Receiving Christ is the single most powerful life changing event you will ever have happen to you, and just to be clear, the one thing that will bring tangible warfare into your life like nothing else will.
Getting “saved” has literally taken me from having no identity, no purpose and no power to helping me pioneer a significant life that impacts people for the kingdom globally. However, learning how to use my identity in Christ to pioneer my highest purpose, has been a process that I had to put into place step-by-step. And it was a tremendous amount of work because I had no one to follow model wise.
I had to discipline myself out of desperation, get up a 5am in the morning with 4 babies despite how I tired I was and read the word of God and books that would help me understand how to get free from the mindsets that I had learned from the world. I learned how to take myself through deliverance essentially which now looking back on was a true gift. However, I also coupled that with teams.
In my youth, I began with 15 years of girl-scouting which taught me how to push past my own discomfort and work with other women to accomplish a goal. I traveled all over the US hiking and canoeing as our troop was sponsored by Eastern Airlines. This really set a template in my life for deep friendships in groups despite my own sabotaging behavior to hide who I was from others.
A crucial lesson I have learned through my 35 now years of being part of successful teams is at the end of the day, finding the right spiritual DNA in a group is crucial to growing a bolder identity and then business. This is why the scripture says in Psalm 68 that God puts the isolated in family.
Being set in place in teams is the beginning of walking in true apostolic power which is yoke breaking and rooting leaders to make disciples.You may impact for a bit one on one, you may even have great results but you will never step into exponential multiplication and a weighty authority without a team behind you. If you think this is just a nice thought, than you are deceived.
You can ask even non Christian leaders about this and they will give their ability to team as a success principle. So, what kind of things should you look for from a leader of a team you are contemplating joining? Because trust me, I have been on successful teams and a couple that I look back on and just wish someone would have given me this information ahead.
The first and most critical thing to look for is what the mission of the team is and what results are they relaying they are going to help you achieve.
Now, people who are charismatic and great speakers can inspire you but when you join a team, you’re there for one reason. To accomplish a specific goal.
The purpose of a team is to start and finish something that has a bigger purpose than you can achieve alone whether it is in ministry or business. The biggest challenges come when people have not had good experiences with groups and leaders. This begins in your home of origin.
So in other words, if you haven’t learned to work together and submit to leaders that care about you in your own home so that they can help you achieve a significant identity….than guess what? Every team whether in business or ministry that you walk into is going to be your new test. It’s actually not supposed to be this way but because of the high statistics on divorce coupled with our disposable mindsets relationally, people have learned to take their ball home during identity defining tension that will RELEASE them into their actual vocational calling on top of their identity in Christ.
WHERE Most Christians Miss The Boat
Big sabotage: Joining churches and team where the leader has not learned how to be overcomer in area’s they FEAR. I have this conversation sadly once or twice a month. Your identity in Christ is to conform you to the image of Christ and equip you to walk in freedom and power that is DIFFERENT than the world. It is the STARTING point for SENDING.
So in other words, if you don’t learn how to overcome your weight, rejection, crappy attitudes with leaders, judgmental attitudes, perfectionism, hopelessness, depression, medicating during crisis points, etc and become an overcomer through your identity in Christ, you can FORGET doing the work to discover your calling, higher purpose and a profitable vocation that is going to fuel you in a significant way in the kingdom. This is why so many Christians have failed marriages, ministries and businesses partnerships. You can always start but a victimization mindset will keep you from FINISHING and EATING THE FRUIT OF YOUR LABOR.
So many people are preaching or teaching out of their intellect not their resurrection story with some kind of title like Pastor, Prophet, Apostle, Coach, Business leader, blah-blah but they haven’t had any significant sabotages they can share publicly that they have overcome, no team around them that has been in place LONGTERM (over ten, 15 years) that they are accountable to and they are asking for donations or investments to a vision that has no clear results with a time line attached. This is why we are to be FRUIT inspectors. This isn’t judgment, this is WISDOM.
My identity is not in my looks, my personality, my marriage, my finances, my parenting or my business success. I know how to be in lack and I know how to enjoy prosperity/fame without it owning me. It’s in Christ alone and overcoming every new challenge through his blood so that I can magnify the name of Christ through my weakness.
That is why I get results for people. I attack all new spiritual battles whether in business or my personal life with my identity in Christ and the areas that I have already learned to be an overcomer in. I simply remember who I AM in all adversity. I don’t have to strain, I don’t have to make any business opportunities happen, I can rest knowing all new tension is where he is sending me.
So what are the sabotages I see of people who can’t build new identities?
They bail during tension- When you begin to hope, expect, pray and do the work to grow a bigger identity, you’re going to get spiritual warfare that feels like all HELL IS BREAKING LOOSE. Satan doesn’t let go of territory easily in your life. He is great at teaming in the negative and has heirarchys of demonic spirits that work together (yes, demonic oppression is real and you can be a Christian and be oppressed) to cause you to quit before you can become rooted and grounded in spiritual family that will change you.
Here’s a few tips if you’re new to identity work:
- If you don’t have someone to pray with weekly and share your temptations and weaknesses you are not under Lordship. Find a prayer partner this week.
- Join a team~Never pass up opportunities to partner with people who are overcomers if they invite you to start and finish a big goal. You become who you hang around consistently.
- Actions I take daily to ensure I stay clear, bold and growing exponentially.
I block one hour of prayer a day at 5am
I block one hour of cardio a day.
I try and stay away from sugar, white flour and meat.
I block one to two hours a week for accountability and prayer with mature women of faith.
I say no to anything outside my vision I created at the beginning of the year without guilt.
I say yes to any invitations that will make me have to press through fear physically or emotionally.
Now, start with two on this list for a month and when you have that in place, add one more. Your life will be radically different in one year if you do this. You are an overcomer through the blood of Christ, now agree with WHO you are and get to work creating a powerful and impactful life.