Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The few days prior to this date in my journal found me very dissatisfied with my husband, over silly, preventable things. Disappointment was the vehicle used to sour my attitude toward my him, resulting in me not truly communicating with him (read: I answered questions with one word answers, stopping to get make up I rarely wear on the way home in an effort to miss seeing him off to work when I knew I wasn’t going to see him all night and possibly the next day, ignored phone calls, and when I did answer the calls I made him talk to our three year old. No kisses on the way to work, either). It wasn’t good. We were not good that day.
It’s our policy not to leave things on a sour note at the end of the day. I violated our policy.
I hurt him, left him thinking I wanted out of our marriage (not that I said the ‘D’ word, or even implied it. It was the furthest thing from my mind). He also thought I didn’t esteem him highly. I had hurt him deeply and didn’t know my inability to communicate because of frustration had him thinking the absolute worst. And yeah, my own behavior was that bad.
I had heard the Holy Spirit gently nudging me to resolve, resolve, resolve. My answer was nawl, nawl, nawl. He then led me to pray, although I didn’t feel like it or want to. I wanted to remain justifiably angry. My frustrated position was right, but it was also wrong. However, I couldn’t sit without at least talking to God about it. I was without peace. So, when I sat down with my journal to hear what God had to say (because clearly I didn’t have anything to say in my ignorance) this is what He said:
Do not allow the little foxes to choke out the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15). It’s a tactic. Don’t fall prey to the tactic.
Tactic kept standing out on my journal page, so, of course, I looked it up on Merriam-Webster.com.
There are a LOT of words here, but I encourage you to read them all and follow the crumb trail.
- Noun: 1. a device for accomplishing an end. 2. A method of employing forces in combat.
- Adjective: of or relating to arrangement or order.
- Adjective Combining Form: 1. of, relating to, or having (such) an arrangement or pattern (paratactic). 2. Showing orientation or movement directed by a (specified) force or agent (geotactic).
- Noun: 1. An action or method that is planned and used to achieve a particular goal.
- Plural: the activity or skill of organizing and moving soldiers and equipment in a military battle.
- Noun (Defined for Kids): a planned action for some purpose.
- Medical Definition as an Adjective: 1. regular in structure of repeating units in a polymer. 2. of, relating to, or showing biological taxis.
Ok. So what does all of this mean? It means that you are being or can be used to influence, guide or activate disruption of an entire pattern, organization or system. This can be good or bad. In this particular conversation with God, it was clear the tactics were not good. The reasons why are astounding. You think it’s all about you. You think it’s about one little argument over something silly. Really, it’s not. It’s about planting destruction of legacy and genome. How? Read on.
That last definition (#6) had another phrase that jumped out on the page: biological taxis. We all understand biological, but taxis was new. Taxis is a reflex translational or orientational movement by a freely motile and usually simple organism in relation to a source of stimulated (such as a light or chemical gradient).
Translational as a medical term means the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA.
So really? What does this mean? The way God put it to me is this:
- Satan wants to mutate
- God wants to translate
Mutate from a biological standpoint is
- to cause a gene to change and create an unusual characteristic in a plant or animal. ; to cause mutation in a gene
- To change and cause an unusual characteristic to develop in a plant or animal
- To change into something VERY different
Mutate as an intransitive verb is to undergo mutation. This type of mutation is subtle and barely detectable. It is a natural evolution to stimulus or stimuli.
Mutate as a transitive verb is to cause to undergo mutation. This type of mutation is forced by external factors. This is likely to occur by unexpected events or trauma.
Regardless, mutation is a distortion and perversion of original purpose and design. It is the literal manipulation of the entire organism structure. It is to pervert in an attempt to create.
Per the medical definition, translation is a simply returning protein contained within the organism to what it was programmed/designed to do. There is no distortion or perversion. There is only revelation of what is already present, and a command to carry it out.
In terms of taxis, it’s basically a canned response, habit or your reflexive action. If one does something long enough, it becomes a part of them, a part of who they are. It can be incredibly difficult to break someone from habit or reactive responses.
The point is simply this: if you learn it, it’s part of your genetic history both spiritually and physically. It’s important to remember God commanded ALL living things to replicate/multiply (Genesis 1). Whatever we introduce into either of the realms can be multiplied.
This imprint can be wonderful and passed on to generations. Have you noticed that certain people are predisposed to certain medical histories, or that some people are gifted with good looks, talents or specific sets of intelligence? As I was speaking to my mom about certain giftings, she noted that she is also a project manager. I have been (and still am) a project manager. Almost every career I have had has had this element in it. My aunts and uncles, cousins, and siblings also show a penchant for great organizational detail. I recognize it as a generational trait, although it presents in different areas. If nothing else, we are pretty organized and have a methodical way of doing things. We dislike things that are unplanned beyond our contingencies.
While God will use this type of knowledge to propel you further into your purpose and place within the hierarchy of the Kingdom of God, Satan does the opposite. He attempts to exploit your spiritual and biological genetics against you, to open you AND your seeds (future generations including people, goals and dreams) to further the destruction of any advancement of Godly Kingdom objectives. Yeah. That. It really is that deep. It’s cancerous. After all, cancer is merely the mass multiplication of bad cells.
Be aware of Satan’s devices (or tactics), he goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Note that it says LIKE a roaring lion. The only way you get bit is to give the lion teeth. And how do you do that? Through the little foxes: offense and pride. Guess what? If gone on unchecked, the very thing we allow to be planted (discord, disappointment, low self esteem, laziness, etc) will perpetuate. Remember, the entire goal is to steal, kill and destroy. And he wants to destroy everything, even his own perversions.
To sum up:
- Satan uses tactics to mutate.
- God uses tactics to translate.
Both of these require submission. What are you willing to imprint your spiritual and physical DNA with, and who are you willing to submit to? Choose life so that you AND your seeds will live (Deut 30:19).