All about Sozo: healing from the inside out!
Sozo ministry is designed to partner with the Lord to uncover and heal the wounds and lies that have given our spiritual enemy access into our lives. Those places where the lies reside are then replaced with God’s powerful truth. The goal of this ministry is to assist and partner with Jesus to build strong Kingdom foundations in individual lives.
How it all began…
The Lord reminded me that just as Gary and I were “daring to believe,” our encouragement to others should literally be called “Dare to Believe.”
At this point, I was still on staff at a local church. They blessed me to go start this new ministry, and the adventure of beginning Dare to Believe Ministries began.
Gary and I didn’t know for sure what was next or how it would look.
You are doubly mine
A young man spent hours of time designing, building and painting a boat. He used his skill and love to craft the boat just the way he wanted. Whenever he had free time, he loved to take the boat down to the river and float the boat. He tied it to a rope and would allow the boat to float in the current.
One day when he was out at the river, a storm came up unexpectedly. The wind was strong and the waves were wild. As he tried to pull his boat in to shore, the rope broke! His boat floated downstream and he was unable to get to it. After the storm, he searched along the shore upstream and downstream but could not find his boat.
A year or so later, the boat maker was walking in a nearby town. He glanced in the window of a second-hand shop and was shocked to see his boat. He went into the shop for a closer look – there was no mistaking it.
Who do you think you are?
Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection and through the Holy Spirit who lives in us and empowers us, you and I are literally qualified for everything God calls us to do.
In Ephesians 2:10 we learn that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Do we believe this?
Refugees and Ambassadors
We are sent ones, heavenly ambassadors commissioned by Jesus to speak into our culture and bring heavenly transformation (see Matthew 28:18-20). We have the choice to insulate ourselves from American culture and recreate a world that’s home for us but foreign to those around us, or actively engage culture without compromising our heavenly citizenship.
We are entering into a fresh season.
Throughout our 14 years as an organization, we have moved several times. Each move has resulted in an upgrade. We anticipate the same thing as we change locations again at the end of this month.
[Note: All ministry at DTB will continue as normal. We will still have our classes, ministry sessions, worship nights, and more. Stay tuned for details about our new location very soon!]
Nurturing hope is a responsibility for everyone who follows the Lord. We all know that we have a Savior who gives us abundant life. He is our hope. But we also have an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy – that is the weight that seeks to drown us in confusion, despair and hopelessness. Our challenge in this life is to stir up hope in ourselves and in those around us.
As believers we have a far bigger “trip” we are preparing for: our eventual move from this life to the next.
In the same way anticipation for my trip changed my routine and thought life, preparation for our eternal life with Christ is to shape our lives. This is called living with the end in mind; it’s having an eternal perspective.
An eternal perspective reminds us of our big “yes” to Jesus that helps us with the discipline of all of the little “no’s” required along the way.
Arise & Shine
For more than a generation our nation has been under a law that opposed the belief that all life is sacred. Abortion has been the law of the land in the United States for nearly 50 years. The fact that this law has been overturned is monumental.
This is a juncture that requires us to both pause and take action. The Lord is bringing freedom to this country from that lid that has covered us as a people for 50 years.
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9
It is appropriate to both acknowledge and celebrate that this is a victory for protecting the most vulnerable. God’s Word is clear that every life is created in the image of God, and every life matters, both born and unborn.
Not on my watch
Lately when I glance through the headlines and I pray, “God what is going on?!” The Lord reminds me that I am on this earth to bring heaven to earth in this time in history. So are you.
We live, work, and play where we do because we carry the presence of the Lord into all those locations. Whether you are intentional about it or not, you are changing history. I am asking the Lord to teach us how to do even more for Him.
The symptoms of brokenness are overwhelming. Gun violence, murder, suicide, drug use…it’s all on the rise. We cry out for laws to correct these problems. While these laws help, they do not deal with the root cause of all this brokenness, evil and pain.
Carrying the presence of Jesus
God’s presence among a people is what marked the Israelites as different from all the surrounding nations. In response to God’s threat to send the nation of Israel into the Promised Land without his presence, Moses, the great lawgiver himself, said, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16).
Do you believe in healing?
Have you ever seen God heal someone? If you have, you know it only takes a moment for the presence of God to change everything. There is nothing like watching the pain lift right off of someone.
And if you haven’t experienced a healing yet, be encouraged. Jesus loves YOU and has made a way for YOUR breakthrough. There is no situation too desperate, prognosis too dire, or disease too dark for the light of Jesus to penetrate.