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What does 'mighty warrior' mean and what does it mean by 'Jesus holds us in his hands'?
Thank you for your very interesting question about being a mighty warrior and Jesus holding us in his hands. I hope that this answer can help you today.
The term mighty warrior is used throughout the Bible but one notable example can be found in the story of Gideon:
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valour." (Judges 6:12).
This story comes at a time of great desperation. The Israelites are being persecuted by the Midianites and Gideon is threshing wheat in a wine-press in order to hide it. When the angel of the Lord calls Gideon a mighty man of valour, Gideon doesn't believe him! Gideon only sees his weakness, but God was going to do great things through him.
Throughout the Bible we often see the weak overcoming the strong. Another example is David and Goliath. David is small and weak, yet through God's strength he overpowers the 'strong' Goliath.
Our own strength does not matter to God, but our availability to him does!
Throughout the New Testament, there is an understanding that we, as followers of Christ, are in a spiritual battle. Paul wrote to the Ephesian church that they are to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11). It is the armour of God that protects and equips us for the battle ahead. Therefore I encourage you, just as Paul said to the Ephesians, to stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17).
Your second question, about Jesus holding us in his hands, is of great encouragement to the believer. This comes from the fact that it is Christ who has saved us, and just as he has saved us, he will keep us. Jesus spoke on this matter:
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one." (John 10:27-30)
If you are a believer in Christ, your salvation is secure in Jesus. He will not let you go and no one can take you from his hand; that is, no one can make you lose your salvation. We see this throughout the world even today: people who are persecuted for their faith continue to believe in Jesus, even if they are imprisoned, tortured or even killed.
In summary, throughout history God has used the weak, not just the strong, for his purpose and glory. The bible talks a lot about God being our strength, and we should equip ourselves daily with the armour of God. Also, as a believer in Christ, our salvation is secure in his work, not in our own efforts.
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