The Instead and Upgrade Wheel: Part 2 of 2

Written by on December 7, 2015

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For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

In Part 1, I felt hurt and angry following a couple of conversations with a leader of a prayer group. I journaled the lies I believed were fueling my anger.

Then Co-Co said, “We’re going to draw a wheel. Only it’s not an ordinary wheel.  It’s a supernatural wheel.  And this is how we’ll draw it.”

I’m a member of Graham Cooke’s intercessory team, The Warrior Class, led by Allison Bown. (Read my post about her brilliant bookJoyful Intentionality, here.) I’m a Freedom Fighter. Graham’s and Allison’s game-changing messages were, and are, deeply impactful for me. They have taught me to expect and track God’s prevailing purposes.

Co-Co told me to draw a wheel with eight segments, a pie chart of sorts. On the inside of each slice, I wrote an “instead,” a God-truth He was offering in place of each lie. For example, He took the lie, “I should quit,” and swapped it out for “perseverance.” Next, Co-Co asked me to write a corresponding upgrade. Along with the instead of “perseverance,” He gave me an upgrade: marathoner shoes. That went on the outside of the wheel.

When I was finished, it looked like this:Instead & Upgrade Wheel (1) completed

A week passed. “I still don’t have peace in my heart,” I told Co-Co.

“There are more lies to process,” He replied. “Let’s make a couple more wheels.”

So I wrote out another list of lies. And then another. It felt good to get in contact with my feelings, name them, and get them onto journal pages.

It took me a few weeks to complete the wheels. Why? Because when the circumstances were up-close, I needed time to gain perspective, to think and to pray things through. Along the way, I asked myself, What if the lies apply to me as a leader? I don’t live consistently in freedom. Ouch.

But I stuck with it. And then an aha! moment: every lie and inconsistency was connected with a promise or prophecy for growth and freedom! Through this, God told me I was already living free.

I took inventory. There on my journal pages were twenty-four insteads and twenty-four upgrades! I was overwhelmed with emotion. What gifts, Lord!”

And then my eyebrows scrunched together. What circumstances led to these upgrades? My eyebrows shot up. Oh, yeah! That conference. I looked at Jesus. He was excited that I saw this as an opportunity to make a choice. I didn’t have to succumb to the enemy’s lies. I could choose to see through Christ’s eyes and seek His exchange. Maturity lay in setting aside pride, silencing the negative self-talk in my head and butterflies in my stomach, and partnering with the Holy Spirit to make a blank space. And the blank space?  That’s where Jesus  made His deposits. Yahoo!

I encourage you to print out this Instead/Upgrade wheel. What are the lies? List them. What insteads and upgrades is the Lord giving you in exchange?  Fill them in. Then share them with a friend!

Friend, what shift happens in our hearts and self-talk when we identify lies, insteads and upgrades? Fill out the Instead and Upgrade Wheel and email me with your story at:

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  1. Charles   On   December 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Lynn. Good truths, great applications. I just now read wheel part 1 & 2. I am so far behind with emails. Having a computer that crashed didn’t help either. I’m glad I started with your blog first. Blessings, Charles

  2. Bonnie Keller   On   December 22, 2015 at 5:53 am

    A friend had given me a book-
    What to Say When You Talk to Yourself-by Shad Helmstettter,Ph.D.
    It talks about how to program your mind with positive affirmations. You give yourself the kind, loving, determined support you would give to your best friend. Jesus called us Friends….
    I find all the self help books out there can all be found in the Bible. You can find yourself there. The Bible stands for B-BASIC, I- INSTRUCTION, B- BEFORE , L-LEAVING, E- EARTH. ( Someone made this up, but it fits…)

    • Lynn Hare   On   December 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Bonnie, I absolutely LOVE that. I think Jesus speaks His affirmations over us every day. How fantastic that Shad wrote all about them. I love you!!!

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