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From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father

Book Two

Children of the Holy Spirit



by

Brian L. Curry



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Contents

Forward A-1 - Dr. Timothy L. Colisino

Forward A-2 - Dr. John D. Washington

Forward A-3 - Reverend L. Leo Riley

Forward A-4 - William T. Robinson

Prelude

Introduction

Scholar’s Mate

Kingdom People

Leader, Lord, Father

Bonded or Bastard, Part Two

If This Be Love

In Closing - Carolyn Curry

Epilogue

About the Author



Forward - A1

From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father: Children of the Holy Spirit is a book on Natural as well as Spiritual Fathering. However, it is unlike any other spiritual fathering material that you will find anywhere. Let me explain. First of all, no two books are ever quite the same. The reason for this is the field of historiography, or writing history, always seems to bring about both an art and a science in what the writer is trying to reveal.

Brian uses science in revealing facts in both a prophetic and apostolic way, because truths are established by the facts compiled. He uses art because he embraces his biblical understanding and the responsibility of interpreting those facts, in which he reveals to the reader, for their clarification and edification. The history and evolution of Brian's life begins to unfold before your very eyes as he reveals the truths that shaped the foundation of his life both naturally and spiritually.

In Book Two of this outstanding book series, Brian projects the hope and belief that many will continue to know and understand that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28).

As an entrepreneur and exhorter of the Word of Almighty God, I want to say that Brian is truly talented and endowed in taking both of these gifts and joining them together for the purpose of pouring out his heart and soul in an overwhelming way to bring forth better clarification on a personal and corporate level to all who want to graduate from having the "eyes of a son" to developing "the heart of a father". Let this book series be the beginning of that fulfilling journey.

-Dr. Timothy L. Colisino

Prophetic Seer to The Body of Christ

Frostburg, MD



Forward - A2

This book has enlightened my life in so many ways with its deep insight into the biblical concept of spiritual parenting and will be beneficial to you even if the father and son message and practice is not a part of your biblical exercise. It contains other concepts, challenges and contingencies which you will want to consider.

This book is written with such diversity of articulation that you’re mesmerized at the fluency of each sentence. It’s intellectual, spiritual, educational, poetic, relational, inspirational, practical, and filled with revelatory truths. The content of the book isn’t religious, therefore, nonreligious readers will enjoy and benefit from this material.

One of the many areas of the book which captured my attention was the contrast of spiritual parenting behavior. Also, the author provides paradigms that will balance the inconsistency of the spiritual parenting message and practices. You will discover this book insightful and delightful, it will be challenging and changing.

The author helps fathers to see their heart through the eyes of their sons. When you read, From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father: Children of the Holy Spirit, in its entirety, you will discover the author, Brian L. Curry, has shown us that God’s love is amazing and not in a maze.

Peace & bountiful blessings!

-Dr. John D. Washington, D.D.

Kingdom Covenant Fellowship, Inc.

Augusta, GA



Forward - A3

From the time I started reading, this book, I was truly moved by this story of a young boy developing into the man he is today. The flow of the story and the way it is written left me anticipating each new chapter. It made me reflect on my own journey into adulthood, both naturally and spiritually.

Brian has been called to preach and teach on fulfilling your own special and unique destiny through your preordained, God-given assignment. He trusts that this book will bring new vision concerning dedication and commitment to our Heavenly Father. This book will challenge you on many levels to pursue and fulfill your divine calling in Christ, regardless of the pitfalls and roadblocks life has put in your pathway.

From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father: Children of the Holy Spirit will leave you reflecting on the mentors, teachers, and persons who were divinely placed in your life, as a support and benefit, to help you move forward, and challenge you to personally become a mentor and Godly example for someone else, always expressing the love of Christ. Brian has clearly tapped into the true heart of the Father which is, as he beautifully expresses in the book, “love motivated, people oriented, and God centered.”

-Reverend L. Leo Riley, Senior Pastor

Christian Love Ministries

Fairmont, WV



Forward - A4

In this book, Brian uses revelatory teaching and speaks to the masses with renewed thoughts birthed through the intimacy of sincere worship and fervent prayer. We learn how to become overcomers both biblically and pragmatically. Brian reveals powerful lessons, not only on leadership and parenting, but also on how to become humble Shepherds to laboring servants.

As you go through this spiritually enlightening, unique, and empowering journey, you will hear sound wisdom and discover brilliant insight, undeniably born of the spirit, which is inspiring and practical. Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear. How will they know without a preacher? (Romans10:14)

From the Eyes of a Son to the Heart of a Father: Children of the Holy Spirit is a refreshing gaze into the Word of God and was written to bless His people. It challenges us to improve our personal relationship with God the Father, by Jesus Christ, through His Holy Spirit, and to experience the joy and abundant life that He has made available to all.

-William T. Robinson, Father of Brian L. Curry

A Disciple of Christ!

Detroit, MI



Prelude

Witness my humble presentation, a ventilation of precious thought,

Nurtured in my soul like a fetus, til it was time to see this taught;

Discussing identity, Who am I?

Where am I supposed to be, what do I do, and why?

It’s complicated, simple and challenging at the same time,

My spirit lived in Eternity, till my body came in Time;

Now dressed in humanity with the secrets of Eternity forgotten,

If I could only recall what I was plottin’,

Hopefully, nothin’ rotten;

Cause God was watchin’ me in His mind’s eye, before He ever breathed and released me…

-Brian L. Curry I (1990 somethin’)



INTRODUCTION

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

-Matthew 1:18, NKJV

My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.”

-Proverbs 23:26, NKJV

Observe My ways through the eyes of your heart, My Son. Let My heart become your heart that you may see clearly. The more your heart becomes like Mine, the more you will know and understand, see, and perceive My ways. My ways are love motivated, people oriented, and God centered. I know the beginning from the end and the end from the beginning. I AM truly the Author and Finisher of your faith.”



Scholar’s Mate

“Is that plant greater than you?” A rhetorical question, surely. However, as I quietly mused over the answer to his question in my mind, slightly taken back by the, initially perceived, overt absurdity of it, I suddenly became surprisingly aware that he wasn’t asking me the question rhetorically. He expected me to answer it vocally, now.

Algebraic notation, or AN, is a way of recording and describing the moves in a game of chess between opponents. It’s pretty standard among most chess organizations, books and magazines. With the question he had asked me still hanging in the air, he had made his opening, mental move: White Pawn to E4. Now, it was my turn to move.

We both knew at that time that the surplus of my carnal foolishness was no match for his lean, mean, God-given wisdom. Yet, time and time again, I found myself engaged in, what I considered to be, dire and mortal combat, locked in one-on-one counsel, at the mercy of his gentle beat downs. He was strong enough to be gentle. This was a mental and spiritual game of chess. It always was. He’d move, and I would try to counter.

I was no match for him in the real and actual game, let alone these types of psychological engagements. He was setting me up for the kill, the kill of any type of defense I could try to muster against his ever adapting, wholly engaging, piercing and terrible, cerebral onslaught.

Of course, it was all in the spirit of love, but this was tough love. I had brought it on myself and, apparently, I was a glutton for punishment. Years later, he would tell me that, regarding me, he could always see the King inside of the kid, even when the kid was hiding inside of a cave. Selah.

To be fair, I was reeling, reeling from just getting out of the military, reeling from a new and stark reality that my best child hood friend, Jesse Jones, had just recently been killed in a car accident, reeling from pressure in my family, reeling from a sullied marriage, reeling from self-righteous church folk, reeling from marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, and any type of pill on which I could get my hands. Over the edge, I was falling, and hearing over and over in my head the steady cadence of, “ain’t nothin’ left for me to do except to free fall now, ain’t nothin’ left for me to do except to free fall now, ain’t nothin’ left for me to do….”

Reeling from my own inner demons…

Haunted by inner demons, runnin’ in my sleep, my spirit weeps,

My soul won’t let me off o’ deez streets;

How can I strengthen any right in me? To overpower all my wrong,

Get some light in me, and make me strong;

I can’t comprehend the whole opposition, it’s biological, spiritual, psychological,

Warfare on the Prodigal,

Son of a King, livin’ like a servant,

But now it’s urgent,

That I return to the palace,

I’m filled with malice;

Shame, depression, emotional stressin’, facin’ these inner convictions,

In my heart, now I wish I’d listened;

My reflection ain’t the same, all I see is insanity lookin’ back at me,

Evil spirits attackin’ me;

Lord, rebuke the enemy in a ME, my prayer,

And save me, from Psychological Warfare;

-Brian L. Curry I (Psychological Warfare, Verse 1, 1990 somethin’)

“Is that plant greater than you?” he asked again, this time with greater fervency and with a little more volume. He was reminding me that he had made his opening move: White Pawn to E4. Thinking back on how I had even gotten myself in this position, again, it dawned on me that this was his idea. A couple of days ago, my phone rang. I answered it.

“Hello?”

“Hello Brian. This is Apostle Washington. I’m coming to see you, at your place, the day after tomorrow, at 3:00 P.M. We need to talk.” I was frantic. At the time, Apostle John D. Washington was my spiritual father. This would be just one many similar counseling sessions we had through the years, when I was both in and out of the church.

Suppressing my anxiety, I coolly responded, “Sure. What about?”

“I’ll see you in a couple of days,” he said.

“Ok,” I replied, knowing there was no way that I was getting out of this. “See you then.” I was frantic.

When he showed up at my house, I hung his coat, placed his hat, and patiently waited to see what was next as he studiously and very meticulously surveyed my living room. After about seven seconds, he walked over to a corner, picked up a plant that was potted and posted by the window, placed it on the small living room table, looked at me, and posed the question.

So here we are.

Is that plant greater than me? I thought. Now, why would he ask me a question like that?

As I stared at this plant sitting on the table, there was nothing extraordinary about it. I didn’t even know what kind of plant it was. I mean, it was just a stupid plant. Right? Allowing my slumped over posture and a blank stare on my face to subtly transmit a hint of indifference, hoping this outward, false projection in body language would cover the internal, mad dash into my mental rolodex, my brain quick-scanned its prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and cerebral cortex, accessing any memories that I had on the subject of biology, specifically, Kingdom Plantae.

Searching…Searching… Aha! I found something. As I allowed my mind to take me back to my high school biology class, it came to me. Photosynthesis, a process that plants use to convert light energy into chemical energy, was the first thing that came to mind. Nope. The Greenhouse Effect, a process that promotes plant growth, fuels photosynthesis, and traps heat to keep plants warm. Nope. Plant Reproduction: asexual, one cell splits into two identical cells, and sexual, two cells, each with half of the DNA needed, combine and create a living cell. Nope. That was the extent of my plant knowledge, very limited indeed. Fuhgeddaboudit.

As far as I was concerned we could toss the whole thing out the window, but that wasn’t going to happen, and there was no way that I could respond with a simple “yes” or “no” answer. Either way, he would shred me. Of this, I was certain. I was no fool and it would be Fool’s Mate on me had I chosen either or. So, I decided on an entirely different approach this time.

My opening move, my response, my rebuttal, this time, would be something totally unexpected, at least, that’s what I thought. My response, this time, would be cautious, measured, and certain. My opening move, this time, would mimic his. Triumphantly, I responded, “Is a plant greater than anybody?” Black Pawn to E5. No Fool’s Mate on me. I was gonna last longer than 2 moves this time. This mental chess match would continue. His move.

Smiling on the inside, inwardly patting myself on the back, and proud of my superficial achievement, not knowing that everything, as usual, was going exactly the way he had planned, I waited. Although outwardly I could mimic his position, inwardly I was missing his power. I was doomed and didn’t know it. He was patient and seemed amused. Looking back, I wonder how often he must have seen right through me.

Apostle John D. Washington, at the top of his game, in my eyes, and many others, was, at least, a head and shoulders above his peers, in terms of teaching and revelation. The audacity of his messages and the clarity of his cause resonated through revelation that was, to me, unparalleled. “Bonded or Bastard,” “I Swear, I’ll Bless You,” and his dissertations on the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ, the breaking down of the Cross, signature messages, which were, in my humble opinion, ahead of the game. How could I possibly know back then that these “scrimmages” were preparing me for greater things to come?

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.

-1 Corinthians 3:6, NKJV

He responded: White Queen to H5. A power move. “A plant has you bound and is keeping you from achieving your God given destiny.”

What? No way! I thoughtfully chewed up, swallowed, and digested that for a minute. Where is he going with this?

He continued, “Marijuana, cocaine, tobacco, and alcohol. They’re all just plants. They all come from a plant. A plant in and of itself has no power. It can’t speak. It can’t think. It can’t reason. It can only do whatever someone else wants it to do or allows it to do. Look at that plant on the table. It’s helpless. It can’t even move itself back to the corner that I took it out of until someone puts it back.”

Wow. I didn’t see that one coming. In its simplified form, that’s exactly what they were, plants. That plant is not greater than me. Plants are not greater than me unless I allow them to be and even then, it’s a lie. I’m greater than a plant!

Honestly, I felt kind of indignant at the thought of a plant being greater than me. That’s exactly what he wanted because at the time, a plant was greater than me. My move. But how to respond?

Caught up in this wickedness, out of control,

A part of me screamin’ at this demon, gotta break its stronghold;

Hatein’ how it got me like this, too weak to stop it, so many schemes concocted,

With me, the ace accomplice in its pocket;

On further inspection, learned it altered my perception of reality,

Truth hurts, I’m stricken with this malady;

It only befriended me so that it could bring an end to me,

No longer will I pretend to be free;

I’m trapped, caught in a spiritual force, ridin’ on a course to self-destruction, if any,

The Voice of One Speakin’ for Many;

This is the Voice of One Speakin’ for Many,

Lord take me from this place of desolation and famine, to a land of good and plenty;

Where my soul can rest,

Free from stress;

Silence all these demons from screamin’…

-Brian L. Curry I (The Voice of One Speakin for Many, 1990 somethin’)

Being keenly aware that he was also making a spiritual diagnosis because bitter things on the inside of me also had me bound, my heart ached. Actually, at the time, it felt as if my heart had been dropped off of the top of a mountain, fell for a thousand miles, and then brutally shattered against the cold and unforgiving ground at the bottom. Being broken into a million pieces, it was then casually, systematically, and very purposely, blown away with the wind into nothingness. Did I even truly feel anymore? “…An enemy hath done this…” (Matthew 13:24-30, KJV)

However, I wasn’t going down without a fight. I wasn’t ready to give in and decided that I too would show a move of power of my own, although a more guarded one.

Finally, defiantly responding, I answered, “I’m in control of everything I do and I choose my own destiny, not… some…plant!” deferentially protesting. This was deferential defiance. Anything less would have been uncivilized.

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him.

-Proverbs 26:12, NKJV

Very sullenly, I lamely added, “Besides, you don’t understand what I’m going through.” Black Knight to C6. His move.

“Pain isn’t prejudice, son,” he softly replied, unfazed by my “deferential defiance.” “Everyone experiences it, but you have to learn to draw power from your pain, instead of pity,” he stated, matter-of-factly. White Bishop to C4. My move.

His words and analogies were getting to me, pulling me out, and deeply challenging me to change, but I wanted to be mad and stay mad at the world. I wanted to feel and wallow in the pain. I wantedto die.

So many thoughts is on my mind that I can’t sleep,

And it’s got me up here contemplatin’ endin’ it all, I mean it’s so deep;

Nobody understands me. Everybody is slow to listen, quick to talk,

Plus, they got me bent with judgmental thoughts;

I’m stressed, and I’m startin’ to think is it life after death,

Cause I ain’t too far from carryin’ out one o’ deez thoughts of takin my last breath;

I mean it. I feel like I’m trapped with no place to go,

I don’t deserve to be in Heaven or Hell, put me in limbo;

So I can be free and float away, all by myself, all by my lonesome,

Come and get some if you want some;

I’m on some, other type of level you can’t see, but you can feel,

It’s for real;

I think I’m goin’ suicidal…

-Brian L. Curry I (Suicidal, 1990 somethin’)

Giving no verbal response, I pondered on his wisdom, still though, not ready to surrender, still guarding my fortress of solitude, desperately seeking ways to reinforce it. Lost in thought, giving no reply, I unwittingly gave him the opening that he needed, by basically duplicating my last move, moving my second knight out much the same way as the first.

“Plants don’t control me,” I ultimately repeated, mumbling and doubting my own words. Black Knight to F6. His move. Sensing my defeat, he finalized it.

“Remember,” he said, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. Nothing is greater than the power of the Holy Spirit of the Living God,” his words resonating through my entire being. White Queen to F7. Checkmate.

Right then and there a seed of hope was planted into the fallow ground of what was left of my wounded heart. Although its germination would not be immediate, it was certainly forthcoming, and would, in time, beautifully blossom into a fruition that had been instigated by frustration. The pain of remaining the same would become greater than the fear of trying again.

My will, a citadel on a hill, overlookin’ the battle ground of my mind,

As deception climbed;

Then it got me. Broke my de-fense,

Shackled my common sense;

When reason tried to get even,

The desire in me committed treason;

And went with deception,

Less than perfection;

Humiliation was waitin’,

It got me. Now I plot retaliation;

Loose me and let me go, I’m not dyin’ yet,

Call me a survivor, striver, I’m not done tryin’ yet;

Gimme’ some truth and watch me attack,

Though ignorance made me fall flat,

All that it took from me, I’m about to take it back;

With strategy,

Buildin’ new mental majesty;

Due to this travesty, now I care,

Psychological Warfare;

-Brian L. Curry I (Psychological Warfare, Verse 2, 1990 somethin’)

A fresh sense of urgency and calling engulfed me. A new and greater awareness of power, and a sense of purpose, slowly began to incubate in the womb of my battered and weary soul. I then, stoically, decided within that I would live and not die and declare the works of the Lord. No longer would I allow the weakness of my flesh to be stronger than the strength of my spirit.

Game over. He finished me in 4 moves. Well, at least is wasn’t 2 moves! I was getting better, in more ways than one. That was 20 years ago. I never forgot the lessons and am thankful to have eventually come to terms with them, by the grace, goodness, healing, restoration, and divine election of the Lord. He was right. I AM greater than a plant and I have learned and am still learning to draw power from my pain.

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

-1 John 4:4, KJV

Nothing is greater than the Holy Spirit of the Living God. Amen. Thanks Doc. I needed that.

While reflecting back on this particular sequence of events and studying the Book of Matthew, a particular verse and phrase jumped out at me. The verse is Matthew 1:18. The phrase is, “she was found with Child of the Holy Spirit.

Contemplating this, I realized that when I stepped into Christ, by faith, I was regenerated, birthed into a new spiritual kingdom. I stepped out of my old life, my old ways, habits, and trains of thought, although my mind has to continually be renewed by the Word of God for daily, personal transformation. It was and still is a process. Contrary to some belief, you don’t always run into a phone booth and immediately come out as Superman.

Thinking more on this and considering that after I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, receiving his forgiveness of my sins, and then receiving the Holy Spirit of the Living God, I too became a Child of the Holy Spirit, carrying the Spirit of my Father within me, not flesh, but spirit, my Heavenly Father’s spirit through faith in his son, Jesus, the Christ.

for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

-Matthew 10:20, NKJV

I began to learn and apply more of the ways of this new kingdom in a manner befitting a son of the Living God, deciding to further learn the ways of the kingdom by studying its King, Jesus, the Christ, the Anointed One and his anointing. I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me. Soon, I began to understand more and more that in these last days, God wants to move His people, His children, from “faith for a thing,” back to “faith in the King.”

The Eternal is greater than the temporary.

Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

-Matthew 6:31-34, NKJV

He desires for His people, His children, to move beyond flesh, beyond the material and temporary things, to manifest the things of His spiritual kingdom from our spirit, through our bodies, into this world, “…on earth as it is in heaven…” For we are Children of the Holy Spirit and greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

-John 1:12-13, NKJV

As sons and daughters of the Most High God, we are a people of His kingdom.



Kingdom People

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.

-Matthew 16:16-17 KJV

Isn’t it amazing how you can grow up with, be related to, or interact with, and be affiliated with people, for years, and then one day come to the startling conclusion and shocking realization that after all that time, all that interaction, all those years, they never… even… really… knew you? How many times in your life have you been unjustly polarized, captured and perceived by someone in their mind’s eye, of a specific circumstance or event, and kept there, in that moment, in that perception, forever, even though that moment or circumstance is long gone and over with or even altogether totally untrue?

How many times have you been unjustly polarized by someone because of their own pre-conceived notions, false perceptions, reverse projections, unfounded suspicions, and inaccurate assumption? Truly knowing someone comes from far more than superficial relationship, slapped on nomenclatures and terms of endearment, shallow pretenses, casual involvements, and damnable hearsays.

It takes time and effort. It takes sacrifice. It takes humility. It takes true relationship, communication, and revelation to really know someone. Sometimes we never get to know someone else simply because we’re far too busy trying to be known…

Like Peter asked Jesus, how many times do I forgive my brother or sister who offends me til 7 times? 7 times 70 was the Lord’s reply. Knowing this: There will always be those who will try to blatantly offend you, on purpose, and then try to point at you and say, “Oh look, they’re in offense!” Silly games for silly people. I forgive you. You don’t even know me. Forgive them. They don’t even know you.

Then he said unto the disciples, It is impossible that offenses will not come, but woe unto the one through whom they come!

-Luke 17:1, KJV

How many times have people misjudged you because of their own agenda, fear, pride, prejudices, short comings, and/or self-righteousness? How many times have you questioned who you are because of it? Sometimes, we don’t even know ourselves. In order to really know ourselves, we have to know and understand our source. You have to know and understand both who you are and whose you are.

Many years ago, I read a book by Dr. Myles Monroe entitled, Releasing Your Potential. That book was one of the many tools that revolutionized my life. In it, Dr. Monroe says that a product is only as good as its source. He went on to relay that if he cut down a rotten tree and made a table out of the wood from the tree, he’d have a rotten table, because the rotten table came from a rotten tree.

He further went on to expound upon the fact that God is man’s source and that man comes from God. Ultimately, our source is good. Ultimately, our source is God. I will not even endeavor to go into it any further as I could not do it justice. Get the book, Releasing Your Potential, by Dr. Myles Monroe. You won’t be disappointed. I promise you.

However, there are some basic, but profound truths that we must understand beyond the shadow of a doubt. Identity is something that we all struggle with or have struggled with at some point and time in our lives. It has been an underlying issue for humanity since the fall of Adam. So let’s tackle this thing head on. As I have become so fond of saying, “You will never be who you’re supposed to be until you realize who you are.”

Your true identity comes from God:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

-Genesis 1:26-28, NKJV

Allow me to introduce you, to you. We find our true identity in our Creator. Once you understand and begin to apply this to your life, you can ultimately begin to experience true liberation in life. You have to get free from the shackles of man’s opinion, the lies of satan, and free from your own misconceptions of who you think you are. You have to be free from every false identity that is contrary to what the Word of God says about you.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

-Romans 12:2, NKJV

When you are in Christ, you are a King and a Priest:

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

-Revelation 5:9-10, KJV

When you are in Christ, you are an Ambassador of Christ:

So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!"

-2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT

When you are in Christ, you are God’s Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased:

When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

-Matthew 3:16-17, NKJV

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

-Galatians 3:28, NKJV

When you are in Christ, you are a Child of the Holy Spirit:

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

-Acts 17:28, KJV

As we become less self-conscience and less sin-conscience, and more God-conscience, we begin to experience greater liberty, power, life, and love. Our focus should be on the highest ideal, for man becomes what he beholds. Let’s take a closer look at a few aspects of Jesus and may our eyes be forever fixed on Him and His example. After all, He is the highest ideal for man. We’ll start out by looking at the person, the power, the proclamation, and the providence of Kingdom people.

The Person of the Kingdom:

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the Son of Abraham:

-Matthew 1:1, NKJV

And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.

-Matthew 1:21, NKJV

Jesus Christ, the son of a Man after God’s own Heart; the son of the Friend of God; The rightful and pre-ordained heir of King David; This Child of the Holy Spirit. He was the second Adam, the last Adam, man as he was meant to be, all man, and all God, simultaneously, God incarnate. He was God operating as man, untainted by the sin nature, fearfully and wonderfully made in the express image of the Father, filled with and walking in the power and might of the Holy Spirit.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

-Luke 4:14-15, NKJV

He returned in the power after a season of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting must be a regular and significant part of our regiment. The price of spiritual power is a denial of satan and flesh. Jesus was a spiritual man. He was filled with and led by the Spirit of God and not led by the foolishness of the flesh, the outspoken and often outlandish, opinion of others, or the devilish deception of demons and fallen angels.

As Kingdom people, we too must be a spiritual people. Not spiritual as in worshipping nature, idols, people, animals, or evil spirits, and certainly not spiritual as in being cooky and spooky, but spiritual as in being filled with, and led by the Holy Spirit of the Living God. In Christ, this is who we are. We are vessels, temples, and children of the Holy Spirit.

The Power of the Kingdom:

And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

-Matthew 3:16, KJV

The Holy Spirit is supernatural. He is above and beyond natural comprehension or means. He is beyond scientific understanding and the laws of human nature. When we are filled with and led by the Holy Spirit, the supernatural should be our norm, should be our nature, and should be our nurture. We have access to great power.

Norm: Something that is usual, typical, or standard.

The supernatural, for a person of the kingdom, should be the usual. It should be our standard order of operation.

Nature: The basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.

The supernatural, for a person of the kingdom, should be a basic characteristic of who and what we are. We’re a supernatural people.

Nurture: The process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.

The supernatural, for a person of the kingdom, is the Holy Spirit and He will care for us and cause us to grow and develop in the gifts and fruit of the spirit as we yield to Him and allow Him to work in and through us. I’ll touch more on this a little later. However, the supernatural, for a person of the kingdom, is our norm, our nature, and our nurture. Amen.

We were created to be fruitful, to multiply, fill, subdue, and have dominion. We were created to worship, love, serve, and have relationship with God. We were created to express God’s Kingdom on earth. We do that by living and walking in the spirit. That’s what Jesus did. Read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. See it for yourself. See the supernatural for you. By the grace of God, make it your norm, your nature, and your nurture.

Confess Isaiah 61:1 over yourself:

The Sprit of the Lord GOD is upon Me; because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.

Jesus was a person of power. The Holy Spirit is a person of Power. Kingdom people are a people of power. You are a person of power.

The Proclamation of the Kingdom:

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

-Matthew 4:17, NKJV

With a little help from the Strong’s Concordance, allow me to help clarify the meaning of the word, “Repent,” by looking at it in the original Greek language in which it was translated:

metanoeó: to change one's mind or purpose

Original Word: μετανοέω

Part of Speech: Verb

Transliteration: metanoeó

Phonetic Spelling: (met-an-o-eh'-o)

Short Definition: I repent, change my mind

Definition: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.

3340 metanoéō (from 3326 /metá, "changed after being with" and3539 /noiéō, "think") - properly, "think differently after," "after a change of mind"; to repent (literally, "think differently afterwards").

Repent. Change your mind. Admit that you are wrong and God is right. Get in line with God’s will, God’s word, and do it God’s way. Enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, on earth. Repent! This call to repentance has mistakenly been generally interpreted as only meaning an invitation to sinners for salvation. Closer scrutiny of the matter reveals that it is also a call for saints to come to greater levels of maturity.

Repent, change your mind about your systems of belief and move forward out of religious and/or ungodly, time honored traditions, actions, and incorrect thought processes which have made the truth of God of no effect, and move on to transformational truths with the Living God. We must rightly divide the Word. Too often it has been misinterpreted to reinforce religious mind sets, agendas, tradition, and incorrect thought processes caused from wrongly diving the word. Father, help us all.

“Repent!” It’s the proclamation of the Kingdom and this call for repentance is now needed like never before, beginning with the ecclesia, the Church, the called out, the summoned. Repentance, a changing of course, culture, and climate, has to happen in order to be relevant in today’s society. For far too long self-serving agendas have institutionalized the people of God and rendered the Body of Christ, for the most part, ineffective in America, all clouds and wind with very little rain. Our communities suffer because of it.

Jesus modeled servant-leadership, but we have allowed the world’s idea of celebrity status, dictatorship, and competition to invade the House of God. Father, help us. Servant-leadership, as modeled by Jesus in the Gospels, empowers others to fulfill their purpose individually, corporately, and collectively, while simultaneously allowing us to fulfil our own. Oh, the wisdom of God!

Dictatorship, within the Body of Christ, institutionalizes the people and renders them ineffective. Pride paralyzes progress. After a sincere and deep seated repentance, we need unification, organization, and mobilization, in the Body of Christ, in America. It’s not about a building. It’s about a body, the Body of Christ. As I have done so often, and will continue, to remind the Beloved, that God is not bound by borders that men set. He desires unity in His body.

Al-Qaeda isn’t divided. The LGBT community isn’t divided. ISIL/ISIS isn’t divided. Satan and his kingdom are not divided. Sometimes, it seems like, the only thing divided in the earth is the Church. “These things ought not to be…”

“Repent!” It’s a call to those who are out of proper relationship with God, a call to those who think they don’t need Him, a call to those who have denied Him, a call to those who have been disobedient, in the world and the Church. Change your mind. Admit that you are wrong and God is right. We must accept this access, by faith, into the salvation, grace, acceptance, and provision of the Lord, through repentance, a re-aligning of our belief systems. We need to be in right relationship with God and with man.

Here’s some heart knowledge that I’ll share with you regarding priorities that please God:

1. A right relationship with God and with man

2. Fresh revelation knowledge of who God is and who we are in Him

3. The reality of the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit operating in our lives

Boom.

Jesus went around showing mankind the goodness of God to incite repentance by performing miracles, signs, and wonders and teaching the mysteries of the kingdom, by the power of the Holy Spirit, preceded by prayer and fasting. He healed the sick, multiplied resources, and taught the people about God’s way of doing things, by the power of the Holy Spirit. He raised the dead and cast out demons, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He perfectly modeled servant-leadership, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Allow me to paraphrase Romans 2:4: God’s goodness leads men to repentance. God’s goodness leads sinners to salvation and saints to greater levels of maturity. May the Lord be merciful and gracious to all of us and help us all to surrender to the proclamation of the kingdom: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The kingdom of heaven, after receiving the Holy Spirit, is inside of us. Our job is to release it in the earth.

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statues. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

-Psalms 119:59-60, NIV

The Providence of the Kingdom:

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

-Matthew 4:18-19, NKJV

Let’s take a look at the difference between coincidence and providence.

Coincidence: a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time, apparently by mere chance.

Providence: God; especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.

It was not a coincidence when Jesus called Peter and Andrew. They didn’t just haphazardly happen to be there when Jesus came by. This was providence. This particular moment in time was pre-ordained by God. The Bible says that many are called and few are chosen. I heard a wise man of God say that’s because out of the many who are called, the chosen were the ones who answered the call.

I believe this is heart knowledge and wholeheartedly agree with it. There’s a big difference between heart knowledge and head knowledge, illumination and reason. God’s illumination of his Word should always override the rule of reason concerning the things of God, as evidenced clearly in the Bible in the workings of God in the affairs of man.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

-1 Corinthians 1:25, KJV

That’s what made them chosen, the fact that they answered the call. As people of the kingdom, we can rest in the fact that, when we are called by God, and then answer God’s call, we are chosen. We also must be keenly aware of knowing that we are people of providence, not coincidence. Walking by faith and not by sight, we acknowledge God as the one directing our affairs with wise benevolence.

We answer the call of God with the answer that God desires, our lives, our obedience, and our love. As we give God the desires of His heart, he gives us ours because actually, through proper relationship with Him, He places the desires in our hearts in which to ask Him for in the first place. We start becoming more like Him through relationship which builds heart knowledge, or revelation.

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

-2 Corinthians 3:3, KJV

It’s a reciprocal relationship. When we are in proper relationship, God places the right desires in our hearts. Our minds change. Sometimes, purely out of the goodness of His character, even when we have not obeyed, He leads us to repent, change our minds, by His goodness just because that’s the type of God He is. Our God is a good God. We are His children.

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

-Matthew 7:11, KJV

Since kingdom people are people of Providence, let’s examine its call. Regarding this, I will now share with you a precious jewel of information that, many years ago, was shared with me: Pattern, Process, Product.

We find this formula straight from the words of our Lord in Matthew 4:19, And He saith unto them, Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.

Follow me - Pattern

I will make you - Process

Fishers of men - Product

Jesus Christ is the pattern for men to follow. While I commend the patriarchs, prophets, the judges, the kings, and the apostles of the Bible for their work and their examples, I’m more concerned with the source of their success, the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. If we want the same or similar fruit as them, we must have to have the same root as them. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life, the Word made flesh. Jesus is the root and the fruit.

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

-Revelation 22:16, KJV

I believe some have become far too enamored with man when we should be more so enamored with God. Jesus is our pattern. The process of transformation, being conformed to the image of Christ, is not an easy one. The good news is that Christ, being the author and the finisher of our faith, will walk with us from beginning to end.

Remember, walking by faith and not by sight still means that you have to walk. Walk it out. It’s finished in Eternity, but we have to walk it out in Time. To paraphrase Dr. Myles Monroe, “Your very conception is proof that there is something finished that you were born to start.”

God is the Alpha and Omega. Before we were formed in the womb, the Bible says, God knew us. We walk out in earth what was already purposed for us in eternity, by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, if we choose to do so. After all, God has given us the ability and the right to choose. However, we will be held responsible for whatever those decisions may be.

Too often our process is mistaken by others as our product. Yes, as a matter of fact, I’ll say it again: Too often our process is mistaken by others as our product. Don’t focus on others. Focus on the Word of God and His promises for your life. Like the old saying goes, “Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet.” We all need God’s grace.

The process of transformation, becoming in time, the things or the person that God pre-determined for us to become in eternity, growing from “faith to faith” and “glory to glory,” is not only for our benefit, but it’s also for the benefit of others. Transformation is a lifelong process. Our processes, like our examples in the Bible, will encourage, challenge, bless, and sometimes, even appall others. Thank God for grace! His grace provides us with the power to endure and to change.

Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 1:6, KJV

The product, the end result of each completed process, yields eternal value and reward, for ourselves, our families, and others because in the end we shall be just like Christ, while exhibiting attributes of Christ in this life. Please keep this in context of the whole of what I’m saying, not just a small piece of a much larger picture.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.

-Jeremiah 29:11, KJV

May our processes and products bring eternal glory to God the Father even as we follow our pattern, Jesus, the Christ, the son of the living God, and allow Him to make us what He would have us be, “…because as He is, so are we in this world.” Amen.

We will also look at the provision, the policy, and the perfection of Kingdom People a little later, but now, we must very prayerfully proceed with discerning and caution, with much needed clarification and correction, regarding spiritual authority and kingdom order, in regard to leaders, our Lord, and our Father. For only fools rush in where angels fear to tread…

However, we are more than angels. We are heirs and joint heirs, adopted into the family of God by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are sons and daughters of the Most High God, our Father, and Children of the Holy Spirit, thanks to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ.



Leader, Lord, Father

Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

-Ephesians 6:23, KJV

Lackland Airforce Base, 1991 - Basic Training

“Get out of my flight!” “I don’t care where you go, just Getoutofmy flight!

One of the Training Instructors, or T.I.’s, as we called them then, was screaming down on this poor, uncoordinated Airman who could not seem to keep cadence as the flight went through various marching drills on the tarmac. When the T.I. yelled, “Left!” for some reason this guy would go right, and when the T. I. yelled “Right!” This guy went left.

His inability to keep cadence was messing up the rhythm and synchronicity of the entire flight of 50 plus recruits. Plus, it had the T. I. ready to flip his lid. Until that moment, I had never seen such a strain on someone’s neck muscles as I did right then as the T.I. screamed wild and outrageous insults at the Airman. The more he screamed, the more outrageous the threats became. If I hadn’t been in such close proximity, it may have even been funny. Looking back, 25 years later, it was hilarious!

“Son, I’m gonna hit you so hard that all your grandkids will be born with a black eye!” the T.I. warned.

He further advised, “Boy, you’re so dumb, if I gave you a penny for your thoughts, you’d owe me a dollar in change!”

Wow. Who says that?

I had just gotten off of the bus with several other new recruits and we were watching from afar as the other T.I.s were sizing us up. We were the new meat and they didn’t waste any time breaking us in, starting off with an observation lesson of what happens when you fail to follow simple orders. The practical experience of failure to adhere completely to a specific command and its forthcoming correction would soon follow, for everyone.

“Left, Left! Left, Right, Left!” screamed this 6 foot 6 inched monster from the Black Lagoon down on the 5 foot something, two left feet having, thoroughly intimidated recruit. That poor Airman never had a chance. By the time he had gotten out of the flight, two more T.I.s were on him, and one of the T.I.s was a woman.

Now, as a basic rule of thumb, when in basic training and addressing a Non Commissioned Officer or a Commissioned Officer, the first word out of your mouth had better be, “Sir.”

This was indelibly drilled into you in basic training beyond the shadow of a doubt. However, the curve ball was when there was a female T.I. in your face, then the first word out of your mouth had better be, “Ma’am.”

The T. I.s would often team up, male and female, and take turns yelling at the violator, bombarding him or her with various insults and outlandish questions that sometimes were impossible to answer:

“Son, you’re a pure-dee waste of human DNA! Why couldn’t your parents have done somethin’ else on the night they made you?! Like just watch some T.V.?! Now, why couldn’t they have just done that?!” The question pin pointed squarely on the Airman. And yes, they expected an answer.

“Sir! Airman Smith reports as ordered! I’m not sure, Sir!”

Due to the intensity of the interrogation, the absolute ludicracy of some of the questions, and the rapid fire format of questions asked by the male T.I.’s, only to be immediately followed by more of the same from the female T.I., Airman Smith had lost track of who he was addressing. He had accidentally just called the female T. I., “Sir.” She was the one who had imposed that last verbal barrage and, in many ways, the female T. I.’s were far more ruthless than the males. I’m certain that, in that particular moment, Airman Smith’s life flashed before his eyes.

“What did you just call me?!” screamed the wicked witch of the west.

“What did you just call me?! Look at me! Do I look like a, ‘Sir’ to you?!”

Her voice inflection raised in decimals exponentially with each question. Even the male T. I.s backed away from Airman Smith when he had made that mistake. From the distance, as I observed the way she addressed the recruit, her gruff exterior, coarse language, and uncouth mannerisms, a small part of me wondered if her last inquiry to the Airman was a trick question.

“Ma’am! Airman Smith Reports as ordered! No Sir!”

He did it again! He just called her, “Sir,” again! Maybe he thought it was a trick question too. The female T.I. was livid and Airman Smith looked like he wanted to crawl under a rock and hide there…for about a century or two.

She squared up on Airman Smith as if she was gonna hit him with a three-piece combo and flinched at him. I was stunned by the whole sequence of events. I had never seen anything quite like the scenario that was playing out right before my eyes.

One of the male Training Instructors looked at Airman Smith, leaned forward, and in a Clint Eastwood styled, steely voice, he gravely whispered, “Maybe your parents really should have just watched T.V., that night, boy. Then you wouldn’t have to deal with what she’s gonna do to you for calling her, ‘Sir.’

The only thing he left off was the, “Punk.” Then the men walked away, slowly shaking their heads, looking very sorrowfully at the Airman, and left him to the evil devices of the wicked witch from Endor. Man, did she let him have it!

She verbally assaulted him specifically, his future progeny in general, and even threw in a few shots at his ancestors in particular, just for good measure. To his credit, Airman Smith, managed to keep his composure and faithfully stayed at the position of attention, head up, eyes forward, back straight, weathering the storm. He was a far better man than I at the time, and most others.

I know for certain that just one of his “corrections” was latrine duty for a week. He had to stand at the position of attention during the night hours and “guard” the urinals. Heaven help him if the monster from the Black Lagoon walked in and caught him sleeping. I never found out all of the rest, but there were rumors…and none of them good.

I made a mental note to self: Never call a female Training Instructor, “Sir!”

There were 3 basic stages that you went through in the military, United States Air Force, when I was enlisted, (a long, long, time ago): Basic Military Training, or BMT, Technical School, or Tech School, and finally your AFSC or Air Force Specialty Code/MOS, Military Occupational Specialty. Basic Training is where the civilian begins the process of being transformed into a soldier. It is in Basic Training, or Boot Camp, where the individual is tested mentally, physically and emotionally over a period of weeks.

Failure to successfully complete BMT can cause the individual to be “recycled.” Being recycled means that you are placed back one or more weeks of training and you don’t graduate on time with your flight. Most cases of individuals being “recycled” are due to behavioral or medical issues.


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