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DNA for Destiny

“…I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph 3:14-15). One of the characteristics of a family is natural blood and the uniqueness of something called DNA. Its what makes the blue eyes; blue, and the brown hair; brown, in each unique family unit. One family might have several tall children and anyone from the outside can say, “I see that you reflect your Daddy’s genes”.

There is a spiritual equivalent to DNA. Being birthed by the Spirit of God into Christ implants the spiritual DNA of God into our blood line as New Creatures.

This Kingdom “blood transfusion” does more than just transform our behavior… it gives us a new name and a real identity with the Father.

Its the family blood line of God by the Spirit of Adoption. By the Holy Spirit, the very life of Christ carrying the spiritual DNA of Father abides within us as true sons. This reality is what the Apostle Paul is hinting at when he says “the family… is named”.

Think about this for a moment… to be “named” is not a simple task. It actually carries our identity… our sense of connectedness to “family”, father & mother and our relational confidence. Who are we really? As parents we name our children before we know them… at the moments just after their birth we look into our family blood line and we pull from our history a name that tells a story. My daughter was named after her grandmother and we had no real desire to change that name simply because she is now taller than her grandmother… its something deeper. Its her connection to our blood… we “named” her.

God has by new birth changed our name and “named” us with His family identity. As His child I am priviledged to carry the name He has given me and reflect all the purpose He has destined for me. The life is in the blood… and its the blood that gives me His name.

Seeing Harvest

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”  (Mt 5:6)

Some things are only discovered by the truly desperate. Those who hunger and thirst, who display their need and recognize there is just no substitute for a right relationship with God… those are the people that find God’s fullness. They become satisfied spiritually; in the inner parts of their being, because God responds to their seeking heart.

Seeing vulnerability:

Coming from a perspective that sees vulnerability as a Kingdom value; I have found the experience of getting to know my friends from Central and East Africa, a pure delight. One reason is, that they never seem to hide their hunger for relationship. They desire to be fathered and love to feel the encouragement of somebody they believe will release blessing over them.

There are so many tribes across East Africa and so much diversity, yet the hunger and thirst of this region compels me to draw closer to its culture, its people and its heartbeat. I enjoy the opportunity to look into their eyes.  They seem to want what I have to sow into their hearts. They want to feel the nurturing Presence of God, transforming their lives into fruitful harvest fields.

Jesus said, “…lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (Jn 4:35)

Seeing harvest is more about the way the field draws our attention than our great farming skill. Did you catch what Jesus said, “…they are white already to harvest.” When a field is white and ready to harvest, it is so incredibly attractive to God. Jesus tells us to lift up our eyes and see what God sees and to see how God sees. We are supposed to feel God’s invitation to partner in the harvest. It is part of the DNA of Kingdom People, who share the same heartbeat of the Father.

Seeing what He sees:

From day one, this has been an easy task for me. Having an orphan beginning helps me relate to one of their greatest struggles. They are today feeling the overwhelming burden of a culture that has been touched deeply by HIV Aids. Orphans are part of the landscape.

Pastors have made several comments about the need for me to visit his orphan care facilities and his ministry in the slums. These are leaders who have been listening to the cry of the hungry and thirsty people around them. It is my joy to partner with them to share some of their burden for a short time.

Thank You, Father – I wouldn’t want to have missed this sight.

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world” (James 1:27)

Be Different

This short teaching was sent to me by one of our pastors in Nairobi, Kenya and I wanted to pass it along. Perhaps it will encourage you today as you ponder your position before others. God has made each of us unique in our ministries… based upon more than just skills. You are anointed for greatness as a Kingdom Agent in the Earth – so allow yourself to experience the peace of God as the “blessing” God has called you to be.

  • Joseph was a wonderful model of realizing destiny in a world of identity confusion! Although he had experienced some wounds from rejection and false accusation, he was able to find God’s destiny through his unique journey. Joseph said, “God sent me before you (speaking to his brothers) to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharoah and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Gen. 45:7-8)
  • Daniel was a powerful example of character when everyone else looks to conform to the world. The Bible says, “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Dan. 1:8)

Thank you, Apostle Patrick Makokha. I am proud to be your friend in ministry!

Remind Yourself: There is a Special Person Inside You!

A. Joseph & Daniel were different: If you read their stories, it is easy to see that they stood out from others in the crowd because of their commitment to God. Their character and in their communication were keys in opening the doors of destiny for the future. Although they were often misunderstood, or even hated at times; they discovered God’s heart!

B. Being different is socially unacceptable: The secret to popularity is conformity. The world tells us that to get along, you must go along. This is the siren cry of the world. Everyone wants to fit in, everyone wants to be accepted.

C. Being different is OK: While the world calls us to conform, the Bible gives us a far different message. The Bible warns us against conformity! “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:1-2). This passage literally means, “Do not let the world press you into its mold.”

D. Be different, because you are different: The main reason why you should be different is because you are special and uniquely formed in your mother’s womb. God made you an individual, with your own DNA; and you do not have to conform to the crowd. There are those who aim to please whatever crowd they get around. They worship with the saints and they grovel with the sinners. This ought not be so! Think of Daniel, at the age of 17, he took a stand that was the equivalent to social suicide. He chose to be different. As a result, God was able to bless his life and get great glory from Daniel.

E. Recognize your anointing in Christ: Its the anointing that will break you free from ruts, niches and molds. These are the traps the devil lays to contain your unique anointing (Isa. 10:27). The only person you have to please is the Lord! If you are living your life in a manner that brings pleasure to our Heavenly Father, you will become great in the Kingdom of God. Remind yourself of this truth often and stay loyal to who God has designed you to be. God has His eye upon the loyal heart and His goal is to show up strong on their behalf.

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” (2 Chron. 16:9)

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