Through out Christmas break, I was praying about what God wanted for Reverent Rhythms for this new year and this new season. I knew God had something very specific for this season but I wasn’t getting any clarity on the specifics. I currently am going through a leadership book with my mentor that is written by two Navy SEALs. This book has been in stretching for me because it is outside of my life experience; I don’t know a lot about military life. I have been looking at this book from a lens of scripture and how these intense leadership skills pertain to ministry and walking a christian life. While going through this book, I was reading through a section and I really heard the Lord speak to me about something very specific.
I was reading about the training of the Navy SEALs. Without being an expert on the SEALs, I can tell you that the training for them is intense to say the least. The authors talk about they “trained for hundreds of hours, iteration after iteration, drill after drill, until [they] could operate not just as a group of individuals, but as a team - a synchronized machine, maneuvering with prevision and efficiency through the challenges of chaotic battlefields (Willink, Babin, 66)”. I was super convicted by this statement. I feel like as christians, this should be us. I did a little more research on the SEALs and found out that before they even become a SEAL, they have to compete a physical assessment. They need to be at the peak of their physical capability just to begin training. They have to be able to do a certain number of pushups, pull-ups, etc. just to be able to get into the training program.
The more I learned about this training, the more I realized this is the kind of life that God is calling us to. He was telling me that He wants the Reverent family to be not just good soldiers, but elite warriors for Him. Good things like reading your bible, praying, and going to church is like the physical assessment that the SEALs go though. Those are all super good things, and super needed in our walks with the Lord, but now God is calling us to more. God is calling us to be warriors for Him! I believe that God is calling us to not just be good Christians, but I believe He is calling Reverent to be an elite force for Him. Spiritually fit and mature, trained for battle, maneuvering as a cohesive unit, and knowing how to use our trining.
The question that God put on my heart, and the question that we are going to digging into for the foreseeable future, is what kind of spiritual drills should we be doing and knowing how to utilize to train us to be elite warriors? The Bible specifically tells us that we are in a war and we need to be prepared. Paul speaks about this when he warns the Ephesian church and says “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph. 6:12)”. Yes, God wants us to train and He wants us to be equipped for this battle that we are in, but we need to always remember that we already have the victory in Christ! Paul encourages us by saying “thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 16:57).
With all of that said, I am excited to go through different spiritual “drills” to equip us to do God’s will and to ready for the war that we are in! Each week we are going to dig into one of these “drills” and see how to practically use them and see what God has for us! Bellow is a rough outline of what topic we are going to look at each week! Please feel free to email us if there are any topic that you want to dig into during our Spiritual Boot Camp!
-The blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony
-Prayer, fasting, and reading the Bible
-Worship Spiritual gifts
Willink, Jocko, and Leif Babin. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. Macmillan, 2018.