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Rout Planning: Out-Planning ‘Strategery’


strategery

rout – vb. to defeat decisively or disastrously

rout – n.  a disastrous defeat

Any strategist worth his “assault” wanting to become a great strategist must learn to deal with defeat.  Once they admit to it, though – great strategists will analyze it to understand his tactics AND the tactics of his enemy that brought about this TEMPORARY loss.

People of God – we are called to be strategic against the strategic tomfoolery (thus, the portmanteau of strategery in the title; as coined by Saturday Night Live’s Will Ferrell) of the devil and his insurgents.

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Though they have been handed a SOUND defeat in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they react much like many of the terrorist organizations around the world that were tied to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden after their deaths.  They continue to raise hell in pockets around the globe though the head has been cut off.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? - 1 Corinthians 15:55

We are called to be strategic in our encounters with these insurgents, though.  That doesn’t mean we won’t take an L (loss) along the way.  It just means that we will regroup, collect our intel, adjust our strategy and OFFENSIVELY STRIKE (we’re not always meant to cower/counter strike in defense) again to beat back those who would attack the Kingdom of God in earth.

This is the nature of being apostolic. It is a term of WAR.  Saints, we must analyze our role and the role of the enemy in these battles to overcome and MAINTAIN a victorious stance… in face of, in opposition against, and even as often as the defeats come.

No one likes to be defeated but be encouraged and learn from each loss… for you are MORE than a CONQUEROR in CHRIST!

As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 8:36-39

Do you want to know how to be strategic and what the apostolic movement looks like in warring against sickness and disease in your region?  Come out to the Kingdom Advancement Center’s 2015 Year of RELEASE:  Healing and Deliverance  Conference on the weekend of April 25th for three days of apostolic teaching! (registration is below):

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A Cherished Moment of Embarrassment

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Me (to my son): “Josiah, do I embarrass you sometimes?”
Josiah: “Yes.”
Me: “How?”
Josiah: “…”

Even after I told him it was alright to tell me and that he wouldn’t get in trouble, he couldn’t give me an example. The easiest one is when I tell him “I love him” when I drop him off to KinderCare and make it known as he walks down the hallway that I’m waiting for him to say it back.

I explained to him the difference between being embarrassed by me and being ashamed of me. He said I haven’t made him feel shameful of me being his dad but it’s almost inevitable that this will happen when he’s older.

The reason behind all this was simple: he was embarrassed to pray over his food in front of his friends at a birthday party today. I asked him if God (his heavenly Father) has ever done anything to embarrass him or make him be ashamed of Him. He said “no” but I pointed out that when he says his grace on the sly/incognito tip, he is acting ashamed of his relationship with his heavenly and ever-so more important Father: a Father who loves and does INFINITELY more for him than what I ever could (and I make it known to this little boy how much I LOVE him as much as I can!). In doing so, I told him he also misses an opportunity to explain to someone what he’s doing (and offer to pray over their food) or encourage another closeted Christian kid to say his/her grace.

Even though I have embarrassed Josiah, he says he has never felt ashamed of me, though (yet). Again, I told him, if he’s not ashamed of his earthly father who has embarrassed him, how much more should he NOT be ashamed of His Heavenly Father Who can NEVER do anything to make Josiah be ashamed of Him?

He said he understood. We’ll see…

An abridged message for adults: “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” - Matthew 10:32-33 NIV

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Minister Quiana Kee’s Initial Sermon: The Focus of Our Fear

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What should it mean to truly fear the Lord?

Can fear and love of God exist at the same time?

Minister Quiana Kee rightly divides the Word to answer these questions in the video below followed by her installation and licensing as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (the message was brought forth on 3/15/15):

PART I:

 


PART II:

BONUS FEATURE:

The initial sermon from 3/8/15 of Minister Quiana Kee’s husband can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.steelwaterspoetry.com/blog/?p=4332

 

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You Are More Prophetic Than You Think

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Let me ask you something.  Have you ever visualized yourself doing something before you do it to encourage yourself?  Have you ever spoken something out loud as a way to lay claim to it before it comes much like… that’s right – a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Any time you willfully seek to execute a task according to a “vision” you had or write something down according to a flash of genius that literally flashed across your mind, you are operating by faith to bring what is unseen by the natural eye into the physical realm of sight.  Such vision is not anything that you had to trigger or concentrate on as much as it seems given to you, right?  What has been given to you is insight.  What has been given to you who are Christian is the mind of Christ:

For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  – 1 Corinthians 2:16

You are more prophetic than you think.

I’m not talking about the spooky Nostradamus-type prophecy, either.  I’m talking about the scripturally Biblical prophetic word spoken of in 1 Corinthians 14:3 which reads:

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Let’s look at the three descriptive words for ‘he that prophesieth’ :  edification, exhortation and comfort.

edify - to build up (with words); or more formally (as defined by Merriam Webster), to  teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character

exhort – to encourage (with words); or more formally (as defined by Merriam Webster) to try to influence (someone) by words or advice : to strongly urge (someone) to do something

comfort – to cause (someone) to feel less worried, upset, frightened, etc. : to give comfort to; to give strength and hope to

Each of these words provides clues to the types of words that prophecy is based in.  In its truest form, a prophetic word is a real-time word from God which can do what these three words indicate for an individual or a group of people.  Even the written Word (Logos) of God came originally as an expressed word (Rhema) to someone who simply recorded it on some form of media.  God prophesied the universe into existence by speaking to build it up (edify) out of nothing by influencing the darkness (exhort) with light and giving mankind a mandate to strenghthen and give him hope for a future that would not be full of woe (comfort a la Jeremiah 29:11-12).

What we then gained as an inheritance from our heavenly Father was the ability to speak prophetically as He did.  Does that still seem spooky or unfounded to you?  Then how about we just call it something plain such as “speak life”.  We are meant to speak positively into one another.  We have the power to do both with our tongue even as the LORD God Himself spoke to the Israelites – chastening and warning them of what would happen if they sinned but also giving them a literal spiritual wealth of words that hinted at the abundance of blessings He has stored up for them… and US!

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
- Proverbs 18:21

How we wield this power determines the way in which we build up (with words of life) or tear down (with death – whatever words oppose life) our fellow man or even ourselves.  There are some people who constantly fulfill death in themselves by speaking negatively over their own lives.  This should not be so!

Jesus told Peter that the rock of the Church upon which He would build (edify, people!) would be based on the expressed revelation Peter received regarding Who Jesus really was.  Flesh and blood did not reveal it to Peter but God Himself… via a prophetic, revelatory word.

He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said , Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou , Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ. - Matthew 16:15-20

Speak life, people of God.  The life of the Church… the light of the WORLD depends on it.

“The Projected Prophetic”

When you project it,
Your vision is perfected
By the prophetic.

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“The Envisioned Mission”

Envision it, get
Written scripts, THEN the mission
Will exhibit it.

‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’
– Habakkuk 2:2

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“The Apostolic Mission and Prophetic Vision Statement of the Church”

Apostles and prophets
act out the mission and
vision of the Church.

‘And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom you also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.’
– Ephesians 2:20-22

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My Initial Sermon: Daily Bred

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* Please note that Romans 4:17 should be Romans 14:17 on the slide entitled:  Good Things to Ask Our Heavenly Father as Importune (Shameless) Children *

 

Live Recordings from 3/8/15 (with extra/bonus features and slides not seen in the narration found at the bottom of this page… that’s as close to a CD/DVD as you’re going to get!):

PART I:

PART II:

PART III:

 

Pre-Recorded Narration:

BONUS FEATURE:
My wife’s initial sermon which was done a week later on 3/15/15 can be found below:

http://steelwaterspoetry.com/blog/?p=4360


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Heated Debate: Seen vs. The Unseen Shadow of Substance

Look carefully. Do you see it? The way you view the world greatly impacts the truth of what you know exist in your surroundings.

If you just take things at the surface level such as the surface of this glass window, you will only see and feel what your senses tell you is true. But there is so much more going on in your Christian life that is unseen yet more real than what you are experiencing!

As I span over to the floor (though the camera barely detects it), you can see heat is being released from the vents beneath the windows into the atmosphere.  The heat is unseen until you observe a shadow of its substance in the air.

Be mindful of these things and sharpen your faith based on the unseen which exists in the marvelous light of Christ to warm you up from the cold of the darkness of the world that surrounds you.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
- 2 Corinthians 4:18

For the law having a shadow of good things to come , and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. - Hebrews 10:1

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When Squatters Write

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If my dad bequeathed a house to me with instructions on its upkeep that I didn’t fully understand or execute properly (never locking it up or maintaining it according to my dad’s wisdom); and squatters came in to ransack the place which accelerated its deterioration but left behind notes saying that it was my dad’s will for this to happen, why on earth would I believe the notes over my dad’s will?!!  Is it because I claim to know my dad but have never seen the squatters directly for myself?

So too have we been fooled to think that sickness and death are in this world by way of God’s will; convinced of this by the father of lies who is also behind the sin in the world with causes sickness, disease and death.

#TheGreatestTrickTheDevilEverPulledWasToConvinceTheWorldThatHeDoesntExist

#SquattersRights

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Being an Agent of Change Is Constant

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I was back on the campus of Elgin Community College last night and had a conversation with one of my former coworkers.  I admitted to her that when I left, I did so because I was fed up with the foolishness I saw there… but in the ~8 years that I’ve been gone, I realize that leaving was both premature and immature.

I realize now that we are meant to be agents of change wherever we are (as the leaven in the lump) but if we all leave when it gets frustrating, how can such change take place?

My coworker’s response was very simple:  “This is our ministry.”  Truer words were never spoken.

We are light in the dark that cannot be intimidated or overcome by what surrounds us.  Light stamps out darkness.

Furthermore, work isn’t the only place we are to minister to people.  Marriage is, as well.  The person you entered into a covenant with to become mutual helpmates is the person you are purposed to minister to and vice versa.  #ForBetterOrForWorse

‘And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.’ - Luke 13:20-22

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The Aura of a Legend: ‘Kee’ Takeaways from the Legend of Korra

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It’s been about a month or so since The Legend of Korra series ended and there’s much to discuss.

What I will NOT address are the implications that the main character of a children’s television show came out of the closet and walked into the “sunset” with her long-time friend turned lesbian lover.

Some will likely say that a show that deals with spiritual matters but that is clearly not evoking the Kingdom of a Christian God (steeped instead in eastern meditative philosophies and reincarnation) is something that I shouldn’t have even been watching.   Admittedly, it became a somewhat guilty pleasure for me but I’ve managed to find some awesome Korra-lations that I’d like to expound on relative to my Christian walk and beliefs from the series:

My reflection on Korra begins with a quote from a review I read that summarized the series and marveled at its ending:

The Legend of Korra now exists for the ages as a complete set, tracking Korra from being a cocky teenager with the emotional maturity of a high school freshman…

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I Was a Late Bloomer

Much like Korra, when it comes to my Kingdom understanding of the power that works on the inside of me (see Ephesians 3:20) by way of the Holy Spirit, I was a late bloomer.  Though I had known and believed in God and Jesus since my early childhood, much like Korra, I didn’t come to a truth of just how inept I was in dispensing God’s power into the earth until I was much older.

The Pride of False Humility

Despite her strength, she struggled against adversaries that should have been easy to overcome had she paid attention to her training and cast off pride and its counterpart of false humility once she realized her shortcomings.

The Wreckage of Restless Recklessness

Korra had her powers bestowed on her as a youth.  Though she had plenty of time to learn how to wield them, the series opened up with showing us the reckless abandon she had in dealing with opponents (both external and internal to herself).  Anger often drove her futile attempts to put her enemies at her feet.  I too struggled with attempting to access the power of the Holy Spirit to place Christ’s foes beneath His feet (see Acts 2:35) with  feats that were motivated not in love and compassion for those who needed my assistance but in anger against the enemy I was confronting.

Encompassed by Compassion

Korra’s avatar character is very Christ-like.  In much the same way that characters such as King Cyrus  of the Bible (who was a non-Israelite king) were called Messiah in that they salvaged the Hebrew nation from the brink of destruction (i.e. salvation), Korra said something that was very profound in the last episode.  She had gone through a debilitating injury that left her wheelchair bound and embarrassed as the savior of her world and struggled with why she had to be weighted down with her health burden.

She eventually came to realize, though that suffering helped her relate to the people she was meant to serve despite having authority over them.  She learned compassion and even learned to empathize with her human rivals who all had their own hurts and ambitions that caused the root of their hearts to turn bitter and evil despite some well-aligned intentions.

Is this not what drove Jesus to help us when He emptied Himself of His Divinity to dwell among men?:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7 But made himself of no reputation , and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and becameobedient unto death, even the death of the cross. - Philippians 2:5-8

My TRUE Strength is NOT My Own

At the end of the day, the Avatar series relays that the strength of the protagonists was not of their own; therefore, they had no right to wield it as they pleased for pleasure or to whom they felt deserved it.  They were bowed and burdened with glorious purpose to serve the people/children of God – Who IS the source of our strength in the end.

These are some serious Christian lessons to be learned from a secular show.

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I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - Philippians 4:13

“Legend’s Aura: The Avatar State”

I move the earth when
I stir and fire up Steel
Waters through God’s heir. 

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“Rhyme Bender: Legend of the Lord’s”

When I write, I bend
Minds with rhymes and pens from the
Water flow within.

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“A Mind Bending Korra-lation”

Water flow from the
Core of souls bends to God’s Will -
Not Korra’s control.

#STEELYourMIND

A Moment of Silent Treatment

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The Non-Silent Movement

Though I do believe that God is always speaking, I also believe that there are times when His silence is deafening.  God IS the WORD so unlike us, He is NEVER at a shortage of things to say to us.  He encourages us daily.  He edifies us daily.  He warns us… daily.  He admonishes us… daily.  He chastises us… daily.  I may have listed more negative words here but He is a benevolent Father Who would much rather garnish us with words that prove He is Who He is in LOVE.  But alas, the sin nature that is ever present and at work within us causes the need for correction.

I will never forget the times I have made my children cry from what I have said to them.  They are young still (3 and 6 years old) – yet, they understand when I am disappointed in their decisions as much as I did when my mother broke me down to tears as a teenager with one simple sentence:

“I am disappointed in you.”  

So I know that when I sit my children down to reproach them when they have done wrong, I understand why they sometimes burst out in tears.  Words are powerful.  But sometimes, the absence of words can have just as much of an impact.

I Have My Mother’s Eye

You know what that “sounds” like…. rather, you know what that LOOKS like!  I have inherited my mother’s glare that I now administer to my children from time to time.  Oftentimes, there are just no words to address the foolishness that they have repeatedly allowed to be bound in their hearts.  As a parent, I have developed an ability to know when the words I’ve spoken aren’t lost on my children and that a moment of silence is all that is needed for a total recall to set in lest something that neither parent nor child wants to have happen to them… happens:  releasing the rod of correction.

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Don’t Make Me Come Down These “Stares”!

Parenthood is awesome, though because it gives us a glimpse into how God deals with us.  Many times, when we perceive Him to be silent, He may be giving us the stare down like “Don’t make me come down these stairs (did you catch that?!!)!  He may be giving us a moment to recall to mind His Word(s) which CANNOT return to Him void.  His silence may be buying us time before unleashing chastisement that is promised from a Father Who ultimately loves us despite ourselves:

5 ‘And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth , and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence : shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live ?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure ; but he for our profit , that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.’ - Hebrews 12:5-11

I Have My Father’s Guise

I was reminded further of the effectiveness of the quiet before the storm when I gave a student a brief moment of silent treatment in my office. After thoroughly explaining to the student how he ended up in my office unable to register for classes due to an unpaid balance and why it would be a disservice to him to allow him to register with neither a plan nor the resources to incur more charges, I simply sat still and said nothing as he begin to reiterate his request for an exception and continued to come up with excuses to avoid a penalty he brought upon himself versus accepting responsibility for what he had been warned would happen throughout the semester.  The silence allowed him to digest the matter and realize that what I had told him was justified and hence, would not change.

Have you been listening to what the Lord has been saying to you?  Are YOU letting it register?