War

We don’t forget anything. We just don’t know how to access it.

War is a business that every human on this earth understands. It has existed since the day the devil was cast from heaven and began a campaign on this earth.

This is not about the devil or his demons, because when Jesus died he began his reign over this earth. The only thing left of the Devil is a disbanded, disconnected, powerless group of defeated liars. The only power they have is what we give them.

This is about a spiritual war that we must begin to wage within ourselves. Self, is the great limiter, the doubter, the wounded parts of us that weigh us down. We have always been only limited by ourselves. But what does this war look like?

Let’s start with what victory looks like. The father needs you to be real, and exactly who you are. His kingdom needs you to do what’s in your heart to do. You know those crazy dreams you have about the great men and women you want to be, well the Father put them there. He speaks to your heart all the time, but you create a gap because yourself stands in the way. Victory is Freedom. The Father violently promotes freedom in all people. The church looks at that statement and tags salvation on it, and then tries to fix the sin, the sinner, and bring them to Christ. As Anthony Chapman stated in his teaching on John the Baptist, the Father never told us to bring people to Christ. It has always been our decree to pave the way for the Kingdom to come to earth. How do we pave the way? We do it by getting “ourselves” out of the way.

Everyone has problems: bad childhood, addiction, health issues, accidents, death, and so on. These things mold us into who we are and they create a lost in translation relationship between us and the Father. We allow these events to create filters, and then we filter our faith, relationships, doctrine, and our views of who we are through these filters. We must begin to wage war on these filters and allow the Father to open our eyes to freedom.

It’s always been thought that we wage war against the Enemy (demons the devil), but if Jesus reigns over all the earth, then the power of the enemy is becoming less and less every day. Ourselves, is what the campaign must be geared toward.

Before war can been waged, intelligence must been gathered. This is the reason for my opening statement. Gathering intelligence is a matter of looking deep inside you, and into your past to find the root of the filters you have. As freedom begins to take hold, more and more filters will be revealed and broken down. But we all must start with what is obvious, such as addiction, anger, and disbelief. Look for key moments that changed you and allowed for doubt, anger, and separation between you and the Father. There is no guidebook, no process set out for this, this is truly a new direction, and the moment your heart begins to bend toward the freedom that the Father has for you the more revelation you will have. One of my biggest filters for the Father that I have come to realize is the Church. I took my discontent for the church, placed that filter on the Father, and broke down our relationship. One thing I realized is that the Church is made up of imperfect people, but He is everything they are not, and I cannot place the downfalls of the church on the Father. He allowed me to see the imperfections of the established church and have understanding, forgiveness, and compassion for it.

What in your life keeps you from being who you want to be? Because who you want to be is exactly what the Kingdom needs you to be.

As you begin this quest, you will find that it will always be easier to quit. But the Kingdom is always advancing in power, and Mathew 11:12 states, From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force”. This violence is you taking hold of the kingdom and thrashing out everything that stands between who you are now and the you that affects the world and is entrenched in the Kingdom.

One of the biggest problems is doctrine and misunderstood truths about the Father. Right now, the Father is bringing about great revelation of the things we misunderstood, and there are many teachers bringing about this truth. Our past is full of people using their filters to interpret biblical truths wrongly. A great awakening is happening, and the only way we can grab a hold of it is if we ourselves have uprooted our own filters and allowed the Father to bring freedom. Freedom brings about understanding.

I will leave you with this simple fact; Kingdom effectiveness begins with forgetting about right and wrong and listening to your heart. Recognize the truth of the Fathers heart, which has always been love.
In the beginning, the father only ever wanted us to live with the knowledge of the tree of Life, not the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We have based our whole society around a paradigm the Father never wanted us to live by.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
(Theodore Roosevelt)

Jared C. Britt

Love Without Expectation

What is expectation? The Bible talks very little about expectation, and it is defined simply as, “To look for with reason or justification.” This definition does not give the true weight of how we use the word today. It translates into Ancient Greek as “Await”. We have been taught about false expectations, which are expectations we put on others but are not willing to put on ourselves. What about expectations in general? We expect things from God, for instance, life to a dying family member, or health when we are sick. My definition of expectation is based on society and states, “A thought process in which demands the certain action of people and is hinged on the well-being and social advancement of the individual, and is also the basis for contingent affection and concern of the world surrounding said individual.”. Basically, if our expectations are met we extend affection, and our expectations are based on our advancement and well-being in our society. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Relationally, we love with expectation. This social medium has grown in parallel with self-entitlement. I deserve for you to be perfect and my expectations of you are to be “This” way, and if you’re not I will be disappointed. This is also a simple human reaction, yet it has just grown substantially with my generation.
Look at the expectations religion puts on people. We must do this, and not do that. We must look like this, and talk like that. Religion has taken the love God offers and added expectations to it. Here is a statement I have seen lived out, “I raised you a certain way and my affection toward you is contingent on your actions and your ability to meet my expectations.” I doubt you would ever hear a parent actually say that but it is reality. And the Church wonders why so many young people have become discontent with the laws of religion. Don’t lie to yourself; love and affection are two very different things. God commands us to love, but affection is a choice that can be removed from love.
On the other hand, God loves us without expectation. He loves me regardless of what I do or do not do. He has given me gifts and a destiny, but he loves me with incomprehensible affection rather or not I use my gifts and walk in his direction. There is no contingency. Yes, I can choose to walk away from God and walk out from under his covering but it does not change his love for me. Simply put, God desires one thing from us, that is relationship, and no matter how far away from him we walk he is still there loving us without expectation. This takes us into my main point.
The fact that God loves without expectation is why I AM THE MASTER OF MY OWN FATE. It’s idiotic to say that this is an atheist statement; in fact, it is a statement of free will, the very free will God extended to us from the beginning. I can choose to be close to God and to follow his direction and remain under his covering and blessing, or I can choose not to, it is free will. I choose, because God said he’d love me unconditionally. I choose to seek that relationship with the Father because I want my life to effect the world, and his direction has taken me further than I could have ever taken myself. But, where does this leave sin? I look at sin as a putting my fate in the hands of other people. As of now, my fate is in my hands and I choose to allow God to guide me, but when I screw up, I take that power and shift it to other people. For instance, I am married and the future of my marriage is 50% in my hands and I allow God to direct me in this area, but if I choose to have an affair then I take my 50% and put it entirely into the hands of my wife. I lost control of my fate in that area of my life. As I have stated before, Sin is mostly relative and is between you and God. The fact that I have the power of choice is why I am the master of my own fate.
Love without expectation can give us the ability to be true relational people, which is what it’s going to take for The Kingdom to grow. Evaluate the expectations you have on yourself, God, and your family, and see how your affection is contingent on your expectations. Learn to love without expectation…………

Innate Religion

Innate Religion

As I have stated in other works I believe that Religion is a destructive force that has been controlling, binding, and blinding the masses for centuries. Jesus fought it, as we do today by choosing life and relationship. In this short essay, I am going to focus on Micro Religions and their sinister rolls in all our lives.
As human beings part of the human experience, we are all made up of circumstances, decisions, and experiences. Some circumstances are of our doing and some are not, just as some decisions that we suffer are made by us and some by other people. Nevertheless, who we are is greatly affected by these events. There are other categories that also need to be noted, for instance, family, church, childhood friends, teachers, and the media, just to name a few. Just as a side note, as we grow older and gain better understanding, we choose which influences we allow to continue to feed into our psyche. But, that is a completely different topic. Right now, I want to focus on how all these things combine to create Micro Religions.
So why do you bow your head when you pray? Why do you finish your plate at dinner? Why do you take off your hat during the National Anthem? Why do you fear the dark? You follow these subconscious actions and reactions because you have determined that in your mind one thing is right, and another wrong. How did you come to this decision? Did your parents make you finish your plate? Did your childhood church teach that in order to speak to God you must bow your head? I am not saying these things are wrong and you should not do them. I am simply trying to get you to look at what makes up your Micro Religion.
In your mind, you have decided what is right and what is wrong. You have made decisions on every subject, and you continually make decisions on new subjects in a moment’s notice as they arise. What rule of measurement are you using to determine this right and wrong? A lot of it comes from Religion and what you have been taught is right and wrong. Most of it is an unquestioned reaction formulated through your experiences, and teaching. Here is a small example: Paul is walking through a grocery store and he sees a man pick up a box of Advil and put it in his pocket. Immediately Paul formulates in his mind that this is wrong, and then continues in a decision to react or not. Paul never questions to himself why he thinks it is wrong. He just knows it is. It never crosses his mind that high amounts of theft cause the store to raise prices to help absorb the lost revenue ultimately affecting his wallet, or that those pills might be used to make drugs, which cause addicts, which causes the welfare class to grow ultimately affecting the economy. He just knows it wrong. Yes, this is an extreme case, but look at the hundreds of decisions you make every day on what is right and wrong. Ask yourself how you determined that, or if someone else determined that for you.
What Micro Religion does is it makes us inflexible and unable to see past the trivial decisions of right and wrong. God simply asks us to love our neighbor, not to decide his level of faith or righteousness, but simply to love him. Micro Religion steps in the way when you determine through your ideals of right and wrong that this person has done wrong so you deny them your love, your respect, or even the Christ within you. As God is forever moving forward, so we need to be movable and flexible. Let us say for instance your brother comes to the family and says he is Gay, and he lives with another man. Your father denies your brother his love; your mother denies your brother her relationship. What do you do? If you are flexible then that line is not so rigid for you. You decide to disagree with your brothers’ decision, but to love and respect him regardless.
More often than not, our subconscious ideals of right and wrong stand in the way of what God wants to do in certain situations. We have to stop and decide for ourselves what will bring life. Changing subconscious, engrained, and life long ways of thought is hard. We find ourselves standing strong on beliefs that we ourselves cannot explain why we believe them, yet we fight tooth and nail destroying relationship after relationship to prove we are right. How is this God? Sometimes it is not Religion itself that is the enemy, but it is the Religion we create within ourselves by ourselves that has the most destructive power.
Just as Gods character is immovable so shall our character be strong and ever growing toward that image. As we do so, we have to learn how to look into ourselves and rearrange our thoughts and beliefs to continue our growth in Christ. God never asked us to be right, he asked us to love.