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Spiritual DNA

Finding the victory you already have as a son or daughter of God.

Our DNA is what makes us unique. From eye color to voice to height to health, our physical characteristics are determined by the tiny strands of this directive genetic code. We all know that we are governed, in part, by our DNA, even though we're not aware it's there.

But have you ever thought about your spiritual DNA?

"In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female. ... And Adam lived 130 years, and begot a son in his own likeness, after his image" (Gen. 5: 1-3, NKJV).

While no two of us are exactly alike physically, it would appear we have the same spiritual DNA, according to the Scriptures. Like Adam and all of humanity to follow him, the image of the Godhead has been passed down.

This realization is arresting me.

We have long identified with the blood of Jesus as it covers and cleanses us, and we understand having righteousness by faith alone. But can we fathom the untold significance of having our Father's DNA?

I no longer merely confess that I am the righteousness of Christ. I realize that with His DNA in me through His blood, I could be nothing else. I realize the attributes of His DNA reside in me—whether dormant or active.

No longer do I see the fruit of the Spirit as something we "will" by self-effort or following the law. Rather, I see that in my DNA, God has already placed genes of love, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. They are waiting to be activated by the Holy Spirit.

Yet some attributes may never come forth without faith, revelation, timing, obedience or humility. Should I choose not to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, I can easily miss out on the benefits of having supernatural DNA.

For me, it is one thing to believe that faith "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1).

Yet add to that the concept of having my Father's DNA. If DNA is the defining measure of natural life, its spiritual parallel adds a dimension of identity and confidence in me that is incomparable.

I no longer hope I am a spiritual being with a spiritual nature that can glorify God. I no longer pray that one day I will finally become these things. By virtue of Christ, I already am!

True, I can choose to walk in the flesh and not be recognized by my real identity. Just as there are anomalies and mutations in DNA that bring forth destruction and disease, we, too, must walk in the Spirit to maintain the purity of our distinct spiritual heritage.

Do you still struggle with your "worth" as a son or daughter of God? Or with your right to claim the victory and power He gave us? It is too late to worry about these things! You already have the Father's spiritual DNA.

Ché Ahn is senior pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, Calif., and apostolic leader of Harvest International Ministry, a network of 1,500 churches worldwide.

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