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The Art of Listening…

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Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication.  Someone isn’t listening.  –Emma Thompson

I think the majority of trouble we have in the world comes from simply not listening.  When people talk, many times the one who is supposed to be listening, listens to a portion of what is said and then one of the following things occurs…they either pick up on a piece of the conversation and begin to form an idea or attitude around it, thus not listening in order to formulate what they want to say about it, or they assume they know what is being said and stop listening altogether.

Many problems come from people’s unwillingness to thoroughly  listen.  It is interpreted as disrespectful by the one speaking, and it is.  When you begin to think of what you want to say, instead of giving the other person who is speaking full attention, your mind is on yourself and how important what you have to say is;  That what you have to say is much more beneficial than the one speaking.   It is selfish, prideful and disrespectful.

When you assume you know what is going to be said, you are basically communicating you have something you would much rather do than listen to that person speaking to you.  You half way listen so you can then go and do what you want to do.  Again, the root of this is selfishness and disrespect.

I do believe some people are not being selfish or arrogant, but just can have so much on their plate they don’t give full attention because of time constraints.  No matter what the source of not listening may be, it all produces the same thing…problems!

According to Gloria Copeland‘s book, “Are You Listening?” hearken means to “give heed to; pay attention; TO HEAR WITH THE INTENT TO DO.”   In Deuteronomy 28:1, it gives conditions for being blessed.  It says, “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:”

Some typical examples of people who didn’t listen  or “hearken” to the voice of God and got into severe trouble are Adam and Eve, Jonah, and Job’s accusers.   Because Adam and Eve didn’t obey God, they in essence disrespected Him and what He had said.  They were told to not eat of the tree of knowledge, but did it anyway.  When they refused to act on what God had said, they brought a curse upon all of mankind.  Those are dire consequences of one type of not hearkening, or not listening!

Jonah is another.  He heard what God said, but chose to ignore it.  He did not listen to God’s heart for the people of Nineveh.  He made up his own mind, no matter what God was saying, he was not going to Nineveh to preach a saving message to those people.  He formed his opinion based on what he thought and felt.  Again, as he disobeyed and disrespected God and what God had said, he almost got an entire shipload of people killed!   He was cursed from disobedience and his companions were paying the price, too!

Job’s accusers are the ones who exasperate me the most!  He told them repeatedly he had done nothing to incur the horror that had befallen him, yet they accused him for almost 40 chapters and never acknowledged one word Job said.  They knew it all, they didn’t have to listen.  His circumstances spoke for itself!  God’s idea on this…unless Job prayed for mercy for them, God was going to kill all of his accusers…death is a pretty dire consequence!!

We see from these examples how important listening is and what listening entails.  Listening is to hear someone all the way through, and hear with not only your ears, but with your heart.  Listening is not assuming as Eve did, it is not deciding your thought process is more important as Jonah did, and it is not refusing to hear because you know what you see as Job’s “friends” did.

There was a commercial years ago from a major fast food chain.  It had a catchy song that said, “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.”  What was this company getting across to the customer?  What you say is being listened to and respected.  What you say will be what you get!  If it wasn’t, the chain didn’t make you pay because it was their mess up.  This trained the employees to listen to customers because if they didn’t it would cost them something!  Today, most of the time, if I put in a special order I have learned to check it so I don’t waste a trip back to the store because people either are too busy or just don’t care about the customer’s satisfaction.

I have learned, that if I listen through and through, I will waste less time trying to correct what I should have “heard” in the first place.  How far would we have progressed at a much faster rate if we listened and respected what God told us to do?  I am the prime example of this!  About six months ago God told me to make a move in business and to make it right then.  I went to my husband and he asked for some time to pray on it.  We learned the hard way when God tells you to do something, you don’t have to pray about it or sleep on it…you have your answer, what is there to pray about?  God has already given direction and spoken.  Praise God for renewed mercy and grace!!

We waited and finally we decided to go ahead with it.  When we did we found out we had missed a very large and lucrative window of opportunity.  We didn’t listen and we didn’t respect what God told us.  I had to repent, and so did my husband.  We plead the blood over the sin of disobedience and procrastination and God gave us grace and opened another window for us.  This time we didn’t hesitate on what He told us to do.  God’s formula for victory in life is to HEAR and DO!  It is as important to act on what He tells you as it is to listen!

God is talking all the time.  It is important we don’t think we know a better way, or we assume we know what He means and only listen to a point then jump into something with both feet, only to find out we jumped into a mess and have to spend extra time and energy to correct it.  It is important we get and stay quiet before God and not only listen to what He says, but to listen to what is in His heart and obey all He says!

Write down the things God speaks to you during your prayer time.  He will encourage you, give you promises, and give you direction.  Later, when you need to recall something you have it and there can be no misunderstandings or “missed opportunities” to jump into His greater blessings instead of our own self-made greater messes!!

God bless you, precious reader!  I am so glad you stopped by!!  I will see you, again soon!

 

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The Garden of Eden in You!

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If you spend much time at all around a group of believers, there’s one word you’re sure to hear. It’s a good word. A Bible word. A word we toss back and forth in conversation with ease and frequency.

But there’s one problem with it. Scripturally speaking, we don’t fully understand what it means. We have very little idea of the real power and history behind it.

The word I’m talking about is blessing.

Most of us think that word simply refers to something good that God gives us—a gift He bestows. But the blessing of God actually extends far beyond that. It includes not only His gifts, but the creative power behind them. It speaks not only of what we have been given but of who we are and what God has anointed us to do.

If you are a born-again child of God, THE BLESSING encompasses your identity, your capacity and your call.

Such a statement might sound to some like an exaggeration, and it would be if I were using the word blessing like we usually do—to mean an isolated outbreak of God’s goodness in some area of life. But I’m not talking about a blessing like that. I’m talking about THE BLESSING—and that is a far greater thing.

A Dramatic Moment in Divine History To understand the true scope of THE BLESSING, we must trace its origin back through the Bible to the first chapter of Genesis. There, in what I believe was one of the most dramatic moments in divine history, THE BLESSING made its first appearance.

In the six days leading up to it, God had spoken the earth into being. He had said, “Light be!”…and light was. At His command, the sun, moon, stars and sea had all been set in place. Plant, animal and marine life had all been brought forth by God’s Word. Everything had been made ready for His crowning creation: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26).

Personally, I believe at that moment a hush fell over the universe as all the angels and heavenly host waited in anticipation to see this God-like being who was about to be created. Their attention was riveted upon this being called man who was to be given authority over the earth. What would this creature be like? What kind of power would he possess? What work would God give him to do?

All those questions were answered in an instant with what happened next.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (verses 27-28).

The First Words Adam Ever Heard With those words, God imparted to Adam and Eve—and to all mankind— THE BLESSING. He told them who they were: the lords of the earth created by God in His image as rulers and royalty. He told them what they were supposed to do: replenish (or fill up) the earth, subdue it and bring it into line with the perfect will of God. He also gave them the power to carry out that assignment.

To bless actually means “to empower.” So the first words Adam ever heard, the first sound that ever struck his eardrums was the sound of God’s voice empowering him with the divine, creative ability to reign over the earth and make it a perfect reflection of God’s best and highest will.

How did Adam know what God’s perfect will for the earth was?

All he had to do was look around him. He was living in the Garden of Eden— a place created and ordered by God Himself. That Garden was a perfect demonstration of God’s plan for this planet. It was a prototype of what He wanted the whole thing to be.

Adam’s job was to exercise his God-given authority and expand that Garden until it encompassed the entire earth. That’s what THE BLESSING was for! It provided Adam with the power to carry on the work God began in creation. It equipped him with the divine resources he needed to follow God’s example and, by speaking anointed, faith-filled words, transform the uncultivated parts of this planet into a veritable Garden of Eden.

In other words, THE BLESSING empowered Adam to be a blessing wherever he went. The Garden of Eden was literally inside Adam.

The God Who Never Quits

Of course, we all know that Adam and Eve messed things up. Instead of operating in THE BLESSING they’d been given and becoming a blessing to the whole earth, they disconnected from God through disobedience. They bowed their knee to the devil and gave him access to their God-given authority. When they did, the whole deal was twisted.

THE BLESSING was turned into a curse. Instead of prospering under their oversight, the earth resisted them and became their enemy. Instead of speaking to it and reigning over it as kings, Adam and Eve worked it like slaves, sweating and laboring just to eke out a living. Talk about a long fall! Adam had once had enough power to subdue the entire earth and bless it; after sin entered the picture, he could hardly make a living in his own garden.

Even so, God didn’t give up on His original plan. He never does. There’s no variableness or shadow of change in Him. Once He sets out to do something, He stays with it until it’s done.

So it’s no surprise that just a few chapters later, in Genesis 12, we find Him reestablishing THE BLESSING that Adam threw away. We find Him offering it again to a man who was willing to obey Him and enter into a covenant relationship with Him. We find Him saying to a man named Abram:

Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).

From Generation to Generation

There’s no question about it. That wasn’t just any blessing God was offering to Abram. It was THE BLESSING—the same one Adam was given, the same divine ability and creative anointing that caused goodness and prosperity to spring forth everywhere Adam went. Once again, as He did in Genesis 1, God was offering to a man the power to bless the whole earth.

Abram responded differently to that blessing than Adam did. He didn’t blow it off. He received it with respect and began to operate in it by faith. He even taught it to his children and passed the blessing along to them.

What was the result? Eden-like conditions began to blossom in Abram’s life. Just as God showed up in the Garden to fellowship with Adam and Eve, God began to visit Abram and talk with him. Their relationship was so strong and close that God referred to Abraham (Abram’s God-given name) as His friend.

Abraham’s physical body began to reflect the conditions of the Garden as well. THE BLESSING so renewed and regenerated him that he and his once-barren wife, Sarah, were able to have a son when she was 90 and he was 100 years old.

The great material abundance that marked the Garden of Eden began to manifest in Abraham’s life too. He became very rich in cattle, silver and gold. Everywhere he went, he prospered financially.

Because of THE BLESSING, Abraham and the members of his household learned how to do things they couldn’t do before. Without any formal military training, for example, Abraham’s servants became expert warriors. They fought so effectively that when a coalition of foreign armies attacked, Abraham whipped the whole bunch with just 318 of his servants. Then he freed all the captives and walked away with all the spoil.

Those are the kinds of results THE BLESSING produced again and again in Abraham’s life. They didn’t stop with him, either. They continued in the lives of his descendants because God had specifically said, “I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:7).

Because of that promise, THE BLESSING can be traced down through generations in the pages of the Bible. We can see it in the life of Abraham’s grandson Jacob as he prospered and increased against all odds. Even when people intentionally cheated him in business, Jacob just kept getting richer. His household eventually grew so big the region he lived in couldn’t contain it.

Jacob’s son Joseph experienced the same kind of success in the face of even greater obstacles. When his brothers sold him into slavery, for example, THE BLESSING empowered him to become the overseer of his owner’s entire estate. Later, when a loose woman’s lies landed him in prison, THE BLESSING promoted him until he was in charge of the whole place. Finally, when the prison couldn’t hold him anymore, THE BLESSING brought him to the palace where he ended up as Pharaoh’s right-hand man and prime minister over the entire land of Egypt.

Who Is Abraham’s Seed?

After Joseph died, the revelation of THE BLESS began to dim and Abraham’s descendants slipped into 400 years of Egyptian slavery. But God—who never quits—raised up a man named Moses, breathed fresh life into that revelation and taught an entire nation of Israelites to walk once again in The Blessing of Abraham.

That Blessing was what split the Red Sea for them. It was what guided them and kept them for 40 years in the wilderness. It was THE BLESSING that demolished the walls of Jericho and launched the Israelites into the Promised Land. It was THE BLESSING that gave Samson the strength to single-handedly slay a thousand Philistines, and gave David the guts and grace to kill Goliath. It was THE BLESSING on Daniel that kept the lions’ mouths shut when he was in their den.

All those people enjoyed the benefits of THE BLESSING because of what God said to Abraham. They all experienced some of its effects because He had promised to give THE BLESSING not only to Abraham himself but to his seed.

“That’s all great, Brother Copeland,” you might say, “but I’m not Jewish. So what does it have to do with me?”

If you’re a believer, it has everything to do with you because the New Testament says that when God gave THE BLESSING to Abraham and his seed, “He [God] saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16).

In other words, when God spoke to Abraham and his Seed, He was speaking directly to Jesus. He was giving to Jesus (through Abraham) THE BLESSING that was originally bestowed on Adam.

That’s why Jesus is called “the last Adam” (I Corinthians 15:45). He was the true inheritor of that Blessing. His whole earthly ministry was a demonstration of it. Everywhere He went, He brought blessing. That’s why, when sick people came to Him, He healed them. He was carrying out the mission Adam had been given. He was releasing the power of THE BLESSING within Him to expand God’s kingdom and reproduce God’s perfect will as it was first manifest in the Garden of Eden.

There wasn’t any sickness in the Garden of Eden, so healing is part of THE BLESSING and Jesus healed at every opportunity. There wasn’t any poverty or hunger in the Garden, so prosperity is part of THE BLESSING. Therefore He multiplied loaves and fish to feed the hungry crowds who came to hear Him. There was no harmful weather in the Garden, so when a storm threatened destruction, He spoke to it and calmed it down. That was THE BLESSING in action.

It’s Our Inheritance

But Jesus didn’t stop there. After demonstrating the power of THE BLESSING in His own life, He went to the cross and paid the price for the sin of all mankind. He defeated the curse, rose again and took THE BLESSING back so that you and I could inherit it. As Galatians 3 says:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith…. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (verses 13-14, 29).

Do you realize what that passage is saying? It’s telling us that through Jesus, you and I have become heirs—not just of a blessing, not just of some blessings, or even many blessings. We’ve inherited THE BLESSING! We’ve been given the power of God to create, to make available, and to overcome anything necessary to bring into manifestation the conditions in the Garden of Eden not only in our own lives but in the lives of others.

That’s our inheritance! We are heirs to everything God did in that Garden. Our job now is to help expand it and do our part to fill the earth with its blessing. That was God’s will for the first Adam and today His will is back in place through Jesus, the last Adam.

Some people say we need to get our minds off THE BLESSING and back on Jesus. But the truth is, you can’t separate Jesus from THE BLESSING. It’s what He came to restore. It’s what He walked in and made available to others when He ministered on the earth…and it’s what He has called us, as His disciples, to walk in and make available to others in His Name.

Today, I believe the angels are once again waiting with anticipation, watching this new-creation race of reborn men who have been given authority over the earth in the Name of Jesus. They’re waiting to respond to our command as we go into all the world, doing the works of Jesus, and telling everyone who will listen that He has paid the price for us all to inherit THE BLESSING.  –Ken Copeland


Seeing the Unseen

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It just sounds too good to be true.

That’s what many people think when they hear me make a statement such as, “You don’t have to wait to get to heaven to prosper and have your needs met.”

But the fact is, you don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to prosper and enjoy life. You can enjoy a world of good here and now! God has already done everything it takes for you to live the highest kind of life right here on earth. He created man to live in His limitless provision and care. Had Adam not sinned in the Garden, he never would have had to toil, struggle or sweat.

And, thank God, the story doesn’t end with Adam!

Everything Adam and Eve lost in the Fall, Jesus got back in redemption. He came so we could enjoy life…and not just a little. He came so we could have life in abundance—to the full, till it overflows (John 10:10). Jesus has done His part. Now it’s up to us to do our part and receive all the good He has in store for us.

And, faith is the key to receiving. It takes faith to bring things from the unseen realm of the spirit into the seen realm—the here and now. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Whether we need a physical healing, a loved one’s salvation, more finances, a sound mind or anything else, we receive it one way—by faith.

Now, if you’ve been listening to us very long, you already know faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If you don’t know what God has promised in His Word, you don’t have any basis for faith. In order to bring the unseen (what you are believing for) into the seen realm, you must receive what God says in His Word, believe it and apply it to yourself personally.

“That’s mine!” you say. “I receive it.”

The Spirit of Faith Creates

The Scripture tells us God created the universe in the same way, by using words of faith and power. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3).

God said what He desired, and believed it, before He saw it manifest.

When He wants something done, God doesn’t just think about it. He doesn’t complain about it either. He says it, by faith believing that what He says will come to pass.

Notice at Creation God didn’t say anything about how dark it was. No. “God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:3-4).

God believes and He speaks. He says and then He sees.

God Himself calls things “which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). When He speaks, His words are alive and energized and effective. Hebrews 4:12 tells us there is power in His words to cause whatever He says to come to pass.

You and I create a victorious life here on earth the same way God created and framed the worlds. That’s right. In fact, we have the same spirit of faith He does. It is imparted to us when we are born again. And, to bring His promises from the unseen realm into the seen realm, we must not only believe, but we also must speak His Word—just as He does (II Corinthians 4:13).

First, faith must be stored up in our hearts by consistently taking in the Word through our eyes and ears. Then, as we meditate on those promises and they become more and more real to us, the spirit of faith within us becomes bold enough to speak that Word in power! When that happens, the words “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed!” create healing.

I want you to know that no matter what your situation is, or how serious it looks, that situation can change—if you’ll hear what God says about it, and put His promise in your heart and in your mouth until all doubt is crowded out.

Be Transformed, Inside and Out

Believe! Say! And see it by faith! That’s what it takes to live a life of victory on earth.

Just being born again doesn’t guarantee you a victorious life. You are instantly transformed on the inside when you receive Jesus as your Savior, and you will go to heaven eventually. But for your outer life to be transformed, your mind has to be renewed and retrained with the Word of God. Romans 12:2 commands, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” What renews your mind—your soul—is finding out what God says about something and coming into agreement with it.

Don’t agree with the world that insists, “You could never have that.” Don’t say, “That’s too good to be true!” If you refuse to receive the Word of God, you are hardening your heart just like the children of Israel did when they refused to believe God when He told them to take the Promised Land. And Hebrews 3:15 warns us, “Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”

Unbelief kept the Israelites out of a land that seemed just too good to be true (verse 19). It can keep us out of our promised land too.

So, retrain your soul: your mind—how to think; your will—what to choose; and your emotions. Make them come into line to agree with the Word of God. And make your words agree with the Word: “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…” (Psalms 107:2).

Saying so is faith.

Faith in Two Places The victory and freedom you walk in depend on how much of the Word goes in your eyes and ears on a continual basis. And you have to mix faith with that Word. Hebrews 4:2 says of the Israelites that “the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith” (The Amplified Bible).

And remember, it kept them out!

You can listen to tapes day and night, but until you mix faith with that Word—until you get it in your heart and believe it, and put it in your mouth, it won’t profit you. According to Romans 10:8, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” Faith has to be in two places—in your heart and in your mouth.

If you’re speaking negative words of doubt and unbelief, you have a heart problem. “For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, The Amplified Bible). Your future is literally stored up in your heart. Make sure it’s full of the Word. Faith comes by hearing the Word, and faith goes by saying the Word. You release your faith in words that come from your heart. What you say is what you are calling into your life.

Holy Spirit Power

Now, apart from being born again and renewing your mind to the Word, nothing can change your life more than being filled with the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit swept into this atmosphere in a new way. Instead of hovering over the face of the deep and waiting for God to speak as He did at the time of Creation, He came to indwell God’s children. Why? So when believers would speak the Word of God, the power in that Word would cause itself to come to pass.

That’s not His only function though. The Holy Spirit also teaches us, guides us and gives us revelation of all the good God has in store for us:

 

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit…. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth… (I Corinthians 2:9-10, 12-13).

We can be empowered by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. He will reveal the unseen things God has for us and teach us to talk faith. That’s important because our words give either God or the devil authority to move in our lives.

We Decide

We cannot be talkers of problems, unless we want to be like the world and join them in their problems. We can talk the problem and keep the problem, or we can talk the answer (the Word of God) and have the answer. It’s our choice.

In the Name of Jesus we can take authority over adverse situations in our lives and see them change. We’ve been empowered by the Holy Spirit and the words of God Himself to do just that. You can let the indwelling Holy Spirit teach you how to speak into the atmosphere words that will change things.

Become Like Little Children

Ken and I were Spirit-filled about five years after we were born again, but we didn’t know anything about the Word. It was like when the Holy Spirit was hovering over the face of the deep before God spoke—nothing was happening! We didn’t know how to turn our faith loose. We didn’t even know what to believe. We had a lot to learn. And we had to become like little children and allow the Holy Spirit to teach us.

Galatians 3:23 sums up our life at that time: “Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed” (New International Version). We didn’t know what the Word of God said, so we couldn’t believe for anything. We were locked up in lack and unbelief, with no future and no hope.

But after we moved to Tulsa and Ken became a student at Oral Roberts University, we began hearing the Word of God from Oral Roberts and Kenneth E. Hagin. We learned that faith comes by hearing, believing and saying the Word. We learned this same faith made us overcomers.

Next, we began to change our words. Even though we didn’t understand it all, we didn’t harden our hearts or argue with the truth. We just took what we learned and began to walk in it. Little by little, our lives began to change for the better. Finding out what God said so we could receive His promises became serious for us. We’re still serious.

Whatever we see in the Word, we believe it and receive it. We don’t say, “That’s too good to be true.” We don’t harden our hearts. We just take it by faith—now. Not sometime in the future. Faith is now (Hebrews 11:1).

The Eye of Faith Sees the Unseen

If you need something from God, you have to stand in faith on the Word of God. Hold on to the promise. Believe it until it manifests.

You’ll have lots of opportunity to be moved by what you see. But don’t! Instead be moved by what you believe. What you believe will take over the seen realm.

The unseen will swallow up the seen.

Years ago Kenneth E. Hagin taught us that the “eye of faith” is what looks at the unseen realm. The eye of faith is the eye of believing the Word of God. In the time between when you believe you receive a promise from the Word, and the time it manifests in your life, keep looking at what the Word says, not at the circumstances. “Walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7).

Don’t focus on afflictions or lack.

If you’re believing for a new car, don’t focus on the old jalopy that won’t start. Faith lives in the promise. So “look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Corinthians 4:18).

When you have a pain in your body, see it through the Word which says Jesus bore your pain and “with his stripes [you] are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5). You walk healed by believing and speaking the Word about healing, by putting it in your heart, and letting it become bigger than any sickness. Through the eye of faith, see yourself healed and whole—and say so!

No matter what you need today, find a promise from God’s Word and believe it. Put it in your heart and in your mouth, and it will begin to work for you—that’s faith. There’s no getting around that process.

Why? Because faith is a law. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29). So start calling things that be not as though they were.

What are you calling your body? Your family? Your bank account?

Say what God says about those things. Speak the answer you desire. By the eye of faith, keep seeing what you’re believing for until it becomes seen in the natural realm.

Making substance of the unseen will surely bring you days of heaven on earth. People will look at you and say, “Why, your life is just too good to be true!”

By:  Gloria Copeland


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