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“…Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

– 2 Corinthians 12:9,10

Yesterday we talked about two important truths we can internalize as we focus on our best days being ahead of us: anything is possible and there will be suffering required to get there. Today, I want to convince you that going after your dream is worth the struggle!

Just like being healthy means that you have to exercise a little bit every day, being the kind of person who embraces amazing possibilities requires that you expect trouble. In fact, beyond expecting it, I will go so far as to say that you can and should embrace it. I want you to get to the point where you can say, “I’m glad I struggled because those struggles made me the person I am today.”

I once had an army colonel tell me that in a battle, there are 20 out of 100 soldiers who shouldn’t even be there; they’re not trained and they should be nowhere near the battlefield. Then there are probably 70 more who are never going to pull the trigger or actively engage in the fight, so they’re just basically targets for the enemy. Of the remaining ten, nine are true soldiers, but there is only one who is a warrior.

Friend, you are that one out of a hundred! You are a warrior for the Lord; one who’s willing to go the extra mile and endure suffering. I want you to embrace the reality that anything is possible in your life with Jesus Christ, but also to expect and welcome the rough road whose milestones are built on difficulty and struggle. The journey is worth it. You are Jesus’ warrior and He wants to show His power and glory in and through your life. Isn’t that amazing news?

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for calling me to be your warrior. I acknowledge the suffering will be part of my journey, but I choose to embrace it, knowing that you are leading me to my divine destiny.

Reflection


Do you see yourself as God’s warrior?

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9 Responses

  1. I would not be hear unless it was for God as Ihave had Leukemia for going on 19 years and no chemo or meds. Thank You Lord and I am 79 Years old. I am a walking miracle.
    Pat or Patricia Coe and I still work and I do go to the Rock in Anaheim and I sed to ride to church when I was young with my grandmother in a go cart when I lived in Huntington Beach. I was also in a very bad accident that I should have been killed as that is what they told my mom back in 1962 but I made it Thanks to the Lord.

    1. I certainly will. Now is the time to love more and embrace those in need of our love and understanding. I pray for the lady as well. Both victims of modern day politics. I pray all politicians hearts will soften. I pray for world peace!

    2. Praying for Judge Kavanahghand his Family ,President Trump and his family and The US ,blessings from your friends in Canada .May your ministry continue to be a blessings to others as it has been to my husband and myself .

    3. Thanks so much pastor Schuller as I go through struggle to make me a warrior. I am Christ’s Warrior and the world’s sufferer. I
      always communicate weakness as a source of getting to what is right yet the world doesn’t understand why I do this. I am honest about wanting a clear perspective, others react from the conditions to survive in the world not from the spirit of god. I’ve been told I’m a warrior like David after the heart of god. I was anointed with the myrr oil when I was baptized in my Armenian church that came from the original oil given to the mother Armenian church by one of Christ’s disciples 2000 yrs ago. I owe my sole to Jesus for the gifts he has given. Thanks so much

      Wayne Garabedian, fresno

  2. Thanks so much pastor Schuller as I go through struggle to make me a warrior. I am Christ’s Warrior and the world’s sufferer. I
    always communicate weakness as a source of getting to what is right yet the world doesn’t understand why I do this. I am honest about wanting a clear perspective, others react from the conditions to survive in the world not from the spirit of god. I’ve been told I’m a warrior like David after the heart of god. I was anointed with the myrr oil when I was baptized in my Armenian church that came from the original oil given to the mother Armenian church by one of Christ’s disciples 2000 yrs ago. I owe my sole to Jesus for the gifts he has given. Thanks so much

    Wayne Garabedian, fresno

  3. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me…. I say this scripture every morning when I wake up… Just want to say I love hour of power praying you will continue to be a blessing in your ministry and would love you to come to Australia God bless and keep up the good work !!!

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