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…………

Seeds

The misunderstanding with sowing and reaping comes from the idea that if you sow into someone they should react, be deserving, and acknowledge the word. There is a difference between forcing your belief system on someone, and sowing Kingdom seeds into the lives of those around you.
First things first, the idea that you, or I, or them, are right is the root of the problem. If God is constantly moving forward and revealing more of his character every day then I have to accept that what I believe today may not be relevant tomorrow. This previous statement dispels the whole idea of right and wrong. As I have stated before, it’s all about the relationship between you and the Father, and you and the world. Seeking new understanding constantly and opening yourself up to the forward motion of relationship as opposed to the stagnant water of religion is the reality behind a Kingdom life.
When I was in High School, I was cruising down Main Street on Friday night in the small town I grew up in. A certain religious group was standing on the corner with a large speaker and a microphone. They were pointing at me driving by and yelling, “you sinner, you are going to Hell!!”. Needless to say, that lit me up a bit. Being a young man of unharnessed passion and limited understanding, I reacted with a few choice words of my own. Looking back, I can’t help but question the idea that these men were doing what they thought would bring life. However, I still believe that if a sensible man had thought through that tactic of bringing people to Jesus he would have thought twice. This is a good example of religion getting in the way of God. Sowing seeds begins with relationship and ends with relationship.
The picture we have seen in the past is a man wearing a cross around his neck, a Bible under his arm, and a smile on his face, calling everyone brother and speaking of Jesus and repentance. This might have worked in the 60s, but now people see through the smile, and run from the façade. In a world where everyone has a bad taste of religion in their mouth, the last thing they want is the fake suit telling them Jesus loves them. People have to see love in order to react to love. (Please understand that I am not putting those men down, they served a purpose and saved many souls.) Things have moved forward and seeds do not take root well in old hard ground.
Many things in our lives kill the seeds we plant before they have any time to grow roots. Look at our unshakeable belief systems, or our impatient minds, and most of all our expectations. We expect certain things from people when we plant seed into their lives. We might expect them to change, or acknowledge the effort we put forth. The problem is that those very actions destroy anything God has given us opportunity to put there. Look at a seed that does not have the cultivation of a farmer involved in its life. The apple falls from the tree, it’s carried off by a raccoon and eaten, and then the seeds are deposited in the feces and allowed to take small root in the forest floor. All forms of fruits, vegetables, grains, etc…. grew successfully before modern technology of planting and harvesting. God created the earth to reproduce and sustain. God also gives us a moment, a word, and a slightly open heart in which to drop a seed. It is not our responsibility to make sure that seed becomes a tree.
The anatomy of a spiritual seed has to be viewed as something that brings life to someone and helps to bridge the gap between them and their relationship with the Father. As I stated before, planting seeds begins with relationship, and that is the relationship you have between you and God. Religion gets in the way of those seeds because you can’t help but place judgments of right and wrong on people, and instead of sowing the right seed you try to sow the seed you see fit based off your judgments. People aren’t stupid and they see right through and recognize judgment. Any man saved or not will recognize God in a statement, and choose whether to accept it or push it away.
We have to trust in God to cultivate the seeds we sow, and believe that he knows what he’s doing. Our job is to cultivate our own relationship with the Father and those around us so that we recognize those moments of opportunity and utilize them. We have to quit letting religion and ourselves kill the seeds God wishes to use us to plant. Finally, we have to quit trying to force the fruit to grow. First, speak into the lives of those around you by your life, and then you might get a chance to plant a seed in theirs. Remember, it is the very imperfections in you that open doors in those around you. This is how a person changes the world.

Proactive Healing

As Christians who believe in the power of healing, and as Americans who have developed a self-entitlement attitude, we have become lazy in our belief system of healing. Its “God please heal me” while I sit here doing the same things I have always been doing. With this attitude of self-entitlement, we expect God to heal us because we are Christian, a good person, and we deserve it. Yes, God can heal whomever he wants whenever he wants, yet, as we are children of freewill we can choose to do with our health as we please.
For the most part people have become complacent with illness and disease and we are dying of disease every day. I am not talking about becoming a scientist and curing cancer, I’m talking about becoming proactive in your own healing.
In looking at a contrast between our health care beliefs and our religious beliefs, we find similarity. We believe cancer is incurable because the majority believes it can’t be cured. Just like widely held doctrines that have been proven non-biblical, we all accepted them as truth because it was comfortable and we never even thought to question it. Then one day an unusual teacher comes in and shatters all our past belief systems. This is what needs to happen with our healing. Just because the medical profession says it can’t be done does not mean it can’t be done. Once we have indoctrinated ourselves with these ideals of healthcare, and then disaster strikes, we have no hope. We place all our questions, blame, responsibility, and expectations on God. He is big enough to handle it, but what about accepting it, dealing with it, and refusing to accept that prayer is all you have left. God answers those prayers of desperation, but this is where self-entitlement comes in and we are not willing to do the work to pull through and make the changes. I tell you right now the old days of huge crowds following a Jesus-like healer around and watching him heal the sick and make the blind see is over. In my heart, I believe God has moved on. The Kingdom is becoming localized, within us, and our houses of support and teaching. We don’t need to roll our wheel chairs up to an alter to find healing. God has put that within in us, that is part of the Christ within us.
Type 1 diabetes has ruled my life for ten years, and one thing that God keeps pushing into my mind is a story my mother told me about my grandfather. I never knew him but he had these old things within in him called grit and determination. See my grandfather drove a truck and one day his truck was hit by a train. The doctors told him he would never walk again. Every day after he got home he would take my mother and walk downtown to my grandmother’s work on his crutches. I cannot imagine that pain, but he rehabilitated himself, and eventually went back to work. He took a proactive approach to his healing. Sure, he could have sat in his chair and asked God to heal his leg, but instead he got up and let Gods creation heal itself. I’m not saying that if he would have asked, God wouldn’t have healed him right there. However, his pain, strength, and grit passed on to his grandchildren.
Self-entitlement says that I am entitled to my healing, and I will pray until I get it, and God will give it to me. God has created our bodies to heal themselves, and he has given us a world of wonderful support for our health, we have just added too much, took away too much, and changed too much. The doors to healing have been opened and the wisdom is there. God has put it in front of all of us; we have just come to expect it to fall in our laps. Quit being lazy; break the self-entitlement chains, and become proactive in your own healing. Take action, and responsibility for your health. God has put within us all the means to heal ourselves, and seeking his hand in a proactive manner for our healing is where I believe the Kingdom is moving. God acts upon prayer, and I am not saying not to pray for healing. I am simply saying to get off your ass and do something else besides what we have been doing for the last two thousand years. The Bible says to first pray for yourself and then seek out the elders. My prayer for my healing is that God gives me the wisdom and strength to unlock the death of diabetes within myself so that other people may be able to do the same by following my steps. How much more life is given that way rather than a one-time miracle?

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.

Imagination

Imagination

As we lay down one dream for another reality, we continue to push ourselves away from imagination. Some of us have forgotten how to dream, while others never got the chance to learn. Imagination is what makes us human, our ability to dream, and our ability to think outside of reason. The word “pipedream” is a verbalization of the force that strips us of our futures as we accept whatever reality we are in. It’s partially caused by the self-entitlement attitude, which has swept the nation for the past ten years and has grown stronger with each generation. I heard it once said that for you to truly be in your purpose and fulfilling your destiny you have to find that thing that most makes you come alive, then go, and do that one thing. Some of the other culprits of the “pipedream” idea are comfort, sense, right/wrong, responsibility, and most of these criminals are legitimate needs. Yet, when you find that one thing and do it, you will find that those needs are met. This is not about wealth, or status. It’s about life. It’s about doing that thing that fills you with life. I wonder sometimes if people push those dreams aside because they are not willing to work hard, or take risks. To dream is to risk, and to imagine is to refuse mediocrity. We all influence, to a point, the world around us, but imagine if we were living in the fullness of ourselves and our God given abilities. That impact would be more like a crater. We as people accept what the world gives us our lot in this life. Whether it is fear, necessity, or just plan ignorance, we accept it and call it our life. What about those dreams? What about all those things you once imagined you could be? What, did we all grow up too fast and forget how to imagine life however we wanted it to be? Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover or create.” Ironic, this quote is coming from one of the most knowledgeable men to every live. I’ve heard it said repeatedly, “Accept that this is life and make the best of it.” Why? I cannot accept anything less that greatness. I will not accept any life other than the one I create from my desires and my gifts, which were put in me by God. Go and do that thing. I, just as most of the world, have become bogged down in everyday life; trying to make a living, trying to be someone, trying to show the world how handsome and smart I am. As my dreams have slipped away so has my ability to imagine new things. I’m taking a trip back to when I was ten years old, I’m grabbing a hold of that limitless imagination and I am bringing it back with me. Both a dreamer and a doer extensively exercise their imaginations, yet, the difference is that the doer acts on those dreams. The longer we sit and wait the easier it becomes to talk ourselves out of these things. Action is the key. Yes sometimes you may be wrong, sometimes you may fail, but as Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming.” Take some time and go find some wilderness, because the wild is where the heart lives, and spend a few hours there asking God to remind you of your dreams and re-spark your imagination. Because what is life without the possibility of something impossible.

The New Renaissance

The New Renaissance

Intelligence is not about what we know; it is about what we understand about what we know. True understanding comes from God, and as the world thirsts for truth and understanding, God is revealing more of it every day.
Within Christianity, there are countless religions, just as there are with in Islam. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Mormon, Baptist, or even a Scientologist, the foundations of all religions have begun to shake. God will not allow ignorance to reign anymore. People are being forced to come face-to-face with truth, and Gods truth is undeniable.
Religion has put God in a box, welded it shut, surrounded it by rules and laws, and finally threw it into the deepest ocean. We have been taught that our road is narrow and our path is rocky, but that is not what God has said. Religion tells us that we must suffer for our sins, and are bound by our pasts. My father never said that, in fact he sent Jesus to die so that I could have grace. My path is wide and my future is my own. God has given us the freedom to become what we will, and my hearts desires are his desires. Religion hides Gods character behind mans’ judgments and forces us all to walk a line that does not exist.
God is continually changing and moving. What stays constant is Gods character. As we get comfortable in old works God moves on to new works, he is continually revealing more of himself to us everyday. In order to learn, we have to get out of our comfort areas, and be willing to be challenged. No one likes their intelligence challenged, but God changes and so should we. I don’t believe the same things I did six months ago, and I hope that six months from now I understand a newer truth. Religions are old works long passed over by God. Our Father has hard-wired us to be forever moving forward in our thinking, our beliefs, and our relationship with him. To be complacent is to accept mediocrity.
New truths are coming forth every day. As men are willing to think out side convention and question the belief systems of religion, God is allowing them to see and understand more of his character. God is not in control. If he were in control then we would not have freewill. Rather, God is in charge and we choose to follow his lead. How much more delight does a father have in his son when his son does something delightfully unexpected? A great number of men are sweeping our nation teaching freedom from religion and one-on-one relationship with the Father. Our destinies are in our hands. God has instilled many great things in me, but I choose my path and I choose him as my guide. What brings you greater joy: knowing your child has to love you, or knowing that they choose to love you? God delights in me, and my choice to let him lead.
What if God was more concerned about the condition of my heart rather than the tattoos’ on my arm? God wants our relationship with him to grow stronger, yet at the same time he gives us the freedom to delight in the world we live in. Religion has told us certain things are wrong, that God has never said. Sin is mostly relative. It is relative to you, your situation, and what God has told you. It is not a dark blanket spread across the earth that you are either under or over. Religion has taken tools and turned them into law, and consequently created social condemnation. No longer does the church rule by torture and death as it did in Martin Luther’s time. The church controls by social condemnation. If you do not follow the established rules you are not under Gods grace, this is a teaching taught by all religions that is NOT biblical. God does not judge by right or wrong, nor should we. Our decisions should be based on Life and Death. What decision will produce life, and what decision will produce death. Right and wrong refers to sin or not sin, but as stated before sin is relative. Life and Death are not relative; a decision will always produce one or the other. Right is not always life, and wrong is not always death.
The issues of the heart is where Gods hand is. The more we look inwardly to who we are, the more we can understand who he is, and the more effective we can be. Our job is to show people who Christ is within us, and to establish the Kingdom on earth. How can this ever be done if we stay in the same place believing the same things. Religion is not the Kingdom; the Kingdom is people. Jesus’ death was in a small part for the forgiveness of our sins, but he also died so that we could have a line of communication directly to God. We all should have our own relationship with God. Religion has sought to spoon-feed the masses whatever that religion deems as truth. Yet, people all over the world are beginning to see past the spoon. How can we get to know God if we don’t question him? Is he not so great that he can’t see your heart in your questions? As I stated before, the Kingdom is about people, it is about your relationships: with God, your family, the people around you, and the world.
If someone painted my image of God this is what he would look like: a general on top of his steed charging the enemy in the thick of the battle with his men, a close friend sitting on a porch drinking a beer and talking about life, a father that loves his son beyond understanding, and finally, a truth and a love that I cannot cease to run after.
This New Renaissance has begun its tidal wave, and as God rips though the foundations of the church, he will breathe new thoughts and new revelations into those who are willing to change and uproot their belief systems. To change is to affect, and so I shall live my one life forever changing and moving forward.