In case you forgot, the acronym is
A. Authority (under it)
I. Influencer NOT influenced
O. On Fire
R. Radical love (walking in)
Being a warrior means first you are a worshipper. Exodus 34:13-14 “But you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images (for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God)” Get rid of that which you worship before God and then worship Him.
– to adore, to pay divine honors to, to reverence with supreme respect and veneration
– To respect to honor to treat with civil reverence
– To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission; as a lover
I personally love that last definition – extravagant love, extreme submission, as a lover
I do not condone, suggest, approve, or wish to put someone I love on this earth over my King. That is not what I am saying.
God is the lover of our soul. It takes two to tango so if he loves us, let us love Him in return. 1 John 4:18-19 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.”
Extravagant love…wandering beyond limits, excessive, irregular, wild, not within ordinary limits of truth or probability
That is how we should love on God. Yes he loves us even more extravagantly, but he wants us to worship him as best we can in an extravagant manner.
I don’t watch many romantic movies nor do I know a lot of personal experience in this department but I have a very strong imagination and I read a lot. Not romantic novels, but even in the most hard core sci-fi or adventure tales there is some aspect of romance. So through my readings I have an idea (I know ideas don’t always compare to reality)but extravagant love is the one where you bring gifts surprising the other, saying how much you love them out of the blue, doing everything that you know will make their heart happy.
Let us do that for God. Surprise Him with gifts of praise – he loves those. Psalm 100:4-5 “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations.”
Extreme submission is when we give over our control. We humans love to control things. Even when you say ‘I’m not controlling’ I can guarantee you that there is at least one thing where you want it to be a certain way. Don’t deceive yourself.
We are ignorant of what God’s righteousness is unless we submit (Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”)
Submitting to God benefits you in so many ways but in context with warfare it means that the devil will flee from you when submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7 “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”)
Extreme submission – dying to self. We will no longer be offended, no longer worry, no longer stress, no more freaking out. We have given everything over to Him. Completely. I’m aware how difficult it is and yet how easy it is. We want to show God how to do it but we forget He is in control.
Remind yourself through prayer – God you are in control, I don’t see the big picture now but God you do. You know the pieces and how they fit together. Let me not come in and force them together – like a puzzle. When you try to ft two pieces together and it just doesn’t work…God knows exactly which pieces go together and how they should be placed together
Tell him in your prayer life how much you love Him, not just for the stuff he has blessed you with, but thank Him for the hard times because He knows you’re strong enough to go through it with His help. James 1:2-3 “My Brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
Thank Him for everything and that you love Him. It makes Him smile. Think about God’s smile – don’t you want that to come into your life constantly? Let us do everything we know to do to make his heart happy. Psalm 80:7,19 “Restore us, O God of Hosts; Cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved!” “Oh Lord, you’re beautiful, Your face is all I seek, For when your eyes are on this child, Your grace abounds to me.” Oh Lord You’re Beautiful – Keith Green
It isn’t rocket science to know what makes His heart happy and what makes it sad or hurt.
He did give us a manual.
There was a picture of this huge book with tiny print that that ‘the manual for understanding women is now in paperback” now I have to admit it was funny, but God isn’t like that. Sure there are these huge bibles but it is the same book. His message never changes.
His instructions never change. You simply have to read it to find all that we should do want to do to make His heart happy.
Now you have your second choice. If you have chosen to be the warrior, steadfast to the end then your next choice is: will I worship the Lord with extravagant love, extreme submission, as a lover?