As Christian men, we are called to be a prophet, priest, servant king, provider and protector.
Tall order. But you are not alone.
Call on God for support and put on his armor.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
6:10-17 In the Christian life we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by the devil, who is a vicious fighter, see 1 Peter 5:8). To withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church. The whole body needs to be armed. As you do battle against “the powers of this dark world,” fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit.
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL, leadership consultant and general bad ass (look at the dude). He has also written a number of books. Now here is your dose of daily discipline from the book of Jocko. This one happens to be from “Discipline Equals Freedom”.
The Warpath. A Path of War.
The actual definition of of “warpath” means moving toward a battle, a fight – toward war.
And that is what I am doing – and what I have always been doing. Whether it was the actual war against our nations enemies, or the war against my own weaknesses – that is what I am doing:
Sharpening my sword.
Honing my skills.
Maintaining the unmitigated daily discipline:
IN ALL THINGS.
And the Warpath is a path – it’s a route – it leads somewhere.
Where does it lead?
Yes, it can lead to war.
And that’s fine. Because I am ready; I am waiting.
But war might not come. And that is okay.
Because The Warpath is also a war against weakness –
and so it leads to strength.
It is a war against ignorance –
and so it leads to knowledge.
It is a war against confusion –
and so it delivers understanding.
And The Warpath leads to control and to ownership of your life.
That is The Warpath – the path of fire and adversity. The path of blood and sweat and suffering. The Warpath is the interminable path of discipline –
which is why it leads to FREEDOM.
And beyond that – in the end – The Warpath leads: To peace.
#1 – Being a prophet, priest, servant king, provider & protector (how did that “s” word get in the mix) is a tough charge. You may need help. I do! Call on God & the Holy Spirit. Remember, temptation & the devil are everywhere. Luckily you have F3 brothers to lean on when you need it.
#2 – God amplifies our efforts – so make the effort. Practice daily discipline. The Warpath for most of us will not lead to war as we know it. But make no mistake, we are at war everyday.
Practice daily discipline “so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground”.
Now, go sharpen that sword.