By Ray Gano
It is my heartfelt belief that God is raising up men and women to be Servant Warriors.
Our churches have become places of entertainment and socializing, not places of worship and reverence of The Lord.
We have watered down sermons and many people want “Their Best Life Now.” Not that having a best life now is bad, it is which of those “best lives” will you choose?
Will you choose the best life of serving self or will you choose the best life at serving God?
What amazes me is that many people will not say that they choose self, but just looking at the state of the church today, we can clearly see that this is the choice that they have made.
Was that choice a conscious effort? Odds are that it is not. Think about this for a second, who goes around claiming to be a Christian and says to themselves “I am going to serve the self today.”
They don’t, but what many have bought into is “If it feels good, do it.”
After a while the person is living on instinct and floating down the river of life with no real direction, they just float, life appears to be good. They slip into what I call “auto-pilot mode” and just go with it.
There was a study conducted a few years ago, researching how much man is “habit” driven vs taking decisive action. The study showed that in an average 16 hour day 40% of that day was driven by habit, that means that over 6 hours of that day the person working in “auto-pilot mode.”
Ask yourself, how many hours a day are YOU in full auto-pilot mode?
Remember that song by the Beatles – A Day in The Life?
“Woke up, fell out of bed
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup
And looking up, I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream “
This is all habit driven. This person in the song was basically in “auto-pilot mode” not really thinking about doing anything, just going through the paces of life un-aware and some what oblivious of the world he was living in.
Can you picture yourself here in these song lyrics?
Do you live habits and just float down the river of life?
Now here is the hard question. Being habit driven, floating down the river of life in auto-pilot mode, where is God fitting in with all this? Remember you are in auto-pilot mode, not really thinking about anything, just doing and going through the paces.
So again… where does God fit in all this?
If you are being completely honest with yourself, then your answer must be that “He isn’t.”
There are many words the help describe the Servant Warrior, but probably the best is “being aware.”
This is what is suffering greatly in the church today, being aware of God.
Sure, we go to church on Sunday, get that warm fuzzy and “feel” aware of God’s presence. But the rest of the week we just go into auto-pilot mode and poof… He is gone, out of sight, out of mind.
The enemy has done a great job of turning most Christians in the “mind numb robots.”
I have to admit that there are times when it feels good just being in “mind numb robot / auto-pilot mode.”
But what happens is that many get into that rut and have a hard time getting back out again. It is easier to just float down the river of life than it is to grab that paddle and start going back up stream.
Here is an awareness fact – God does not live in the ruts.
Yes God is always with us, but are we always with God? When we are habit driven, in auto-pilot mode and walking around like mind numb robots… then I have to say no.
When we are acting in this manner, we really are not aware of anything, especially God.
But there is so much more, we just have to wake up the sleeper that is in all of us and choose to start being aware of God and the world we live in and stop settling basically being a mind numb robot walking around in auto-pilot mode.
The Servant Warrior is The Superior Person – They are aware of God Daily
Yes, this is a fact. There are people reading this right now and I know that this statement upsets them, but it still is truth.
God is waking up the Servant Warrior, He has been for several years now. People are trying to throw off being that “mind numb robot” and are choosing to be active, not passive any longer.
But fighting the auto-pilot habits are hard, believe me I know, I struggle with them as well. The key is choosing to be aware and leaving that passive life behind.
This is one of the actions that make the Servant Warrior the superior person. He / she is aware and continues to work at being aware of God and the world they live in.
See it does not take much effort to go into auto-pilot mode and float down the river of life. Where it does take effort to be aware of God daily. Another way of thinking of it is “fighting the good fight.”
Now, understanding that we are fighting the old self that wants to float down the river of life, that is why we are fighting a good fight against ourselves. Pushing that old person, the flesh back and allowing the godly person to stand. But we can not do this on our own and that is why one needs to be aware of God daily.
How does one become aware of God daily?
They work at it. The Servant Warrior chooses daily to have God in their lives and to be aware of Him. Where the Mind Numb Robot, well they don’t think about much of anything except what they have to do the next moment of their habit formed life.
Yes , it is easier and yes you do not have to think about the daily grind and fight that life produces. But we are missing so much interaction with our Lord.
He died for us, shouldn’t we live for Him, I mean really live for Him?
How To Be Aware of God And Learn To Walk With Him Daily
1 – Be aware of His presence.
We read in Genesis 28:15…
“And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.”
God is omni-present, that means that He is everywhere all over the world all at the same time.
He is with us always. Where ever we go, He is there.
Do you want to know that God is with you where ever you go? Read Psalms 139.
Here are a few quick chosen verses.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
The Servant Warrior is aware of God’s Presences and takes solitude in that knowledge.
2 – Be aware by talking to Him always
Here is a really short verse…
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Pretty much says it all. But how does one pray without ceasing? What is prayer except talking to God.
So talk to God always. You don’t have to get down on your knees, or be in church of have folded hands to talk to God. Talk to Him like you talk to anyone else.
This is a good habit to form. I talk to God all the time. I ask His opinion, what I should do, what does He think. I thank Him, praise Him, ask His help when things are tough and when we have gotten through the tough times, thank Him for helping us. I work hard at talking to him a lot and I try not to make any decisions without talking to Him first.
3 – Be aware that when you are not talking to God, then you are thinking about God.
Deuteronomy 6 : 4-9 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
This is the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9): It is the core of Hebrew prayer with special emphasis is given to the first six Hebrew words of this prayer… Shema Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. This prayer stresses that we are to love God with all our hear, soul and might. It goes on to command us to teach our children about God, to think about God when we wake up, when we go places and when we lie down to sleep.
We are called to pretty much think about God always.
When You Are Aware of God, Talking and Thinking About God – You Are Aware of The World You Live In
Yep, that is the truth. When we make the time, get out of mind numb robot mode / auto-pilot mode, we suddenly become aware of not only God, but we become aware of the world around us.
Here is the really cool thing about this, the world becomes a bright and beautiful place because all of a sudden you are aware of so many places that you can personally make a difference.
You are aware of things that you were not aware of before.
You become aware of that homeless man on the street, stop give him a few bucks, ask if there is anything you can pray for. Maybe give him a chick track to read.
You become aware of that co-worker who’s marriage is going down the tubes because they do not know how to get out of auto-pilot mode. So why not share the Servant Warrior life with them?
You are aware of that new grand child you now have in your life and you stop to pray a blessing over him or her.
You also become aware of the darkness that is part of this world.
You are aware of that suspicious person walking around the parking lot, so you avoid that area.
You are aware of someone who is not part of your congregation sitting there in your church with an angry face. Are they a threat? You do not know, but you are aware of them.
You are aware of that thug at the gas station who keeps looking inside that convenience store as if they are looking to do evil.
You become aware of a lot of things in the world you live in when you are aware of God, His Presence and when you are spending time with Him in prayer and thought.
I can not explain this supernatural awareness. It is something that happens when you choose to be a Servant Warrior and choose to be aware of God and the world we live in.
Question – Are you tired of being that mind numb robot that is floating down the river of life?
Do you want to serve God in a higher, more righteous and honorable way?
Then it is possible that God is calling you to step up and become The Servant Warrior for your area, your church and your community.
If you are stepping up to this challenge. Know that you are not alone, although you will feel like you are.
Know that there are a number of us Servant Warriors and our numbers are growing.
Our mission is to be accountable to God, to each other and to ourselves. We are not perfect and we realize that we will fail many times.
The difference between us and the average person is that we keep getting back up and on that battle field once again.
If this is you, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets talk and see how we can encourage each other to continue to fight the good fight. Take the time to check out my Servant Warrior articles on my website, they can help as well.
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”