Heard a tremendous message last night that I’m going to attempt to pull from for this mornings post. I’m only going to share a portion simply because of time, but the message will be available on the podcast at newdestinychurch.org, if you’re interested in listening to the entire teaching. The date should be June 25, 2014 by Pastor Carmen Lett, one of the best teachers I’ve ever heard.
The Power of Vision and Words
I’ll begin with Genesis 1:1-2 NLT; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God was not moved by the empty and formless earth, He had a vision of what it would be and used His Words to put action to what He saw. Read the entire chapter and see for yourself. He took what looked useless and created a beautiful earth with living creatures able to live upon it. But God didn’t leave it at that, He went on to teach man how to do the same.
Genesis 15:5; Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Every night, Abram would look up to the sky and remember the promise of the Lord. An ever present vision, even when it took years to manifest, he trusted and believed God would give him not one heir, but countless heirs. And he did all of this before God changed his name to Abraham, which means father of many nations. Look at the heirs of Abraham today.
Genesis 30:25-42 is the story of Jacob and his father-in-law, Laban. Jacob wanted to leave but Laban wanted Jacob to stay, he knew that the blessing of the Lord was on him simply because of Jacob. His wages would be all the speckled and spotted sheep and goats out of the flock. He took them, went 3 miles down the road and lay in the trenches, speckled and spotted sticks so that when the sheep and goats came to water and breed, they would see them. Well, it worked and God blessed that vision, even when Laban tried to sabotage his efforts.
God always rewards vision. How you see yourself and your future is where you’ll end up eventually. If you see yourself worthless and stupid, you’ll end up there. If you see yourself strong and prosperous, you’ll end up there. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 is a good place to start if you’ve lost your vision. I’ve quoted these verses so many times that they are permanently a part of my vision. God wants us blessed, but He designed us to operate as He does, vision and words. We have to see ourselves as God does and speak what He says even when it ‘looks’ like it’s not going to happen. Not one time do you see Abraham doubting or questioning Gods promise. Have faith in God!
We’ll can never have faith in ourselves, that’s humanism. Until we realize that God lives inside of us and it’s not we who prosper, it’s HIM in us that prospers. It’s not we who have success, it’s God IN us that succeeds. HAVE FAITH IN GOD. Jesus said it multiple times while on earth. He was trying to show us something, you can’t depend on you, you must depend on God. Mark 11:22-24; Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.”
Do you see it? You must see it first or you’ll never have it. Once you see it, do you only speak what you see in your spirit or do you speak what you see in the ‘flesh’ realm where things constantly change. The Word never changes. It’s the same yesterday, today and forever. What does the Word say about your body? Find out what God says and speak it over your body until your body changes to agree with the Word. You can’t quit! You must agree with what the Word says over what your body or circumstance says. What speaks louder to you? What are you listening to? What are you watching? Stop talking ABOUT the problem and begin talking TO the problem. Jesus told us to resist the devil and he will flee so stop entertaining him! Stop wining and dining him! Your enemy is constantly trying to take two things from you; your vision and your words because he knows the power these two things have to change the world.