The Heart Of A Warrior!!!

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Have A Wonderful and Blessed day!!! The Heart of a Warrior!!!

Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psalm 27:3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psalm 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
Psalm 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Psalm 27:9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

As believer’s we have not been called to be problem starters but problem solvers. We are to never look for trouble but when it comes to things of the Lord we shouldn’t put our tail between our legs and run away.
We’ve been called to be intercessors, gap-standers, conquerors, warriors of faith.

That’s why Paul constantly reminds us that our daily walk, as believer’s, we will be walking through a battleground.

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, the enemy will be waging war against you. I can safely say the last few months I have been in a war of constant attacks. One day I was so frustrated I made a horrible statement about maybe I need to just stop evangelizing. Now of course i understand I can’t do that nor will I do that. Sadly the conflicts didn’t come from the lost oh no they came right from the saved.
See the enemy, the liar, murderer, and great deceiver desires to bring us down. He wants nothing more than to destroy our faith and confidence, and to shatter our hopes and dreams and ultimately to defeat us.

I know this happens because over the years, the enemy began attacking me physically, attacking my family and This is where the heart of a warrior comes into play. Then for a short time I was not really being a committed witness and the attacks slowed right down. Now during that time other things happened due to my not walking as I should have been. However it is far better to stand strong in the Lord.
If, in the very depths of your soul, beats the heart of a warrior, you will be prepared for whatever may come your way.
King David was a veteran of many physical wars, as well as many spiritual wars.

David knew how to engage the enemy and was determined to be victorious.

I believe, David is a prime example of developing the heart of a warrior and there are a number of lessons we can learn from this Psalm.
The first thing we need to look at is, developing the heart of a warrior begins by:

1. Placing our focus on our God, Not on our Fear.
David begins with a strong declaration:
Psalm 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Have you ever felt like One minute you’re singing praises, and the next you’re caught up in a whirlwind of stress. Life can often time be stressful and hurtful. Often times when we just think we have recovered from one storm another storm begins to blows in.

What should you do? Well you can do 1of 2 things.
1. Well we could let our fear steal our joy, and give up.
2. We could develop the heart of a warrior, refusing to give up.
This can only be accomplished when we focus on… who God is… how great He is, and what He means to us.
He is our light… He is our salvation and because of Him, NO enemy can take God’s salvation from us! He is far bigger than any problem we face here.

B. David says that spiritual warfare requires confidence.
Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Psalm 27:3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

Confidence not in our own strength and abilities but in God, in His strength, HIS abilities and His power.

When we focus on God the enemy will often times move on, BUT when we lose our focus and the enemy to cause us to fear, we lose precious ground in our spiritual battle. Because fear causes us to back away instead of standing strong or moving forward!!!

BUT David, the veteran warrior for God, knew the secret to winning the fear game was to focus completely on God and not on his fear. We need to be confident in God’s strength and not our own.
Next, a warrior’s heart is strengthened as we learn to:
Practice Unbroken Fellowship with God.

A. Look at verse 4:
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

When David says “all the days of my life” he is talking about having a constant and intimate relationship with God.
He is not talking not about coming to God only when we’re in trouble but staying in constant, unbroken, fellowship with Him!
B. Why did David have assurance in times of trouble?
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

Because before trouble ever got to him, he had been training to be a confident warrior of Almighty God and he knew that he was safe in the arms of his God.

One of the greatest mistakes you can make in spiritual warfare is to wait until you’re in the battle to train for the fight.

Ladies, gentlemen, boys and girls…If you let the devil throw the first punch, he will knock you out! You and I MUST train BEFORE the battle ever begins and we must throw the first punch! Don’t get caught up in the lies of “I bind you up Satan”, nobody has that ability. The Lord tells us to be prepared with the whole armor of God.
C. David didn’t just show up when he felt like it. A major part of his life was worshiping in God’s house! David was an excellent warrior for God because he was faithful to the house of God. He was not a fair-weather follower but dedicated to God and to His temple. Not only that, he brought his needs before God on regular basis not just when he was in trouble
Psalm 27:6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Psalm 27:7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
The 21st Century believer is losing the battle in this area.
D. When David cried out to God – God answered him.
Psalm 27:8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Psalm 27:9 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Notice what God’s answer was “Seek my face” and David immediately replied, “That’s exactly what I will do then.”
God never asks us to seek the things of this world. He asks us to seek His face. He wants more than anything to have a real and personal relationship with you. He NEVER wants us to seek comfort, healing, or strength from this wicked world.

God desires closeness and even when those closest to you reject you God desires to spend time with you.
The key to victory in spiritual battle is a consistent, unbroken, relationship.

Are we walking with God face to face, or is our relationship with God in the “on and off” mode?

The 3rd thing I want to show is the defining step of a true warrior is:
3. Learning to travel on a straight path.

A. Very little is said today about the value of morality. It is not even politically correct to say that one way of life is “good” and another is not, that one action is “moral” and another is not.
Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Biblical values in society have been torn down in the name of fairness and tolerance. It truly is as the lord said the last days will be; Good will be called evil, and evil called good.

This has also led to weakness in spiritual warfare as the enemy tries to convince us that our values are outdated or “intolerant”. As Christians, our desire must be the straight path. Our walk with Jesus should never be politically correct, it needs to be biblically correct.

B. When you live a morally upright life, people will be cruel to you.
Psalm 27:12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

They will falsely accuse us of being “holier than thou” BUT we must trust in the Lord for patience and protection. You want to get famous on social media, at school or work? Try living for Jesus and do or say something that makes someone mad and watch how they will attack your Christianity…We see it every day, as Christians are viciously attacked and accused of being imposters. What amazes me is the very things they accuse you of being are the very things they do on a daily basis. But see they aren’t trying to live for the Lord…

C. “I would have lost heart, if it had not been for seeing the goodness of God all around me.”

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
God is a good and loving God who will reveal to you His goodness in your time of need.

There is a “good” and “right” way to live and there is a “wrong” way to live, and we want to be on the good, and right path.
Those who teach moral relativism may try to erase the lines between right and wrong but we as believers know there is a difference between right and wrong.

D. The only way we can overcome society’s demand to compromise is to follow David’s advice here in verse 14.
Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
We must look to the LORD, not to society around us for our guidelines for what is right and wrong. We also need to remember all things need to be according to his timing and his will.

If we are comfortable in this world watching the wickedness unfold around us we need to take a long hard look at our hearts and grow closer to the lord, and his right and wrong.

LOYALTY TO CHRIST
1 From over hill and plain
There comes the signal strain –
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Its music rolls along,
The hills take up the song,
Of loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander, “On!”
We’ll move at His command –
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thru loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ!
O hear, ye brave, the sound
That moves the earth around –
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Arise to dare and do,
Ring out the watchword true,
Of loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander, “On!”
We’ll move at His command –
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thru loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ!
Come, join our loyal throng –
We’ll rout the giant wrong –
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Where Satan’s banners float
We’ll send the bugle note,
Of loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander, “On!”
We’ll move at His command –
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thru loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ!
The strength of youth we lay
At Jesus’ feet today –
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
His gospel we’ll proclaim
Thruout the world’s domain,
Of loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander, “On!”
We’ll move at His command –
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thru loyalty, loyalty, yes, loyalty to Christ!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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