What Are Your "Practices" Preaching?
Happy Monday and a happy President’s Day! In honor of a day that celebrates our forefathers I want to talk a bit about leadership. You might not believe you actually […]
Who you ARE comes from how you SEE yourself. If you see yourself as fat, ugly or stupid, you can’t see beyond it – blocking a view of your destiny with that “I can’t do anything…no one wants me…I’m ugly” vision!
Today, let’s spend a little time in front of the mirror. Sound uncomfortable? It used to be very uncomfortable for me.
See, I saw myself as a fat, ugly, stupid person who could do nothing right. I viewed myself the way my stepfather trained me to think of myself, calling me all of those horrible things. I actually believed him. You need to understand, who you are comes from how you see yourself… AND limited by what you cannot see!
For example, if you view yourself as fat and ugly – like I used to – you can’t see beyond that. You block a view of your destiny with the “I can’t do anything right… no one will ever want me… I’m fat or ugly” mindset!
But let me tell you, life and death live in the power of the tongue! When you look in the mirror, what life or death do you speak into your life? Do you feed that vision of a “nobody” who will never obtain success? Or, speaking into a destiny God has preordained for you?
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18). Today, you’re going to create a new vision for yourself. Write down what you want to see in your character, your health, your marriage, your career, your finances and your future. And speak life into that! Anyone without a vision will perish.
Without a vision, no great destiny exists. Instead of that great destiny He planned for you, you end up settling into someone else’s mediocre vision: “My dad died at 50 – so will I!”
In the Bible, you see multiple examples of people who had this amazing vision and fulfilled the Lord’s destiny. You also can find examples of a few people who had no vision (or completely self-centered visions) and how it destroyed their lives.
Vision played a huge role for David – he faced-off against a giant! Daniel used his vision to stand up for truth, after he and the other political advisors faced death for failing to interpret the King’s dream. Esther’s vision was bigger than herself; she risked her life to save an entire nation! It was her destiny! She didn’t mope around, saying she was ugly or worthless… her political influence saved an entire nation of people.
Can you imagine if Esther had the negative self-image so many members of our society adopt? That death spoken into your life tells you to be quiet when injustice happens, to hide your true self.
Meanwhile, look at Judas, whose vision focused on greed – leading him down a path to suicide. Solomon’s greed for power, money and women led him to become powerless and unfulfilled. And his heirs were cursed, to boot! Your sins will follow your children, just as you have inherited your parent’s sins, poor habits or limited mindsets.
Are you ready to create a vision for your life and step into the destiny He set for you? What does that look like for you? I’d love to know! Please leave me your comments below, and be sure to Share today’s message with your circle of influence.
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In great faith,
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