If we read the story of the warriors of faith, we find that they have the same characteristics, i.e. they have the instinct, the instinct of a faith warrior.
“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions” (Hebrews 11:32-33).
1. The instinct to conquer the enemy.
Faith is given not so we can have a house, car, etc.. Faith is given by God for us to conquer the enemy. God gave faith to Gideon to conquer the Midianites. God gave faith to Samson to conquer the Philistines. God gave faith to Jephthah to conquer the Ammonites. God gave faith to David to conquer Goliath. That is why one of the characteristic of a believer is: the instinct to conquer.
When Goliath intimidated Israel, Saul and all his armies trembled, because they do not believe in God. But when David heard Goliath’s intimidation, something in him rose, what was it? The instinct to conquer! He advanced and conquered Goliath.
Warriors of faith will not let the enemy do anything in front of him. Every time he sees the enemy, the instinct to conquer rise up in him. He really fights and conquers the enemy. That’s why the warriors of faith will become the people who are invincible.
2. The instinct to apply the truth.
Faith is given to us so that we can apply every truth that we receive. That is why the warriors of faith will not allow the truth that they have received go away just like that, but will apply it in everyday life, so that the truth will be a way of life.
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock” (Matt. 7:24-25).
3. The instinct to achieve what has been promised.
The warriors of faith live by God’s promises. They do not depend their lives on their work or service, but on God’s promises. They will not let the promises of God fall, but will continue to struggle in the spirit to achieve fulfillment of the promise. The warriors of faith will not be satisfied until the promise become reality in their lives.
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:18-21).
For a warrior of faith, to let God’s promises fall is a sin,
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:11).
4. The instinct to break the shackles of intimidation.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).
The work of the devil is to intimidate believers so that they may be scared and feel small and ready to be devoured.
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
The warriors of faith have shut the lions’ mouths, it means they have the ability to break every shakles of intimidation from the devil.
Saul and his men heard the intimidation of Goliath for 40 days. From day to day their strength are getting smaller and are ready to be swallowed up by the enemy. But David, the warrior of faith came. Upon hearing of the enemy’s intimidation, he did not say anything, he immediately reacted. And when he advanced to face Goliath, just look how he closed the mouth of Goliath:
And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hands (I Samuel 17:44-47).
David broke the shackles of intimidation of Goliath with the Word of truth that has been living in him (already applied). And in the end he really decapitated Goliath’s head and conquered him.
The warriors of faith live free from intimidation because they have the instinct of a faith warrior and the ability to break every shackles of intimidation from the devil.
Read also: How Jesus Believe.