Unleash Your Inner Warrior
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
My dear warrior,
I admit I am weary and heavy laden. I have been so tired that I felt I was beginning to lose hope in my circumstances, despite the fact that God constantly proves Himself to be faithful. My life is not my own, and I know I cannot hold God hostage to the promises He has made me, or hostage to my wants and needs. He is my Creator, and I live my life in service to Him …not the other way around. He is not a genie or vending machine.
Today I was reminded that I am not only a warrior or servant in service to Him, I am also His beloved, His bride, the one He loved so much that He died as a perfect sacrifice in my place to save me. I am the one whose heart He loves. I am loved and cherished by Him. I am treasured and adored by the Almighty! I was reminded that He not only cares about my needs but about my wants and heart’s desire.
But that didn’t fix my problem of unanswered prayer and of being battle-worn and weary. I was losing faith, which only caused me more distress because I desire more than anything to live well and end well. I want to fight the good fight, but I am tired of fighting…
Exhausted, I threw myself into His arms. And then I began to hear Him speak. He told me that He will always equip me with the weapons and tools I need before I enter onto a battleground; He will never let me enter a situation without having given me the revelation I need to get through it. It is so important to write down the things He teaches you because He will teach all you will need to know the year before you are plunged into a season of distress. (So the first thing I’m going to need to do is go back and read my own blogs).
The next thing He told me is that I am not meant to stay on the level I have been on. I haven’t been able to defeat the devil on this level because I’m not supposed to fight him. It’s not my fight.
I was very confused at this, but then God began to equate my physical reality with my spiritual reality. Recently I began studying Classical Swordsmanship, so as I was talking with God, I was walking around my apartment with my sword on my hip. I saw myself in the mirror and was startled as God showed me the reality of the situation: a Samurai will not use his sword more often than he uses it. My Sensei have stressed that fact so much in the start of our classes. Samurai will walk around with the sword on their hip in the scabbard—not with the blade out and ready to use.
My Sensei shared in the first class about the skill of a true Swordsman: that they would be so skilled that they never even had to draw their sword. They could be so skilled that they could, in fact, intimidate their enemy out of an attack. That’s when God reminded me of something that I have been listening to Graham Cooke teaching for years: rest is a weapon. We must be so secure in rest, so at peace that we can outwait the enemy. Our peace must be so overwhelming that the enemy cannot afford to attack us. We must be able to intimidate the enemy out of being able to attack us. He does not have the resources to be able to defeat us. We should have such intense peace and rest as warriors for Christ that the enemy cannot do anything to shake us out of it.
There is no lack in Heaven. We can draw on Heavens resources at any time, and we will never run out of peace and rest as long as we go to the Source for our needs. Fear and anxiety, guilt and condemnation are nothing. The enemy does not have the same kind of infinite resources that God has. The devil is on a budget. God is not. So if we are infinitely resourced, then we should draw on Heaven’s resources so much, and rely so heavily on the Holy Spirit for our peace that the enemy simply cannot afford to try to get us out of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and rest. As long as we keep tapping into Heaven’s resources, the enemy doesn’t have the budget to be able to move us!
I was reminded of a vision my ministry partner had of me a year ago. She had a vision of me as a Samurai, in a teahouse, drinking tea. I was at rest, kneeling, my weapons in my belt, when an enemy snuck up behind me and launched an attack at me. I turned and, from kneeling, destroyed the enemy with one cut of my sword, re-sheathed my sword and was back to drinking tea as though nothing had happened. I was completely unfazed by it.
That is what life in the spirit should look like. We should be so at rest in God, so at peace (and always at the ready through fasting and prayer) that nothing can take us by surprise, and nothing can defeat us, or even afford to attack us in the first place.
Beloved, we are equipped to obliterate any attack of the enemy against us. Rest in that reality; take up your weapons and rest. Intimidate the enemy into inaction by your rest. Be so focused on God that the enemy realizes they don’t have the resources to come against you.
Live in the battleground,
©Michèle Aimée, 2017
Also, if you know you’re called to be a warrior in the natural and are interested in learning Classical Swordsmanship, check out Martial Sciences International at www.MSIONE.org and contact Viol Sensei at MSIONEORG@gmail.com to let him know you are interested. Tell him Michèle sent you!
About the Author
Michèle is a warrior with a passion for God, a deep love of writing, and a fire for combat training. As a warrior, she understands that when she is given orders, she must follow through.