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

Define

It has been quoted over and over the words, “defining moment”, or statements like, “A defining moment defines you or you define it.”, what is missed most often is that there are two completely different statements with those two words. The first statement deals with the idea that when events of magnitude happen in your life they are “defining moments”, this is true. Who we are is made up of the things that happen to us and around us throughout our life. Defining moments are sort of a mold. God gives us life in the image of him and we are perfect, then outside forces begin to ding, crack, and reshape our form. In this sense, I would say that yes “defining moments” do regardless of our intent define us. The origins of the word define comes from the Latin word DeFinire, which means to limit, restrain, or set bounds to. So if we are constantly being bound by moments in our life then what options do we have for freedom?
The second statement within the two words “defining moment” deals with what happens after the moment passes. When people set their minds to the idea that the things that happen to them will not define them, they begin to focus in the wrong direction. The focus is so strongly willed towards not allowing these outside forces to affect them that they end up being infected. Look at the statement that “All things happen for a reason”, this is not a biblical statement. God says that he will use all things for his glory. Life happens, and we have to understand that. Yes, God can choose to be in control but he does not. He gave us free will, so he put himself in charge and us in control. Simply put, it’s a trade off. If we wanted everything to happen for a reason, then we would not be able to have freewill. Because with freewill comes the idea that our actions can affect those around us. We have to change focus from not allowing these moments to affect us, to allowing ourselves to be shaped in the ways we choose to be shaped.
We have a good handle on the thought that stuff happens to us, and that stuff shapes us. So now it’s back to after the impact. Something has happened, usually something bad, but occasionally something good. Learning of salvation is a good defining moment, a child’s birth, or a career change. A lot of the time we think a defining moment has happened but it ends up not being so, and most of the time these moments happen and we don’t realize it, and every now and then it shows up like an atom bomb on your front porch. You cannot control any of it, except your reaction after it occurs. This is where the statement “defining moment” clearly splits to a before and after.
When a “defining moment” begins to define who you are, is at that second when you
begin to align your identity with that moment. You, in a sense, become that moment. For
instance, when I was diagnosed with diabetes I allowed it to become my identity, and once I did that I became comfortable with it and allowed it to control me, instead of me controlling it. It took 10 years to reverse that initial reaction. We begin to accept the life this identity builds for us and we quickly find ourselves trapped. After 10 years and countless hospitals and doctors, I finally took back control and allowed God to help me find me. “Me” doesn’t worry so much, has a strong faith, and a desire to change the world. It shouldn’t take ten years to see what aspects of your life control you and where in your past those moments are when you aligned your identity with a moment. The Father’s Word gives good directions on how to retain your “ME”, and move out of those “defining moments”.
Yes, events in our lives do define us. However, our reactions to those events define who we become.
J. Cole