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Nathan Spearing U.S. Army Ranger competition showcasing battle skills

Becoming One of the Nine Who Makes the Battle

When faced with a battle in your life, are you a target, or are you someone who fights and lays it all on the line? In this episode, Nathan unpacks what it means to be “one of the nine who makes the fight" and provides tips for having personal dominion over self through exercise and intentionally living for the glory of God.

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Show Summary

  • Reflections on County Before Country ‘22. [0:00:12]
  • Make the mission primary and invite a girl into it. Don’t make the girl primary. [0:00:52]
  • Hericlytius quote: “Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” [0:02:25]
  • John Moody’s question at County Before Country ‘22: When you watch Lord of the rings who do you see yourself as? [0:03:03]
  • Stop worrying about the 90 guys out of 100. [0:04:30]
  • Don’t waste your energy worrying about people who aren’t fighters. [0:05:35]
  • Find the nine guys who make the battle in join with them. [0:05:42]
  • Don’t set a strategy to trigger other people, set a strategy to live your life so that you are part of the few who make the battle. [0:05:57]
  • You can’t join the battle unless you are leading your household well. [0:06:33]
  • Abraham Kuyper said “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” [0:08:39]
  • You need to have dominion over your physical self as a gateway to local dominion. [0:09:04]
  • Christian localism—focusing where you are. [0:09:12]
  • Where are you trying to hide behind a façade? When your head hits the pillow at night, where are you insecure? [0:09:40]
  • When you live your days until the Lord, your sleep is sweet. [0:10:17]
  • Joining the fight doesn’t mean jumping on Facebook to try to settle centuries-long theological disputes—it means being present with your kids. [0:10:58]
  • You need to be aware of the spiritual battle that is raging. [0:11:20]
  • It’s no good to build a wall if you’re not willing to defend it. [0:11:52]
  • We’re not grading on a curve based on what other men do. [0:12:59]
  • Doug Wilson’s metric for a successful blog post: if there are crickets and no flak, then it wasn’t on target. [0:13:47]
  • Are you a threat to the enemy of your soul? [0:14:14]
  • The church is asleep. If there’s persecution, the church will grow. [0:14:43]
  • The men of America are fat dumb and happy. [0:14:52]
  • Are you reading the Bible every day, and praying with your wife and kids every day? [0:14:59]
  • It is awesome to have victory, but you don’t get to have a victory experience without laying it out on the line. [0:15:59]
  • Take your kids out of the fight—do not send them to public school where the forces of evil are reigning. [0:16:14]
  • Train your sons and daughters to fight and let them get into skirmishes, but only when it won’t be catastrophic to their faith. [0:16:55]
  • Closing Thoughts. [0:17:44]

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