Before you start planning for 2012, make sure you CLOSE OUT 2011 STRONG! Watch this, it will bless you:
(Hab 2:2-4 NLT) Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others. This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. “Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
- God can give you a vision.
- The vision will not happen overnight.
- If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, God cannot lie!
- Live by faith and your faithfulness will take you towards the vision!
(Heb 10:35,36 NLT) So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
- If you throw away your confidence you will be aborting the dream!
- Patient endurance is what you need to accomplish great things with God!
- If you keep pressing, you will receive all He has promised!
- Before you start laying out new things for 2012, go back to what God said you would do in 2011.
- Do what you can and believe God for what you can’t.
- The year is not over, don’t give up on those things you were believing God for!
FINISH 2011 STRONG!
God has a DREAM for your life. You role is to open your heart to it. I will use Joseph as an example:
1. Believe the dream: (Gen 37:5 NLT) One night Joseph had a dream
- God does not wait until you are ready before He reveals His dream for your life.
- The key is not dismissing the dream, just because you are not ready for it.
- Look for God to reveal to you your “to be” stage and believe it when He does.
2. Protect the Dream from Dream-Killers: (Gen 37:19,20 NASB) They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer! “Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!”
- Not everyone who is with you is for you.
- Learn to wait on God and only share precious information with precious people.
3. Submit to the Process:
- Greatness is not accomplished overnight.
- Joseph went through a lot in the space between the dream and the demonstration.
- Know that God is faithful to His promises.
- Submit to the process and know that every day is one step closer.
4. Never Give Up:
- Joseph had plenty of opportunities to give up on the dream, but he remained faithful to God through it all.
- Be faithful to God at every stage of vision development.
- If Joseph would have given up during Pit Phase, the Potiphar Phase, or the Prison Phase of his life, he would have never experienced the PALACE PHASE!
Watch and be blessed:
(Mark 9:22,23 NASB) “It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!” And Jesus said to him, ” ‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.”
1. There is LITERALLY Nothing God can’t do.
2. Any limit we perceive of our God is an artificial limit we have placed on Him!
3. As we grow in Christ our experiences should help us expand our capacity to believe.
4. The more you can believe; the more is POSSIBLE for you!
We come to God with a set way of thinking and speaking and we must allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform our thoughts, words, and actions. Once we change the way we think, we will change the way we speak. Once we change the way we think and speak, we will change the way we act. Once we change the way we act, we have changed! Hallelujah!
Here are 5 facets of the Language of Faith:
1. The Language of Faith’s vocabulary is found in the Word of God (Jer 1:12). When I joined the military I had to learn the ‘lingo’ and what the plethora of acronyms that we use meant. Likewise, when I was Born-Again, I had to learn what things like salvation, redemption, atonement, sanctification, propitiation, etc; meant. I learned them through the Word of God. We must all learn the language.
2. The Language of Faith speaks pertinent promises. Once I learned the language, I had to start putting it into practice. I learned that there were scriptures that promised me peace when I troubled, health when I was sick, deliverance when I was bound, restoration when I was alienated, and etc. I had to learn what scriptures were pertinent to my situation and I stood on those pertinent promises. The language of faith speaks those pertinent promises for permanent change.
3. The Language of Faith speaks the desired outcome (Rom 4:17). I had to train myself not to simply speak what I saw. If I can see it, then it does not require faith (Heb 11:1). I had to train myself – under this new language – to speak things, in accordance with the Word of God, that I desired to happen, before they happened. Not only that, but I had to literally train myself to believe that what I spoke would come to pass. That is basically ‘releasing your faith’ over a certain situation.
4. The Language of Faith continues to speak the desired outcome until it comes to pass. It is foolish to think that everything in Christ is going to come easy. You can find the right promise, speak the right things, release your faith, but there will always be opposition. They key is not to allow what you see (opposition) to change what you say (faith). You must continue to speak the desired outcome until you see it come to pass in your life!
5. The Language of Faith never cancels out their declaration of faith with doubt and unbelief (Jas 1:7). We dealt with this yesterday. We must doubt and doubt and have faith in our faith. Know that doubt cancels faith and that faith cancels doubt. Never speak doubt after you have spoken faith.
(Heb 6:12 AMP) In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises.
I believe this message will bless you:
1. It is not the will of God that we become spiritual sluggards. We are to live for Christ all the days of our lives. You cannot retire from being a Christian. Every day you live should be a day you live for Christ.
2. We should be imitators of faith: We should seek both biblical and living examples of people who have experienced success in God through faith; people that have placed their confidence in God’s power, wisdom, and goodness. If it worked for them and we imitate their faith (also see Heb 13:7), it will also work for us. God honors faith.
3. We should be initiators of patience: We should seek both biblical and living examples of people who have experienced success in God through patience; people who practice patient endurance until they see the reality of their faith.
4. We must be confident that we can also obtain the promises of God through faith and patience: We looked at example after example of people operating in faith and patience to obtain the promises of God. Peter tells us that we have “like precious faith” (2 Pet 1:1). In other words, Elijah, Joseph, Daniel, Paul, James, etc.; all operated in faith and we – as Born-Again believers – have the same faith. They did not get a different kind of faith. We have the same bible, the same promises, and the same faith. If we operate in the same faith, coupled with the same patience, we will also obtain the promises of God.
Lately I have spoken to many believers who have told me of the challenges they are facing. It seems like the devil is very busy, but guess what? We can be too. Don’t just sit back and let the devil roughshod over you, your family, your children, your career, your health, your finances, and etc. GO ON THE OFFENSIVE!
In this video I will tell you to:
1. Determine to TAKE A STAND! (Mentality)
2. Prepare for a faith-fight (get in the Word – search the scriptures)
3. Take the fight to the Enemy – Trouble Your Trouble! (pray, believe, declare, disrupt, engage!)
No matter what you are facing, one Word from God can turn your seemingly hopeless situation around! God can breathe life into anything that looks dead!