See Yourself Being Where You Want to Be
Genesis 13:14-15 And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.
In the words of Dr. Mike Murdock, “you cannot operate beyond the level that you see yourself”. What that means is that if you see yourself based on your current reality, you will be stuck with your current reality. On the other hand, if you consistently see yourself operating at the level where you want to be, it will become your new reality after a while. The lesson to be learnt here is that our thoughts or how we see ourselves must be aligned to where we want to go. This is consistent with Proverbs 23:7 that says “for as he thinketh in his heart so is he”. It means that what you consistently think or see in your mind’s eye is what you will become. God taught Abraham this principle in Genesis 13:15 when he said to him “for all the land which thou seest I will give it to thee”. The essence of what God was saying to him was that what he saw was what he would receive.
For most of us our approach to life is like that of Peter when He was walking on the water in Matthew 29:28-31. He was walking on the water quite fine until he started paying attention to the boisterous wind blowing. Bear in mind that the wind was blowing all along when he started walking on the water, what changed was that he allowed it to occupy his thoughts. When he did, doubt crept in, and he began to sink. What Peter’s experience shows is that if we choose to see the current reality, symbolized by the wind, things will get worse rather than get better. There are two (2) steps to seeing and receiving the future you want to create. God also revealed this to Abraham in Genesis 13:14-15. The first step is to stop seeing your current reality. To that effect God told Abraham “To lift his eyes”, which means stop seeing what is happening around you or your current reality. If that is all you can see, you will create more of the same.
The second step is to redirect your mind to see the future that you want to create. It is for this reason that God told Abraham to look northward, southward, eastward and westward and all the land that he saw he would give it to him and his seed. The message to Abraham was that his future and that of his seed depended on what he chose to see. Choose to consistently see yourself being where you want to be, and it is only a matter of time before it happens. Some of the ways in which you can practice this principle is to put up pictures in your environment that represent the future you are seeking to create. In addition, visualize the future as if you are already there with the same emotions that you would feel when it actually happens.
Life Application: See yourself as being where you want to be by not allowing your current reality to occupy your thoughts and instead, intentionally flood your mind with thoughts of the future you intend to create.
Prayer: Lord, help me to walk in faith as I see all that you have established for me. May I never waver in my faith even when the “waves” of doubt try to overpower me. In Jesus’ name, amen.