Monday, 7 October 2013

Living Up to My Name

Photo taken at Underwater World, Sunshine Coast in front of a green screen.
Over the last 12 months I have tried on a few names on for size. I changed my name to 'Jo His Grace' to represent my desire to live in His Grace.  More recently on Instagram, I changed my name to 'Becoming Jo-Anne', to signify the quest I have been on this year to discover the authentic person God made me to be. I cannot however, escape what God breathed in to my spirit years ago - the name 'Jo Princess Warrior'.

Everywhere I look in the bible God changed people's names- Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah; Jacob to Israel, are a few that come to mind. Each time God renamed someone, there was a significant purpose in it. At first I thought God had given me the name Jo Princess Warrior to overcome depression that I was suffering with at the time. But recent events have opened my eyes to the reason He calls me Jo Princess Warrior.

Last week, my healthy eldest son (Leader Boy Warrior) and youngest son (Fearless Boy Warrior) were both diagnosed with Pyrrole Disorder. My middle son (Courageous Boy Warrior) and I were both diagnosed with this illness a year ago. When the results came back positive last week, I was shocked. Unlike CBW, the other boys have never shown any indication that they would have the disorder. In fact, I only had them tested to rule it out once and for all, because my doctor suggested getting them tested as it is genetic.

Meanwhile, I had been reading a book recommended to me by an Instagram friend, 'A More Excellent Way - Be in Health', by Henry W. Wright.. My eyes have been opened to the spiritual roots of disease. So when the results came back positive for the two boys, I put two and two together and it was like my eyes were opened for the first time in years. I knew that the Pyrrole Disorder had a spiritual root and it was time to pick up my sword again and the name 'Jo Princess Warrior'.

The reason I believe God named me 'Jo Princess Warrior', was for future generations to come. My husband (Mighty Prince Warrior) and I are creating a new legacy for our children and our children's children. Where there has been many people bound by mental health issues and sickness in both sides of the family lines, I believe that MPW and I have been called to battle against the things that have held MPW's and my family captive for generations.

Just like the sharks in the photo above seem to be circling around us, I believe that spiritually, our family has been surrounded with what the bible calls, 'unclean spirits'. I believe that for years I have not understood my authority as a follower of Jesus over unclean spirits and as a result, I have fallen victim to them unknowingly. In fact, I have feared the spiritual world. Quite simply, it freaked me out.  But I have come to realise over the last 7 days that there is not need to fear the spiritual world, for Jesus gave us authority over it.
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].11 Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.13 Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]-  Ephesians 6 (AMP)

This is all new territory to me. I am on a steep learning curve here. But I am already seeing breakthrough (which I will tell you about in future posts). I will no longer live from a position of defeat. I am picking up my sword and doing battle with the spiritual forces that are oppressing my family and holding us captive. And I am declaring that I will be healed of Hashimoto's Disease, Pyrrole Disorder and Depression will no longer plague me. My sons will be healed and healthy. We are heading for the Promised Land, but like Joshua, we have to battle the enemy first to claim our inheritance.

Still taking lessons from the King,

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1 comment:

  1. So good to see you writing again, Jo. I know full well the spiritual battles we fight. I am very honoured to have an amazing counsellor, who is uses theophostic principals within our sessions. It is hard confronting those aspects but since we, as humans, gave our authority over to Satan in the Garden of Eden, he runs rampant. It is time to stand tall in the authority God gave us through Jesus. Stand tall and proud on the rock! You are a warrior and the battle has already been won. xx


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