Earlier this year, God gave me the tagline, #ChildBrideWarrior, to be used on all the social media for the ministry. Each word is simple but filled with so much power, hope and truth!
This phrase depicts how God sees us and how He longs for us to operate from these core truths. The dynamics of how we see ourselves and how we handle various trials and difficulties stem directly from our core.
Do we believe we are a child of God? “Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God…” (NKJV – 1 John 3:1). When we see ourselves as a child of the Living God, it changes the dynamics of how we approach our circumstances. Too often, we get stuck in a rut. We allow our circumstances and/or situations to define us, making us believe we are defeated, unworthy, helpless and unacceptable. This is untrue! God wants us to see ourselves from His viewpoint. He wants us to see we are His children – and with Him, all things are possible!
In this season of our lives, God is removing what I call ‘the poverty spirit’ from us. A poverty spirit attacks our identity as a child and causes us to see ourselves as a victim rather than a victor. This causes us to fall into bondage. In bondage, we cannot operate in the fullness of what God has for us. In bondage, we do not operate in the authority God has given us.
How do you know if you encounter the poverty spirit? Do you see lack? A poverty spirit always sees lack. It always believes what is will always be, with no opportunity for advancement or change. It does not have hope. It believes God does not care about particular areas of your life. It believes you must always hold back because there is never going to be enough. It believes you must defend and/or provide for yourself. It believes there is no future.
We must start operating from our core.
This year, God desires to break, remove and/or restructure our thought processes concerning our approach to circumstances in our lives. God is advancing His Kingdom, and we must be ready! We must start operating from our core. Our core (inner being) gives stability and strength. If we do not have a strong core, we cannot function accordingly.
When reading Luke 15:11-32, we often view the passages as simply the story of a prodigal son. However, I would suggest that there is so much more! We see both sons had a victim mentality. They did not see themselves as their father did. Nor did they see their father in the way he intended. How often do we fall into the same trap with our Heavenly Father?
“And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me’” (NKJV – Luke 15:12). This son understood he had an inheritance but did not operate in it correctly. Don’t we do this? Hasn’t God given us an inheritance as His child? Yet, we do not operate in our inheritance correctly!
When we operate correctly in our inheritance, it removes (breaks) the spirit of poverty from us. We no longer see ourselves as victims but victors! We realize we are blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)! We realize we are loved, adopted, accepted, forgiven, redeemed, called and chosen (Ephesians 1:3-14)! These are not mere words but core truths we must live out and abide in. We must not allow our circumstances to detract from these core truths causing us to forfeit our inheritance. When situations arise in our lives, we approach them with confidence – confidence in God to see us through, because we know we are blessed, loved and chosen!
The older son did not realize what he possessed. He believed his relationship with his father was based on performance, not resting in the father’s unconditional love: “So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends’” (NKJV – Luke 15:29). Once again, this son operated from a victim mentality. He didn’t operate in the inheritance the father provided for him. He believed his relationship with his father was based on performance, structure and/or good deeds.
This brings us to the second part of our tagline, ChildBrideWarrior. The second son didn’t operate in the grace bestowed upon him. As a bride of Christ, we are completely free in Him because of what He has done for us (Ephesians 1:3-14)! How often do we do the same with God? We strive to gain His affection? Do we fully comprehend what we possess because of our relationship with Jesus Christ? The more we rest in God’s unconditional love, the more we operate in our inheritance!
The enemy wants nothing more than for us to remain in bondage. But God needs us to start operating from our core! He wants us to realize we are His child. And as His child, He desires the best for us! He believes in us! He has provided (and will continue to provide) everything we will ever need.
When we operate from our core, it positions us to unlock the warrior within us. We have been given authority by God to rule and reign on this earth with Him! We are not a victim; we are a victor! We can do all things through Christ, Who gives us strength! Stop second-guessing yourself! Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy!
God sees us as His warriors. And, as His warriors, we fulfill His greatest conquest on earth – that is demonstrating His LOVE! God is love (1 John 4:8), and LOVE covers a multitude of sins! LOVE believes the best in others; LOVE protects the interests of others; LOVE always perseveres. In the end, LOVE never fails! There are many desperate hearts in need of Jesus; God wants to use us as His ChildBrideWarriors! The only limits are those we place upon ourselves! God already unlocked every prison door that held us captive. We must now choose to believe and receive what He has done for us!
Unleash the #ChildBrideWarrior within you! Then watch God do amazing things within (and throughout) your life!
Rev. Melissa Pearce