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 book, Joyful 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:
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!
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