Have you ever wished you could find the secret to achieving the impossible?
I remember reading a story about David Wilkerson, founder of the Teen Challenge Ministries. This happened when he worked with Kathryn Kuhlman in Pittsburgh. David wondered how Kathryn could keep going…and going. She would be on her feet for four hours praying before a service, and then another four hours during the service, and after that, she’d be gracious to guests. She worked hard. David asked Kathryn, “How do you do it? How can you keep going with seemingly endless energy.”
Kathryn shook her finger in David’s face and said: “David, in the Bible it says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead shall quicken my mortal body (Romans 8:11). David, if you can see it, you can have it.” She had discovered a secret that very few will ever understand. God made a promise, and if you can see it you can experience it.
You Must Envision God’s Promises.
I met Dr. Paul Yonggi Cho in 1980. At that time he had 50,000 church members in Seoul, South Korea. We all thought that was amazing, but he had a vision for 1 million members (which came to pass in 2020). Dr. Cho gave us an amazing word about the power of vision.
We actually can see things that others don’t (John 4:35), looking at those things which are not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18), and calling those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).
These are all steps of faith…and without faith it’s impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), but with faith, we can move mountains (Matthew 21:21).
The picture above is not a picture of Mount Hope Church (where I had pastored for 30 years). It is an image of a three-dimensional model that I commissioned to be built before we ever laid the first brick for our 3000 seat Worship Center. We enclosed this finished model in a glass case so the congregation could see it. I was trying to put a vision into their hearts for what we would see in the future.
The artist put this model together in 1984. We needed a new facility. We were conducting five services every Sunday at our old facilities. Finally, little by little, the new building came out of the ground. When we dedicated it in 1987, there were only 200 seats left. We had to go to two services almost immediately when we moved into the new facility.
Many times, over the years, I remembered what Kathryn Kuhlman said to David Wilkerson: “If you can see it, you can have it.” If you can get a picture of something you want and you know it is promised in God’s Word, and you know it is God’s will for you, then SEE IT in your image center.
Prayerfully Imagine Your Ideal Scene In 10 Years (Dream with the Holy Spirit).
Start by thinking about what kind of person you really want to be in 10 years, and the type of lifestyle you want to live. (You may also list some of your heroes and role models.)
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
What do you see ahead for your family, your church, your career? When you see a promise in God’s Word, see yourself as a recipient of that promise.