This week, I am taking time out from the soul-healing series to share an exciting new teaching. Right up front, I want you to know it will challenge you. When I first received the inspiration to study and write about this, I had to deal with some beliefs I have held for a very long time. I talk about the process in a short video here, if you want to see more.
Okay, fasten your seat belt.
Most of my life, I was angry. Even as a little kid I was stubborn and rebellious. As you probably know, my decisions landed me in federal prison. There, I frequently picked fights and spent a lot of time in solitary confinement. Even after I accepted Jesus into my life, my anger frequently controlled me. This made me feel condemned and “damaged”. It seemed contrary to the biblical promises of joy and peace. What was wrong? How can I fix “me”?
At the same time, I seemed to be constantly battling some sort of affliction. I could list them, but take my word; it was one thing after another after another. I began to wonder if my attitude problems were facilitating the sicknesses and vice versa.
Then, someone I respected a lot suggested I had a character bent. This was a new concept for me, so I began studying the bible for evidence. In Genesis 6:4-5, it says giants, the mighty men, appeared on earth and something happened to bend men’s hearts toward evil. I asked the Lord for an example of someone with a “heart bent toward evil”. Right away, He gave me “King Saul”.
It turns out, Saul and I had a few things in common. He was rebellious too. In 1st Samuel 15, we read where he rejected the instruction of the Lord when he refused to kill King Agag and kept the best of the Amalekite’s herds, even though he had been commanded by God to destroy them.
God regretted allowing Saul to become king of Israel and sent Samuel to deal with him. Samuel confronted the negative character bents that controlled Saul’s soul and had prevented him from simply obeying God. Samuel said to him, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as idolatry,” (v.23).
God equates rebellion with witchcraft and stubbornness with idolatry. Not good.
So, where did Saul get these negative character bents? From his father, I believe. In 1st Samuel 1:9 we learn Saul’s father was named Kish and was described there as “a mighty man.” This is the same description used in Genesis 6. When I looked up “Kish” in Strong’s Concordance, it meant “bent”!
Further study convinced me Saul actually came from a bloodline of mighty men. He is described as taller than the men of his day. He was a physically imposing man.
This revelation proved to be a game-changer for my life. All this time, I had tried and failed to correct something that was beyond my ability to correct. That led me to feel like a disappointment and a failure, which made me depressed and unhappy. It was a miserable cycle.
Now that I understood the problem, I could go to the root of it. I could apply the blood of Jesus and dunamis and be rid of it forever! After doing so, for the first time in my life, I walked in peace and freedom.
Character bents plague us and facilitate the acts that lead to death and destruction in our lives! Yet, the blood washes our conscience clean, so we can freely serve the living God! We can finally enjoy the “peace that passes all understanding”.
My purpose in sharing this with you this week is to simply introduce you to this vast and intriguing concept. It is so vast; in fact, I am covering it in three separate teachings. The first, called Bent 1: Slaying the Giants in Your Soul, is available now here. It includes a soaking disk that will help you get into the presence of God and deal with the bents in your character.
I plan to teach this subject in a interactive live stream on Thursday, October 27. Click here for more info. If you are reading this after that date, don’t worry, we archive all web events here and it costs you nothing to view them over and over.
Jesus is so amazing! Through His sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, He made sure you could be healed of every negative character BENT that defeats any GIANT that would come against your life.
Big Love, Katie