If we love Jesus, we will obey his commands, his principles, precepts, injunctions. His teachings. This doesn’t say we will TRY, it says we WILL.
Including: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20) (Everything he had commanded the disciples? That includes heal the sick, cast out demons, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead.)
And not only those things, we will do whatever he says to us personally, present tense. It will become part of our nature – our new nature – to hear his voice and carry out his wishes.
How? Certainly not by just trying. Jesus knew we can’t do any of those things in our own ability, willing or not. He had a plan for that: God the Holy Spirit, inhabiting his disciples.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.” “But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. … My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. … When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.” (John 14:16-17, 23b, 26; 15:26)
What does all that have to do with being a Warrior? Warriors don’t go wherever they choose, do whatever they choose, whenever they choose. They are under orders. They go where they are told, do what they are told, when they are told.
Most important of all – they learn how to communicate with higher authorities and others, and how to obey orders.
It’s important to study and know God’s word, his ideas, precepts, principles, injunctions, and teachings. Without those we couldn’t be sure the voice we hear is really the Holy Spirit, and he is still speaking to his disciples today, present tense. Teaching, explaining, giving instructions. Giving orders. Handing out assignments.
Assignments come in all shapes and sizes. Call this person? Go that place? Read this chapter? Write that article? Pray that prayer? Intercede for that situation? Speak that word? Speak life, wholeness, deliverance or healing to that person? Volunteer?
Make a public stand or fight a stealth battle? Sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s the other.
Military warriors take orders and carry them out. Sometimes it’s fighting a vicious enemy. Sometimes it’s rescuing children in a flood. Sometimes it’s helping rebuild a school. And – sometimes it IS fighting a vicious enemy.
Obeying orders, God’s warrior goes where the Lord says go, does what the Lord says to do, when and where he says to do it. I think the church today needs more of a Warrior mentality.
- Commandments = entole – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction.
- Word = logos – word(s), uttered by a living voice; embodies a conception or idea. Translated “teaching” in 14:23 NIV.
- Keep = tereo – watch, guard, keep one in the state he is in, take care of; i.e. obey – this is a military term.
- Advocate = parakletos – one summoned, called alongside to help; legal counsel, advisor, aide, assistant.