “If
only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” (1Cor.15: 19 NIV).
warrior will find himself in daily (Luke 9:23) adversarial situations in which he is either being trained for future conflicts
or engaging in actual spiritual warfare. Both training and execution is going to cost the individual his blood (life), sweat
(labor), & tears (pain).
God’s spiritual warrior must be born again to enlist in the army of God in order
to receive the power that causes him to be trained for and functional in spiritual warfare. (Psalms 144:1). He will encounter
conflicts within as he struggles against the influence of his own fallen nature and the influence of the indwelling Holy Spirit
for control of his mind & inevitably his actions. He will encounter conflicts from without by the satanic forces operating
in this world. (Eph.6: 12). He will encounter conflicts with the fallen natures of others. A daily life void of such conflicts
is an indication that such a person is not living the life of a spiritual warrior.
The power source needed to maintain
effectiveness in spiritual combat in none other than the filling (control) of God the Holy Spirit. In the spiritual realm,
and especially in the area of spiritual combat, Man can “do nothing” by himself. (John 15:5 NIV).
of the spiritual warrior are found in Scripture (Ephesians 6:13-17). The spiritual warrior masters the use of each and every
piece of armor & tool. Of all the weapons, only one is of an offensive nature.
Note that there are no armor provisions
for the spiritual warriors back. There will be many occurrences in which the spiritual warrior will be knocked to the ground,
but he must pick himself up & continue on in the advance. There are no provisions for willful retreats in the spiritual
life. (Matt.10: 22).
The spiritual warrior must not entangle himself with the non-relevant issues of this life. (2Timothy
The spiritual warrior does not go off firing in all directions like a loose cannon, but identifies his individual
role that was designed for him and carries it out. (1 Cor. 12:17).
The spiritual warrior does not pick and choose his
battles. It is not up to him to decided when to hold his ground and when to advance, but waits for his marching orders, and
then immediately responds. (Ex.40:36, 37)).
The spiritual warrior maintains a condition & position of readiness.
He is prepared at all times to engage the enemy and to “…give an answer to everyone who asks
you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1Peter 3:15 NIV). The
spiritual warrior, although operating by the very power & authority of God is not arrogant, judgmental, or demeaning towards
anyone he is ministering to.
In this sense we see that a spiritual warrior differs greatly from what we would otherwise
perceive a warrior to be. ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares
the Lord.” (Isa. 55:8 NIV). The only offensive weapon the spiritual warrior is authorized to use is the power of the
Word of God (Eph. 6:17/Hebrews 4:12) & it is to be applied with “gentleness & respect” (1 Pet. 3:15 NIV).
The spiritual warrior accepts the possibility of making the supreme sacrifice as his duty (Hebrews 11:37).
is committed to the daily denial of self for the spiritual edification of others. (Luke 9:23).
Of all the rewards &
honors that he may receive, the spiritual warrior’s main objective is to hear these words from his Commander in Chief
when his “battle record” is reviewed, “Well done, good and faithful servant….”. (Matt.25; 21
All born again Christians are forever saved, but only the minority chooses to advance in the post salvation spiritual
life (Mark 4:20). The human nature within us is self-centered. It is, satisfied knowing that “I’m going to Heaven
when I die” and quite willing, as demonstrated by behavior, to exchange the eternal honors of a spiritual warrior for
a “good life” here on earth.
To some degree, every human being is engaged in spiritual warfare when it
comes to his own salvation and sanctification. These are choices that every individual has to make with his own personal eternal
destiny & circumstances hanging in the balance. (John 3:18/1Cor.3:15).
There is no such thing as neutrality in
the spiritual realm. Spiritual warfare began in an angelic rebellion led by Satan before the creation of the human race and
will continue until all that it is to accomplish is fulfilled at the end of time (Matt.25: 41/Rev. 20:7-10,15).
were created to take part in this conflict, which is the purpose for which you were born & remain on this earth following
your conversion. Your life is a living testimony to the doctrines & ways of God or to satanic philosophy & the ways
of the world in words and action.
The spiritual warrior is one who sees beyond his own salvation and sanctification
and commits his life to fulfillment of the Great Commission. (Matthew 28: 19, 20).
All born again Christians have the
equal opportunity to become a spiritual warrior, but only a minority will answer the call in each generation of the Church.
It has nothing to do with your gender, age, race, education, social status, human talents & abilities, or location. When
God created you, he was aware of all these issues. In fact, it was He that designed & placed you in the midst of your
personal circumstances & environment in order to perform the specific works that He prepared for you to accomplish.
those who answer the call, many will become casualties and prisoners of war as a result of allowing themselves to be distracted
with issues of the here and now to the extent that the eternal issues are placed on the back burner on one’s list of
priorities. (Luke 8:14).
The bottom line is this. Are you willing to enlist, be trained, and engage in spiritual combat
in the place, time and circumstances of your personal periphery or are you like the majority of believers today who are satisfied
to know that they are going live in Heaven when they die, but want what the world has to offer in the meantime & avoid
as much adversity as possible?
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otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (R) Copyright (C) 1973, 1978, 1984 by International
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