Preparation for the Great Critical Incident: Who is for You and Yours? Part 12

 

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By J.W. Caesar

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20 KJV
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:7 KJV
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 KJV
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:23 KJV
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart. Proverbs 26:25 KJV
Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off. Proverbs 27:10 KJV
Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 41:9 KJV
Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. Micah 7:5 KJV
And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us. Luke 9:50 KJV
He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. Luke 11:23 KJV
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Luke 21:16 KJV
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. Matthew 10:21 KJV

Many have been lead to believe that during a disaster scenario, many people will band together and help each other out. On the contrary, disaster and disaster preparedness can mean many different things to many people. People don’t always act in a civil manner to crisis situations where law and order has broken down or is no longer present. A disaster is the wrong time to learn that the person(s), you thought you would depend on are actually part of landscape of threats to you and your team. Crisis events can change people that we presume to know, into desperate animals that serve their own basic instincts at your expense. Miss-understanding who people really are and what they are capable of doing during stressful conditions can unfortunately lead to costing you or your loved one’s life. This is why it is important to know who is really for or against you when the times of testing comes. Choosing the right relationships and associations are vital to disaster planning.

Some of the biggest contributors to influencing people to disarm themselves from discerning evil personalities is self-taught ignorance or inherited false miss-conceptions. One of the root causes comes from within religious and moral cultures who teach extreme doctrinal interpretations of Love and forgiveness. Some teach these interpretations to their practitioners to mean that they should accept virtually anyone as their friends without exception, not assess an individual’s background, allow close relationship bonds to form based on the mutual expression of beliefs in religious confession, and other similar things in common. This is not wise application of faith or interpretation of safe relationships. Why?
1. Because not everyone is capable of having a healthy relationship that is sustainable.
2. False premise opens the trusting person up for confidence tricks.
3. Influences persons to base what appears to be a good relationship investment into a loss.

There is a modern pop culture term called player, it can be interpreted as a person that will act as your friend or family, but later reveal their true intent of the relationship as a con to get something out of you. It can also be dangerous because the con person is acting as a predator and using the person as prey. Wikipedia Encyclopedia notes that confidence tricks exploit basic human characteristics : greed, dishonesty, vanity, opportunism, lust, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation, and naitivity. Therefore, there is no consistent profile of a confidence trick victim; the common factor is simply that the victim relies on the good faith of the con artist. The cycle of a betrayal personality means that it adapts to playing team games and sports, will train and go through physical mental and spiritual hardships, eat dinner at the table of intimate friends, and will partake in romance and marriage. Some will even mock their victim later for not discerning their scam and even helping the “con artist” better themselves to attain a position of authority that surpasses the victims ability to do anything to rectify the situation.

The other side of the extremism in religion and secular cultures is the over preaching of sci-fi fear based conspiratorial speculations that hit and miss. This in turn serves to drive a wrong interpretation of what “survival” really is and looks like. To many, survival can mean being out for themselves at everyone’s cost. More or less, illegally taking from another to better one’s self, even to the point of murder. In urban and rural settings, currently there is nothing wrong with a healthy minded person’s intent of owning a weapon to guard their property and family, hunt, and use it according to the civil government’s dictates. There is however something wrong with using weapons to harm others, take property, killing people as food prey, insighting riots and uprisings. True survival based on correct interpretations and definitions presents safe and loving collaborative networks, winning situations, and works to conserve the fighting strength and faith of a community, not tear it down to the last “inhuman” being.

Feelings of fear and desperation in disasters can escalate into “devolution” of the human personality. This is why it is vital to:
1. Pray and attract wisdom and oppurtunities to develop right relationships.
2. Learn and plan measures to prevent dangerous human behavior before it occurs.
3. Prepare to protect yourself and team members from external and internal personality group dynamics.
Haters

During the times of the Exodus of IsraEl from Egypt and their conception into 12 tribes, we see several personality conflicts going on whereby stress from past torment and the inability to focus on clear miracles from GOD. These combined catalysts caused desperation to trigger loss of faith in the Presence of Almighty YHWH(God), HIS miracles, HIS appointed leader Moses, and the mission out of their place of torment to the Promised Land. This is shown in various insurrection attempts against Moses by his sister Miriam and Korah the Levite, IsraEl’s ingratitude and turning away from God’s Presence to false counselors and gods, and deliberate unbelief in the Promises for the IsraElites. It forced THE MOST HIGH to deal with these wicked personalities with swift execution and make “the cut” of only a few entering into the Promised Land. Many evil personalities(fools) are also seen attacking IsraEl’s identity from within their own culture and outside throughout the history of it’s Kingdom. Physical IsraEl was a foreshadowing of the “modern IsraEl at Large”, the body of Christ, and those hidden across the world, and Jewish state of IsraEl. King David and Solomon wrote the timeless wisdom books to teach Israel how to relate and deal with these difficult personalities with success. These personalities types have also plagued the Early Judeo-Christian & Greco-Roman systems and Messianic movements throughout the ages. Jesus and His Apostles also gave insight to warn us in the New Covenant writings that this evil behavior would continue, there would be a need to prepare and be on guard.

Therefore, It is a fact that no spiritual or secular system is free from personality conflicts; nor unchanged people miss-using them for their own means and end. In modern times these personalities may closely resemble what psychologists outline as sociopaths, borderline personalities, dark souls, and pyscho-paths. Consequently, they can be dangerous to well meaning disaster preparation, recovery and successful accomplishment of resiliency operations from a disaster if they are allowed to exert their dysfunctions over a group or community.

Personality Caution list: Not an exhaustive list
• False Family, Friend, Religious brother or sister
• False Counselor
• False Prophet
• False Protectors or Pastor
• False Person in need of Help
• False Victim Predator (Drama Triangle) or “Good Samaritan Traps”
• Undecided-Confused Multiple minded person
• Crafty, Sell out & Schemer(Judas)
• Usurper-Power Lust
• Diminisher and Demoter
• Covenant Breaker, Liar, Swindler
• Thief
• Violent Murderer
• Strife(Trouble makers) Provocateur and Agitator
• Wrath
• Emotionally unstable
• Deniers and Blamers
• Ignorant and Lazy
• Sabotage and Tradgedy driven
• Zombies, Werewolves, and Aliens(Under spiritual power of Devil)
• Sexual Predators
• Lawless Scavenger-Amelakite

In Conclusion, it’s important not to deceive oneself about the potential negative or the good in mankind. But rather calculate and weigh what triggers them so health and safety can be achieved when interacting with desperate people during a disaster. In society overstressed from extreme disaster situations, there are many dangers in the psychological realm. A few are evil personalities masquerading as good people and offering confidence tricks to prey on unsuspecting people of faith and empathy. Part of disaster preparation should also cover information on how rescuers can protect themselves from good Samaritan traps and other dangerous personalities.

Choosing the right people upfront as an early intervention for protecting oneself and managing groups in disaster situations. Military Leadership instructors train leaders to assess the personalities of their subordinates in order to guide them using personality dynamics techniques that direct them in a disciplined way to accomplish a mission successfully. When being put in charge of a group because of situational appointment or taking charge, discerning who is a threat and who is not is important to group cohesiveness and success in survival. Soul and Prayer searching in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will be the only weapons capable of dealing with masked or unmasked predators.

To the point: Who has your back, who would support you or sacrifice you. Simply: Who is for or against you?

The real question in a Crisis is who really has the time tested image and presence of God ruling permanently rooted in their heart and functioning despite the winds and the storms. In all situations this means loving God and you.
The words of the Kojak: “Who loves you baby?

References:
1. KJV Bible
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confidence_trick
3. Kojak, CBS, Detective Television Series, 1973-1978

4. Primary Leadership Development Course, US Army

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Oneness and Fellowship with God

Oneness and Fellowship with GOD

Copyright 2014

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By John W. Caesar

In modern times, Christians often make the mistake of using worldly terms and secular thinking to define themselves and the bible.  They often live “independent” lives from God and each other. Another word for this is rebellion whether they realize it or not. This often leads to confusion and division.  For example, “Single” in modern secular terms isolates a person from their Creator.  However, from the original meaning of God’s word to mankind, it translates a different meaning for the existence and relationship with God and others.  Today, we have to start defining terms relating to our existence and covenant with the Creator by His thought process and terms. The two greatest commandments are to love Yahweh(God) with all our heart, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves (Duet 4:29, Lev. 19:16, Mark 12:33). Therefore, this is expressed as a covenant  agreement of action, not just talk. In these actions, we find Oneness with the Eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The word “Shema” in Hebrew means “hear and do”.  Therefore, when we hear God’s word, it also means to do it.  Not just think about doing it.  “Amen” means “so be it truly” as a form of affirming God’s authority over past, present, and future. God’s rendering of Himself as “I AM” shows that HE is not bound by a fallen world’s depiction or rules of who HE IS.  These words depict a different dimension of understanding how to relate to our Creator, His sovereignty over the world around us, and His existance in and out of this realm of time.  Another example is that the word IsraEl means “rulers with God”.  So if we think in terms of what the words really mean, it opens up new paradigms for living in clarity of the God’s identity for our lives as royal heirs of His eternal Kingdom.

“Echad in Hebrew means oneness or joined.  As New Covenant believers we are actually joined to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one unit. Therefore, we are not separated nor are we single without God’s Presence. In essence, we are One with the Father through His Son Jesus (YAHUSHUA) “GOD is Salvation” (John 17: 20-26, Ephesians 3:2, 1 Peter 3:14, Colossians 1:22, Gal 3:20). Just as Jesus is One with HIS Father, we are also One with HIM (John 10:30). This connection denotes wholeness with God’s Authority in our lives.  Until we realize this, we can never live the true Christian life as an individual nor in a marriage to our soul mate. This is why Christians need to visualize, realize, and actualize that they are already married and one with God before they find their soul mate. He is the only one that can give us our true identity. We can receive His will through the spiritual exercises of prayer, fasting, meditation on the Word, praise, and doing good works lead by the Holy Spirit.

True Covenant life in relationship with God and others leads to a more happier and healthier experience for everyone when Christians are joined to God’s Presence. The concept of “Oneness with God” means a person is connected to Him. It also puts a new dimension to being in One accord”.  Jesus said,” wherever two or more are gathered I Am” in the midst”(Matthew 18:20).  “Jesus said “I Am” with you, even until the end of the age”(Matthew 28:20 & Hebrews 13:5). This means, He is here with us right now as you read.  His mind is with our mind thinking, His heart is with our heart beating, and His breath is with our breath, inhaling and exhaling.  With this understanding, we all need to take seriously the “Presence of Almighty God” here with us. The Father exists in each and every New Covenant believer. Furthermore, we need to respect that about each other when we interact with one another (Leviticus 19:17-18).  God Almighty takes covenant relationships very serious. So serious to the point where Jesus says before you sacrifice to God, a relationship must be reconciled before coming to God. The Apostle Paul even warned that evil conduct towards other believers would cause them not to inherit the kingdom of God. This includes, social, work, marriage, and family.  Yes, He is speaking to covenant believers (Matthew 5:24, 25 chapter, 18: 21-35, Ephesians 4: 18-5th Chapter, Hebrews 13:1-5, Leviticus 19:14, Duet.24:18, 1 Corinthians 6:8-9, Galations 5). Because we are One with God, He feels everything we do to each other.

The Greek word Konenenia” used in the Greek New Testament  means community, communion, joint participation of gifts, sharing and intimacy as a group( Acts 2: 42-47).   In the Hebrew the word Yahud or Yehud can mean the modern word  “Jew”.  However, it is also defined as YAH(GOD) Hud (community)=  God’s community.  In other words, God’s “set apart community” (sanctified) that is one mind with YAH.  With this, We can better understand why the Father takes relationships in His community very seriously and why Christ is head of God’s community (Colossians 2:9-12, Ephesians 2:19-22, 4 Chapter, and 1 Corinthians 10:16).

“Harmony” derives from the Greek (harmonía), meaning “joint, agreement, concord” from the verb (harmozo), “to fit together, to join. In music, it is sometimes expressed as the use of simultaneous pitches, tones, notes or chords. It can also be outlined as the “vertical” aspect of music, as distinguished from melodic line, or the “horizontal” aspect.  Harmony uses the counterpoint, which refers to the interweaving of melodic lines, and polyphony, which refers to the relationship of separate independent voices. In this they distinguish each other as separate but equal giving a pleasant sound to ear using consonance and dissonance sounds. In (Romans 12:4 & Ephesians 4:11-16) the Apostle Paul writes that Christians are “fittly joined together” in the same manner as One body with Christ. Operating in love to harmonize the body of Christ with its different purposes in God.

The word “Synchronization” means to cause something or group to operate at the same time as One.  Synchronization can occur through working to make something occur to match precisely by operating in step, in line. It can even involve  sound and energy alignment.  Just as a watch and engine has to be synchronized.  So do Christians. The doctrine of sanctification is like synchronization, in that God causes us to align in His timeline of righteousness. Over time, we begin to grow into the image of Christ and operate as Christ would in life situations. The more we yield to the Holy Spirit, practice God’s Presence with prayer, fasting, study, song, and doing good works, we align ourselves with improving our lives in the perfection God’s Mercy (Grace). This is the gift of Grace. It does not mean avoiding correction, walking in failure, operating out of alignment, or lawlessness as some teach. The true Christian walk, reflects a life of synchronization with God in that we exist in eternity and right now on earth being improved daily by the Holy Spirit for the Great resurrection Day in Christ(Genesis 2:3, Exodus 29:43, Romans 8 Chapter, Hebrews 10:14, 2 Timothy 2:21,Galatians 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

In Summary, God has not called people to live in independence doing their own thing and presuming they are doing right.  HE always meant covenant believers to be One with him and others. He accomplished HIS redemption plan to reconnect us with Him permanently by the suffering death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Because of this, we cannot interpret our life and covenant by the unsaved thought process of people who live and think without our Father’s covenant.   Christian Single” really means “One with God and Christ”.  Because of this, we should not say I am single, we should say I am “One”, in “Harmony”, or “InSync”.  This speaks the true message of God’s authority and wholeness in all our circumstances because we are connected to the Creator of the Universe.  In relation to this, everything must yield to the principle of God’s Oneness in us (1 John 4:4).  In essence, when one says I am married; they are reflecting that they are “One complete” person from two.  In every situation and sense of the word, We are married to God as “One”.  We function as “One” with Him in harmony. This is why prayer and Godly thinking is so important in relationships with Him and others.  Paul’s statement is so true “For we live and have our being in him” (Acts 17:28). Whether we are “One” person, two as “One” in holy matrimony, or a gifted group in “One accord”, we are literally married to God and Christ as “One”.  All of us are meant to produce fruit and do great works in the earth for Him as “One”. Therefore, the correct definition of Godly singleness is “Oneness with God” (Echad). God has always ordained complete wholeness and healthy connection to Him by Love. He has also commanded His people be connected to other covenant keepers in Love. The bond of unity that holds us all together is Love. (Ephesians 4:3, Colossians 3:14). Allow the Holy Spirit to synchronize your life with Christ in harmony with God’s purposes. So in “One accord” let us hear, do, and affirm “Oneness” as it always was from the beginning.

“I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them, as you have loved me “( John 17:23) KJV

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Mark 10:9) KJV

References:

  1. Wikipedia Dictionary
  2. KJV Bible

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Preparation for the Great Critical Incident: Empathic Listening Part 11

 

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By John W. Caesar

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Proverbs 11: 28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Proverbs 18: 13 13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath

When disaster or crisis strikes, it usually produces a long list of traumatic effects on the brain and emotions. Victims and survivors often need to talk about their distress in order to vent and frame the situation so their minds can get back into a correct rhythm of functioning in order to process further life stimuli.

For people suffering from emotional wounds, interpersonal conflict, cognitive distress, toxic emotional confusion caused by critical events of life; “psychological and physical pressures” can buildup  and become damned up compartments that cause debilitating stress to the human body. This cascading effect can shut down vital organ systems and parts of the brain. It can even worsen other mental and emotional disorders of the brain. For homeostasis of the mind and body to occur, a release of pressures may provide some supportive measures, along with organization of thoughts and re-defining problems. This is where listening to suffers with these conditions is a vital support skill. One approach for helping others process through stuck moments, toxic buildup of emotions, and rediscovering their “self” and motives  is Empathic listening. This procedure can also assist in avoiding disruptive situations and managing assaultive behaviors.

The Empathetic Listener usually focuses on paying attention to the person speaking about personal issues in order to understand the other person though perception, emotional identification, compassion, and general insight. This helps the Listener understand, before seeking to be understood by the Speaker. This process can help the Listener connect to the Speaker both emotionally and cognitively. Part of the Empathetic listening’s method is to connect with the Speaker’s emotions by asking how the Speaker feels or believes about the situation. Active listening further helps connect the cognitive reasoning of the brain. The Listener repeats back to the person what they think they said. This attempts to ensure that the Listener understands the Speaker.

The Empathetic listening technique can be outlined by:

1. Finding a place where there is no distractions. Offer the Speaker your undivided attention. The Listener should not multi-task nor shift their focus back and forth to other topics.

2. Using a non-judgemental attitude by not lecturing, diminishing, and trivializing the Speaker’s problems.

3. Discerning the Speaker’s real message by perceiving and analyzing the emotions in the communication.  This will allow the Speaker to figure out how their situation is affecting their feelings. This allows the Listener to later reply to the emotion as well as the words.

4. Taking time to be quiet allows the Speaker to vent, then later reflect on what they said, and the Listener will usually break the silence and sometimes offer a solution to the issue from their own thinking on what they said or provide further information.

5. Restating what the Listener has heard to the Speaker in their own words clarifies what the Speaker has stated. It will allow defining the content of the message and the emotional tone that was discerned.

6. Permitting the Speaker to clarify Listener’s interpretation helps the Speaker correct or add to what was re-stated.

After following these steps, the Listener can addressing the key issues and speaker understand more clearly their situation and possible resolutions. Gregorio Billikopf explains in his article Listening first aid, that empathetic listening is a concentrated effort to ensure that the speaker feels that you are truly comprehending and valuing them without judgment. He further outlines that the role of the Listener is to allow an individual to open the lock gates. The Listener is to support the person in emptying the large reservoirs of emotion, anger, stress, frustration, and other negative feelings until the individual can see more clearly. In essence, because there is too much pressure during the venting process, it allows the person to consider other perspectives. Gregorio concludes that only when the water level has leveled off between the two compartments, does the water begin to flow evenly back and forth. This is what is believed to be happening to the emotions and neuro-brain systems.

In conclusion, empathetic listening is one of the many best practices for managing crisis and disaster victims. It allows the Listener to support and motivate the Speaker towards release of stress and emotions that can harm the body and mind. Routinely, Listeners: Listen, Ask assessment questions, and suggest courses of action for the speaker.  However, emphatic listening techniques can have the effect off causing the Speaker to take ownership, direction, and reason out their problems from their own experiences and knowledge. It also benefits the Listener in several ways such as it takes the burden off them for finding a resolution and puts it on the Speaker, supports the Listener’s discernment skills of assessing emotions and words that lead to root issues, giving advice to the Speaker’s problem may cause more harm and them to turn against Listener’s intentions to help, makes the Speaker aware of your concern and further can cause a person to trust the Listener enough allow them to influence them based on the focused attention being given to them. Obviously, if a person is going to harm themselves or others or do something illegal, the Speaker should be cautioned against such behavior and or the matter reported to civil authorities if there is a concern for safety and the individual carrying out the illegal act. Local laws should be studied on the matter of partaking in conversations where safety and harm are disclosed in conversations and seeking legal advice. If there is some cause of severe emotional instability or triggers of harmful emotions and outbursts in either Listener or Speaker from a conversation, this technique may not want to be used. Anyone in a Listener’s role should be very careful and seek valid training before interacting with crisis and disaster victims. Having an open ear and disciplined approach to being focused on another person’s verbal needs is vital to the success in helping them find “resoulutions” to their issues.  Christ said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15)

Reference:

1.       KJV BIBLE

2.       The Power of Emphatic Listening, A Guide for Human Service Providers, CPI, Human Services Series, HS 2012, crisisprevention.com.

3.       http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/ucce50/ag-labor/7article/article40.htm

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Preparation for the Great Critical Incident: Christian/Messianic Small Groups Part 10

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By John W. Caesar

In the beginning, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. Within this righteous bloodline of Adam, there has always been small groups that have kept the Creator’s NAME, vision, revelations, testimony of HIS Mercy and redemption, and covenant plans in the earth. We look through the bible and Israeli culture and see what is defined as a remnant of people that are called out from the world to seek and fulfill God’s will through the generations. This picture is outlined in ancient Patriarchs, Noah’s family, Abraham, Issac, Joseph(Jacob), 12 tribes of IsraEl, GOD’s chosen men of valor, David’s mighty men,  Judah and Benjamin after the diasapora, Judah Maccabbee ‘s family and loyal followers of Torah, Remnants of the lost tribes in different cultures, Jewish minion fellowships(groups of 10) Y’shua(Jesus) and HIS 12 apostles, the early Judeo Nazarene-Christian sects and Greco-Roman churches, and the various denominations that stream from them today(Genesis 17:7).

The Primary point is that God the Father has entrusted His enormous will to a few to make many. This cannot and could not be done by man’s abilities. He is the ultimate Change Agent and Multiplyer of Himself! “Only” YAHUAH(GOD) can do this kind of miracle over the ages though the Great commission Matt 28:19-20. Matt 18:20 states that God is in midst of two or three assembled in HIS NAME.

In Hebrew culture the word Yahudah or Yehudah means Jew.  It can mean YHWH’s Joyous acclamation,” it could also be interpreted as “in union with YHWH. Because Hebrew is expressed in ancient word pictures and modern script, there are other definitions that  the word can take shape into. The name Yahod can mean a” joyous responsible community of togetherness in HIS NAME”.

This relates to modern day Christian and Messianic Hebrew groups in that they should be connected to HIS Will and covenant concepts to make willing disciples in the royal bloodline of the 2nd Adam( Yahushua) Jesus. They should also use the same small group methods and practices seen in ancient and early called out assemblies.

 (Judges 7:1 and 1 Cor 1:27-29) It is important to understand that God uses the small numbers and what is considered wea k to accomplish his Work in the earth so people will know its HIM. God’s reduction of a 32,000 member Gideon’s  army to 300 proves  that, through the faithfulness of a few, many can be delivered and become conquerors. With God the outcome doesn’t depend on human might and strength. This is a perfect  example of God’s grace being made perfect in the weakness of 300 men against thousands. In (Proverbs 21:30), It notes that no wisdom insight nor plan can stand against God’s will. The Jewish Sage GamaliEl agreed with this scripture when addressed the Sanhedrien about the Apostles preaching the Gospel of Christ (Acts 5 Chapter).

At the beginning of Christ ministry, He had 70 disciples, but 12 made the cut, yet one was not truly converted. This small group made a powerful impact on the nation of IsraEl. Later when the resurrected Y’shua( Jesus) gave the great commission(Matt 28:18-20) His following grew among the Jewish community. Over a hundred disciples male and female were told to wait in Jerusalem, until endowed with power of authority to communicate and change the hearts and minds of people to accept Christ as their Savior. We see the number multiplying into the thousands after the Holy Spirit fell on the believers. Those whom were witnessed too in their own languages, were Jews visiting Jerusalem during the required feast visitation for the Spring Holi-days. They in turn, took the Gospel back to their Jewish(Yehudah) communities and Gentile nations.

Small Groups impacts and Disaster preparedness

The central work of a small group Christian ministry is mentoring and evangelism. Historic Christian small groups became active in discipleship, mentorship, and relationship, and community building for Christ.  Their targets were non-Christians, Christians and the back-slidden.  They transferred their skills and spiritual maturity to faithful Christians.  In turn, those faithful small group disciples multiplied the Kingdom of Christ in their generation. Our Creator, time and time again shows us that he does not need a large number of spiritually weak people in the flesh to move spiritual strongholds. He only needs a small number of strong spiritual covenant keeping beleivers.

So how does do Christian small groups  relate to Disaster preparedness?

This relates to disaster preparedness in that it will take Christian small groups to notify the world to prepare physically, mentally, and spiritually for the endtimes. It requires small groups to spread the correct message of Christ’s Return when global deception, lawlessness, earth changes, and signs in outer space occur. These small groups also must communicate the message of peaceful, law abiding, and co-existant  preparation to the world without selfishness and violence. They should watch and pray  as directed by Christ in Matthew 24th chapter. These groups should not be involved with vague endtime theories, mysteries, or speculation. Christian small groups should be reporting facts as stated in the word of God, special revelation, scriptural instructions, and current events that match the intent of enduring until the end. Billions of people’s lives will depend on the correct message at the right time.

In conclusion, modern small group Christian disaster preparation is the same pattern followed by the early church. The Apostolic writings of the New Covenant record that they multiplied themselves and spread the correct message as well as built each other up financially, physically and spiritually. They worked to combat lack and provided disaster aid to those in Jerusalem as well as resupplied Paul and his disciples on their journeys. These small groups were part of one big unified sustainable system that grew to become the Christian Church and Messianic Israelite/Jewish groups today. In order for our small groups to function correctly in the endtimes, it is vital to understand that God keeps using the simplicity of small groups from the bloodline of Adamic covenant keepers to advance HIS Redemption plans and Protection to those that want to come into His ark of protection through the mighty Name and blood of Yahushua(Jesus). Without fostering His PRESENCE of connection in small groups no effective work of Salvation or Preparedness can take place.

Acts 2:44-47

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.   (KJV)

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Preparation for the Great Critical Incident: First Aid Emergency Survival kit Part 9

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By John W. Caesar

Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.

Knowledge is power for survival when it comes to overcoming disasters. It is vital to get educated on how to survive in the event of a myriad disaster scenerios. Many people die or get injured because they did not adequately plan, prepare or mitigate for unseen emergencies. In order to win the war on disasters; American citizens must take disaster preparation seriously and strengthen themselves mentally, spiritually, and physically to overcome the challenges in the future.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency states on their website that there are actions that should be taken before, during, and after an event that are unique to each hazard. Each person or group should identify the hazards that have happened or could happen in their area and plan for the unique actions for each hazard. They further note that mitigation can be defined as actions to reduce loss of life and property by decreasing the impact of disasters.  What this means is” taking action now”—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk).  Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without these actions, people jeopardize their safety, financial security, and self-reliance and quality of life.

Building an emergency kit with first aid equipment and taking medical classes are best practices in mitigation that can assist in reducing risk and loss to families and the community.  It is important to analyze what type of hazards would affect the community during a disaster, as well the decision to shelter in place or evacuate to a safe location.  By following this risk analysis process, it would help clarify what type and size of container or bag to place first aid items inside, the quantity, what too and what not to pack, where to pack it, the environment, hazard scenario and number of people it can provide care too. Your first aid kit or emergency supplies should be designed around an all hazards approach that insures against the risk of not being able to treat or prevent hazards from overtaking you and your group. These hazards can cause temporary or permanent damage to the critical infrastructure of this nation. Therefore everyone should be a stakeholder in public safety and security of this nation. As a result, many are designing their first aid kits around temporary disaster events where there is a short recovery period, while others are preparing their kits for a total collapse of the system where medical resources will be hard to find.

Caution: for medical legal and health safety reasons-Disaster Preparers should think about:

  1. Preparing physically, mentally, and spiritually now to adapt to changes caused by impact of disasters and continuity of civil and infastructure recovery.
  2. Familiarizing with their local, state and federal laws on the boundaries of giving care to humans, pets and livestock.
  3. Getting prior training on how to use the items in the first aid kit.
  4. Working as a trained and covenant group, not loner.
  5. Trying to get written certification or medical authority to perform certain procedures.
  6. Not going beyond their scope of practice or their medical certifications.
  7. Abiding by the local laws of what is allowed in your first aid or medical kit.
  8. (Personal, Force, Asset Protection)Avoiding making themselves a target for thieves, murderers, drug addicts that use false emergency scenes or requests for help.

A first aid kit can be purchased at many stores, disaster preparedness organizations and online merchants. Medical supplies can also be purchased individually to build your own kit.  Some have also combined the two as one mitigation measure. Others have crafted their own replacement first aid products by improvising. They use tampons for bleeding, card board for splints, and other homemade items, or pet supplies for their kit’s inventory. The real issue is finding the right items and kit skin for your needs. There are many questionable claims to first kits such as the number of people that it can actually treat in an emergency, the quality, sterility and durability of items, the protective covering of the container or bag and excessive prices for minimal supplies. This is why it is vital to do a risk analysis and make appropriate mitigation decisions for your own needs from an all hazards approach.

 Non exhaustive Example of items for Emergency First aid Survival Kit:

Airway Control Kit

_____ Pocket Mask kit

_____ Breathing Barrier with gloves kit

Diagnostic Instruments/Tools

_____ First aid booklet _____Trauma/Bandage scissors _____Protective Face masks

_____12 hour Cyalume Lightsticks _____Candles_____Straws

_____ Scissors, fine point_____ Splinter Forceps _____Nail clippers ____Tweezers

_____ Disposable Penlight or flashlight _____Head Lamp _____ Flashlight

_____Permanent Markers_____Pen _____Pencil_____Writing Paper Tablet _____

_____ Disposable Gloves_____ Splints_____Trash bags ______Ziploc bags

_____Duct Tape_____Clear tape____Painter’s tape____Scotch tape

_____Lockman tool_____Knife_____Razor_____ Box Cutter

_____Cable ties______Rope______String_____Plastic Wrap______Foil

______Belts______Straps____Batteries____Heavy protective gloves

Circulation/Bleeding Control Shock Kit

_____ Triangular Bandages(Cravats)______Rubber Latex gloves_______ Eye protection

______Military Field Dressing bandages______Abdominal bandages___Burn Kit

______ Large Absorbent pad dressings _____ Elastic Bandages

______Gauze Roll Bandages______ Adhesive Bandages

______ Tourniquets______ Gauze Pads, 4”x4”______ Gauze Pads, 2”x2”

______ Bandage tape_____ Disposable Rescue Blanket for shock

Sickcall /First Aid items

____Band Aids____Salt____Pepper____Sugar____Ammonia Inhalents

____Tongue depressors____Tempa-dots Thermometers____Eyewash kit____Eye drops

_____Eye pads_____KY-Jelly ____ Aspirin____Tylenol____Cough drops

_____Cold Med.Tablets_____Nasal spray_____Immodium Tablets ____Anaphalaxis kit

____Anti-biotic Ointment______Antifungal cream______Iodine wipes._____Betadine wipes.

_____Alcohol wipes._____Cleaning wipes. ______Anti-bacterial Soap solution

Alcohol Bottle. ____Hydrogen Peroxide Bottle. _____Hand cleaning solution Bottle.

_____Ice Pack______Heat Packs____Moleskin cover bandage

Medical Supplies and their Skins

Medical supplies for a first aid kit can be put inside of a various items that are all weather resistant, waterproof, durable, floatable, not previously had any toxic or corrosive materials stored inside of it, and clearly marked as a first aid or medical kit. Ziploc bags and plastic trash bags can give extra all weather protection and longetivity of items. The kit should also be easy to carry with straps or handles, have reasonable space or compartments for medical items, and easy to open or secure during an emergency. The size and type of first aid emergency kit may be based on varied factors such as the personal needs of the individual, group, or community, different hazards,  medical training, number of sick and injured, terrain, response time, life cycle of disaster, use with vehicles, walking distance, evacuation, and weather.

Examples:

  • Military Unfolding zippered Aid Bag M-3 & M-17
  • Military Chest with handles
  • Military Aid Station chest containers
  • Military hard plastic or metal containers
  • Nylon, Leather or Canvas Back Packs
  • Luggage with wheels and handle
  • Purse or designer bag
  • Lunch box
  • Square or rectangle storage containers
  • Tupperware containers
  • Plastic Ice Cream or used Food Containers
  • Hunting vests
  • Belt Pouches

A well-stocked and well maintained list of items in the first aid kit should be kept up to date at all times by rotating and replacing items.  A best practice for maintaining the mitigation investment of life saving equipment is doing inventory and preventative maintenance checks before and after using the kit. It can take place on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly cycle.  The outside and inside of the emergency kit should be inspected for damage such as cracks, tears or holes. Mitigations measures such as health safety inspections for spoilage and expiration dates of items are important also.  However, some questions have been raised about keeping items regardless of expiration dates because of future scarcity of items during extreme disaster periods. These questions should be addressed by medical authorities who are expert in disasters and laws of the land.  In any case, some items can lose their shelf life, sterility, durability, and may become toxic because of the hot storage temperatures. Another temperature issue is freezing.  Solutions can freeze causing the containers to crack and break causing contamination of other items or damaging the first aid container.

The kit should work as expected: treat injuries and save life when you need it and cause no harm when it is not needed. It is vital to verify that the items consisting within the kit still function as expected, including the batteries in the medical equipment. The first aid kit should be stored in a place that is of the right temperature for medical supplies, in a safe location, away from pests, where no damage can occur, can be accessible to adults, but not to children or pets that can be poisoned and injured.

In summary, disasters can happen at anytime and anyplace. The consequences of not preparing for them may be immeasurable. To minimize this risk, it is vital to mitigate these impacts by building an emergency first aid kit based on analyzing, reducing, and insuring against future risks. It would be wise to assemble an emergency first aid kit that is adaptable and maintainable for your needs, take first aid classes, get familiarized with medical – legal laws, learn how to take protective measures in emergency situations, and establish mutual-aid and covenant partnerships well in advance of an emergency situation. All of these steps help reduce the impact of hazards associated with future events and improve the chances of winning the war over disasters.  Americans, must remember that everyone is a stakeholder in public safety, God given freedoms, continuity of civil government, and protecting the critical infastructure and key resources of this nation.

References:

  1. KJV
  2.  http://www.fema.gov/what-mitigation

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Preparation for the Great Critical Incident, Biblical Disaster Preperation Part 8

 

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By John W. Caesar

Since the 1990’s, the world has seen an increase of abnormal social, geological, weather and astrological patterns. Along with this has been the speed and increase of high technology, geopolitical unrest and weaponology. Yet, the moral aptitude to endure and balance these situations has decreased. Much has been given and revealed in our age, but it takes much wisdom to handle it correctly. As a result, Post modern Christian leaders need to ask themselves how they would respond in the event of a disaster: Is my flock ready mentally, physically, and spiritually to endure and overcome? Are we prepared to evacuate and relocate nationally or globally? Do we have the necessities stocked up to shelter in place, and are we trained to receive wounded and give competent care? Do we have a continuity plan for our essential operations to continue?

Building a Culture of Preparedness

Projected Disasters and Crisis:

1.    Astrological: Solar Storms, Asteroid Impact, Lunar changes, Comets, Plantary castrophe, Dying stars, Alien attack

2.    Weather: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Blizzards & Ice Storms, Lighting strikes

3.    Geological: Volcanos, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Sink Holes, Tidal waves, Continental plate shifts

4.    Man-made: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Electronic, Weather, Psychological, Spiritual, Conventional Warfare, Pandemic, Zombies, Terrorism, Power outage, Mass Violence, Continental Invasion, Mass Food shortage, Economic, Government Information, Infastructure, and Spiritual Collapse and Mass Deception

Matthew 24 Chapter outlines all this clearly. Therefore, it is vital for Christians living during these uncertain times to prepare themselves physically, mentally, and spiritually for the times ahead by not being dismayed( Jeremiah 10:2, Isaiah 41:10, Matt 28:20).  They should not overestimate or underestimate the power of traumatic situations to test their faith. Christian leaders should not prepare for disasters by seeking mediums, spirits, survival of the fittest teachers nor science-fiction. They should support their preparedness vision by praying for wisdom from God to develop an all hazards approach that ensures plans are in places that define the survivability of ministry and congregations by:

1. Learning the requirement of sheltering in place like Noah and Israelites in Egypt when death angel came through

2. Defining capabilities required to address threats, Prioritize needs to solve problem, and their ability to provide resources,

3. Providing assistance to the community and globally like Joseph in Egypt, after being forewarned by God to prepare.

4. Training for split team operations where congregation members have to survive apart from the group like the prophets and Jesus’s disciples and early Christian assemblies.

5. Protecting property and assets like Joshua, Gideon, and Nehemiah.

6. Preparing for mass evacuation and relocations like the mobile evangelistic mission work like Abraham, ancient Israel, Moses and apostles.

7. Getting certified in basic and advanced Survival, First aid, Crisis care, Spiritual care, Medicine, Gardening, Communications, and building Faith based covenant relationships with similar ethics and beliefs like early Israeli and Christian communities.

8. Avoid dangerous groups that sow fear mongering, doubt, false doctrine, division, are lawless, have plans to overthrow authority and follow survival of the fittest and cannibalism. God calls us to be orderly and follow his commandments in all situations god or bad (Ancient Israel personality conflicts with God and their leaders in the Wilderness, Amalekites Duet 25:15-19, David vs. Nabel).

The development of a “Christian culture of preparedness” will lessen the impact of future crisis as a destructive force on the physical, emotional, spiritual dimensions of human life.  Furthermore, today many Christian communities have sought training in how to prepare and create response covenants with public officials and other help agencies. These actions have helped create group frameworks that will mitigate disasterous effects and decrease hazards when a disaster occurs. This prevents loss and supports the goal of recovery and resilience of the community after a disaster.

Disaster Preparedness Training: Basic Preparedness & Advanced Training

  1. Family, Group, Ministry, and Biblical Spiritual Ethics in different crisis situations
  2. American Red Cross or American Heart First Aid, CERT(Community Emergency Response Training)  and CISM(Critical Incident Stress Management)
  3. Emergency Management, Christian Community Continuity plans

These classes assist in the education and planning of Christian communities to be involved in local and national critical incidents. However, some may find themselves seperated from Christian groups and will need to take other self supporting classes that relate to urban and wilderness survival.  It is further important to develop a simple, flexible, and realistic plan based on the Christian group’s resources, spiritual gifts, experience, needs, and limitations. The Christian leader should also consider the risk managment assessment approach of being involved in short or long term disaster response operations. Many risk factors such as knowledge of where and what type of disaster the Christian team will support i.e. ( nuclear, pandemic, mass violence, tornado or power outage), when and how long they can be called up for duty, nature of duties, onsite and post disaster operation safety, legal liabilities, and governing rules of commitment to abide by under the Emergency Management System. Another risk is the possiblity of a christian community’s leadership, business operations and buildings being destroyed as a result of a disaster situation.  A reccomendation for this problem would be a continuity plan with  legal succession, delegation of authority, reconstituion, and devolution instructions to continue the Christian community’s essential operations to minister the Gospel like the netzer sprout(root of Jesse) that branches out from the ground or stump when the tree is cut down (Isaiah 6:13, 11:1-4).

No matter the Christian denominational issue or belief system. All Christian groups responding to disasters should look and act like the body of Christ. The care performed  should be of the same quality given in John 3:16. It should look like the same nail scared hand of Jesus Christ whereby there is a spirit of love and sacrifice that shows power in decreasing the tradgedy in this fallen world by fullfilling the great commission(Matt 28:19-20). It is vital to get every chrisitan in the mission of mitigating the effects of the disaster. Every member of the body of Christ is vital to decreasing the power of a disaster, restoring the strength, and fostering recovery of a community. It takes a team effort to win the war on tragedy: from the Christian church member, prayer warriors, pastoral staff, administrative staff, maintenance workers, supply and cooking staff, to the Christian responder team working with emergency managers, firefighters, elected officials and other emergency responders.

Everyone in the Fight: Christian Responder network work produces fruit

A good example of the 5 fold Christian ministries(Ephesians 4:11-13) working as a collaborative team and producing spiritual fruit is when a disaster occurs, the scene is secured, victims leave the disaster and are processed by the Emergency Management (Incident Command System), Christian responders supporting the Incident by performing  triage and care functions, then get demographic information and needs of the victims, the victims are referred to their Christian communities and other certified safe ministries that are trained to come alongside the survivors to assist them in overcoming the impact and post effects of the disaster. Elected officials and other Emergency management staff work together with the needs and also may use the spiritual services employed by the Christian community.

In this way, the tragedy is not allowed to embed itself in the lives of the victims or rescuers. The tragedy can be used to affect mass evangelism and soul care to survivors, their families, public officials and responders thus mitigating the power of disaster into a life-giving tool and bridge to the community to come to Jesus Christ. It is important to note that all Christian responders should be trained and screened so that they are not operating in a spirit of error in disaster situations, whereby they preach emotionally charged messages that conflict with the goal of recovery. The initial period of a disaster and its other phases are times to show compassion and mercy while the person(s) are recovering their normal state of mind and adjusting to their new normal (Matt 22:36-40, Jude 1:22-33).

Community Strengthening Operations

No one will escape having a crisis in this life (John 16:33). Biblical believers know that crisis can hit suddenly without warning at any time or place in our life time. Some crisis situations can occur over time building up steam, then exploding without warning on the scene.  If unprepared for the initial impact of the event, a person or group will incur worse consequences, than those that were prepared with mitigated defenses. The vital issues are how we emotionally react, think to define the situation, respond from our given perspectives can make the difference in being a permanent victim or eternal overcomer through Jesus Christ.

The Christian ministry in disaster operations should be shaped from the resurrection power and Kingdom work of Jesus Christ on the crucifix.  Preparedness, Mitigation, Protection, Response, and Recovery are all biblical goals and priorities for mankind. Providing care, reducing the effects suffering, grief, loss, and mitigating loss of life and property are strengthening operations that Christ calls all believers to support within the biblical framework of Love.

In summary, Bible believers have known for centuries that disastrous signs in the society, the environment and sky would come as a warning sign that the earth was spinning down toward the coming of his Son Y’shua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) and later final judgment day with the Creator. For 2000 years every generation has had its warning signs to prepare their souls and help others in the simplicity of repentance from wrong doings according to God’s word, accepting Jesus Christ as their only savior from judgment, being baptized and filled with his Holy Spirit and doing good works worthy of calling them sons and daughters of God.  We cannot allow high technology to take the place of GOD by denying the Creator’s spark of humanity in our thinking, thus allowing wrong decisions to lead to more poverty, suffering, and disease. The lessons learned from scripture and best practices that improve the quality of life are seen in Jesus Christ and his disciples working in the world to make a difference and establish His kingdom in and from the most evil of situations.

By developing a Christian culture of preparedness and response to different disasters and seeking training will lessen the future impact of crisis as a destructive force. Because of the varied hazards and their effects, Christian communities need to view themselves not only as a sheltering community, but remain flexible to adjust to the situations whereby  they could be part of a mass evacuation that may relocate them globally or in local security camps. Careful consideration should be taken to research and make a realistic assessment of their capabilities, assets, limitations, duties that conflict with their beleifs, legal oaths and commitments to governing authorities during the life of a disaster.

Everyone is important in supporting the Kingdom work of Christ in mitigating disasters at all levels of Christian social groups. No matter the race, creed, color, gender or Christian doctrine; the nail scared hands of Christ reaching out to help should look the same in all Christian disaster responses. The resurrection power of Christ flowing to the victim should be the target. Christian responders should also be working to decrease the power of tragedy, not increase it. Many disasters have been turned around for God’s glory, in that victims were approached in the right manner, treated with timely and dignified care, given respect, referred to safe Christian communities trained in competent crisis care and recovery. Christians should focus their attention to community strengthening operations whereby they prepare themselves and others for the impact of critical incidents by aligning their hearts and mind to trust God in all situations. In doing this,we are strengthening the Kingdom of God. Messiah did not promise we’d be taken out of the world, but that HE told us to endure and HE would be with us until the end ( John 17:15-18/ Matt 24:18/Rev. 2:10/3:5/12:11). He taught his disciples to prepare, mitigate, protect, respond, and recover as part of the biblical lifestyle of Love as Christian believer. If we are to plan and prepare, let’s do it according to the simplicity of His words…..Love GOD with all your heart, mind and resources and Love your neighbor as yourself.

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Preparation for the Great Critical Incident, Crisis response, and Soul Care Interventions Part 1

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By John W. Caesar

“Jesus warned His Disciples, These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”. John 16:33 KJV.

In these modern times, The world lives in times of uncertainty and crisis since the Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New York Twin Towers. Jerimiah 30, book of Daniel, Matthew 24, 1st Thessalonians Ch. 5, 2nd Thessalonians Ch. 2 & book Revelations details several disaster scenerios and deceptions before the authentic return of Jesus Christ(Y’SHUA HaMASHIACH). This period of times will be filled with much tribulation like a woman having a baby. It is known as Jacob’s trouble or birth pains. After the appearance of the evil figure known as the anti-christ and mass departing from the true gospel, false peace, false restoration of Israel, false call to come to various anti-christs geographically. There will also be a pre and post time period of intensity that will increase with times of psychological & spiritual warfare, suffering, terrorism, fear mongering, crisis, social deterioraton, loss of relationship bonds, world wars, starvation, disease, lawlessness, false prophetic messages that call for a false Christ and religious government, and other disaster scenerios as we near the end of times. Christ notes that He that endures until the end will be saved. Therefore, the intensity of the chaos & confusion must be so great that one would have to be endowed with a double annointing of the Holy Spirit to overcome those future crisis times.

It is vital to plan now to be mentally, spiritually and physically fit for those days ahead. We know that Christ has given us His intervention of grace in these times of crisis. He has has given the power of grace by trusting in His POWER in us to overcome through HIS blood and Holy Spirit Acts 2:38 /Revelations 12:11. We are called to be overcomers. How? By HIS power of mercy(grace) that gives the supernatural ability to forgive others, ones self, turn and stop sinning, start doing righteousness, restores from the inside out, and have peace, love and joy Psalm 51:10, Phillipians 2:14, Romans 6 & 12 chapters.
The real issue is that Jesus intervened for mankind with His statement in
John 16:33 “ that you may peace”. He is not promising that Christians will have a home and garden religion or prosperous platitudes living in this world of spiritual warfare. HE is giving them an early intervention into the future matters of living in a A.D. After HIS suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ world, having only the “trust in His work and power of the Holy Spirit Presence”. It is a known fact that living in those times in the middle east were very stressful and filled with supernatural social and environmental stressors. Many early Christians died as martyers with the same comprehension of being baptized and professing their faith was a death warrant. Never the less, they endured supernatural crisis by early intervention techniques of prayer, fasting, singing and group fellowship with others sharing the “circles of impact”. It did not slow down their functioning in the Holy Spirit.
We read about the Apostle Paul he was called to suffer much for God’s name (YHWH) Acts 9:16 & 20:23. Orignally, he was a harsh persecutor of early Nazarene believers and was adversarily present when Stephan the deacon was killed for Christ name. He was later physically blinded by Christ, rebuked, healed, corrected, and called into Christ’s service where he persecuted by Jews he used to work for and believers who thought he was trying to trick them. Later, in His letters to the assemblies, He explains that he and his missionary group dispared of life when they were pressed beyond their limits ( 2 Corinthians 1:8). He further endured beatings, stoned, shipwrecks, lost at sea adrift, danger from multiple environmental, criminal plots, from his ethnicity, urban and wilderness hazards, false brothers and sisters, work and hardship, sleepless nights, hunger, thirst, without resources, cold naked, “daily anxiety” as a leader about his assemblies he had started (2 Corinthians 11:24-29). The Scriptures also teach us he suffered in sickness also but remained firm in His trust in God and ministry work ( 2 Corinthians 12:7,10,Colossians 4:14, & 2Timothy 4:11). Therefore, we all can agree this man of God knew crisis, but not defeat.
All these events described in Paul’s life were critical incidents, that cause emotional, spiritual, and physical reactions. We can see in the aftermath of his “debriefing narrative”, that he is having obvious signs and symptoms of Post traumatic stress and depression. He is definitely not ashamed of his emotional response and defends himself that it is not a sign of weakness, but is picturing himself as a survivor reacting to the critical incidents that plagued him as a result of his work for Christ. He felt safe describing that he was not ok, but had the expectancy to get better and finish his life mission regardless the future trials. His faith in God was challenged, but grew as a result of crisis.
Jennifer Cisney, American Association of Christian Counselors outlines that the normal reactions to a stressful event that is beyond normal everyday stress causes blood to be increased throughout the body with adrenaline, endorphines and other chemicals where strength and mental sharpness is increased and pain lessoned. Normally, there is a fight or flight reaction in the center of the brain from the amygdala which releases chemicals that disables the frontal lobe of the brain that manages decision making and balance occur. This means that the person is controlled by impulses like an animal to act and not think. It is a normal reaction to any stressor.
The issue is that although this is a positive and protective reaction, it is harmful in various ways. If a person stays in this state of intensity for a long or short time, depending their response level: 1. damage can happen to their overall health. 2. more serious psychological damage and disease can occur. 3. cause behavior that is dangerous to others and themselves. If a person stays in this “state of mind” their amygdala enlarges and can trigger protective reactions even in less stressful events causing the negative reactions above. In essence, taking over control from the frontal lobe before it can react to think.
Cisney also stated that early intervention after critical incident is vital to return the person to their normal baseline functioning. She explains that the goals in critical incident stress management are to A. stabilize the victim of their symptoms B. symptom relief and reduction C. seek higher level care. It is a form of psychological first aid. Furthermore, the she outlines that the US military in various wars used the PIE method to treat combat soldiers: Proximity of trauma scene, Immediate care given after incident, Expectancy to get better.
Cisney further quoted from NIMH article Mental Health and Mass Violence Report, 2002
“While most survivors of violence and mass disaster will recover normally from their psychological post-traumatic stress, it is important to do early pyshchological interventions to those who are in need. The interventions should be phasic multi-component intergrated intervention systems.”
This means that a person in crisis should be treated early after impact of critical incident with various psycho-social methods and support systems, over a period of time based on the needs not just one intervention method such as monitoring, measurement diagnostics, applications, controls and multi-support problem solvers.
As New Covenant believers, we can clearly understand that our faith was birthed in crisis from Y’shua(Jesus) who went through Crisis turned into victory. Many of the early Apostles were crisis counselors themselves taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, yet becoming injured, enduring many critical incidents, crisis responses to persecution, and spiritual warfare as they were used by the Holy Spirit to build the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ himself took time for himself away from HIS crisis and healing work (Mark 1:8, Luke 5th & 9th chapters). He tells beleivers to do the same daily in prayer Matthew 6:6. When there was no one to intervene in there crisis, the believers relied on pouring out their heart to God in emotional prayers, psalms, lamentations and hyms, receiving an answer they would only understand and feelings of peace that surpasses understanding. Romans 8:26 & Ephesians 6: 18 notes the same self early intervention process of the Holy Spirit as the Counselor ( John 14:26). Not all their questions or comments were answered, yet symptoms were reduced and even relieved after this exchange of spiritual dynamics of trust in the Father.
The early believers and their leaders used basic soul care principles from the scriptural Judeo-Christian community heritage where the OT(Tankh) & Christian interpretations of Law (TORAH) commanded believers to assist one another. These actions of help interventions after impact of a critical event was a form of psychological first aid by the community that was used to stabilize and provide symptom reduction, and referral to higher level care by the Presence of Creator. In esscense, a covenant community of care was the basic command in the scriptures that fostered love, expectation of restoration, recovery and daily functioning. When a believer is surrounded by: “competent peer support and laws” that support their brain trust, grief and loss time, recovery time, mercy, understanding, safe places to recover, and counseling to heal, a loving God that cares and sent His Son as a suffering servant Isaiah 53, the expectation for wellness, and return to functioning; supports the ethos of crisis intervention.
Conclusion
There is a large list of biblical prophecy and US defense analylists project future disasters scenerios to occur. Jennifer Cisney has described this picture as that it is not a matter of “if” another act of violence will occur that could shock the pyschi of America, but “when”. In these end days, it is vital to re-study the scriptures to get a complete picture of our faith as a crisis intervention and overcoming tool, work as teams of community care ministries showing forth the glory and love of God in our actions with the power of the nail scarred hands of Y’SHUA(JESUS) VICTORY over death, hell and the grave and all the works of the advesary’s crisis weapons. We can learn from Paul’s life journey of complicated grief, loss, and crisis with the firm hope of glory all the way to heavan. Early intervention by God, His messengers, and servants assisted many of the Christian communities to survive and overcome their trials and crisis to this present day. In the last days, we will need that same ordination plus. We pray for God’s Presence to fill us up and intervene for us when those times come for us to stand. With this Hope, we can have Peace to prepare to be courageous like Y’shua, when faced with critical incidents of life and death and come out on the other side of crisis victorious!
Romans 8: 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. KJV
References:
1. KJV BIBLE
2. Jennifer Cisney, Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma, CCCT 201, Stress and Trauma Care, American Association of Christian Counselors, 2009.

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