Will You Join Me In The 2015 Challenge?

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ray-gano-medThis will be my second year to challenge myself to live a Servant-Warrior life. It is not easy and honesty to one’s self and to God is paramount.

Do you have it in you to accept that challenge and rise above self and truly live a Servant-Warrior life? They lived completely for the king / Lord. They gave their all in service to the king. If the king told them to go, they went, if he said jump, they did not ask how high, they just did it.

I know that this past year I have learned a lot about myself and my relationship with the Lord has grown immensely. But I will not kid you in saying that it is easy. It has been a very hard year and battling my pride and anger has been the toughest challenge.

Am I perfect? No far from it. But it is this accountability to myself and to God to live this life that has spurred me to live a better life, and in turn live a more holy life.

Yes, having this knight of the round table idea sounds hokey, but it is interesting the things I did this year as well as not do.

When living as a Servant-Warrior you become more aware of yourself and your surroundings. One thing that I have noticed is that I have become a lot bolder and dropping a lot of the PC dung that is shoved down our throats all the time.

If it is wrong in light of God, then it is wrong period. None of this bantering about finding the loop holes balderdash that so many like to do today. It is time to start calling a spade a spade.

So that is my challenge not only to myself but to ask if you are willing to take a life changing challenge as well.

The Traits of The Servant Warrior

warrior-path2The knights of Europe as well as true warriors from all over the world had a code of honor that they held to.

Honor – a good name and reputation, self-respect

Virtue – valor, merit, and moral righteousness

Loyalty – faithfulness, allegiance to master and cause

Rectitude / right thinking – moral integrity and correct judgment, trustworthiness

Righteousness – sense of obligation and duty

Athletic Skill – strength and power

Military Skill – weapons and strategy

Unselfishness – willingness to serve and give to others

Justice – fairness in dealing with others

Benevolence – charity with tenderness

Politeness – courtesy, observing the cultural amenities

Fearlessness – courage

Veracity – honesty

Sincerity – open and genuine

This is what made up the servant-warrior, this was the code with which they stood upon and they gladly served their Lord and master, even unto death.

My Lord is Jesus Christ and I serve Him with my all. As I said, I am not perfect and I fail. But the difference is that I do not wallow and stay down. I scrape up the courage and fortitude and rise to my feet again and continue on.

The knights of old, they did not balk, they did not ask why, they did not argue with the Lord King. Chivalry and the code of honor did not allow for such misconduct. These servant warriors worked to always try to do what was good and right in the service of their Lord.

I want to make something clear also, these warriors of old were not just some blood thirsty thugs who went out and drew blood, raped and pillaged.

These men were “Masters at Arms” they were the protectors of the people, the land and of their Lord.

In service to the Lord, they were often given whole cities to be stewards over. They were given the task to protect and to serve the people. Most were noblemen or made noblemen.

Servant Warriors Are Not Just Men

joanNow ladies, this is not a men’s only issue. Being a Servant-Warrior also includes women. I have written in the past about the lack of good men with a back bone. Well it still holds.

As a Christian who serves Christ our Lord, all of us, men and women alike are called to service as a Servant-Warrior.

Jude 3 tells us that we are to contend for the faith. Well here is a news flash, look around at what we have today. There has not been much contending for the faith going on. We as bible believing Christians have lost a lot of the high ground and like it or not have been losing the battle.

So this position of the Servant-Warrior is one that all of us answer the call.

We know of many of the great men of history and the bible, but there are good Servant-Warrior women as well.

Joan of Arc

Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France.

Arachidamia

The Spartan princess Arachidamia is said to have fought Pyrrhus (of the phrase “pyrrhic victory”) with a group of Spartan females under her command, and killed several soldiers before perishing.

From scripture we are reminded of great women warriors.

Deborah

Deborah was a prophetess of the God of the Israelites, the fourth Judge of pre-monarchic Israel, counselor, warrior, and the wife of Lapidoth according to the Book of Judges chapters 4 and 5.

The only female judge mentioned in the Bible, Deborah led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera, the narrative is recounted in chapter 4.

Judges chapter 5 gives the same story in poetic form. This passage, often called The Song of Deborah, may date to as early as the 12th century BC and is perhaps the earliest sample of Hebrew poetry.

This poem is also significant because it is one of the oldest passages that portrays fighting women.

Jael

The account of Jael, the wife of Heber, a Kenite tent maker is mentioned in this poem. (Judges 5:24-31)

Jael killed Sisera by driving a tent peg through his temple as he slept. Both Deborah and Jael are portrayed as strong independent women.

It is believed that the poem may have been included in the “Book of the Wars of the Lord” mentioned in Numbers 21:14.

The Servant-Warrior is Needed Again

We are living in the last days of the last days. Many pastors have dropped the ball and because of that many have forgotten what it means to be a true and loyal Servant-Warrior of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is my goal over the course of several months to look at and delve into what it means to be a Servant-Warrior as well as how can we re-awaken the Servant-Warrior in each and every one of us.

The focus will be the warrior code that is clearly found in scripture.

For once we know and fully understand the warrior code; we know our duties and tasks that we are responsible for.

Not only that, but when adversity does come at us, we know how to properly handle this in a true Servant-Warrior way.

So how many out there are willing to take this challenge on for the next year?

Are you someone willing to be accountable to yourself and I mean REALLY be accountable? What about being accountable to other Servant-Warriors?

What about being REALLY accountable to God? This isn’t lip service that so many like to give, this is action, every moment of everyday.

You Will Fail – It Is What You Do After The Failure That Matters

warrior-3Don’t be afraid of failure, you will fail and fail a lot; but it is what you do when getting back up that matters.

Are their issues in your life you want to change for the better? Living a Servant-Warrior life has helped me with some of my less desirable issues.

The key to all of this is being very brutally real with yourself and with God, and that is what you have to do. Otherwise you are just playing make believe and being what I call a “Mall Ninja” – a wanna be Servant-Warrior.

Living this life is something that does not happen overnight either. In fact this is why I am challenging myself to a second year, there is a lot of things that I want to change and I know that God will change them within me. Living the Servant-Warrior life helps me to be more aware of those issues and I can start slowly chipping away of those negatives with God’s help and start instilling positives, thus living a holy acceptable life for my Lord.

I believe that 2015 will be a huge game changer. This is why I strongly believe that we will need the Servant-Warrior.

How many out there are willing to take the Servant-Warrior challenge for the year?

Let me hear from you and I will add you to my special Servant-Warrior email list.

Check out my Servant-Warrior Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/theservantwarrior

The time to stand is now.

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