MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Declaration Day, is a national holiday in remembrance of those who died in military service for their country. Soldiers dedicated their lives for valiant causes. They fought for freedom, safety, and peace.

Let’s take time to honor these brave individuals who sacrificed their lives and to the veterans who returned. Also, to express gratitude. Thank you.

Soldiers are skilled warriors, people who through training, experience, and practice, combat in the battles. Also, a warrior defines a person engaged in a type of struggle or conflict. War is a fight between opposing forces.

We all are soldiers fighting opposing forces every day.

The youth war against peer pressure, addictions, first loves and transitioning into young adults with the ever-changing world.

Parents battles are their children, aging or sickly parents, employment, and the concern if things will work out for them as well as their family.

The masses encounter opposing forces with illnesses, finances, and regrets.

Soldiers are trained and/through:

  • Drill Sergeants
  • Written and book knowledge
  • Practical training
  • Drills

How do, we, as civilians battle? The same methodology as the soldier.

A Drill Sergeant, is an officer who trains soldiers in military skills. God has given us the Holy Spirit who teaches and trains God’s representatives in the skill sets of the kingdom of God.

 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:26 (KJV)

Written and book knowledge. Read and study the word of God. The Word should be included in your basic training.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

Practical training is applying what you learned in everyday occurrences.

 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. Matthew 7:24-25 (KJV)

To exercise their skill sets through application and drills. Use your most powerful weapon against the enemy. The Word of God.

 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

As soldiers we fight for the same reasons.

Freedom is something most people think they already have or for others something they are seeking to obtain. However, if you are deceived there is no way you can be free because you’re captive in the bondage of lies and deception. Read the Word and know the difference.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8: (KJV)

Safety is the freedom from harm or danger. God and His Word is your refuge, delivering you from pains and suffering.

 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Psalm 91:9-10 (KJV)

Peace is a state of mind that begins in your heart. Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness. Also, peace is an agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war. Today, so many people are stressed, worried and overwhelmed by the activities of living. During these times, there will not be a world peace. But, through the Word, God and His spirit there is a Godly peace, a collective security during tribulations. Take hold of God’s peace.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (KJV)

Let’s take time to honor those brave individuals who have gone before us and those who are sacrificing their lives for our freedom, safety and peace.

 

THE ARMED FORCES: PART 1

Armed ForcesThe Armed Forces is a government- sponsored defense force to fight forces and organizations. This line of military service uses offense and defense methods. Offense is the attack mode. While the defense uses approach of protecting and defending.

The Armed Forces takes the offense and defense process and divides them into three levels:

  1. Strategy
  2. Operational Act
  3. Tactics

Strategy is the higher level course to achieve one or more goals under conditions; the planning stage. Operational act is the cognitive, the mental /intellectual, approach by commanders and other leaders supported by their skill, knowledge, and experience. Tactics is the technique using the weapons to defeat an enemy.

For simplification purpose, the three levels of the armed forces process are plans (strategy), think and have wise counsel (operational act), and the use of weapons (tactics).

Do you make elaborate plans for life dreams; going on a European vacation, getting a college degree, relocating to another city, but, never do them? Or, do you think about great ideas, talking with people, tapping into their expertise, and never make plans to achieve them? Or, are you a doer? Diving into situations, headfirst, without a plan or have not taken a cognitive approach to the endeavor? All three of these levels should be used in the sequence stated. If any one of the steps are omitted the ultimate goal will fail.

Let’s start with strategy. Strategy is a careful method to achieve a specific goal, often over a period of time. Daily, you strategize on all types of things. How do you get to work? You plan what type of vehicle; car or bus. Then, there is a specific route to be taken. You allow time to arrive at work, at an appointed hour. And, of course, there are other factors to be incorporated into that plan to accomplish that goal.

The types of plan I have in mind are not generally simple or a daily task. They are much bigger. What are your goals, dreams or aspirations for your life? Depending on your current situation, it may vary. Parents may say getting their children through high school or college. If you are in a bad marriage, to get free from your spouse. A low salary paid employee may desire a more optimal paying job.

The first step in the planning phase is to acquire a specific goal. The sad reality, many people lack the desire to have any dreams, aspirations, or goals of their own. It is noble and Godly to think of other people. To think about your children and their school. Or, your spouse and their promotion. What happens once your children and your spouse has achieved their goals?

Oftentimes, people melt into the illusion that diving into long hours at work, after the children have left the house is their true goal. Or, overextending themselves in church business to fill a deficient in their life, because the loss of a spouse. Again, I want to iterate those are noble and honorable things. You must ask yourself, is this really your ultimate goal.

Have you set endeavors for your life, or have you allowed other people to make their ambitions, your ambitions?  Or, is it easier to always help others achieve their goals, because setting goals for yourself takes time, effort; and the strength to overcome obstacles and combat fear?

Listed below are some common inclinations:

  • Going back to school to receive a license, certificate or degree
  • Having a career and not a job
  • Purchasing a house
  • Take a real vacation, possibly to an exotic location
  • Living a healthier lifestyle
  • Being a better person.

All goals will require you, God and prayer. These are achievable feats that you can strategize on. God has given us the power to achieve all things.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2 Peter 1:3King James Version (KJV)

In this post, I delineated in the first state of the armed force process, strategy (planning). In the next two posts I will exemplify on the levels of operational act and tactics.

What are your hopes, dreams and aspirations? Write them down and make them happen.

OPERATIONAL ACT: The Armed Forces Process Part 2

Operational Act 2Think! Understand! Learn! It’s time to take your strategy, the plan mode into the cognitive level.

Operational Act is the cognitive, the mental /intellectual approach by commanders and other leaders supported by their skill, knowledge and experience. This is the 2nd level of the armed forces process, after the strategy phase.

Are you mentally ready? Mentally prepared?  Mentally strong? Whatever goal you prepare to overcome, they will trials, obstacles and emotions involved. If you are not mentally apt, the plan will never be executed.

This intellectual level propels you forward with your goal, with knowledge. Also, this stage should incorporate experienced leaders, or people with the skills or expertise to assist you on your journey. Seek people who have been where you want to go.

Research is a key factor in executing your task. The internet contains information through various people’s blogs and websites for all types of projects, plans and activities.  Many authors of these sites detail step by step instructions how to complete different subject matters.

Verbally communicating with someone, face to face, is a great source, providing various outlooks and pitfalls to be avoided.

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established. Proverbs 15:22 (KJV)

The greatest and the most important source is God.  He will grant you wisdom and knowledge and will send you the resources need to further your goal.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6 (KJV)

Today, people are impatient, impulsive and uninformed. Not willing to wait for a good time, jumping into situations without thought and not being educated in the things to come. Many fail and will encourage others not to try. Do the work and the plan will work. Get educated and educate others who want to take the plunge.

You have made plans for your life. You have researched, learned and have understood what your goal entails. You have communicated with people who have walked in the shoes you want to walk in. You are 2/3 away from you execution. Read part 3, Tactics and learn to use weapons.

RAISE YOUR WEAPONS The Armed Forces Process Part 3: TACTICS

WeaponsIt’s time to gird up and strap on your armor. Sharpen your weapons and come out fighting. The third level of the Armed Forces is tactics. This is the technique using weapons to defeat an enemy. In laymen’s terms, it is the skill of employing available means to accomplish an end.

Now it the time to put your plan, with your knowledge into action by implementing the use of weapons.

Anytime you want to change your life for the better there will be opposition. War is the struggle between opposing forces. Antagonistic powers may include, but not limited to:

  • The devil and his wiles
  • People, including friends, family and the well-intended
  • Your emotions

The ultimate weapons to employ is God and His strength and His Word.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)

God’s Word provides power.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

The devil whispers negativity in your mind. Utilizing his weapons of deception and lies to work against you. You can’t do this. You will fail. Why bother? What are you thinking? Take out your force field and allow those words to repel.

 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4 (KJV)

Friends and family may tell horror stories of their experiences.  Or, though their wrong emotions of envy or their fear may discourage you or attempt to talk you out of your quest.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord Isaiah 54:17 (KJV)

Your emotions may the hardest to overcome. Write down Bible scriptures to recite as an antidote against adverse feelings.

When you are stressed and overwhelmed:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (KJV)

When fear creeps in your heart:

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

When doubt is all about, remember:

 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. James 1:6 (KJV)

Don’t allow the devil, people or yourself to deter you from your dream. You are a soldier, in the Kingdom of God, fighting for your cause, using God’s weapons of warfare. Fight!

What are your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Make your plan, educate yourself , use your weapons and accomplish all of them!