Fight For Them – They Are Your Home

By Ray Gano

Tracye and I have been talking that there is a need for the common person to start thinking about protecting themselves.

Do you know that if you brought a knife to a gun fight, you would most likely win?

This is called The Tueller Drill.

Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker with a knife could cover 21 feet (6.4 m), so he timed volunteers as they raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be done in 1.5 seconds. These results were first published as an article in SWAT magazine in 1983 and in a police training video by the same title, “How Close is Too Close?”

That means that a person that is approximately 21 feet from you or less, they will be able to attack you before you are able to draw a gun.

Watch the following police training video showing that the person with the knife has the advantage over the person with the gun.

WATCH NOW >>> https://youtu.be/J_KJ1R2PCMM

That means that one of your most important skills that you have is your situation awareness. In other words, knowing what is going on around you at all times.

In the Army we used to say, “Stay alert – Stay alive”

That is what is needed today.

Fight For Them – They Are Your Home

Tracye and I really do not watch regular TV anymore. What we do watch is a lot of Netflix so that we can control what shows we watch and stay away from a lot of the filth that is on TV.

The other night we were watching Longmire. If you have not seen it, check it out, it is a great show, kind of like a modern western TV show, akin to the show Gunsmoke for today. (for those who may remember Gunsmoke)

In the show there was a scene with Henry Standing Bear (played by Lou Diamond Philips) where he is quoting from a supposed Cheyenne legend… “What Did The First Warrior Say To The Great Spirit”

I am not sure of its authenticity, but it touched a chord with me and reminded me of what it means to live the Last Days Warrior life.

We are to honor God always and protect the innocent, and the ones we love.

Thought I’d share it with you all.

“The First Warrior looked out on the land and his Home.

He saw the hills And the stars And he was happy.

For giving him his home, the first warrior told the Great Spirit that he would fight and win many battles in His honor.

But the Great Spirit said, “No, do not fight for me.

Fight for your tribe,

Fight for the family born to you,

Fight for the brothers you find.

“Fight for them,” the Great Spirit said,

“For they are your Home.”

This is the attitude that all of us must acquire. We need to be our brother’s keeper again and care. We need to start being situationally aware so that we can cover each other’s back.

“According to American Police Beat, the average response time for an emergency call is 10 minutes. Atlanta has the worst response time with 11 to 12 minutes and Nashville comes in at a lightning speed of 9 minutes.”

The Department of Justice, with their statistical prowess, reports that the best response time is 4 minutes and the worst over 1 hour.

Source – http://www.self-defense-mind-body-spirit.com/average-police-response-time.html  

A lot can happen in 10 minutes. This is why I say that we must start taking responsibility for our lives and for the lives of those we care about around us.

US Suffers Its First Beheading

Woman Beheaded In Oklahoma By Muslim Convert

A fired employee who had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam stabbed two female colleagues – beheading one of them – before an off-duty officer shot him, police have said.

After beheading Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, multiple times, Nolen was shot by off-duty officer Mark Vaughan, who was working at the business.

During Thursday’s attack, Nolen beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, with the same kind of knife used in the plant, Lewis said.

Lewis said Nolen also stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, a number of times before company CEO Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy, shot him.

Source – http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/09/26/women-beheaded-oklahoma-muslim-convert  

This is the first incident of beheading by a devout Muslim here in the US, we have had a number of more and the numbers are rising.

People need to wake up. Jihad is now on our shores. It has been here for some time now; we just had our heads in the sand about it.

Disturbing video shows young Muslim children at a Philadelphia Islamic center singing about ‘chopping off heads’, martyrdom and ‘defending Palestine with our bodies’

Shocking video has emerged showing a group of young Muslim children in Philadelphia singing of ‘chopping off heads’ so as to ‘liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque’ while ‘defending Palestine with our bodies.’

The clip, which was first uploaded to Facebook by the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia last month, shows a group of children wearing Islamic headdress adorned with Palestinian symbols and colors.

A translation of the video was provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

The Muslim American Society issued a statement on Saturday vowing to investigate the ‘unintended mistake and an oversight’.

Source – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6994509/Muslim-children-Philadelphia-school-sing-chopping-heads-army-Allah.html

We need to wake up and pull our heads out of the sand.

But we need to do more than just that. We need to be ready to defend and fight these as well as bloodthirsty liberal left and now thinks it is their right to attack people just for wearing red MAGA hats.

Like it or not, we are witnessing the beginnings of a war against good and evil.

We no longer have that choice to stay out of this fight. To do nothing allows evil to prevail.

This event is a great example of why we need to regain our resolve and learn to fight again.

We have been the sheep for too long. Now the wolves are beginning the slaughter.

It is time for the Last Days Warrior to stand up and start caring for those whom he or she loves. It is time to stop being the sheep and start being the sheepdog.

The true warrior fights not because he hates what is in front of him. He fights because he loves what is behind him.

We need to start weaponizing ourselves so that we are always ready to protect and defend if / when the situation arises.

Men… I again I leave you with this critical verse…

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

 

How To Become a Master of Perseverance

By Ray Gano

I have to be honest, I am really tired of all the bad news that is being fed the American public.  It really takes the wind out of one’s sails.

But Tracye and I keep getting up every morning and doing the work we need to do.

We have become really good at the perseverance game.

How we have done that is by living Proverbs 3:5-6…

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

So if you are trying to get out of debt, get a college degree, build a home based business, or stick to a healthier diet, many of life’s most meaningful goals require a great deal of perseverance.

Have you ever tried to tackle a difficult long-term goal and failed? If so, you might think that only certain people have what it takes to successfully achieve their dreams.

You’d be wrong.

Accomplishing what you want usually comes down to one thing… perseverance.

As you may or may not know, it’s not an inherent character trait, it is something that you learn…over a long time.  It is getting up and doing the work every day and not quitting.

Perseverance can be learned.

In fact, you’re going to start learning it right now.

What you need to ask yourself is “ I would like _________________________.”

What is it that you want to do? Do you want to learn a second language? Running a Spartan Race? Maybe writing a book? Or paying off all your credit cards?

Whatever it is, think about it and then fill in that blank.

Tracye and I have been talking a lot about this topic and how we have persevered in so many things in our life.

We have had a lot happen to us that I would say is not the norm. We have also lived in a lot of interesting places and done a lot of interesting things.

The one thing that has helped us preserver is “Baby Steps.”

Do you know that you can accomplish just about anything taking small baby steps and never giving up?

Here are few steps that can help you gain and grow perseverance.

Learn From Famous Failures

Babe Ruth

In 1923, Babe Ruth set the record for the most home runs in a season… while also striking out more than any other player in Major League Baseball. Over his career, he struck out 1,330 times, according to the Seattle Times, but rose above his failures to hit 714 home runs.

Thomas Edison

As a young boy, Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.” He did not have much more success in the workplace, as he was fired from his first two jobs for not being productive. Even as an inventor, reports claim that Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. Happily for night owls across the globe, attempt 1,001 worked out differently.

So what’s the lesson here? Draw strength from other people’s triumphs over failure, even if you don’t know them and will never meet them.

Failure is not a bad word; quitting is the enemy.

I enjoy studying history and look at the successful people. They were / are a success because they embraced failure and did not quit.

Who knows, someday a person you’ve never even met could be getting inspiration from your perseverance in the face of failure. This has happened to both Tracye and I a number of times. It can happen to you too.

Write Down Your Goals & Create a Map To Those Goals

Sometimes we forget how powerful the human mind is. Believe it or not, you can increase the likelihood that you will do something simply writing it down and forming a plan in your mind.  If you can imagine it happening, your mind will find a way make it happen.

Michael Jordan, probably the greatest basketball player ever would preview the game in his mind and see himself doing all the things that he wanted to accomplish during the game. By the time the game actually started, he would be able to act out the “map” he had created in his own mind.

He wasn’t surprised when he blocked an opponent’s shot or slam dunked that ball. He saw it already and mapped it out in his mind ahead of time. So when he had the ball, his mind created the outcome and that is how he became one of the greatest players ever.

You can use this same technique to help you accomplish your goals.

See, a goal if not written down is just a hope and a dream. When you write it down and then put a date beside it, you will be amazed when you achieve it.

TIP – Use dry erase markers and write your goals on your bathroom mirror as well as your car window. This way your brain will see these and chart a course for you to succeed.

Focus on Short-Term Victories With Baby Steps

One of the things that can paralyze you and impede your progress toward achieving your goal is to focus only on the big picture. This is what I meant by saying to take baby steps. If  all you do is focus on the big picture you will become naturally overwhelmed and it will seem like you’re not getting anywhere.

Create a bunch of baby step goals that will get you to the big goal. Remember, perseverance is learned over the long term.

By achieving all the short-term goals, it will help you stay focused and remain successful with each and every baby step.

Your enthusiasm will keep you moving forward, and focusing on your successful completion of each baby step will eventually carry you to your goal.

Get Rid of The Negative Thoughts

This is a pretty simple point, but it’s one that will make all the difference. Your odds of achieving your goal, no matter how difficult, are always between 0 and 100 percent. If you succumb to negative thoughts such as, “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good at this,” or “I’ll never be as good as that person,” you will sabotage your own efforts and eventually give up. Which means you’ll have a 0 percent chance of achieving your goal.

Make a promise to yourself, from this moment forward, no negative thoughts from your mind.

Here is a great tool you can use to help you do that. Imagine your negative thoughts as little flies or mosquitoes that have come to distract you. Good, now imagine you have a flyswatter in your mind that will swat and flick them away from your mind.

You’ll be surprised at how easy it can be, once you get in the habit of identifying and swatting away those negative thoughts.

Stay focused on the positive and keep swatting those negatives away.

Your Mistakes Will Make You Smarter

NEWS FLASH… there will be times when you’ll make mistakes and fall to the ground. The key is to persevere and get back up again.

How you do this is having the mindset that you know you will fail and make a mistake, but you will not allow yourself to stay down and quit. By having a plan in your mind already that you will get back up again when that mistake or failure takes place.

What I do to help me is learn from my mistake or failure. I do an “autopsy” on the situation and look at where I messed up. At times I will talk to Tracye about it, especially if I can not put a finger on the issue. By doing these autopsies, I learn what not to do if faced with that situation again.

Failures are the greatest teachers for success.

This way, you won’t be too hard on yourself when you make mistakes and get down on yourself to the point that you lose your motivation to keep striving.

Having a constructive and forgiving attitude toward mistakes will help you heal faster and will allow you to use the experience to re-focus and refine your approach.

Let the Haters/Bozos Fuel Your Desire

As you work toward your goal, you will run into people who do not want to see you succeed. I call these people “haters” and “Bozos.”

Here is phrase I want you to learn… “Don’t let the Bozos grind you down.”

I have no idea why these sort of people come out of the woodwork, but they do. Maybe they’re jealous, maybe they’re mean-spirited, or maybe they don’t have anything better to do. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter… Don’t Let The Bozos Grind You Down.

I apply this rule big time when it comes to social media, heaven knows how many people just want to hate on you because of what you do or say.

If someone comes along and they are one of these drama queen bozos, then what I do is instantly block that person. I don’t think twice and debate myself. I instantly block.

If a person is being negative, like the negative thoughts, I swat them with that block button and POOF… they are out of my life.

NOW, when people tell you that you can’t do something, I know at times it can help  strengthens my resolve to go out and do it.

“You said what? Oh no you didn’t” and you go after it like the Energizer Bunny.

Turn Up The Radio

Music has amazing power to shape our emotions and therefore our actions. If you discount its impact, you will miss out on a tool that has helped generations of people overcome the toughest of challenges and persevere in spite of real danger.

One of the ways that I do that is by listening to KSBJ over the internet. It is our local Christian contemporary radio station.

LISTEN HERE >>> http://www.ksbj.com

Music is a great motivator. Music can unite people and help them believe in something even when all hope seems lost.

Use that power to help you on your own journey. Remember that the tone, tempo, and lyrics of whatever song you’re listening to will influence your mood, so pick one that embodies the emotion you want to have.

There’s no shortage of inspiring music — find your favorite songs that make you feel upbeat and confident, and listen to them when the wind is not so much in your sails or when you’re in need of an emotional or spiritual pick-me-up.

Conclusion

Tracye and I want to help more people. We have so much knowledge, information and experience and we want to make a difference in people’s life.

It is funny how much worthless information is in my head.

IN FACT…

My hat is old
My teeth are gold
I have a bird I like to hold
My shoe is off
My foot is cold
My shoe is off
I have a bird I like to hold
My teeth are gold
My hat is old
And now my story is all told.

Yeah, my first ever poem I learned in first grade and I still remember it to this day.

NOW, if you can tell me who authored that poem and an extra bonus point to you if you can name the book.

And here is some insight, you just smiled because you know the author and the book and I helped bring a little joy to you in your life right now.

That is what Tracye and I want to do, help bring joy in people’s lives with all the information and knowledge that we have.

So, how can we share our experiences with you and help better your life?

Think about it and get back with me.

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The Pitfalls of Compartmentalizing

By Ray Gano

As many of you know, I come from a security / investigative background. When I research, I conduct it like one would conduct an investigation.

I am one who constantly digs for the truth.

Recently in my investigations of doctrinal ideas, the Christian walk, etc, I have discovered that somewhere along the line we stopped looking at things as a whole and started to compartmentalize.

Some of you may be asking, what is so wrong with this?

In today’s hectic fast paced world, compartmentalizing one’s life helps one deal with so much that is thrown at them. Many of us have learned to live this way for the sake of self-preservation in this crazy world.

The problem is that living a compartmental life is a pitfall.

What is Compartmentalization?

We all know what a compartment is.

It is commonly defined as a space in which that space is then subdivided.

Looking at it another way is to think of your home as a floor plan.

Look at your bedroom. It is a compartment, where you sleep, the kitchen, another compartment, is where you cook and eat, the bathroom is another compartment where you bath and go to the bathroom.

Due to our fast-paced world, we humans have a tendency to compartmentalize things in our life so that we can control them better, deal with the stress and other issues that come with what the world doles out.

In doing this we provide a way that seems “reasonable” to us so that we can then interact with the world.

When we are at our job, we act one way. When we are with friends, we act another way. With family we act another way, etc, etc.

In many cases we have learned to adapt to our environment and then assert certain values, attitudes, beliefs, and language depending upon which compartment we may be in at that time.

And that is the pitfall.

Be Ye Holy

Scripture says…

1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

See maintaining one compartment of our life as “holy” does not render our whole life as holy.
If one compartment of our life is “unholy” then the whole of our life is unholy before God.

Wow Ray, that is hard.

Yes it is. It is something that I believe that all of us deal with, myself included.

The more we compartmentalize the more we lie to ourselves thinking we are doing a great job.

That is the pitfall of compartmentalizing one’s life.

Compartmentalizing creates hypocrisy because in one compartment we live a holy life, yet in another compartment we may live like hell.

When we compartmentalize, we are able to rationalize and justify our actions. That is because we are not living at that moment in the “holy” compartment.

Instead we are living in the “who cares, live like hell” compartment.

Here is a great example of a compartmental life that I think you can relate with.

It is Sunday morning before church. If you have kids, you know exactly where I am going. The morning is hectic, the kids are raising cain, you can’t find your tie, your wife is trying to get dressed, made up, hair done. Kids are fighting over the prize in the cereal box and all this time you need to head out the door.

You get out the door and kids are fighting in the car. You scream at them to shut up, daughter starts crying because you yelled. Wife yells at you because you lost it and by this time you are approaching the church parking lot.

As soon as you pull in, you shift into your “going to church” compartment. You calm down, life is good, push back the frustration, etc etc.

If does not matter that WWIII was taking place in your home 30 minutes earlier. You are now in another compartment and life is good.

This is just an example of the hypocrisy of trying to live a compartmentalized life. One moment you are a complete jerk, another you are that “man of God” that everyone loves.

Add to this the “get drunk on Friday night” compartment, “join the guys from work and go to Hooters” compartment, “swearing like a sailor” compartment, and the list goes on.

Do you see how easy it is to fall into hypocrisy?

Here is the kicker.

I think it is safe to say that when we are completely honest with ourselves, all of us can admit that we live a compartmentalized life in one form or another.

NOW…. If we are living like this, compartmentalizing sin and our Christian walk, what does it make us?

Hypocrites.

But that is not all and this is why compartmentalizing our lives is a pitfall.

Because we have compartmentalized so much, we have made God’s compartment smaller and smaller.

In fact, we get His compartment so small that after a while we start asking God “why He isn’t in our lives anymore?”

We start questioning Him, and doubting him, etc.

What we forget is that God never left us. We have made His compartment so small that we no longer have any fellowship with Him.

Out of this lack of fellowship with God rises no longer needing God in our lives. We start standing on our own, and “doing it my way.”

Pride moves in, the heart become more and more hardened and we continue to compartmentalize God right out of the picture.

By this time, we get to this point we are fully backslidden and wallowing in the muck and mire of the world.

Getting Back to God

You have been living a compartmental life now for a while. Life is not good. There is that special place in your heart that has a void.

Then it happens.

It is about 3:00 AM in the morning when the world is quiet, and we wake to a still small voice.

It is the Holy Spirit talking to us.

We can do one of two things. Ignore it, which is another form of compartmentalizing.

Or we can pay attention to His still, small, convicting voice and start digging through all those compartments trying to come into fellowship with Him once again.

You are wide awake, and it becomes a moment in your life where you start asking yourself…

“Why did you do this, why did you leave God?”

You then talk to God…

“God, why did I compartmentalize you out of my life? Please forgive me and please let’s have fellowship once again.”

If We Confess Our Sins

It is at that moment that we realize that we have compartmentalized Him out of our lives. It is also at that time when we realize that we need to confess our sins to Him and re-establish that fellowship.

I love 1 John 1, in verses 6- 9 it deals with the pitfalls of compartmentalizing as well as gives us the solution.

Please note my comments in the brackets.

1John 1:6-9 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: — (This is us compartmentalizing, justifying, rationalizing, etc)

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. — (This is how we are to live)

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. — (This is the result of us compartmentalizing, justifying, rationalizing, etc)

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. — (This is the solution to compartmentalizing)

Once we have been forgiven of our sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness, the compartmentalization that we have been putting ourselves through seem to disappear.

That is till we start compartmentalizing again.

How To Not Go Down The Compartmentalizing Path

1 John 1:6-9 gives us a good idea, but there is more that we need to do. Otherwise what happens is that we start living a roller coaster life of sinning like hell, then repenting, then sinning, and then repenting.

Living a miserable life like that is not what the Lord had in store for us.

To stop living this sort of depressing un-victorious life we need to do one thing.

That is to fully submit to God.

We need to submit to Him, His ways and His Word. But we do not like this, we like to rebel.

When we compartmentalize, we start thinking on our own, start standing on our own, start doing things on our own. There is no submission.
We compartmentalize so that we can deal with sin that we want to live in, and the guilt and stress of living in it.

Yes, there are things that we do not want to do. We do things like yelling at the spouse and kids, looking at things you should not be looking at, doing things you should not be doing is all the outcome of compartmentalizing.

The answer is to fully submit to Him and live our lives like an open book before Him and others. It is God, not us, that starts to guide us and direct us. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

What is wonderful is that He takes care of those things that we had to compartmentalize.
Just so you know, we compartmentalized so that we are able to deal with the world as well as the stress and guilt that comes along with that.

Now I am not talking about living a life where you are tempting God. For example not showing up to work and thinking God will magically have all the bills paid and food on the table. We need to live in accordance to His Word.

Depending on Him fully is not living a life looking through rose colored glasses or having your head in the sand.

When we submit to Him fully, we open those doors of fellowship and we come just as we are. The stress and guilt are gone.

How Do We Fellowship?

We need to spend time talking to God. I know that during my day I talk to God often. It is kind of like when I am talking to Tracye. I just talk to Him and let Him know what is going on or I ask for His favor.

For example these past few weeks have been time consuming and I have not been able to write an article. This morning I asked God to help with this and give me an article that would help people. You are reading that answer to prayer right now.

Prayer works.

We need more time in His Word. If you really want to hear the voice of God, read His Word.

When you read the bible, you are literally letting the voice of God into your mind.

I am reminded of Romans 21:2

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
How we are transformed into a person who submits to Him is by the renewing of our mind. We do that by reading His Word so that His Word is in our mind.

The Holy Spirit authored the Scriptures to be read and understood. He delights in making himself known to us through his Word.

Scripture says…

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

Right there is a great promise. That the Holy Spirit will teach us but more than that, He will help us to remember those things that we have read in His Word when the time comes where it is needed.

Have you ever been talking to someone about the Lord and you are able to quote a verse out of the blue and not know where it came from?

That is because at some point you read that in His Word and it became a part of you. The Holy Spirit brought it back to you at that time and place.

Now, if you have not been reading much of your bible, you don’t have much to lean on for the Holy Spirit to help you remember.

This is why reading your bible is vitally important.

We need more time with other bible believing Christians.

Scripture says…

Hebrews 10:25a Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…

We need fellowship with others because if we do not have this, we stagnate. Like a pond that is sitting with no fresh water coming in, it will soon stagnate and become poisonous.

Our Christian walk will do the same if we do not fellowship with others. When we stagnate, we compartmentalize. Then we start that process of justifying, rationalizing, etc etc all over again and God is compartmentalized right out of our lives again.

We need to stop compartmentalizing things in our lives. We need to learn to submit to Him fully. He has our best interest in mind.

We see what happens when we take control, we fail miserably.

Compartmentalizing is a pitfall that sometimes take a long time to come back from.

Submit to Him today and discover His still small voice again.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.