Fight the good fight of Faith
Formulate your battle plan!
What is and why have a "War Binder"?
The movie "War Room" (Trailer) was my first look at being strategic in prayer. We should take our authority to interceed for others seriously. We should be intentional in prayer, but not so strict in procedure we are not open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Having a war binder keeps you focused and is a central place to keep track of visions, prophecies, testimonies, bible studies, prayers, and scriptures.
So you never forget:
- who the real enemy is
- the One in whom you hope lies
- your real need and dependencies are
- the record of how God responds
I had some lessons to learn and some things to get resolved in my heart before I was ready to move into this kind of faith. Without faith none of this works! It has been a journey of its own.
I am showing you how "I" put my war binder together. You may want just a notebook or journal and that's ok. Or you may have walls decorated with prayers, promises and testimonies. There are a plethora of videos on YouTube regarding faith planners. All different shapes and sizes and colors. In the end I chose the because of its versatity and wide selection of products available. It allows you to be as creative as you want to be. All the stickers and stuff at first just through me. But I really liked all the colors and decorations. It made me want to open the binder and use it. I was also finding my creative side that had been buried. I am learning to be me!
This is the video that really spoke to me. My Prayer Binder: Flip Through and Thoughts. Warning, it is quite lengthy detailing her style of imbelishment, but how she lays out her process is fantastic. I started out doing exactly what she did organizationally and even bought the book, Powerful Prayers in the War Room by Daniel Lancaster. Lots of good information and scripture. The daily thing, just did'nt work for me. I have evolved into the sections listed below. I just lived with it for a while, found I love having the scriture handy and being able to re-read what God has done in the past. A book of remembrance!
This is a living document, as I learn new things I add new lessons learned or subtract things that are not working. Such as now I am reading the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer and adding strategic prayers and dating them. The testimony section shall now become full with answered prayers. Because God always answers!
Psalms 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
I am not that tidious of a crafter, things don't have to line up or match. Yet! But, I am learning! Also, I do not have a color printer so that makes a lot of my pages kinda boring. But still very functional. Actually that's not true, I have a color printer just can't afford the ink. Again, yet! You gotta "JUST START" where you are! Right!
The definition of organization to me is being able to find what you need, when you need it. Simple! No elabrate systems that you need to conform to, just think about what you want to accomplish and design a home for all the objects you will need for the objective. I subscribe to the kindegarden model of orgainization described in Julie Morgenstern's book: Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System For Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life. If you are having trouble in this area, I highly recommend you read this book!
- Evertthing has a "home"!
- Everything fits into proper storage!
- Everything is labeled!
- Time is spent everyday to return items to their homes!
- Everyone works together to maintain the space!
- Arts and Crafts
"The room is divided into activity zones: Reading zone, Dress-up zone, Arts & Crafts zone, Music zone, Snack zone.
It’s easy to focus on one activity at a time. With each zone well defined and fully self-contained, you can concentrate 100 percent on a given task; nothing else competes for your attention.
Items are stored at their point of use, with everything needed for each activity at your fingertips. For example, when doing arts and crafts, all the paper, crayons, markers, paints, brushes, and smocks needed for a creative session are gathered in one convenient location.
It’s almost as much fun putting things away as it is playing with them. That’s because every item has a clear, well labeled home in a container that is the perfect size to hold it. Sliding trays for puzzles. Wooden blocks with holes for scissors (nose down, handles up. Consequently, you seldom see a kindergartner trying to figure out where to return something or struggling to shove fifty paintbrushes into a twenty-five-brush container. Cleanup is fast and easy."
So just like a room I divide my planner into zones or sections.
If I need to pray for provision, I know right where to go.
If I need to remind myself how "Sowing and Reaping" works, I know right where to go.
Below are the sections I have in my war binder.
I did not come up with all this in one day, not even in one year. It is a living document and changes as my perpective changes. As God brings revelation, wisdom and spiritual understanding. I record it so I don't forget!
- Start Here Praying the Temple Prayer with Pastor Cho
- The Gate - Thanksgiving
- The Brazen Alter - Repentance
- The Laver of Water - Washing of the water of the Word
- The Five Pillars - Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6)
- The Golden Candlestick - Anointing of the Holy Ghost
- The Table of Shewbread - Bread of Life
- The Golden Altar of Incense - Worship and Intercession
- The Veil - The Flesh of Jesus
- The Holy of Holies - Only the blood gives us access to the Holy of Holies
- Names of God
- Nature of God
- The Blood/Communion
- What Jesus did on the cross?
- My rights/inheritance as a Child of God
- Testimony of the "Power of the Seed"
- Seeds sowed that I am expecting a harvest.
- Family and Friends
- Body of Christ
- My church and Pastor
- Widows and Orphans
- The poor
- The lost
- Those who God has placed in my path
I will be doing a video of a walk through of my binder very shortly.
Happy Planner Classic size. Paper size 7x9.25". I have not found a cheaper way to add paper to this binder as of yet. So I have a wide variety of papers styles, based on what was on sale at the time. They do change up their packages once in a while.
This is my "Scriptures" section This is a page I go to almost every night. (I pray at night) I love that prayer! It is praying for Knowledge of God, Wisdom and Revelation based on Ephesians 1:17-21 and Ephesians 3:14-19 on the left and Collosians 1:9 and Psalms 91 on the right.
This is my "Seed Faith" section, it includes my testimony of God teaching me sowing and reaping His way. There is lots of scripture in this section. Also, pages where I keep track of my seeds sown and I pray certain scriptures over them.
Lots more to come!
Steps to Purpose
- About Me - My testimony of how God revealed to me my purpose.
- Prayer - Everything begins with prayer.
- Questions - Need more help here are some questions to get you thinking...
- War Binder - Fighting the good fight of faith takes organization.
- The Plan - Next, let's get a plan.
- Planning Binder - Implementing the plan.
- Growing in God - Growing Up in the Lord.
- Discipleship - Teach the Kingdom, share with others.