During that sermon, John talks about viewing Christ as the warrior he is. Obviously, as Christians, we are not all meant to kick down doors and shoot the bad guys, but we are all called to fight evil in the world. How did Christ fight? He fought by dying. We are commanded to do the same. We must die to our old selves and be born again through the waters of baptism. Doing so makes us look a little more like Jesus Himself. When we truly die to ourselves, we can more effectively do the work and fight the fight God calls us to. Frank E. Peretti writes a book called "This Present Darkness". It is a fantastic fiction about spiritual warfare. We must learn how to spiritually fight similarly as the characters in the book do. We can only learn to fight, however through training. We train through prayer, through scripture, and through seeking God's grace. Don't forget to train your spirit as you also train on the range!
I want to encourage anyone reading this to more thoughtfully and intentionally pray for yourselves, for your families, and for others, that all may come to know Christ. Be willing to say the truth despite the world we are in today. Fight for the truth, fight for your families, fight for your faith.
There's much more to say, but I hope my main ideas are made despite my little detail. For your body, mind, and spirit:
Train Hard, Train Smart