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Chapter One: The War and the Winning Are One

Life is a Winnable Battle

Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not duty, and not conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst leads us to truth. What is reasonable is real; that which is real is reasonable, said a wise man. What is rational is actual, and what is actual is rational. On this conviction, the plain man—the humble believer—takes his stand, and from it starts his study of the inner universe of spirit, as well as the outer universe of nature.

In reflection, feeling, or whatever form the deep, inner soul (consciously or unconsciously) may take, the life that wins looks upon the present world as something vacuous (void) and looks beyond it with the eyes of superior wisdom.

The War and the Winning are wrapped in the same package. The struggle and the success are one. Both are one factor. You cannot have the one without the other. The struggle of sowing or planting will equal your reaping or reward tomorrow. Tomorrow could mean in a few days, a few months, or a few years. However, the end result will equal what you have believed, worked for, and expected. The tension is permeating. The triumph is passing. The one is always leading to the other. Don’t fight against the tension or it becomes a demon. When the secret seed in the tension is discovered, the tension is terminated.

I am reaping today what I sowed yesterday, and I will be reaping tomorrow what I am sowing today. The law of sowing and reaping or giving and receiving is unrelenting. I reap what I sow.

The prayers I prayed yesterday are the answers I enjoy today. The vision of faith produces the vitality of living. Wining a spiritual war comes first and winning a natural war comes second. You must first fight a war and then you can experience the win in the war. The winning is most precious after you have vigorously continued and persistently stayed in the conflict.

Unity is found in duality. This is the problem-possibility of unity, and this is also the problem-possibility of Duality—good and evil, sickness and healing, weakness and strength. The two are in one.

St. Paul proclaimed in 2 Corinthians 12:10, When I am weak…then I am strong. Paul’s strength was found in his weakness. Asking God to remove your weakness or sorrow and your inability is a mistake. Paul did not regret suffering or the limitations of being human, nor did he ask God to cleanse or remove the human. Humanity cannot be cleansed or removed. It is the dwelling place of the Spirit of God or the spirit of Satan.

Nevertheless, God did not create man to be weak or ignorant. However, He did allow the unity of duality to exist in the world and in man. This is the result of the Fall of man. The effects of the Fall left man weak and ignorant, yet in this frail condition Paul gloried. Satan cast the curse of weakness on man, yet God took that curse and turned it to a blessing for those who know how to depend on Him for the use of it.

When my son was in a mammoth struggle for national dominance in his field, I said to him, All men look alike, but all men are not the same. Most men (people) only work or try less than the minimum. They do not labor or put their best effort to the maximum. They only want to succeed if it’s not too long or too difficult. Anyone can beat them if one is willing to work, try, and plan to move around them. The slackers only win through intimidation or bluff. There is always a hole, a weakness in their argument, or bluff in their resistance. Find it.

All people do not have a fire in their desire. Whoever has the greatest fire within, wins.

What Is Conquered Serves You

What remains unconquered in your mind, spirit, or circumstances is that which you serve. If you refuse the conquering or the unchallenged, then it will disturb your rest of faith. No resisting means no resting. The apostle urged, Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7). There are three secrets in this one verse to conquer: First, submit to God. Second, resist the devil. And third, he (the devil) will flee from you. Resisting after submitting to Christ brings rest.

The resting comes after the resisting of devils. You must understand the value of resisting to understand the joy of resting. There is rest for the people of God, we are told in Hebrews 4:9. The secret of resting is learning to rest in the battle of faith and seeing it done. The reason most believers don’t know the perfect rest is because they refused to know the perfect endurance of resisting the Enemy. After the resisting of faith comes the rest of faith.

The crowing of the Spirit is much more precious once you understand the conquering of the Spirit with you.

Learn to see through the disappointment and see the hand of God developing your inner spirit. The promises are for your protection, but you must learn how to receive the fruit of the promises. Our claim must be for God and from God. God seeks to work with big seekers and big takers.

The greater the promises you fight for and stand for, the greater fulfillment of your joy. Believers who have little joy are those who have little promises and have small visions. Romans 4:21 proclaims, …being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform, which was said of Abraham and his relationship to God.

If you claim little for God, then you have little from God. The size of your reaping is the size of your sowing. Sow much, reap much. The winning is the result of your warring and your sowing successfully.

War ‘till you win! You have won. Just bring it into reality by the prayer of faith.

There’s more with us

Than be with them.

We’re on the winning side.

With banners unfurled

We’ll tell the whole world

That Jesus is captain and guide.

There’s naught to fear

When He is near,

Though fierce

The conflict may be.

We’ll never give in

In the fight against sin;

With Christ there is victory.

Avoiding the Battle Is Missing the Blessing

Someone said, before they embarked on a course, How important is this to me? Should I be mad? Can I do something about the problem? Would that be worth the trouble? This type of assessment is developed over the years with God’s grace. When one has had to make quick assessments, it is a good thing to have practiced control in small things. The calmness follows in your spirit and in the mind if you assess the battles before they attack