Unlocking the Treasure in Your DNA

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During my quiet time with the Lord this morning, I heard Him say the following.  (I’m sharing because I  believe it applies to many of us in this season.)

  I’m unlocking treasures of inheritance that I’ve hidden deep within you that you didn’t even know you posessed.

  I will bring you to people and places that will act as keys in the unlocking process of those treasures.

  It will be impossible not to recognize these divine keys when you encounter them for they will cause your spirit to “buzz” or leap in a way you haven’t felt before.

  Don’t judge the key based on the natural looking package it comes in or you may be unknowingly missing out on the supernatural desires of your heart being fulfilled.

  You have delighted yourself in me and I want to give you the desires of your heart, but it is not merely your earthly heart’s desires I’m referring to right now, it’s your spiritual heart’s inheritance. 

  These are the desires that are buried so deep you might not even realize they exist but are like treasure boxes that I’ve built into your spiritual DNA.

 What is inside these boxes will cause great excitement and is meant to be shared with and to bless your family, community, the world. 

 The very opening of these boxes and seeing their contents will eradicate the effects of a lifetime filled with disappointment and hardship. You’re about to get a glimpse of the big picture and what the enemy has been trying to keep you from being able to receive.

Stay in My presence! Stay humble! Stay expectant!

Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

1 John 15:7 – If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Fully Alive in Christ

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This has been an intense season of introspection for many as they are called to navigate through things they would never have chosen for themselves. It’s been a time of going deeper into the things of God and allowing Him to highlight areas of our hearts that need His healing touch. As I was in prayer over the past two weeks I sensed Him showing me a glimpse into what He is doing in this season. He wants His kids to shine brightly and He is going after the things that dim that Light.

We get really good at compensating when an area is injured or not in a fully functioning state. I hear His heart desiring His kids to be fully healed, fully functioning, and fully alive to be and do all He’s called us into. I see Him with defibrillator paddles headed toward the lifeless places deep within our hearts. He is restoring those places back to His original design, back to life in Him!

Defensiveness

I realized in my own life that I had become really good at not being offensive to God, but I never pondered whether I was being defensive with Him. We associate being offensive with behavior or words coming out of us, it’s active. We associate being defensive with keeping ourselves safe which many times means not putting yourself into unknown situations. That is an inactive state. It’s a guarded state. We can be just as offensive in our inactivity as in our activities. We can be offensive in our defensiveness when we are unwilling or put off something God is calling us to do or say.

I realized that I was supposed to be fully dead to sin and alive to Christ and that meant all my protecting myself from the unknown had to die once and for all. Truth is I was already free but my soul needed completely shifted into that truth.  Isn’t it funny when we think we are dead and then He pushes on a spot and we feel it??? So when it says we are to be dead to sin that means even insecurity and fear of all kinds too! Sometimes we get so focused  on the death to sin that we don’t step into the alive in Christ! Have you ever seen a butterfly who wouldn’t fly because he had maintained the thoughts of a caterpillar and can’t imagine that he could ever fly? Jesus died to make us more than conquerors and if we are to be dead to self and alive in Christ than we need to take on ALL He is in ALL it’s glory!

Love Conquers Fear

He is dealing with fear in all forms. I’ve shared in videos before about how I was in professional ballet for eight years and by the end my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. I learned that if I do something well then it will be taken out of my hands and I will be in a situation that I don’t want to be in and end up feeling controlled. I had to break an inner vow about not doing anything I don’t feel like doing.  I learned to walk the fine line between not failing but not excelling either. I had perfected mediocrity because I thought that was the safest place to be. Now keep in mind this was all internal. Nobody but God knew this was in effect. He wanted me to completely dismantle this thought process as it was not in alignment with who I was in Christ.

Romans 6, 7, and 8 are my favorite chapters of the whole bible. The revelation of our co-crucifixion and co-resurrection with Christ is life changing. Paul had divine revelation I’m telling you. In 6:11 we are told that since we are joined with Him we must continually view ourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One (passion translation). 

I started to see that sin’s appeal for me was in my comfort level of what I would and wouldn’t say yes to. I had to be more in love with Him than I was fearful of people’s opinion of me. I had to learn to do because He asked me to do it, not because He guaranteed a desired outcome. If I fail then it’s for His glory, if I succeed then it’s for His glory. Not about me at all.

God started speaking to me that He was a good Father and there is nowhere I go that He isn’t with me. If He is with me…I’m never alone. I had to learn to speak truth to my emotions whenever I felt alone. I had to learn not only that He was with me, but He is in me. From the moment I made Jesus Lord of my life, I died. I became a new creation in that moment.  We walk out that truth by renewing our minds in the Word. We are called to put on Christ and that isn’t only to keep you from doing wrong things, but also to propel you forward as a force to be reckoned with into this world. He isn’t only my love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control. He is my passion, zeal, perseverance, courage, boldness, persistence, confidence, and my excellence.

He is making our defenses offensive FOR HIM and FOR HIS GLORY! He is bringing truth into who we are in Him in it’s fullness! He is turning insecurity into security, timidity into courageousness, procrastination into motivation, invisibility into a willingness to be seen, fear of the unknown into reckless abandoned faith in Him and His goodness!

Love Him whole heartedly with a fierce obedience, lay down your defenses before Him and allow Him to build those weak places into the places where His glory shines through brilliantly!! Instead of desiring to be invisible out of fear, He desires to make us disappear on the stage of this world so He can be clearly seen!

 

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Let Freedom be Your Testimony

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We went to the beach last week with friends and two of them had acquired a fear of the ocean at different points of their lives. One had not been in the ocean since the time they were seven. I could have talked about how silly it was to have this fear, but I didn’t.  I would never want someone to do that with a fear of mine.  What I chose to do without even thinking about it was to fully enjoy the ocean myself. We were jumping, floating, and diving into the waves and having a blast.

This is when the MOST AMAZING THING HAPPENED!

One of my friends was watching how much fun we were having and said they wanted to try it and out they went full of a determined boldness that wasn’t there before. They looked like a young child jumping and dancing in the rain!  The cool thing is this inspired another one of our friends to venture into the water also. Same thing happened! They were laughing and there was a childlike joy coupled with the sense of accomplishment over not allowing  fear to hinder fun any longer! There was quite a victory that day!

When we love people in our lives, we long to see them free in all areas. That’s part of love. We sometimes use really ineffective ways of bringing that freedom.

Sometimes we point out their areas of bondage as if they aren’t aware of them which doesn’t usually work and instead brings more guilt and condemnation instead of freedom.  Sometimes we make fun of the bondage to try to help them see how silly it is. The thing is, it’s not silly to them and you will end up insulting them along the way.   Sometimes we try to cater to their areas of bondage thinking we are being compassionate and loving, that just reinforces the strongholds.

We all have blind spots, or strongholds, that others can see quite clearly.  Our blind spots are just in different areas than theirs. Sometimes we can actually bond over common blind spots (fears) which can be quite strong but isn’t healthy at all.  We must be compassionate in our relating without enabling the blind spot.We don’t want the glue that holds a relationship together to be a mutual fear. We must have freedom be the ultimate goal for everyone we love.

Sometimes the most powerful way of bringing freedom is by simply being an example of what that freedom looks like in that area. People will desire the freedom you have when they see it in it’s full glory. They see what it looks, sounds, and feels like and it’s captivating for them.

2 Corinth 3:17- Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Don’t underestimate the moments of play, fun, and laughter. He is in the middle of it and if His spirit if there then more freedom is the byproduct. I believe in the days to come many battles for healing and freedom will be won through laughter and the joy of the Lord.

2 Tim 1:7- For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.

I love this scripture! So if what you are thinking or believing is not bringing more power, love, or a sound mind in your life…..lose it! Get together with people you love and draw on the Holy Spirit to increase these qualities in the areas needed. You don’t need to strive for this, it will just happen by being around others who are walking in power, love, and a sound mind. There is a cross pollination that naturally happens and we become more and more like Jesus! We need each other!

When you live free you will inspire others to live free in the areas you have freedom in and they will inspire you too! Let’s make freedom from fear contagious!! Spread it to everyone you meet!