Staying Power: The Test of Salvation

There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab.  Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.  Once, armed only with a club, he killed an Egyptian warrior who was 71/2 feet tall and who was armed with a spear as thick as a weaver’s beam.  Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it.  Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the three mightiest warriors.  I Chronicles 11:22-24

Staying power is commitment.  Salvation is only salvation if you stick with it.  I am one of those that believe that once you commit your life to Christ, you will always be His.  There are always debates on this point, but there is a ton of scripture that teaches the once saved always saved doctrine.  This blog is not for me to prove that point.  I want to talk about how to get staying power or another word for it, endurance.  If you endure something, you are committed to it.  If you can turn your back on Christ, to me, you were not really saved to begin with.  That is the definition of apostate.  When I think of commitment, I think about the men and women who constantly are trained to give their lives to protect our American heritage.  Soldiers are a great example of committed endurance.  They have that staying power.  The Christian life is like the life of a soldier, we have to have that staying power in our lives.  I use Benaiah as the example above.  I first heard of him when I read one of my favorite books In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day by Mark Batterson.  Benaiah was one of the most powerful warriors in the bible; he was amazing.  He was fearless, he was fast, he was strong, and he was faithful.

Endurance of a soldier begins with being fearless.  General George Patton said that courage is fear holding on a minute longer.  Courage in essence is faith.  Benaiah had tremendous faith in his abilities and most importantly in God.  I have to admit for me to chase after a lion on a snowy day into his own lair, I would have to have a ton of faith in not only my abilities, but in God having my back.  He was either stupidly reckless, or excessively confident.  I would say he was the latter.  You can be excessively confident when you have God backing you up.  Besides, he was the chief bodyguard for King David and King David was not slouch when it came to being a warrior.  He led by example.

A soldier needs to be fast to endure.  When I talk about being fast, you need to have the grace to switch gears quickly so as not to miss the blessing God has for you.  Sometimes the path we are going is not leading anywhere, when that still small voice says go this way we need to be prepared to act quickly to adjust to the new path.  Benaiah when he faced the Egyptian faced a seven and a half foot tall giant.  The spear he carried was large as well.  Benaiah used his quickness to avoid the thrusts from the spear and was able to grab on to it and yank it out of the Egyptians hands.  Then he took the spear and killed him with the Egyptians own weapon.  Be fast to change your perspective when you are directed.

A warrior has to be strong.  We gain strength through the reading of God’s word and applying it to our lives.  As a Christian, we need to have strength of character, body, and spirit.  We are responsible for the first two thirds; God is responsible for the last third.  We first have to shape the first two thirds in order to have a healthy spirit.  Benaiah had to have all three when he chased after a lion and killed it.  Who does that?

The last thing we need to have to endure is faithfulness.  It’s not mentioned here in this scripture, but Benaiah was faithful to his king.  When David’s son rebelled Benaiah stayed by his side and had David’s back.  Because he did that Solomon made him the head of the army after the other head rebelled with David’s other son.  Faithfulness is an important attitude for us to have in our Christian life.  Being faithful to the church, to God, to our family are things that keep us enduring, that keep us moving on into the next chapter of an abundant life God has planned for us.  It’s one of the best character traits you can have, faithfulness.

Being fearless, fast, strong, and faithful makes you a powerful warrior like Benaiah was.  Opposition will find you, but don’t shrink back, always keep moving forward.  I think back to that Movie Lone Survivor.  It’s a true story that depicts the greatest loss of Navy Seals in our military history.  Out of four Navy Seals on a recon team that had to fight their way off a mountain, there was only one survivor.  One of the Seal’s that was killed, Axelson, whether this is true or not, I would hope it was true said this looking at all three Seals on his team he said, “I care for you, I care for you, and I care for you.”  The point of the whole story was the special bond these men had on the battlefield.  One of the other things Axelson said was” tell my wife I died with my brothers”.  How awesome is that?  That’s my goal is to stand before God and tell Him I died with my brothers and sisters on the battlefield of life holding the line for my God.  Staying power the test of salvation is a consistent test every day, but is made easier with our team of brothers and sisters God provides for us.

© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015

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One Comment Add yours

  1. jeff says:

    That was a good read. Well done brother. Psalm 144 verse 1. Stay strong.

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