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A warrior moment

To have a “warrior moment” you have to first love something so much you’ll die for it. I know I love Karen and the kids that much. I love the Lord that much and many of my friends, I think. But a warrior moment has to be translated to action, to a point of confrontation and ba…
By Seth Barnes

To have a “warrior moment” you have to first love something
so much you’ll die for it. I know I love
Karen and the kids that much. I love the
Lord that much and many of my friends, I think.

But a warrior moment has to be translated to action, to a
point of confrontation and battle. I
remember defending a woman that a group of drunk Croatians were hassling while
waiting to board a plane in Nairobi. I remember the crazy act of rowing a boat across an inlet to a
floating dock in Tampico
and unmooring the entire dock and poling it over to transport a group on the
other side. Or there was the time I loaned a sister ministry
$250k so that a project could happen. Or
two years ago, launching out to start the Swazi project without a budget or staff. Or standing up in front of those I was
leading, knowing there was opposition and saying, “Woe to me if I don’t preach
the gospel.” Or my trips to China, Cuba,
India, Peru, and England, all of which represented a
launching out into the unknown.

Maybe fasting every week for Leah’s healing was an act of
battle. Maybe starting AIM or engaging
in deliverance ministry was. Starting ASPIRE in 1982 (a ministry in the Dominican Republic)
was – that felt like war. Or fighting
for Karen when, before I even knew her, it seemed like I’d lost her.

But my day in-day out life seems to be all too
pedestrian. The same issues loom before
me daily, like a scene out of “Groundhog Day.”
And chief among the battles I fight are the internal battles with
myself, with my flesh. Will I compromise
today? Will I love as Jesus did or will
I take shortcuts? Will I hold high the
banner of purity or will I cut and run?

Will I pursue and fight for the dream of raising up a
generation of radically committed disciples of Jesus or will I settle for
running a missions agency that impacts a few?

I love Romans 7 and 8.
Paul describes this battle with precision. “I have the desire to do what is good, but I
cannot carry it out,” he says in Romans 7:18.
The answer, that inner wooing to greatness is the voice of the
Spirit. “The Spirit helps us in our
weakness” it says in Romans 8:26. And
verse 37 holds the promise that every would-be warrior longs to see realized,
“We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

My spirit responds, “Yes!”

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