Kingdom Kids – The New Normal!

Children create headlines, leading adults in prayer and focus during this worldwide trial. They much more easily receive Father’s messages of hope!

This is a major part of the new normal.

Father’s new normal encompasses a return to His ways. We’ve entered the Kingdom Age, and this is the change that many prophetic voices have heralded, and the newness your spirit has sensed. (Note: Kat Kerr shared that we crossed into the Kingdom Age in 2012.)

Extreme good changes are in motion. The Kingdom Age is preparing the way for the culmination of time—and we will see organic life restoration and protection from harm as the Mountain of God rises to its position of imminence. There, “a little child will lead them,” both animals and people! (Isaiah 11:6).

Children (tweens and teens) easily receive what seems to be difficult for adults. This is a reality. Children have purity and clarity in their faith.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” (Matthew 19:14).

Children are leaders in the Kingdom.

It’s good and right for us to listen and take to heart the dreams, encouragements, words and visions that our children – and other children are voicing.

In the midst of this wonderful new normal, I’m sounding a clear call to protect them.

Father’s ancient enemy hates children because they are “seed,” and His seed crushed the serpent’s head. The serpent attempts to strike due to spite.

Protect Your Kingdom Kids

1.Take to heart what your child is voicing. Write it down privately and consider it, as Jesus’ mother did during his growing up years.

2.Pray and wait for confirmation, if you sense what your child voiced should be shared. Sharing on social media creates a set of challenges that have to be addressed with wisdom and strong boundaries.

3.Know this – in the case that Father confirms your child’s dream, etc. is to be shared, or if your tween or teen receives confirmation to “speak” publically – their voice is powerful.

4.Know also that the Father’s ancient enemy plans to stop them. When they step out, you’re now on the battlefield. Add to your daily prayers: “Father, cover them in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and no warfare can cross the bloodline around them. Lead them not into temptation, deliver them from evil. Holy Spirit, seal Your work in them. Father, rearguard and seal them with Your glory.”

5.Entrust your children to the Father’s care. He takes it to heart when you place what you value in His care, and He is able to protect and guard them beyond your ability to do so (2 Timothy 1:12). This does not exempt you from praying, but it does take an added burden off your shoulders.

6.Speak honor. Raise the honor shield over them. Honor is a shield against jealousy—and jealousy is an issue from Father’s ancient enemy which has amassed much fuel through social media. One way the honor shield is raised entails speaking the good that is true about your child to your child and about them.

7.Keep your family spiritually clean. Daily communion helps you stay in daily repentance. This creates a significant adjustment in the spiritual atmosphere in your home—which impacts your children.

8.Keep your antennae up. Whether it’s “a” moment, or “their” moment, to step forward at Father’s leading, it’s advancing the Kingdom. Thus, it’s opposed. Don’t shake off any uneasiness about a certain friend, an opportunity, activity, etc. Take it to the Father to determine where the uneasiness is coming from. Often, Father guides you in protecting them by causing you to feel uneasy. He’ll cause you to have peace and confidence – even if it’s a faith jump – when it’s His path for your child.

What a joy to be chosen to live in this Kingdom Age and to parent Kingdom Kids!

With this call comes specific dangers that we must be aware of. As they take their place, we must stand in our place on the wall covering their backs, and together, we’re honored to advance the Kingdom.

Resource

The Daily Cleanser is an excellent way to keep your Kingdom Kids clean in a dirty world (physical copy also available). Even if they’re blessed to be surrounded by your love and worship 24/7, there’s still spiritual “dirt” going to the store, school, with friends, etc. The inner “dirt” (responses, vows, etc.) and outer “dirt” (from people, places and things) build up a film that prevents them from hearing from Father as easily over time.

Pop this audio in overnight, or before bed, and awaken spiritually clean.

by Crystal Wade, copyright 2020

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Your Children, His Kingdom!

Jesus said that adults must become as little children to enter the Kingdom. Since He exhorted us to get wisdom, He wasn’t referring to the foolishness or lack of training children can exhibit.

He was referring to their open spirit, receptivity, trust, belief and faith.

When does a child enter the Kingdom?

At the earliest possible age—which varies from child to child.

From the time we knew we were expecting our children, my husband prayed, “Father, cause them to come to know Your Son as Savior at the earliest possible time.” We didn’t know what time that would be.

To our surprise, they’d all made personal decisions of faith in Jesus as Savior by age six. Some, at age three.

How do they enter the Kingdom?

Through faith.

How do they get that faith?

Hearing!

How do they hear?

If you have the opportunity, speak love and truth (together) to them in the womb. Play certain portions of Scripture, worship and spirit blessings. Bless them while they are in the womb.

When they arrive, continue! Because they soon are on the move, how you accomplish these change, and that’s fine, just continue with adjusting for their stages.

At the earliest possible time, have them listen personally to certain portions of Scripture. Engage in an interesting way to memorize Scripture. Some churches participate in AWANAs which is a weekly children’s program based on Scripture memorization. The Cubbies group focuses on children 3-4 years old; its mascot is a little Bear and his adventure stories and weekly Scripture.

You don’t have to go to certain places to memorize Scripture, or be in particular programs.

But, find a fun, sing-songy way to get Scripture in them.

Night is such a pivotal time. Playing certain portions (and I say certain portions because they do not to hear “In the last time there will be awful days,” etc. at night!) at night just saturates their spirit with Scripture and builds their faith without any work on you!

What happens then?

The Holy Spirit activates their spirit with faith and reminds them of the Scripture they’ve heard. He also speaks to them directly.

Why do parents need to know this?

Because Jesus said do not hinder the children in coming to Me.

1.Parents can hinder their children? Yes! How? By putting “our stuff,” or our religious affiliations’ “stuff,” or our “family stuff” on them.

Some churches have many protocols for how and when a person can be saved and/or baptized.

When your child begins talking to you about being concerned about hell, about sin, about Jesus, THAT is their appointed time of salvation.

Your only job as parent is to work with the Holy Spirit and not hinder your child. How? Pray simply with them after you’ve simply explained that “all have sinned,” that “Jesus took the sin for us,” and that “you believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and you will be saved.”

That’s it!

Be prepared that it may be much earlier than you expected. But, it’s no surprise to the Father who is calling them by His Spirit and quickening their faith as He reminds them of the Scripture they’ve heard!

2.Parents can hinder their children by publicizing what’s private.

Our children speak from their spirits so many times. It’s precious. It’s golden treasure on earth. What is our response as parents?

Our model is Mary.

1.She had time for Jesus – which we have to be intentional about because of the crazy-busy expectation of life in our current age. Be intentional, it’s worth it.

2.She recognized those moments. Anna and Simeon. The wise men. The angelic-led escape. The boy Jesus teaching in the Temple and his unusual response to her.

3.She kept her heart open. She listened. She recognized and noted those treasures. She most likely had some conversations with Him about treasures.

4.She kept it private. She treasured these things in her heart. Not on social media. Or in family or church gatherings.

The Kingdom

The Kingdom is coming to you through your child-like attributes (open spirit, receptivity, trust, belief and faith). The Kingdom is coming to you, the King is speaking to you, through your child.

It may not look like you expected, but it is literally coming to you.

It’s our joy and honor as parents to be ready to welcome our children, and His Kingship and Kingdom through them! May the King and His Kingdom be welcomed in your home and through your children!

By Crystal Wade, 2020

 

 

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Do Not Send Me from This Place UNLESS Your Presence Goes with Me!

We sold our house at the direction of our Heavenly Father—with no place to go and no further plans in sight. It sold quickly and at full value, too! My dad had been promoted, unexpectedly, to his home in Heaven just months before. In a turn of events, my husband now traveled. There, I found myself with two small children and a health issue facing packing, moving, and no idea of where we were going next.

I trusted the Father about His direction; He’d made it very clear what we were facing and the fact that we needed to sell and move. But, neither my husband nor I had any idea of where to go. Thankfully, our friend advocated our case with his friend and a rental house was opened for us. Last minute, miracle provision!

We moved in to the rental house, still with no idea of which way to go. The house was situated in the midst of beautiful trees in a relatively quiet neighborhood, nice! However, within yards, it backed up to a stadium hosting football games. The area turned out to be a sound portal, and I am super sensitive to sound. The first night we were there, we walked in and felt a spirit of rage.

Let me back up a moment. . .before we left our home that my dad built us, I cried and cried to the Father to not send us, or have us leave our safe, beautiful home, unless He sent His Presence with us. Prior to that time, I had my dad to depend on. For any major decision we faced, his confidence, peace, wisdom and prayers (and my mom’s) could be trusted—and were given in our native English language. I did not have to decode, or translate, his answer between earth language and Heaven language (which takes some learning and growing). I knew when our home sold that He’d answered my prayer, and was not sending us without His personal Presence to us.

Thankfully, I had that confidence of His Presence to take with me to this place of uncertainty. As shaky as I felt, we started to pray (and after some heavy losses, weren’t exactly in full faith confidence). Yet, almost immediately, the spirit of rage cleared the room. That was encouraging—and confidence building!

In the eleven month transition we lived there, I learned a lot (to put it mildly). Every home, apartment, dwelling of any kind, and the land, where we live is an actual assignment. We are called to walk and talk with Father. Through this relationship, His kingdom is expanded in our hearts and lives—and through us, to our family. Through us, it’s expanded to the physical dwelling we live, and to the land.

Some dwellings and land have a higher defiled presence than others. All have a history of both good and bad. Good, because God was here first, and bad, because we, humans, fall short of His glory, and it’s imprinted on the dwelling/land.

We discovered that prior to us, people had moved in and out of that rental property with rapid turnover, staying only a few months at a time. I could see why!

Father taught me there about things that are attached to the land, and how they could be handled. He showed me His Presence was with me personally, as He had been with my dad. He answered my prayer to give me a focus that would help me rise above the grief and uncertainty—and through that time, He downloaded revelation that became a prayer that circled the globe. I am still astounded, just thinking of all that He packed in that transition time. From there, He revealed that every season, no matter if we live in the same place or move frequently, is a transition.

Then, He drew our attention back to a piece of land that was personally safe to our family, and made the way where there was—literally—not even a path, to move. When we moved, the atmosphere of our rental house had totally shifted. After we left, people moved and stayed there; the rapid turnover was gone. We’d asked that His Presence would be there, too, and impact the people after us, and that prayer was answered.

Beloved, I share this testimony today to raise a new memorial in my heart of Father’s love and faithfulness in the midst of uncertainty and grief–and for your encouragement. Father is hearing your prayers, even if you cannot get them into words. In each dwelling you reside, and in each land that you live, there are unique assignments. These assignment do have an element of battle. However, with Father, His enemy cannot win and you cannot lose. Each assignment is yours to walk with the Father and with Him, fill those places with His Presence—and He is with you to do it! He will build you, reveal to you, expand the Kingdom in and through you, and He’ll cause you to leave a deposit of His Presence for those who come after you. He will reveal each step of the way, and do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine, and this is my prayer for you.

Crystal Wade, 2020

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My young son has been asking me how Jesus could be God and how He existed before He was born?

Question: My young son has been asking me how Jesus could be God and how He existed before He was born. As I started trying to explain, it all sounded so weird to me, too! I don’t know what to tell him! Any ideas or resources you can recommend?

Answer: Let’s start by celebrating the fact that your son’s big spirit is engaged, aware, and highly active! That’s exactly what we want, as we work with our Heavenly Father to raise these big-spirited children He’s given us.

Next, please be aware that because Father tasked parents with making it better for our children, and the children with building it bigger, that our children are actually ahead of us in many ways. That’s Father original design and intent. It’s good. Recognize this, and be aware there will be many times your son’s questions, observations and wisdom are beyond you. Don’t stress! It’s 100% normal in Father’s design. Even though conventional thought is for parents to be ahead of and train their children in all things, that’s just not how Father designed it. They will be ahead of us in many areas.

In fact, our families are micro-churches, and as such, we learn from our children as well as teach them. Further, they minister to us, and we minister to them! By the grace of God, take a breath, and savor their wisdom and observations. [hint: Write those precious words and observations down and savor them privately like Mary, the mother of Jesus, did.]

Here are some principles from Scripture you can share with him.

Heaven and earth are two different worlds. Heaven is forever.

To come to earth, you have to come as a baby. The time is different in Heaven and on earth. Scripture says one day in Heaven with the Lord is like 1,000 years on earth (2 Peter 3:8).

They are two different places, two different times.

But Father wanted to have a family that was different, different than the angels He already had, so that’s why Jesus came.

He stepped in to earth as a baby, like you, in a different time, in this world, to give his life (his blood) to forgive sins, so that Father would have his family that lasts forever, and is different from the angels.

Recommendation

I love Todd Burpo’s book for children, based on his son Colton’s experience with the Lord in Heaven while he was so sick. It is really easy to understand and will give your son a warm and true picture of the Heavenly Father, the Lord, and the Holy Spirit in the atmosphere of Heaven. This book also talks about Jesus coming to bring the Father’s family back to Him. Click here for his book available on Amazon.

Questions

Each question is thoughtfully and prayerfully addressed. We appreciate your patience and grace with the time it takes to answer your questions. Send yours here and we’ll get it in the queue.

by Crystal Wade, copyright 2019

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What is the Biblical worldview for law enforcement type jobs and training? (Part 4)

Question: What is the Biblical view for law enforcement jobs and training? (Part 4)

My husband is on a special task force which responds to emergency crisis situations. They train regularly in defense tactics and other violent training in/with active shooter scenarios. It’s similar to other law enforcement agencies and military who train this way. What is the Biblical view for these type jobs and training? It can be gruesome and it does take a toll on a person’s view of people, compassion and mercy, etc. In a world filled with evil that seeks to run rampant, such safeguards are necessary, but I would like to know the Biblical standard for these, especially in shaping how our son views and understands his dad’s job.

Answer:  Below is a real time story of a retired police officer who worked “on the streets” for over twenty years.

Real Time

Harold*, a devoted man of God, served his career on the police force in metropolitan areas. Harold remained keenly aware of the discrepancy between the underbelly of crime and human corruption he witnessed daily–and the quality and purity of life he desired with his Heavenly Father and his family.

He knew it was going to take intentional focus to remain connected to his Heavenly Father in real time so that the crime, violence and corruption he encountered daily did not sully, enter or jade him.

Now retired, he lives with his family in a peaceful country town, and communes with his Heavenly Father while keeping spiritual watch on the wall. He did achieve his goal of staying close to God and family while keeping separate from crime and corruption.

Here’s how he did it in his words.

1. Daily cleansing

“I found it helpful to pray a cleansing prayer addressing work situations that were traumatic or crazy (for lack of a better word), like the prayer you (Crystal) had written and sent us. In fact, I used a variation of one of your prayers for years.”

Note: We now have an expanded soaking version of this multi-purposed and effective prayer. Click here for the Daily Cleanser Soak.

2. Touch

“Whenever a work situation became physical or I had to touch someone, I always prayed forbidding any defilement from transferring. I was also always aware of the light and presence of God in me. I knew that my touch would release the One who is greater. So I would strategically use touch against the demonic.”

3. Courts

“Often I would go to Father’s Heavenly Courts in prayers regarding situations in my job.”

Note: There are many accusations hurled against us and our families; these find their roots in Father’s ancient enemy, as he’s called the accuser of the brethren. Not only do law enforcement workers have to deal with the corrupt side of human nature, but the nature of their job places them in a cross-fire of accusations and judgments collectively from the public, and those who attempt to use their jobs for political purposes.

These kinds of personal and collective accusations and/or judgments cause difficulty in the life and family of those who work in these fields. The remedy is: 1. Stay close to God 2. Daily cleanse and personal repentance 3. Confidently exercise your authority 4. Don’t delay (after any necessary personal repentance) in taking any potential accusatory situation to your Heavenly Father’s Heavenly Courts.

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4. Dreams

“Even now, some years later, occasionally I will have a dream that is troublesome relating to my old job. I take these as Papa’s light showing me specifics that I need cleansing in.”

Note: Pay attention to your dreams now and in the future about your job. Handle them with prayer, and ask for Father’s wisdom and revelation on anything that physically needs to be addressed.

The End

Questions

Each question is thoughtfully and prayerfully addressed. We appreciate your patience and grace with the time it takes to answer your questions. Send yours here and we’ll get it in the queue.

by Crystal Wade, copyright 2019

*Names have been changed.

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What is the Biblical view for law enforcement type jobs and training? (Part 3)

Question: What is the Biblical view for law enforcement jobs and training? (Part 3)

My husband is on a special task force which responds to emergency crisis situations. They train regularly in defense tactics and other violent training in/with active shooter scenarios. It’s similar to other law enforcement agencies and military who train this way. What is the Biblical view for these type jobs and training? It can be gruesome and it does take a toll on a person’s view of people, compassion and mercy, etc. In a world filled with evil that seeks to run rampant, such safeguards are necessary, but I would like to know the Biblical standard for these, especially in shaping how our son views and understands his dad’s job.

Answer:  In addition to Joshua’s keys for success in shifting from violence in training or campaigns to peace and rest in home and family life is the Father’s protocol for cleansing. Father’s record in Scripture gives us a protocol we can follow today to cleanse from the dirty work necessary in law enforcement style jobs.

Cleansing

Part of Father’s cleansing protocol for soldiers included a special water of cleansing. This water was sprinkled with hyssop on soldiers—and anyone who had been around a dead body—and on their tents, clothes, plunder, and anyone or anything that had touched death on the third and seventh day while they remained separate from the community for seven days.

Sprinkling and separation (discussed in Part 2) were keys to immunity from any spiritual or physical dirt passed on by bloodshed and death.

To understand the importance of the third and seventh day cleansing protocol, let’s take a brief overview of the seven redemptive gifts.

Seven Gifts

Arthur Burk’s The Redemptive Gifts of Individuals teaching is heavily drawn from Scripture and expansively field tested. It’s based on the list of seven gifts in Romans 12:6-8. It’s different than the ministry gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, or the 5-fold offices in Ephesians 4:11-12.

Here’s the short overview that appeared on the back of the tape-set teaching (yes, tape!).

The Seven Redemptive Gifts of Individuals – Arthur Burk

The prophet has to win the battle over the Edomite Curse (sacrificing relationships) in order to use his gift with authority. He resonates to the principle of design and provides the foundation for all the other gifts. The prophet’s vision of God’s design for each of the other gifts gives people with those gifts the motivation to possess their inheritance. (Elijah, John the Baptist)

The servant has the highest authority of all the gifts in the area of spiritual warfare. He is specifically gifted in bringing emotional and spiritual healing to the extended family, in praying for those in authority, and in turning away premature death. (Esther, Joseph)

The teacher provides the necessary balance to the impulsiveness of the prophet and exhorter, but the teacher must win the battle over selective responsibility to be effective in his gifting. (Levi, Isaiah)

The exhorter is God’s most common choice when He needs a world changer. Tragically, the exhorter seems to fall short of his calling more than some of the gifts. His greatest contribution to the Body is to reveal the nature and purposes of God. (Moses, Jeremiah, Paul)

The giver gives far more important things than money. He has a high anointing for blessing, especially giving generational blessings. The giver’s independent spirit is a part of God’s design that is frequently misunderstood and criticized by others. (Abraham)

The ruler is God’s empire builder. Under God’s direction, he significantly expands the hegemony of the Kingdom of God. However, failure to seek God’s plan for his life will cause the ruler to accomplish many good things, but still die with a sense of futility. (Solomon)

The mercy is the crown jewel of God’s creation. His primary domain is worship. Although the gift of mercy is usually put to work at many tasks, he is primarily designed to be and not to do. Once he is released to be what God has designed him to be, the things that he does will have a whole different flavor to them. (David)

Expansive Spirits

What Father unfolded in subsequent years is that, while each person has a core design of one of the seven redemptive gifts, all seven are present in each person’s spirit. Our spirits are formed of light, in the image of Father (Proverbs 20:27). Light breaks down into seven colors—and it’s very amazing to consider that our spirits are formed to engage with the seven-fold Spirit of God (Isaiah 11:2-3).

Spiritually speaking, unclean spirits with their specific darkness transferred from the bloodshed/death and landed on the Teacher and Mercy portions of the soldiers’ spirits (or anyone who encountered bloodshed or a dead body). Physically speaking, the water of cleansing’s properties were specially formulated to wipe out germs’ incubation on the third and seventh day.

That is why Father had Moses prepare a special water of cleansing and apply it with hyssop as it is an antiseptic. He was ensuring that the men were spiritually and physically cleaned, and had the time to emotionally process and disengage from war before returning home to their families in peace.

Cleansing Prayer

Prayer and Scripture release the Holy Spirit to do His deep cleansing, restorative work. This is the water of cleansing in our day. For your reference, we do have a product called the Daily Cleanser Soak which is great to soak the family in overnight or to listen to on the drive home, and which does address cleansing of the Teacher and Mercy portions and any contact with death.

As the spouse, you can pray cleansing for him/her. It’s great if he/she will do it, but if for whatever reason that’s not possible, because of your position with the Father in Christ and because of your marriage covenant, you can.

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Hyssop

Here’s how hyssop helps biologically cleanse. Hyssop is a monoterpene, and as such, reprograms miswritten information in cellular memory (Stewart, 29). Its fragrance releases swallowed emotions, spiritually cleans past sin, immorality and evil spirits (Stewart, 52). Hyssop was used in two ways with the water of cleansing: 1. in the preparation of the actual water and 2. in its application as its branch was used to sprinkle the water of cleansing on the persons, homes, furnishings, plunder, and equipment of soldiers and those encountering a dead body (Numbers 19:6-22; 31:19-24).

“Hyssop is about 50% ketones, which act like phenols and cleanse receptor sites. Hyssop also contains 5-10% sesquiterpenes that delete addictions, compulsions, and other ungodly directives from the DNA. Hyssop is also 20-30% monoterpenes which reprogram the DNA to restore God’s image.

Thus, hyssop oil, directed by our sincere intent to “create a clean heart and restore a right spirit within ourselves” can “blot out our transgressions” and erase sinful tendencies (negative emotions) stored in cellular memory, thus releasing and cleansing the root cause of wrong action” (Stewart, 210).

Using Hyssop

It’s good to recognize the biological healing and cleansing properties of hyssop. It is potent, so a few drops in a diffuser overnight works well. To keep clean air in your home, it’s not advisable to have essential oils diffused night and day. Every so often, as you’re impressed, works well. It does cause irritation to skin, so if you apply it topically, dilute in a carrier oil (for a roll-on applicator, use 6-12 drops in 1 ounce of a carrier oil like almond or fractionated coconut oil). It can then be rolled over pulse points and palms to assist cleansing, or applied to soles of feet before sleeping.

. . .to be continued.

Resources

Daily Cleanser Soak – Crystal Wade, Hope Streams

Healing Trauma Prayer — Jim and Pat Banks, House of Healing

Questions

Each question is thoughtfully and prayerfully addressed. We appreciate your patience and grace with the time it takes to answer your questions. Send yours here and we’ll get it in the queue.

by Crystal Wade, copyright 2019

Source: Stewart, David, Ph.D. Healing Oils of the Bible. 7th printing, Care Publications, 2010.

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What is the Biblical view for law enforcement type jobs and training? (Part 2)

Question: What is the Biblical view for law enforcement jobs and training? (Part 2)

My husband is on a special task force which responds to emergency crisis situations. They train regularly in defense tactics and other violent training in/with active shooter scenarios. It’s similar to other law enforcement agencies and military who train this way. What is the Biblical view for these type jobs and training? It can be gruesome and it does take a toll on a person’s view of people, compassion and mercy, etc. In a world filled with evil that seeks to run rampant, such safeguards are necessary, but I would like to know the Biblical standard for these, especially in shaping how our son views and understands his dad’s job.

Answer:  There is an aspect of every believer’s life on earth that has to do with war because our Heavenly Father has an ancient enemy who was defeated at the Cross, but we have to learn and grow with our Heavenly Father. This growth on our part with Him empowers us to enforce Christ’s victory and His enemy’s defeat.

Father Teaches Warfare

“These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience),” Judges 3:1-2.

The Apostle Paul describes real spirit armor for the believer in Ephesians 6:10-18 with the intent to use it in the spiritual war we’re in.

The point is—Father trains us for warfare regardless of our physical occupation.

However, some occupations (such as law enforcement of any kind) face a more sinister, more consistent view of human corruption, darkness and/or death situations—and it does take a toll on them personally, and on their view of people, together with compassion and mercy.

In order to not become jaded, losing our sense of compassion, mercy and goodness, it takes intentionality to shift gears, to cleanse from the daily (or specific) tasks, and to focus on the goodness, truth and grace of God.

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Time Out

Billy Graham, the great evangelist, traveled all over the world during his team’s evangelistic crusades and rallies which reached millions. Especially when his traveling schedule intensified, he initiated a routine which began his journey home. He checked himself into a medical clinic where he was evaluated, and specifically attended for several days before returning home.

A spiritual warrior calling and a physical one face many similarities in the essential and complete engagement of the spirit, soul and body, in the strain, and in the need to cleanse before reengaging with civilian life.

Our Heavenly Father gave Moses the protocol for shifting the soldiers out of warfare mode, through spiritual and physical cleansing from their work, with time to prepare them to reengage with their families before returning home. This applies to those in special task forces as well as law enforcement as their work is similar to soldiers.

After battle, Israeli soldiers underwent seven days of cleansing routines, and separation from both the battlefield and home.

Separation before Reengagement

It’s not feasible to spend seven days after every “campaign” in life today. However, the key point to note is that there is some time necessary for the men and women in law enforcement type occupations to discharge and disengage from their alert-level and the violence they encountered before reengaging with their families.

For some, that may be going to the gym before going home, or taking extra time on the drive home to pray and/or mentally and emotionally decompress, or having the understanding from their families that they need space and grace when they return home to decompress before reengaging in family life.

Spouses of those in law enforcement can aid this process by: 1. understanding this is a real need 2. leading the family to respect it and 3. praying for their cleansing and shifting between “war and peace” from that demanding work back to family life.

Joshua’s Keys to Success

Military commander Joshua lost only two battles of the scores he fought. He was highly successful as a spiritual leader and a military leader. At the beginning of his career, the Father told him how to be successful. Let My word be in your mouth and thoughts in the morning and evening, Joshua 1:8. What we think about, or watch or read, before going to bed, and upon awakening, sets the tone for our sleep and our day.

I recommend playing the Bible on CD or MP3 for your family at night. It’s spirit nutrition. I do advise to be mindful of which portions you chose to play overnight for best restfulness and for young children (Ephesians 1, Colossians 1, and Proverbs are really good picks).

Further, Joshua personally shifted well from war to rest, then worship. He’d learned this practice those years under Moses’ leadership in the wilderness. When Joshua became commander, he led the nation of Israel to do the same. After war, cleanse, then downshift to rest. After rest, upshift to worship and remembrance of the goodness of God and the victories He gave. These intentional shifts are powerful.  They kept Joshua from becoming hardened and jaded by the battles he fought and the atrocities of the practices of the pagan nations that he saw.

Joshua kept excellent, intentional records of Father’s intervention. He wrote down Scripture as it had been given to Moses in his own handwriting. He wrote records, and he led public recitation of the victories of God, His commands, and His commission to the nation. These were all ways that he meditated, remembered, and built his neurological pathways. The personal handwriting cemented the word of God inside the brain of Joshua which directed his neurological pathways, as it will for anyone who will intentionally listen and record. He truly was the successful spiritual and military leader that Father wanted him to be—and his “how to” is recorded right here for us to emulate.

. . .to be continued.

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