Confront and Conquer: The Warrior’s Call

Kim CrabillBy Kim Crabill8 Minutes

Kim Crabill: Welcome to Strengthen Your Walk. Men, I have a message for you: you are warriors! And despite how you’re feeling; what has happened in your life; or even what the world has been saying, God’s Word has never changed about that warrior heart inside you.

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Hello everyone and welcome to our new series “Confront and Conquer.” I’m Kim Crabill, the author of the series, but I’ve also asked along my friend Casey Gomes who has become a contributing editor with me.

Hey, Casey! Thank you so much for joining me today!

Casey Gomes: Hi, Miss Kim!

Kim: Absolutely. This is a big topic: confront and conquer. You know, this is something that I’ve spent a lot of time working with women on but I realized that it’s a message for men as well, don’t you agree?

Casey: I agree. I think one of the most important things we can do as men, in this day and age more than ever, is to really find our warrior within and to battle that warrior spirit not just in our own way but in God’s way and in God’s Word. And finding that is probably more important now than ever.

Kim: Absolutely! With women, I’ve found that we had just kinda lost our position. We forgot our role in Christ. We literally kinda lost ourselves. I think I see that in our society with men as well.

Casey: I do too. And I think one of the things you and I have talked about over the years that I think is really important to restate is that it’s not about perfection because none of us is perfect.

Kim: Exactly.

Casey: And we’ll talk more about why we need to let go of that need to be perfect and instead offer those imperfections up to God in a way that allows us to be true and vulnerable with ourselves every single day.

Kim: Absolutely! Well, when we think about that – and you brought up that word “warrior” – you know that’s a word that the Angel of the Lord called Gideon — “You mighty warrior” at a time when he wasn’t a mighty warrior. So, I think that it’s so important to talk about even before we feel like a warrior.

Casey: And if we look at the Bible, most warriors didn’t think they were warriors. And in almost every story, God would come to them and say, “I’ve chosen you.” And in almost every story, every man said, “Not me. You’ve got the wrong person. I’m not the guy you’re looking for.”

Kim: Yes.

Casey: And in most cases, God had to come back three, four, five times to convince them, and I think us modern men are probably the same way!

Kim: Absolutely! And I think that’s what’s so important about this series — just really taking the time to unpack some of this. Before we get started, what is a warrior? We were talking about this: what is a good definition for warrior?

Casey: I like the idea that we’re always battling, you know? And maybe the battles aren’t happening every second of every day, but they happen pretty regularly in our lives. And I think as men, we look at a modern warrior, at least in the way that we define it, as it’s a man who is willing to accept his flaws and willing to accept his imperfections but also willing to continue to drive toward his relationship with God. And to do so in a way that allows us to honor both: the greatness that we’re capable of achieving, but also honoring those imperfections that are also in our life that sometimes we hide and don’t want others to see.

Kim: And that’s one of the underlying themes of the study is that you don’t have to be perfect. As a matter of fact, the flaws, the sins, the missteps, and all those things are things that we see that really enhance our story because we know inside our hearts we’re not perfect. And so, I have found that when we are able to talk about those imperfections, that’s where we really relate. But there’s a secret to all that and that means we have to talk.

Casey: Yes!

Kim: Now I know women need to talk. Do men really need to talk?

Casey: Spoiler alert! Yes, we do need to talk! And even though sometimes we don’t want to or we might be taught we can talk about some things on the surface, but what really becomes important as we build those relationships of trust is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable in those conversations with other men and also with our spouse or our friends or our family. That’s really important. Men do need to talk.

Kim: They do and it’s time to start that discussion. And I can talk about how my husband can make cement sound interesting but we have to go into deeper things and that’s what this series is gonna be about. I’m so excited.

I want to thank you for joining us and I want you to remember that there is a warrior inside you. We have a lot to talk about. As a matter of fact, next time that’s where we’re gonna start. We’re gonna talk about what we’re thinking about and really dive into that.

So, thank you so much for joining us as we create and begin this new series. What I want you to remember and I don’t want you to forget is that what we don’t confront will always control us. But what we do confront, Romans 8:37 assures us that God has already made us more than conquerors through Him. So hold on to that, warrior, and join us next time for some really deep talk time. Thank you for joining us today. We pray that this “Confront and Conquer” series will truly strengthen your walk.

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