Jewish people believe there are five stages of a person’s life in fulfilling God’s purpose and plan for your life. Which stage are you in? Let’s continue from my last note:
The five main stages are:
- Wounded Warrior
Warrior Stage – I think this an awesome stage! I have been in the martial arts for over 40 years. I think everyone should learn some type of martial arts not only to be used as a self-defense but also so much more. It teaches discipline, respect, honor, humility, confidence, physical fitness, mental toughness, perseverance, and the list goes on and on.
I believe this stage in our life with God comes after the child phase. 1 Cor 13:11 says “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. God is training us to become a warrior in Christ because we have a very real adversary out there: the devil. John 10:10 says “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly”. God want us to rise in Him and become that warrior that He wants and designed you to be.
In martial arts you must train you body and mind to be a warrior: to be alert, to discern situations, to be confident in your abilities, etc. God wants you to train your mind, body, and spirit and to know his ways. Isa. 55:9 says “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts”. God is saying His ways, and thoughts are higher than ours, and He is inviting us to come up to His thoughts and ways.
God wants us to study the word to show ourselves approved. 2 Tim 2:15 says “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. By training our minds we can think more like He does.
God wants us to be in prayer 24/7 with him. 1 Thes 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing”. This is our relationship with the Father, meaning we need to always be checking in with Him about every situation, problem, or circumstance. Staying in constant fellowship with the Father helps us know His ways and follow His direction.
God wants us to train our body or flesh by disciplining the body by keeping it in control. 2 Tim 1:7 says “For God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of self-discipline”. One of the best disciplines for our spirit, mind, AND body is fasting. By fasting we are discipling our body and not giving in to every whim. We are then in control of our body not the body in control of us.
I pray this encourages you in your walk with the Lord!