THE SERVANT GENERAL
STUMBLING BLOCKS - 4
The Lord through His word in the Bible continues to teach
us how to be holy warriors, avoiding stumbling blocks and
big stumbling block is doubting the power of God. Yes, we
pay lip service to the power and majesty of God, but when
push comes to shove, when we face the giants among the enemy,
we falter. This should not be, for who indeed is the God whom
we serve? He is the God of Israel who liberated His people
from Egypt. He is unlike other gods. For “did any god
venture to go and take a nation for himself from the midst
of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war,
with strong hand and outstretched arm, and by great terrors”
(Dt 4:34a). Our God is a warrior God, “dispossessing
before you nations greater and mightier than you” (Dt
should be the proper attitude of holy warriors? “This
is why you must now acknowledge, and fix in your heart, that
the Lord is God in the heavens above and on earth below, and
that there is no other.” (Dt 4:39). Drill this into
your hearts and minds. Our God is Lord of all creation. He
is all-powerful. Nothing can stand in His way. There is no
other god but Him. And He backs us up.
second stumbling block is disobedience. It
should be clear what God wants holy warriors to do. They are
to grow in holiness, and they are to engage in spiritual war.
This is about who we are and what we are to do. This encompasses
and governs all other commandments, for a holy person is one
who heeds and lives out all that God tells us. Thus “you
must keep his statutes and commandments which I command you
today” (Dt 4:40a). What soldiers do not observe strict
obedience to their commanding officers?
obedience impacts on our physical, material, familial and
spiritual well-being. God takes care of His own, so long as
we do not stray away from Him. The ultimate blessing is that
“you and your children after you may prosper, and that
you may have long life on the land which the Lord, your God,
is giving you forever.” (Dt 4:40b). This is of particular
relevance to us in CFC-FFL, as we have the ministry of family
and life. And we are to take (back) the land.
third stumbling block is failure to enter
more deeply into discipleship. In God’s army we start
as recruits, then go through training to become better prepared
soldiers. In a similar way, Jesus calls us and renews us,
but we cannot just stop with the basics, perhaps even already
being a good soldier. There is still the call to be his Special
Forces. So Jesus tells us, “Whoever wishes to come after
me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”
are three things hereself-denial, embrace of the cross,
following Christ. These are essential for warriors who will
engage in intense spiritual battles. Self-denial enables us
to not count the cost, and to look only to the good of the
mission. Embrace of the cross enables us to be able to weather
any trial or challenge, often at great personal cost and suffering.
Following the Commander-in-Chief is necessary, as he knows
how to conduct the war and achieve the victory, and we follow
can help us accept the above is avoidance of a fourth
stumbling block, and that is looking more to our human minds
and ways rather than to the inscrutable wisdom of God. For
God, the first is the last and the last is the first. The
greatest is the least and the least is the greatest. In war
lives are lost. So Jesus says, “For whoever wishes to
save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for
my sake will find it.” (Mt 16:25). This is essential
for holy warriors! We cannot get into the thick of the fight
looking primarily how we can be safe and preserve our lives.
War is war. We enter the fray ready to lay down our lives!
even as we do so, this is the way to true life, and ultimately
to eternal life. “For the Son of Man will come with
his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay
everyone according to his conduct.” (Mt 16:27). What
a glorious time that would be. Will we have fought such that
our Commander-in-Chief will award us the Medal of Valor?
serve our God as holy warriors. This is all about Him, for
our God too is a holy warrior. “Your way, God, is holy;
…. With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, ….
your arrows flashed back and forth. The thunder of your chariot
wheels resounded; …. ” (Ps 77:14a,16a,18b-19a).
this is so “that you might know that the Lord is God;
there is no other.” (Dt 4:35a). Onward, holy warriors!