I would like to talk about character today. When we hear the word character we usually look at it as a good quality. Well, good character is a good quality, but there is also bad character; and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of that in our world right now.
For those of you reading this post I would assume that you are a person of good character since a person of bad character wouldn’t waste their time reading a Christian blog. Of course, when talking about a topic such as character, it is always good to look at the word’s meaning so we know just what we’re talking about. Dictionary.com describes character in this way:
- the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.
- one such feature or trait; characteristic.
- moral or ethical quality: a man of fine, honorable character.
- qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity: It takes character to face up to a bully.
- reputation: a stain on one’s character.
- good repute.
- an account of the qualities or peculiarities of a person or thing.
So as you can see, character can be good or bad shining a light on who a person is. Our focus today is going to be on good character.
We can see from the following scripture that character can be developed through perseverance during trials or persecution which we all have to endure. Of course that positive development of character comes from dealing with the trial or persecution in a positive way.
Romans 5:3-4 (NKJV)
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
In a previous post “Living in the Matrix” I talked about how we we’re going to take the red pill and pull away the veil of lies, and look at some of the darker things that are going on in our Country and culture. There are a lot of evil players out there, many who are calling the shots from behind the scenes working in secret.
I wanted to discuss character to be sure we are attacking these subjects with the right frame of mind. I want to make sure we have The Armor of God strapped tightly on, and that we understand how important our character and relationship with God is in relation to these things. To attack some issues without the right character and frame of mind could be dangerous and unsettling. So my last post, this post and the next two or three will focus on our having the right character, frame of mind, and spiritual presence to do what we need to do. Unless we’re attacking these issues through the power of Christ, as Spiritual Warriors, Warrior Poets or however you want to frame it, we might not be ready for some of the things that are coming and things I want to talk about. Many of these issues are not for the faint of heart, or nominal Christians.
Colossians 3:12 [ Character of the New Man ]
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long suffering;
We need to put on the characteristics listed above that can only come from being a new man or woman in Christ.
I wrote a post back in 2012 asking the question, “Do you have what it takes to be a Spiritual Warrior”. Let me share some of that article below as it shows the kind of character that I’m talking about in being able to do spiritual battle in these current times:
First, being a Spiritual Warrior isn’t for the faint of heart. To be a Spiritual Warrior, you must be solid in your walk. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, tells us what we’re up against, and what we need to be doing.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Some of the traits or aspects of character that are essential to being a Spiritual Warrior are:
A Spiritual Warrior is always aware of his or her surroundings. They are aware of the tricks of the adversary, and are on guard against them. Our adversary never levels a frontal assault, but attacks our minds and hearts through situations, other people; and all the sensory stimuli around us.
A Spiritual Warrior knows the scriptures, and is able to see what kind of person someone is by their fruits. They are also aware of their own personal weaknesses, and stay on guard to not let those weaknesses be attacked.
Next, a Spiritual Warrior must have courage, and the only way to have the courage needed for standing against our adversary, is to fully lean on Jesus Christ. Man may have courage to stand against another man, but to stand against spiritual attacks takes God’s strength and courage.
The Spiritual Warrior must also be disciplined. They must read the word regularly and know what’s in the scriptures. They live their lives with a heart of joy and gratitude, as well as, in a spirit of continuous prayer. They also go through their day seeking to do good whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Commitment is something the Spiritual Warrior lives by as well. They are committed to the service of God, and are willing to lay down their life in God’s service if need be. They may be blindsided from time to time, but they quickly recover and get back to God’s business. They are unwavering in their faith and commitment, and will stand for God until the end.
The Spiritual Warrior must also have compassion. They must be strong in spirit and character, but they must also be gentle and humble. The Spiritual Warrior should be able to bring strength to those who are afraid, and be able to weep with those who weep. The Spiritual Warrior must have a heart for people, and must be willing to put others first. (As mentioned above, those things can take some work and don’t always come natural.)
Most importantly, the Spiritual Warrior must have love. There is no character trait or power that is greater than love. This is the kind of love that is given no matter what. This love is a commitment to God that you will stand in the gap for anyone you have an opportunity to help.
It’s giving without any concern for self. It’s the kind of love that Jesus Christ has for all of us, that although we are sinners, He laid down His life for us. As unworthy as we are, He loves us anyway. That is the example we’re given to follow.
Being a Spiritual Warrior is about living for and serving God and His people. It is something that we cannot do on our own; we need God’s help in this battle. Also, we have to consciously resist all the distractions around us spending less time in front of the TV and more time in the Word. As I point at you, I am pointing three fingers back at myself.
We are living in perilous times. We have groups calling for an overthrow of a duly elected President. We have groups calling for killing Police, white people and Christians. We have children that are encouraged to be transgender, and people calling for the age of sexual consent to be lowered or even done away with. We have the character of Satan all around us which means there is no more time for sitting on the fence. It is time to pray for the character that comes from Christ. It is time to get sin out of our lives and live the life we have been called to.
I hope to have another post next week continuing to prepare us for the things we need to do in preparation for the battle ahead.
Please tell me what you think!