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PLANK (Matthew 7:3-5 Core Values verses) R12two men speak, teach, lead through personal testimony first and foremost. We hold to the compassionate, authentic (authentic to who you are, when you are, & where you are), “real”, empathetic, adage of “I know how you feel, I felt the same way, this is what I found. Aka Feel/Felt/Found (can you tell Christopher comes from a sales and marketing background). The Godly Wisdom that gives this righteous divine power when implemented in a God-honoring way, not in the world's way of manipulative slick salesmanship is the teachings of Jesus.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.” Matthew 7:3-5
R12two men are committed to the long term, the narrow ancient path of progression transformation that results in a new man, a true self, which removes the false selves self-protective plank just enough to be able to see clearly to begin to remove the speck from our brother’s eye.
OBEDIENCE (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 core value verses) R12two men are in the process of becoming warriors for the kingdom of Heaven by focusing once again on the plank in their own eye and the thought processes that led to the development of said plank. In other words, “As a man thinks, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7) and as Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
It is our thoughts that lead to words that lead to actions that lead to habits that lead to character that leads to a destiny that leaves a legacy.
How is your thought life?
What is the legacy you are leaving behind?
At R12two we ask ourselves these questions often as we aim to apply the following inspired Words of God written by the hand of Paul the Apostle under the guidance of Lady Wisdom, the Holy Spirit:
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 NIV
PROACTIVE (R12:1-2 Core Values Verses) R12two men are in a process of becoming our truest selves, and our most spiritually mature selves are personified by our progression towards proactiveness. By displaying the fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Self-control in its ripest stages has the effervescence of PEACE and HOLY VIOLENCE. This deep well of inner peace refreshes any and all who will drink of its Living water within. And the enemies of God will experience righteous anger that also comes from the deep places within a mature follower of Christ who because of the Perfect Love therein moves towards the money changers with a whip in hand to drive them out all the while maintaining PEACE and self-control.
This rich unmovable Peace and Holy Violence is not acquired overnight nor by some get rich quick scheme or by some magic pill or with some silver bullet, it is earned through the age-old timeless, narrow way, by choosing the ancient road at every crossroad in life. It is developed through the disciple of taking holy pauses wherein we embrace our frailty, boast in our weakness, humble ourselves and seek our Lord, to be still and know He is God, to seek the Spirit’s Wisdom and discernment before responding. This is in stark contrast to a life I lived for over 3 decades wherein I mostly reacted in the flesh which most times comes out of a place of deep wounding. Parts of our souls that are in desperate need of healing and restoration in order to become wholehearted enough to BE PRESENT.
Do you feel you are fully PRESENT most moments of your waking life?
The world, the Devil (and his hive mentality demons and minions, principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and hosts of spiritual wickedness in heavenly places *Eph 6:12) and the flesh are present and accounted for 24/7 365! Therein the unholy trinity of “me, myself and I” reign and emotions are dictators vs indicators and our Master is the Prince of the air, the ruler of this world, not our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whose yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Matthew 5:24 records Jesus to have declared, "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
You maybe like I was, aghast at even the suggestion that Satan could be mastering you; however, for me at least I made a note (eventually)
The measure of a man lies in how he treats the ones closest to him. Which includes himself. Jesus says, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”
How is the fruit on your tree?
Should you allow a Spirit-filled follower of Jesus to closely examine the fruit, what would they discern?
Do you find yourself blaming what “he,” said or “she,” said or what “he” or “she” or “they” did for some if not all the rotting or rotten fruit that has fallen to the ground?
Brother, I may not know exactly what you feel like right now but I can tell you the fruit was not good for decades in my journey to freedom of the soul. Now, I would spin doctor it, attempt to convince you it was, and sometimes be successful but there ain’t no deceiving God. As Dr. Ted Roberts of Pure Desire Ministries said, “Emotional bills ALWAYS come due.” and as we say around R12two, “Pay me now, or pay me later” but you will pay on this side of Eternity or the next. “God is not mocked, whatever a man sows that he will also reap. If you sow into the flesh you will reap corruption, but if you sow into the Spirit, you will reap life everlasting.”
How about joining us in the process of becoming warriors, lovers, kings, then sages as John Eldridge of Wild at Heart Ministries suggests are the later stages of sonship with Abba from his Fathered by God book?
1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Corinthians 6:18, James 4:7, John 8:44, 10:10
SWORD Eph 6:10-18 Core Values versus emphasis on taking up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, specifically scripture memorization into the emotional brain so that when we go “limbic” it is freshwater flowing out of the abundance of our hearts truly transformed into the image of Christ; 2 Tim 2:3-4; Heb 4:12
Rev Christopher and others like him become trapped as a result of 3 main areas of assault (wiles of the devil):
1. Family of origin
2. Trauma (Big T and small t)
“You were wounded in community; therefore, you must be healed in community”
-Dr. Ted Roberts of Pure Desire Ministries
“Sexual Addiction is not about sex, it is about intimacy. Sexual bondage is an intimacy disorder.”
“One of the most common rituals practiced by Christians who are in sexual bondage is to live constantly in crisis mode. They are always “fighting the devil,” going from one stressful situation to another--constantly living in overload. I need a high if I am going to make it, they say to themselves. In fact, I deserve this sexual release.”
“Addiction, at its spiritual core, is about idolatry --about where we are going to find life and fulfillment.”
“The issue of sexual addiction and bondage is not simply a counseling issue for the Church; it is a matter of spiritual life & death.”
in Jay Stringers words…
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a culture of our own
“The best communities to look for are those that deeply understand the underlying issues associated with unwanted sexual behavior and have a large understanding that recovery is ultimately not about combating the singular issues of lust but rather cultivating a deeper understanding of the desires, talents, and ambitions God wove into your heart.”
"I give you this new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another." Matthew 13:34
R12two’s intentional and intense, raw, authentic, GBUB (good/bad/ugly/beautiful), vulnerable, compassionate, Jesus centered culture is personified in the acronym POPS.
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