The battle of the Overcomer is found in the mirror. You are to kill the Canaanites who are blocking your possession of Canaan. This battle is won as evil is eradicated from within you, not from the world around you. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. Now what about your own selfishness? Have you yet given your life for a friend? Are you kind to the unthankful? Have you returned love and forgiveness for malignant rejection? Have you immovably placed your trust in the hidden wisdom of God, even though he slays you? Have you forsaken your earthly goals to follow his revelation? Have you demolished bitterness and fear? Do you ever doubt God’s love and motives? Do you believe that every earthly event is birthed in his wisdom? These are the battles that you must win to apprehend your own spiritual maturity and life. But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Press your battle to emulate Jesus Christ. How narrow the gate, and difficult the path, that leads to life! And they are few who find it! Matthew 7:14 Evil doers are not the enemies of your spirit. They are but fuel in the furnace (the refinery) that refines spiritual gold. There is no physical or external enemy on this earth that can prevent your spiritual growth. Your only true enemies are the ignorance, licentiousness, and arrogance that arise from inside you. There is nothing from without a man that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. Only these are able to derail your spiritual maturity, and frustrate your inheritance in God. Do not shrink in fear from those who kill the body, for they are not able to kill the soul. If you should slay every external evil, but leave your cursed Adamic nature intact, you have lost everything. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? There is no avail to external battles, if after they are won; you have retained the curses of Eden. If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descended not from above, but is earthly, sensual, and devilish. Be not beguiled. Chasing evil in the newspapers will never birth in you the righteousness, immortality, or power of a Son of God. This treasure comes only as your own sword is applied against your own carnal nature. The external war against other men’s evil is called “ministry.” But ministry is in no way related to spiritual maturity. “Ministry” is what God does through you, but “maturity” is what God does to you. You can have a wonderful ministry and still remain a spiritual infant. Even Balaam’s ass had a ministry. If you wish to one day have a true ministry, then first turn your sights on yourself. Strive to achieve your own spiritual perfection. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. Every Christian would like to rid evil from the earth. But only those who have first put on the Mind of Christ will ever be called upon to accomplish this. Being at the ready to revenge all disobedience, once your obedience, has become fulfilled. While it is important to reprove evil works, you must not become enslaved to the war against evil in other men. Over time this addiction will become detrimental to your own spiritual growth. If you become focused on external battles, your mind will become a breeding ground for accusation, anger, revenge, conniving, railing, and even greed. These emotions will fester to become as damaging in you, as they are in the people you are opposing. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Beside this, while your energies are funneled into hating the world’s evil doers, you are despising the wisdom of God’s actions. Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? … Thou [God] hast planted them, yea, they have taken root. And no evil is greater than denying his sovereignty. Who art thou that judges another man’s servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth. The war against external evils is a circular track that goes nowhere. As a catheter of spiritual life this struggle will drain away your understanding, leaving you without the energy or notion to deal with your own self-centeredness, self-righteousness, and self-preservation. The battle for internal spiritual maturity is the war that no one wants to fight, for this is the cross, and from the offense of the cross most draw back. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. As the death of self looms into view even the valiant shriek and run. But those who would gain a heavenly crown must be given to this singular purpose. They must not be found conscripted to the wrong battle. As masters of strategy they must press the battle first, for their own internal strength. Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. Jesus Christ never signed a petition or attended a political rally. Rather, he looked to his own crucifixion. It is treachery to draw the warriors of Christ into lesser struggles. For victory over external evils, carries only a temporal prize. Jesus answered; my kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight. Men were evil before you were born, and men will be evil after you are gone. The evil of other men is not the point. Your attaining unto spiritual life is the only issue of earth. The denominations of Organized Christianity have taken up the wrong battle. They are mesmerized in the fight against an external devil, liberal politics, and the vices of man. If you are against these things, good for you, but this stand will not bring you to spiritual maturity or immortality. This was the mistake made by the Zealots at the time of Jesus. They wished only to restore their physical nation as a happy place wherein they could remain spiritually dead, but comfortable. Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? They could not see a spiritual goal, nor would they fight an internal battle. Both Barabbas and Judas were members of this movement. Both were readily accepted by the prevailing church structure, and both were traitors to spiritual maturity. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The gold of everlasting life is refined in an inferno of earthly evil. You cannot blow this fire out. And if you could, you would only extinguish your own chance for spiritual perfection. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times. Those who will not turn the sword on their own carnality will remain spiritually dead. Some of these become the progenitors of evil deeds; the others become the captives of organized religion. Leave them both to your Father’s wisdom, but you strike to the inner battle for spiritual conquest. Sell all that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. Warfare is a necessity for spiritual maturity. Every permanent possession in the spirit realm is acquired in battle. If you spare your enemy or run from your battles, you will fail. Only the warriors, who attack their enemies and overcome them, will ever be found worthy to walk upon the walls of spiritual greatness. As a baby in the womb, so is your spirit on the earth. Even now you are enclosed, cradled by your Heavenly Father. Though your eyes are dim, his vision is infinite, and he guides your every move. He can never leave you for you two are joined by an umbilical of spirit which flows with his love. Though his voice seems muffled, still you know its sound and recognize his call. It is a thrum of comfort that resonates with assurance and reminds that all is well. If you stay connected and spiritually healthy and continue to grow, you will complete your gestation according to your Father’s design. Then your spirit will irrevocably come to the birth as his Begotten Son. The prospective Sons of God have been implanted in the Created Realm by the hope of their Father. He has confined them to the processes of time, as embryos within a womb that they might become Begotten Beings. Your life on earth is only a dull, watery representation of the spiritual life that awaits you. For we only know in part, and we prophesy in part only. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. As an unborn child you are here to develop the senses and traits that you will need as a Son of God. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.