Paul McDonald and Chris Stater discussed our identity as a warrior in God's kingdom. Below is an excerpt from that conversation. The full version can be found on The Trailmarker Podcast, found on iTunes, Google Play, and online.
Paul: What sort of battles have you been facing recently?
Chris: I’ve found where Satan pushes the button for me is centered around the family. We’ve got some battles, not necessarily confrontational battles against family members, but more when I try to guide and have influence on my son, for example. Over the next week, I get this fabulous opportunity to spend time with my son driving across country, and I’ve got some very specific things I want to discuss, centered around perspective, character, and remind him of whose he is. He belongs to God, I’m his father, and there’s a conversation that needs to be had. And I’m battling constantly in my own mind, the thoughts of, “If you’d raised him right,” or “If you’d have done this, you wouldn’t have this,” these accusations of “You’re not a good father, because if I was, we wouldn’t have to have these conversations.” I don’t want to leave the impression that he’s a wayward son, or completely off the reservation, but there are things that, as a father, I want to speak into his life as he’s moving to the West Coast. I mean, that’s a continent away from his mom and I, and there’s things we want to reaffirm in him over the next week, and there’s been a constant struggle with Satan over the accusation around it. So, that’s one battle that’s ongoing, but even in the middle of it, I can experience victory. I’m surrounded by men who can speak into it and look at it from an outsider perspective. So now I’ve got some good insights into what I want to say, in a way that’s loving and affirming, and not condemning.
Another battle is busyness, you know, coming right out of the Outpost and jumping back into the Matrix, and, all of a sudden, you find yourself running a million miles an hour
Paul: Like trying to jump on a treadmill that’s already going.
Chris: Exactly, man. It’s like, boom, I just smashed my face into the ground because I jumped on it unprepared. So, those are the things. You know, they’re pretty typical at this point in my walk. I can recognize them much, much quicker than I had in the past. Actually, in the past, I would just dismiss it as, well, that’s just the way it is. I didn’t give any thought that my life was resisted. So that’s a victory in itself, is the recognition. Because if you recognize it, you can deal with it.
Paul: Right. I remember from the Free session, we say, you know, recognition does not equal freedom or healing, but it’s a start. Victory isn’t recognition, but it’s where you start.
Chris: Right, if you don’t recognize it, you can take it all kinds of different places. You project it on yourself. “I’m blowing it.” “God’s holding out on me.” All the things that we talk about in the Warrior session, and that’s Satan’s number one strategy. And, honestly, that’s where most men are. They totally dismiss the fact that they have an enemy. They think, “God wouldn’t call us in if it was dangerous.” And I want to say, “Just take a look around you.”