Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus didn't think about the pain of Friday...He thought about the joy of Sunday! The promise to get Him through was Psalm 16:10-11 (see Acts 2:31). We need to focus on the prize, not our circumstances. Faith looks at the finish line, not at the race.
Two life perspectives: We can choose to live either photographically-seeing things as they are right now (never get better= discouragement, overwhelmed, bitter) or we can choose to live prophetically and be a winner. We need to learn to live like Jesus so we don't get discouraged and give up. Don't get trapped-look ahead. God has a promise, He's not going to let me be overwhelmed, things are going to get better! We need to focus on the promises God has given us! God lives in the supernatural and we must worship Him in spirit.
The nature of living prophetically: It is thinking that considers present circumstances with faith in God's invisible presence, His supernatural power, and His personal love and promises for every area of my life.
Three principles to live prophetically:
1. Live by faith-don't be controlled by what you see or fell. Beleive what teh Father has promised:JOY! Do not fear-don't beleive your eyes, listen to the Spirit. Prophetic living:the spirit telling the mind what is reality.
2. Live in God's promises. Every problem has a promise from God's Word-get in the Bible! 2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us the promises are Yes in Christ! One on my favorites in Psalm 30:5-joy comes in the morning!
Healing Promises: Psalm 103:2-5, Isaiah 53:5
Promises for your future: Jeremiah 29:11, Hebrews 13:5
Promises for Finances: Philippians 14:19, 2 Corinthians 8z;8
Promises to overcome fear of failure: Isaiah 54:17, Philipians 4:13
Promises about death: John 1:25
3. Live in prophetic faith
(30% of Bible is prophecy!) Encouraging!
Lord, I am chosing on this day to trust your promises! You have a plan and will work all things out for my good and your glory. I will trust you even when I don't understand because I know your ways are higher than my ways. I will focus my thoughts on you and not my circumstances. Thank you for showing me a new perspective and filling me with the power of your Spirit so that I can live out the promises. I praise you Lord!
(these are my notes from Pator Charlie's message this morning)