Below is an excerpt from a story of a law enforcement officer who was shot multiple times including in the face! The article is a bit long so I have included the URL if you want to read the whole thing … it is definitely worth the time. This sheriff’s deputy, Michael Lutz, talks about his faith and having what he calls the “Spartan Mindset” which he defines as being, “Modeled after the ancient Spartan warrior, it is best described as never give up, never let anything stop you and never accept defeat.” Another way I have heard this trained is “not today”! It is the idea that no matter what happens, today WILL NOT be the day I die! Now, we all know that one day WILL be the day (Hebrews 9:27 – “people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”), but story after story have been told of individuals who should not have survived whatever tragedy they encountered but for their will to live.
We recently visited some friends and he was/is a pastor who enjoys a good and healthy debate on issues of spiritual significance. He and my wife began discussing “healing” and why some get healed and some don’t … how healing is instantaneous for some and never manifests for others. Our friend’s stance is that God’s will is for everyone to be healed; not “will be” but “is” healed (by His stripes we ARE healed)! There will only be one time, according to him, that we won’t be healed based on earthly definitions, but even then we will receive the ultimate healing when we receive our heavenly bodies! Rev 21:4 – “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Here is an excerpt from Lutz’s story:
“The events of that day have been very difficult to process. Every time I think about the gun battle, though everything happened so quickly, I see it all, every detail, replaying over and over again in slow motion. One moment in particular was especially hard for me to accept for the longest time, when I had that grip on his gun. I would think to myself, if only my thumb hadn’t been covering his barrel. I might have been able to disarm him, and the outcome may have been different. Instead, he fired at me five times, emptying his weapon. I was somehow able to avoid being struck by three additional rounds. I wasn’t wearing eye protection, my ballistic sunglasses were up on top of my head, but yet everything but my eyes got peppered with gun powder.
Psalm 91:11 tells us, “For He will command his Angels to protect you in all you do.” God did just that; He sent angels to protect me, and I now understand it was Nickol’s decision to pull the trigger. There was nothing I could do to stop him.
Some people have told me how lucky I am to have survived such a shot to the face and they are amazed that it didn’t knock me off my feet. But I do not believe in luck. I am a man of faith, as I have been my entire life. I believe that when he fired that first shot directly into my face, my Guardian Angel rose up a shield and deflected his bullet causing it to take the path that it did. If it had been just a fraction of an inch one way or the other, it could have killed me instantly. This was truly a miracle and divine intervention at its finest.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” God gave me strength that day. The strength to stand and not fall! The strength to fight back and survive! He protected me, and my partners – Deputies Nate Payne and Rich Drum – saved me. If it weren’t for their actions to slow the bleeding, I may not be here today. They are true examples of “I got your six.” I will always be indebted to them for this, and they will forever be my brothers.”
What is it that would drive you to survive an attack like this? Wife … Kids … Faith? Or … what will it take to develop the Spartan or Not Today mindset? You have to know that you know that you can “do all things THROUGH CHRIST”!!! Don’t wait until you are in a desperate situation to begin thinking about what you will do. Prepare you spirit, body and mind NOW!
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” (Greek poet and warrior, Archilochus). Another Greek word is Sozo (sode’-zo) which is making one whole and complete – spiritually, mentally, and physically – all three of them, at the same time.