Warriors. Soldiers. Men. began in 2005 as a direct revelation that came to me through great pain and loss. After losing my younger brother, who was killed in action in the war (https://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-sgt-angelo-l-lozada-jr/796541) in Iraq and the conversations I had with him.
One late night as we talked after his return from his tour in Afghanistan and his attempt to transition to civilian life taking up the roles of Father, Husband, Brother, Son, Uncle, and Friend.
He shared and we talked about the enemy you can see versus the one you cannot. He said to me, "out in the field I can clearly see who my enemy is but at home I’m not so sure.”
He re-enlisted and I never saw my brother again...
A few months after we laid him to rest it came to me - men today do not realize the enemy that they are fighting against and that is this enemy is not visible (Our problems are spiritual and moral at the root) so they enter into a spiritual battle with carnal weapons only to lose and fail at every turn.
Failure then leads to surrender or sometimes fleeing and abandoning our God given place. We become distracted and pursue things that appear to satisfy a need only to be left wanting more (addictions and ungodly habits form) not realizing that this need deep within us is a spiritual need that can only be satisfied with a spiritual awakening.
My brother was a hero who lived a life of sacrifice and commitment to the protection of others.
He was selfless...
John 15:13 (TLB)
13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends;
It is to this work that I have given myself, to the spiritual awakening of men and why Warriors, Soldiers, Men was birthed.
John 3:3 (NKJV)
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born [a]again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
The belief about Warriors, Soldiers, Men is that in the chest of every man beats the heart of a Warrior, a Soldier, and a Man.
A Warrior fights. He fights against those who would attempt to rule him or deny him access to that which is rightfully his. He seeks to conquer and to protect. As men these characteristics are evident but we must learn that the fight we are in today is not against flesh and blood.
12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.
So we must learn to Engage in this Battle with Spiritual Weapons.
A Soldier follows orders, he is given a mission to accomplish, a goal to fulfill. He doesn’t live life haphazardly but intentionally preparing and training. As men we should live intentionally with purpose and direction. Accomplishing goals and training in spiritual matters to discern the times and know what needs to be done as we receive our orders from the Lord.
A Man protects, provides, and must pastor his home. It’s a privilege that comes with great responsibility. Most men believe that being a good provider means supporting a family financially. It means much more than that and how to be a man can only be learned at the feet of Jesus and following His teachings.
A Man should accept the responsibility of the emotional, spiritual and physical
well-being of those in his charge.
ALL MEN PLEASE READ Ephesians 6:10-18