We knew that moving from Anaheim, California to Spartanburg, South Carolina would involve a significant shift in our emotional and spiritual dynamics. That, after all, was one of the reasons we moved.
There would still be critters and strongholds, but I was ready to swap the California critters for a new breed. Variety energizes me.
I reviewed what I knew about the Teacher gift (Spartanburg) and the Prophet gift (South Carolina) but the theoretical exercise in my recliner did little to prepare me for the reality.
My first surprise when I got here was the way the religious spirt colored spiritual legitimacy. Here, too many people express their legitimacy as a function of their association. Specifically, they are legitimate because they belong to this church, or sit under that pastor or have received ministry from some big name.
When I try to turn the conversation to their personal journey, they are amazingly slippery, defaulting back to the group they are a part of. If they have some tenuous association with a seemingly legitimate organization, they are, by default, fully legitimate!
So when we flip this around, the people who will be the most effective here are those who have their legitimacy deeply rooted in their design and God’s pleasure in their design.
I am learning to drill down on the design/joy issue much more intentionally here as a strategy for strengthening my spiritual authority on the legitimacy side.
The other surprise was the shift in deliverance. I have not done much since I have been here since I have mostly been busy with very mundane tasks, (I got the exhaust leak on my truck fixed recently).
But on the occasions when I have been on the phone with someone, working through their story and their critters, God has tamped down my propensity to weave together principles in an authority-based confrontation with critters. Instead He has had me default to power. Repeatedly.
I pondered that and considered his varied forays into Jerusalem (also a Teacher city) and saw that He used power as a strategy against the theological obdurance of the religious leaders.
Apparently, the strategy has not changed in 2,000 years.
What is fascinating to me is how meticulously God has prepared me to have spiritual authority here. The legitimacy discussion has been going on for 20 years. And about three years ago He pushed me to move from exclusively the authority model to the power model of deliverance.
I love the God Who Plans Ahead.
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