Purpose: There’s a Reason I’m Here

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Except from book: Hardwired for Purpose: Blazing Trails to Follow God’s Lead from a Creative’s Perspective by Jana Rawling

My purpose was illusive. I was busy doing things that fulfilled a part of me, but I knew something was missing. I was searching for the missing pieces to the puzzle of my life, because I was coming closer to God and felt there had to be more. I had lived a turbulent past and as I watched the people at my church get involved in ministry I got hungrier. At this point in time I had no clue what having a personal relationship with Jesus was.

I said the sinner’s prayer many years before, but I didn’t understand that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit wanted close relationship with me. I couldn’t wrap my head around actually connecting with Them on an intimate level. At the time, I didn’t think They would want to be close with me. I was a mess and had lived messy, so why would the God of everything care that much about me? I was sure He was too busy with more deserving people and bigger issues of the world.

I wanted to know my purpose. I was tired with my career and I wasn’t sure of what to do next. I hoped I would wake-up one day and have it all figured out. I thought if I just knew, I could jump right in and things would go better for my life from that point forward. I wanted to change my circumstances and felt deep down it was possible. I needed to get serious with God.

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.” — John 3:16–18

I learned so much from that hike , and I learned more over the next several years as I replayed the encounter with Holy Spirit and my imagination. I needed those years to receive the bigger message. I’m still learning from that day. I had to heal and mature as a child of God before completing this book, and I will probably add to it one day in the future.


Creativity: A Righteous & Sanctified Imagination

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Except from book: Hardwired for Change: Healing Encounter Workbook: Creating Active & Eternal Change by Jana Rawling

When it comes to imagination, a lot of people have a seemingly impenetrable wall up. Religion or the church has taken verses in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, and used them for the brick and mortar.

Here’s an example: [God speaking] “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination: Hear the word of the Lord!” — Ezekiel 13:2.

Taking this verse at face value, we must hear the word of the Lord to prophesy from. Scripture says the Word is Jesus, the sword of the Spirit and the foundation for our faith. We also see that some of the prophets were not speaking from a scriptural perspective and Ezekiel was admonishing them.

Imagination is just another tool for use to use to create from. When prophesying it’s critical to only speak what the Word or the Lord says, but as perfectly imperfect humans today we mix ourselves and our imaginations into our prophecies.

Look at this: [Apostle Paul speaking] “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.” — 1 Corinthians 13:9. Paul is talking about love in this part of the Book. He is saying that love is perfect and eternal and that all other things of the world will pass away. The part of speaking words to someone from our fallen position, or the “knowing” part, will fall away as imperfect. The prophesying part comes directly from Holy Spirit and is perfect.

It’s important that we use our imagination righteously, or in-other-words, from a holy Kingdom perspective; Otherwise, we are going to hurt ourselves and others.

Made in God’s Spirit

God, Jesus and Holy Spirit made us in their image according to Genesis 1:26–27. God is the Creator; therefore, we also create which separates man from angels and other spiritual and physical beings. The devil can only steal and use our ideas and power to create if we allow him to.

“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” — 2 Corinthians 4:18

We need our imagination to create and every human being is hardwired with this potential. Dictionary.com defines Imagination as a noun as “the faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses.”

Concepts Not Present to the Senses

To develop a concept, we must think, process, analyze and organize the thoughts. People often stop thinking before solutions are found, which turns into worry and halts the Imagination and creative process.

There are two types of imagination as defined in psychology: 1) Reproductive Imagination is the ability to reproduce images stored in our memory when reminded through similar imagery, and 2) Creative Imagination as the capability to take prior experiences and composite something new to support a specific goal or solve a problem.

Good & Evil

The Imagination, like everything else, can be used for good or evil. Scripture is very black and white about this subject. We are either for or against Jesus. The gray areas are here on earth and are where love can be inserted to ensure the good rises to the top.

Another way to ensure we are acting and reacting in godly ways is to repent and renounce ungodly, unrighteous behavior.

We can then choose to sanctify our righteous Imagination for God’s Kingdom on earth. Holy Spirit is more than happy to fill me with new and improved godly behaviors and attitudes.

We must position our heart in Christ Jesus toward right motives in our attitudes and emotions. Emotions are not who we are, they are mere tools for understanding where we are at in our life or in that moment. Emotions surface from the subconscious mind and rule our beliefs and motives.

It is important for me to maintain right motives every day. When we do, we can more easily walk in God’s Spirit.

Holy Imagination Prayer

Here’s a simple prayer for our imaginations to work from a Kingdom point-of-view:

Holy, Holy, Holy!

Father God in Heaven, I thank You for my imagination. I thank You for creating me with an imagination to be capable of co-creating with You in my life and in the lives of others. Thank You for giving me a greater capacity to imagine greater things. I ask forgiveness for using my imagination in ungodly ways. Please, heal myself and others where my unholy use of my imagination was destructive.

I bind the ungodly part of my imagination to never be used again as it is already bound in Heaven, and I loose creativity in my newly sanctified imagination to reflect the love and goodness of God.

I decree my imagination is purified, cleansed and covered with Your blood Jesus, to be sanctified and made most Holy unto You. I decree my imagination is righteous and blameless serving only Your Kingdom. I thank you for reminding me when needed to place my imagination and the things I use it for at Your feet.

Thank You Lord for Your immense love, Amen.


Purpose: Consider the Possibilities


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You may already know your calling and purpose…

…but are having a hard time walking it out. Believe me, I know it’s not easy to discover and follow your dreams. It can be very hard to redefine your life when the world expects you to look and act a certain way. It’s hard to face family and friends when you are going against the grain, whether you planned to or not. Self-destructive behaviors, time and resources are our biggest obstacles — life is way too short for fear of what others may think.

“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies but test all things. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:16–22

Ultimately, God is the answer to your problems and mine. I figure if He can speak through a donkey, He can speak through these pages to you. It’s not about who I am or what I have done. It’s about sharing the good, bad, and the ugly with you — fellow human, creative and overcomer. You may not connect with all that I write, and that is okay. My life path has been more challenging than others, yet not nearly as challenging as some. I recognize that. Side note: I’m not perfect as a human–just as a child of God. 

Excerpt from my book Hardwired for Purpose: Blazing Trails to Follow God’s Lead from a Creative’s Perspective.

Purpose: Calling, Purpose & Plan

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What’s the difference?

You were made for this!

Here is some brainstorming that I will make sure is in my book called, Hardwired for Purpose: Blazing Trails to Follow God’s Lead from a Creative’s Perspective.

Short Definitions

  1. Calling
    1. noun
      1. vocation, profession, or trade: What is your calling?
      2. a call or summons: He had a calling to join the church.
    2. Purpose
      1. noun
        1. the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
        2. an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.
    3. Plan
      1. Noun
        1. a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance

Why find your Purpose?

  • Discovering your Calling leads to finding your Purpose.
  • Purpose is what you are to do with your Calling and helps define your Plan.
  • Plan is how you will accomplish your Purpose thus fulfilling your Calling.

Discovering your Calling leads to finding your Purpose.

  1. Your Calling is shown to you in many ways
    1. There are things that you are just good at
      1. They may even bore you because they come so easily to you
    2. There are things that you love and are extremely passionate about
      1. These things speak to your Calling and Purpose
    3. There are things that people praise you for
      1. People say that you are great at them
      2. These are your natural talents and giftings
      3. These are things that you need to accept and own
  1. Be a good steward and obedient with God’s commands and He will show you your calling and purpose
    1. It starts with relationship
      1. Ask Jesus what your Calling is and accept the answer
      2. You were made for this! You are Hardwired for this!
    2. Trust Him
      1. The more you seek Him and ASK (Ask, Seek and Knock) the more He will help you to understand your Calling
      2. He loves you and wants the best for you
    3. Be brave
      1. Step out of the boat with Peter
      2. Make mistakes and know that He will use them for your good
      3. Jesus is your defense
      4. Believe in yourself

Purpose is what you are to do with your Calling and helps define your Plan.

  1. Your Calling leads to your Purpose
    1. There are things that God has planned for you to accomplish here while bringing heaven to earth
    2. Seek to serve your fellow brethren on Christ Jesus
      1. Your Purpose always lifts the Body of Christ
    3. Your Purpose can have many different components
      1. There are often many hats you will wear in service
        1. It’s okay to stretch your tent pegs and serve in many ways
      2. Your Purpose may be one thing—a thing that you are created to do
        1. Own it
        2. Live it
        3. Be it
  1. In the end… Your purpose is God’s purpose
    1. His character, His names….
      1. Until you find your calling/purpose/plan follow God’s plan seek to be like Him
    2. Don’t get lukewarm, drinking milk from fear to decide and fail
      1. Spend time with Him; praise His Holy Name
      2. Worship and dance for all the life He has given you

Plan is how you will accomplish your Purpose thus fulfilling your Calling.

  1. My plan is not God’s plan usually; I can get myself into trouble.
    1. Lay down your life and you will find it
    2. Pick-up your cross daily
  2. It’s not divining the future, it’s working effectively and efficiently in the Kingdom
    1. Knowing goals, where the mark is
    2. what to plan for
    3. which direction to take as you go
  3. Sometimes He shows me a fork in the road
    1. He wants us to make decisions and fail if we must—we learn that way
      1. Just like having teenagers
        1. We allow them to make decisions and fail if they must
      2. When you have a good relationship with Him you know the plan; you may not like it, but you know it.

My book will be finished sometime in 2019! That’s the goal…

Resources: Dictionary.com Unabridged. Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Creativity: Seven Letters; Seven Days

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Psalm 31:5: “Into your hands I now entrust my spirit. O Lord, the God of faithfulness, you have rescued and redeemed me.”

Ministering to the Human Spirit

The practice of ministering to the human spirit has grown in popularity in the past couple of decades. Arthur Burk, founder of Sapphire Leadership Group (www.theslg.com) is one of the pioneers of this healing method which has proven effective; producing fruit beyond his spiritual great-grandchildren.

Ministering to the human spirit has been controversial so let me give you our perspective: We are strongly for it because we have received personal healing from it for over 10 years. There are more than 150 verses on “spirit” to study in the Bible, so we encourage you to develop your own theology on the subject.

That said, let’s look at some Scripture:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:23 The Passion Translation (TPT) “Now, may the God of peace and harmony set you apart, making you completely holy. And may your entire being—spirit, soul, and body—be kept completely flawless in the appearing of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.”
  • 2 Corinthians 7:1 The Passion Translation (TPT) “Beloved ones, with promises like these, and because of our deepest respect and worship of God, we must remove everything from our lives that contaminates body and spirit, and continue to complete the development of holiness within us.”

Body, soul and spirit are distinctly separate from each other in these verses confirming that we are made 3-in-one, a trinity after the image of God, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Our body, soul and spirit are enmeshed with Holy Spirit when we become Spirit-filled. We can’t separate our spirit from the Spirit of God.

Our spirit has seven portions, and again this is something we know of from experience. Scripture alludes to this, but we have no hard-and-fast Word yet (See Isaiah 11:2 and Revelations). The seven portions are modeled after the seven grace-gifts or redemptive gifts found in Romans 12:6 which are Prophet, Servant, Teacher, Exhorter, Giver, Ruler and Mercy (We are not referring to the gifts in other portions of Scripture.).

We will have a dominant grace-gift and the others will vary in size and shape, for lack of a better description. This imbalance can cause challenges and sin in one’s life. Some portions may need a lot of healing and ministry while others don’t. Our goal in ministering to the human spirit is healing to become more like Jesus.

Guidelines for Ministry

Ministering to the human spirit is powerful and asking for permission before engaging in the seven portions is a great practice. We can always bless someone else’s spirit but the deeper work, in our opinion should be approached like we would a deliverance or counseling session with the person present. The work can be done face-to-face or not once permission is granted to minister to the seven portions.

These are some guidelines for ministering to the human spirit:

  • Engage: Invite or call the person’s human spirit forward. It’s great to have a seer or intuitive person present if more discernment is needed. This is where we can call forward each of the seven portions or ask which portion would like to come forward and speak. Take care with this as some of the portions may be hurting or even aggressive.
  • Affirm: Let the spirit know they are loved and safe. This is where we can exhort the spirit and affirm its work and care for the human body and soul. We can also engage in blessings here that will work to restoration and healing.
  • Instruct: This is the teaching and faith-building moment. Speak the word over the spirit, share testimony, and counselling wisdom. Take care not to direct the spirit because this can become witchcraft easily. Let’s take a step back to directive prayer which is also witchcraft. When we pray for someone, we must stay away from telling God what we want the person to do. We can’t pray they fall in love with someone or have their boss fired. We can pray they find godly love and a better relationship with their boss.
  • Direct (Occasionally with God’s command): This is only done when God is very specific about a word for direction. Best practice is to stay away from directing unless we know that we know that we know it’s of God.

Seven Letters

We challenge you to write seven letters in seven days to each portion of your spirit. Write, “Dear Prophet, etc.” Below are a few topics related to each portion with verses to get you started, or you can find one of your own or wait and listen to Jesus.

Day One

Letter to the Prophet: Design

  • Romans 8:28: “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”
Letter Day 1 > Jana’s Sketchbook

Day Two

Letter to the Servant: Authority

  • Matthew 10:1: “[Jesus Sends Out His Twelve Apostles] Jesus gathered his twelve disciples and imparted to them authority to cast out demons and to heal every sickness and every disease.”
Letter Day 2 > Jana’s Sketchbook

Day Three

Letter to the Teacher: Responsibility

  • Matthew 24:45: “[The Wise and Faithful Servant] ‘Who is the one qualified to oversee the master’s house? He will be a reliable servant who is wise and faithful, one he can depend on. The master will want to give him the responsibility of overseeing others in his house, for his servant will lead them well and give them food at the right time.”
Letter Day 3 > Jana’s Sketchbook

Day Four

Letter to the Exhorter: Reality

  • Proverbs 1:23: “Come back to your senses and be restored to reality. Don’t even think about refusing my rebuke! Don’t you know that I’m ready to pour out my spirit of wisdom upon you and bring to you the revelation of my words that will make your heart wise?”
Letter Day 4 > Jana’s Sketchbook


Day Five

Letter to the Giver: Stewardship

  • 1 Corinthians 9:17: “If it were my own idea to preach as a way to make a living, I would expect to be paid. Since it’s not my idea but God’s, who commissioned me, I am entrusted with the stewardship of the gospel whether or not I’m paid.”
Letter Day 5 > Jana’s Sketchbook

Day Six

Letter to the Ruler: Freedom

  • 1 Corinthians 6:12: “It’s true that our freedom allows us to do anything, but that doesn’t mean that everything we do is good for us. I’m free to do as I choose, but I choose to never be enslaved to anything.”
Letter Day 6 > Jana’s Sketchbook

Day Seven

Letter to the Mercy: Fulfillment

  • Luke 24:44: “Then he said to them, ‘Don’t you remember the words that I spoke to you when I was still with you? I told you that everything written about me would be fulfilled, including all the prophecies from the law of Moses through the Psalms and the writings of the prophets—that they would all find their fulfillment.’”
Letter Day 7 > Jana’s Sketchbook

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Purpose: Thankful for God’s Purpose

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Everyone has a Purpose whether they believe it or not.

We need to know our purpose in order fully walk in who we are in Christ Jesus. Finding our purpose is hardwired into our DNA—some people ignore the unction to seek out their call and some are filled with an insatiable drive ask the question, “Who am I?”

However, it’s not enough to know our identity, we need to understand our identity IN Christ. To know who we are in Him expands our awareness, and our ability to love, from ourselves to others and back.

Remember, Jesus said this:

Matthew 22:36-40

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’ Contained within these commandments to love you will find all the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

To know ourselves means we can know God and others. Then, we can love more deeply, purely, godly and holy. This is our overall purpose.

Made in His Image

Our identity began in Genesis when God made us in His image. We must know God—His character, His commandments, His names, His love for us, Jesus, Holy Spirit—in order to know ourselves (If you need help understanding who you are, study the Scriptures by searching the internet for “Who am I in Christ Jesus.” There is a lot of help there.).

God has hundreds of names in the Bible (Another topic of study on Identity.). We are to reflect those names in our character, values and daily life. This is part of His plan for us, this is how He designed us.

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Creativity: Thankful for God’s Spirit

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Everyone is creative whether they believe it or not.

We are made in God’s image; He creates and so do we. It’s time to step-up and stand in who we are made to be, and a big part of that is to exercise our creativity. First, we need to understand it.

Creativity is defined on Wikipedia as: a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition, or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work, or a painting).

A phenomenon. What a great word to use for the Creative Spirit. When we engage in creativity we are healed, we are informed, we are enlightened, we escape into all the devil hates about humanity. We find solutions for all manner of life’s problems and we learn to love from God’s perspective. Yes, creativity can do all of that.

We must understand that artists aren’t the only creative people on the planet. They have talents and skills focused on art industries, but they are not alone. Mothers and fathers are creative in parenting, Mechanics are creative in building, pilots are creative in flying, chefs are creative in cooking, doctors are creative in healing, and list goes on. As a matter of fact, you are creative too.

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