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The Law of Vision

When you pray and ask God to help you, good desires will rise up on the inside of you, and in turn good things will be accomplished through you. Your desire may be connected to your vision. Do you have any strong desires? "Then the Lord answered me and said 'Write the vision and make it plain...'" (Hab. 2:2).


The Law of Vision states that "whatever you see long enough will come to pass." God has a personal vision, a personal plan for your life. You must begin to recognize the plan and position yourself so God can impart into you the vision for your life. Another word for vision is "assignment." God has an assignment for your life. Once you discover that assignment, write it down. Make it plain. Make it simple. Don't make it so hard that you have to wonder what it really is that you are supposed to be doing. Put it in terms that you can easily understand.

You may ask, "How do I know my vision is from God?" First of all, God-given visions are connected to pure motives. The vision will include you and will use you, but the vision will always be about touching other people. God will not give you a vision that only impacts your life.

You may receive a personal word from the Lord about your life, but this is not your vision unless it includes helping other people progress and move up in life. Maybe God gave you a plan to make a billion dollars. Why would God give you a witty invention or a divine idea to become a billionaire when it is impossible for you alone to spend a billion dollars?

You can only have so many houses, so many cars, so many shoes, or wear so many watches. You can only want so much and then there comes an end to your want. You would soon discover that God gave you this abundance to impact others. The greatest joy in life is seeing other people enjoy what God has given you. 

In order for the you to receive an assignment from God, you have to begin to think differently about yourself. You can't think that you are unworthy, or that God would never use you. You have to see yourself the way God sees you. He created you for a purpose. Many of the limits on people's lives are mental limits. They have established mental limits by telling God what He can do in their life. You may say, "I have never told God what He could do in my life!"

Whenever you put yourself down or tell others about your limits, you're really telling God, "God, you can only use me to the degree I see myself. I always make mistakes. I'm always wrong. Nothing ever works out for me." When you talk this way, you are limiting what God can do in your life. You have to stop talking this way. The Bible says in Proverbs 23:7, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."

You have to think differently. You have to begin to say, "It's possible that God could use someone like me. I'm not perfect, but it's possible." 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 shows us what kind of people God uses. It says:

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.

Do you feel qualified now? The ones that God has chosen are ordinary people. Just because on the day you were born, the skies did not split open and the angels did not descend down upon your mother speaking prophecies, does not mean that you were not chosen by God. In fact, if you are looking for any outward sign before you feel qualified to be used of God, you may never be used. If you are looking for a manifestation or a burning bush, you may never be used.

I like supernatural events, but even though a person can prophesy, cast out devils, and speak with new tongues doesn't mean they are qualified. If you would think differently about yourself, God could use you. Your vision isn't limited by your spouse, your neighborhood, or the money you don't have. Your vision is limited by the amount of passion in your heart. I like to say, "Where there is no passion, the vision will perish." People who have vision have passion.

God uses passion, and He uses desire. God will lead you by your desires. There are good desires and bad desires. When you pray and ask God to help you, good desires will rise up on the inside of you, and in turn good things will be accomplished through you. Your desire may be connected to your vision. Do you have any strong desires? If you do, they could be a part of your God-given vision.

It's amazing what God will do through someone who obeys the desires in his heart. If you want to know if your desire is connected to your vision, take this simple test. Answer the following questions honestly: What is your greatest desire? What would you like to see happen in your life? Now evaluate this desire. Is it about you and your family only, or does it include others? Is the circle of your desire bigger than you?

If your desire is bigger than you, if it includes others outside of you and your family, then it could be a God-given desire. God places desires—we could also call them dreams—on the inside of you. The way God will do that is by placing a little seed on the inside of you. Dreams were not meant to be nightmares; they were meant to come to pass. If you'll be faithful to develop that little seed, it will grow and bring direction to your life!

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Controlling Your Thoughts

Measuring (meditating and studying) The Word is a spiritual principle. Word therapy is taking the Word of God and measuring it on the inside of you. Jesus is saying, "You must keep the Word in your thought life and study it." One way to measure the Word is to keep it in your thoughts. Many times it is a persons thought life that works against them. You have to guard your thought life. People are measuring things in their thought life and they are getting exactly what they are measuring (studying and meditating upon).

If you measure fear in your thought life you're going to get fear. It will produce, because fear is a spiritual force that has power. If you measure fear in your thought life long enough, you will have a harvest of fear. If you measure sickness long enough in your thought life, that thing will overtake you. When you hear a doctors negative report, you must take a stand that you are going to believe God's report and measure God's Word, Giving no place to fear. If you will keep the Word in your thoughts and study it throughout the day, it will be measured back to you.

The mind of man is a great tool if you will harness it to the Spirit of God and bring it into subjection to God's Word. The mind that is not subjected to God's Word will drift and think of all types of things. Some people believe they can get away with thinking all kinds of thoughts – thoughts of divorce, sickness, adultery, fornication, or other sin. You keep measuring (studying and meditating upon) and the next thing you know, you are going to have those problems. Although other people do not "see" what is in your thoughts, as you meditate on wrong things, the devil will see to it that these thoughts grow and manifest in wrong decisions and actions. No one just "falls" in the sin. As you meditate on wrong thoughts, the devil will plot and scheme and scam and begin to work on the unseen. He will put that seed in your mind and as you nurture it, the sin will grow.

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Seven Steps to Winning on the Inside

I refuse to lose when I know I can win. 

"But thanks be to God, Who in Christ always leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ's victory] and through us spreads and makes evident the fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere."

- 2 Corinthians 2:14 AMP

Here are seven steps to winning on the inside:

1. Stay in the right environment. 

To win within, you must be in the right environment. The environment I am speaking about is an environment of prayer. 

If you study the life of Jesus, you'll find that He spent a lot of His time in prayer, and He didn't have three of four prayer partners. In fact, you'll find that Jesus prayed alone much of the time. The Bible says that Jesus got up early in the morning to pray. Then He prayed throughout the day. Sometimes He spent the entire night in prayer. At times He went to the mountains or to the wilderness to pray where He could be alone to commune with His Father. 

If the Son of God had to pray, surely you and I need to pray. If your prayer life goes down, it won't be long until discouragement will try to land on your life. When we stay prayed up, the devil cannot affect us. 

The Bible says, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). You can pray while your driving, and you can even pray in the Spirit while you are on your job. But nothing will ever replace time alone or time away with the Father.

Jesus said, "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly" (Matthew 6:6). The reason we don't have what we need is because we haven't spent enough time in the right environment-in our prayer closet.

2. Stay Edified. 

1 Corinthians 14:4 says, "He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophecies edifies the Church." When you pray in the Holy Ghost, you edify yourself.

Jude 20,21 says:

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God..."

There is a connection between praying in the Spirit and walking in love, so keep yourself edified. 

3. Eliminate Distractions. 

To win within one must eliminate all distractions. In earlier days, blinders were used to prevent mules from being distracted by other mule teams to their right or to their left. The blinders kept them looking straight ahead, doing their own job.

We need some spiritual blinders so we won't be distracted. Mark 4:19 tells us of three things that are designed to distract us: "The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things..." These distractions, according to Mark, enter in to "choke the word, and it [the Word] becomes unfruitful."

This verse in the Amplified translation says: 

"The cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes unfruitful."

Eliminate whatever is distracting you. Put your blinders on and keep your focus on Jesus!

4. Enhance yourself in the Lord. 

To enhance means to become greater, mightier, to see yourself as a person of value, to become God-inside minded, knowing that the God who created the world lives on the inside of you.

1 John 4:4 syas, "He who is in you [Jesus] is greater than he [the devil] who is in the world." This is one of the Scriptures that I was taught as a little boy in my small, full Gospel church. The one in you is greater than what you are facing in the world. 

John 16:33 says, "In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." All the outward tribulation in the world cannot stop you from winning on the inside! You are already a winner in Christ! 

5. Become established in "who you are in Christ". 

In the first few versus of Ephesians, Chapter 1, Paul says:

  • God has blessed you with every spiritual blessing

  • God has chosen you
  • God has adopted you
  • God has made you accepted in the Beloved
  • God has redeemed you through Jesus Christ, His Son
  • God has forgiven you
  • God causes His Grace to abound toward you
  • God has made known to you the mystery of His Will
  • In Jesus Christ you have obtained an inheritance 

There is no way you can go under and be defeated if all you know is, "I am blessed and I am chosen of God." The devil looks so small compared to the Bible when you realize you are blessed, chosen, and adopted. To be adopted has special meaning. When you are born into a family, you are automatically accepted, but when you are adopted, that means someone made a decision to accept you, not by force, but by choice, out of love. 

6. Evaluate your relationships. 

In relationships there are two words which come to mind that we need to discuss: "no" and "boundaries." 

To be a winner on the inside you have to know when to say "no." No is not a bad word, it could mean, "not now," "enough," "I don't have time" or it could mean "no." Winners know when to say "no," and they know when to say "yes." Yes is not always the answer. Sometimes yes means "more responsibility," "more time," and "more sacrifice." 

True relationships are always a two-way road, not a one-way, my way lane. Unhealthy relationships are one way. This is where the word "boundaries" comes in. Healthy boundaries are necessary until trust is built within your life. 

Boundaries are healthy for everyone. Here are some boundaries that you need to be aware of: "everyone needs time alone," "everyone needs time off," and "everyone needs time away from the action." I'm not talking about a year off; I'm talking about a few days or weeks away to pray and rest. You might as well face it, rest is of God! We live in a go-go world, and sometimes the best answer is to simply say "no."

7. Live in expectation. 

To remain encouraged, you must live in expectation. 

Jeremiah 29:11 

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope [or an expectation].

 

The New International Version says:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

When your expectation is in God, it won't be cut off. It will come to pass. I have learned to live in expectation. Oral Roberts said, "Expect a miracle!" You can't get a miracle if your not expecting one.

Proverbs 23:18 AMP says:

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"For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cutt off."

I've got news for you. Discouragement can't keep you down. You're going over. You're not going to fail. You are going to recover all and win! 

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In Christ

The believer is no longer in Adam, but in Christ. You are out of Adam and have disinherited all he sold you out to! You are in Christ and have inherited all He purchased for you! Adam sold you out to the slavery of dominion of Satan, but Christ paid for and totally purchased your freedom and victory over your past. 
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As long as you see yourself in Adam, you will be part of his dysfunctional family, but the moment you see yourself in Christ, you become a part of His functional family who has victory over the disorders that are in the world. I like to say it this way: Jesus put the "fun" in functional living. 

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Get Over It!

Cast off the discouragement and the feelings that are connected with all the negatives that people spoke over you for years.  If you don't cast them off, you will spit it out on someone else.  "Let me tell you what my mama said to me."  It's time to get over what your mama said to you.  I mean, you are born again now.  I don't care if she called you ugly or if she said you'll never amount to anything.  Big deal!  It's time to get over it!  
Or you say, "you don't know what my husband said to me."  Big deal!  What did he say?  "He called me a bad word."  Get over it!  Don't hold on to it for ten years.  It's time to get over it.  People will hold on to things that happened all the way back in their childhood or something that happened to them that was very painful.  You have the power to get over it.  It's a choice!  Your choice! 
One way to get over it is never to speak it again in your life.  That's what I tell people.  Never speak it one more time.  Never tell another soul.  A lot of fires will go out if you'll quit talking about it.  
So the thought and the study you give to something will be measured back to you.  Another way to get over the past is to allow the anointing of God to get in your mind and work on the inside of you.  When the anointing of God is flowing, jump in a prayer line and say, "put your hands on my head, because I want the anointing of God transmitted to me."  The anointing will have a numbing effect to the negative things that have happened to you or were spoken over you in the past. 
When I go to the dentist, I would hate for him to tell me, "We need to fill a cavity, but I'm not going to give you a shot."  Or, imagine a root canal without any Novocain!  You might be tempted to say, "I know I'm a Christian, but if you're not going to give me a shot, let me go next door to get a fifth of whiskey!"  Now, I know you wouldn't do that, but you might think it.  You would say, "I've got to do something to deaden the pain if he's going to pull the tooth."  This is what the anointing does.  It comes on you and works for days.  It deadens the place where you have pain so you can get healed.  The anointing is like a balm-the balm of Gilead that Jeremiah spoke of.  He said, "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?"  (Jeremiah 8:22)
Jeremiah was saying, "The balm is like salve that you would rub on to ease the pain.  Do we have to live in misery all our lives?  Do we have to live in shame?  Do we have to be reminded of our past every day?"
In chapter 30, verse 17, Jeremiah said, "For I will restore health unto thee, I will heal thee of thy wounds...."  But you can't get healed without the balm.  The balm of Gilead gets on you and it is a deadening balm.  It deadens the pain so you can recover from the past.  That's what the anointing does.  I mean the anointing will get on the inside of you.  It will deaden you from the past so you can get over it and be healed from it.  That's what people need because they can't recover without it. 

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