Today we continue to teach on our overall theme for the year: “GREAT FREEDOM.” In this series, we have studied 2 Corinthians 3 and 4. Yesterday we go to 2 Corinthians 4:13. I shared a message entitled, ‘Believing and Speaking.” Let’s go back to this same verse today and we will continue to flow in the same vein.
(2 Corinthians 4:13 NKJV)
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak.
So what does this mean for you today? A few things.
1. Our future is God’s past.
a) Your future is God’s past. He has already been there. He has already seen it. It has already played out before Him. So when He looks at your life today, He is looking for what He saw (Ecc 3:15). He is looking for history (or HIS-story) to repeat itself in your life.
b) God can show you your future because, from heaven’s perspective, it’s already done. God reveals these things to you by His Spirit. When He does, your job is to see it in the spirit (not with your natural eyes), believe it in your heart, declare it with your lips (by faith), and then launch out into this world, ready to perform the corresponding actions required for you to see an earthly manifestation of what God revealed. When you SAY something or DO something, solely based on what God revealed, especially without any sense-realm evidence to support what you are saying/doing — that’s faith!
2. What it looks like to live by faith.
a) Faith peers into God’s realm, from the earth realm, and says what it sees.
b) Faith peers into God’s realm, from the earth realm, and does what it saw.
c) This is how God’s will is done, on earth, as it is in heaven.
d) Living by faith means you are living from heaven’s reality.
e) Living by faith means that what God revealed to you is more real to you than what you see in this world.
3. Don’t be afraid to take God public.
a) When the Lord shows you your future, don’t be afraid to tell others about it. If you wait until God does it to say it, God will be glorified. But He will get even more glory if you have the audacity to say it before it happens and then watch as others are amazed when God brings it to pass.
b) Abram had the audacity to SAY His name was Abraham, which means, “Father of many nations”, before Isaac was born. He said it because God revealed it.
c) David stood in front of two nations and openly declared that he was going to cut Goliath’s head off. He said this without even having a sword in his hand. Why did he say it? He said it because God revealed it to him and he had the audacity to declare what he believed.
d) Mary considered what God revealed to her — that she would become pregnant by the Holy Spirit, that she would have a son, that His name would be Jesus, and that he would be the Son of God — and she had the audacity to say, “Okay, be it unto me, according to what You have said!” As crazy as it sounds for a virgin to get pregnant, she believed it and she SPOKE IT!
e) Don’t be afraid to open SAY what God placed in your heart. When you have the audacity to take God public, before it happens, it lets God know that you are truly confident that He will do what He said. You are so confident that you are willing to look foolish if it does not happen. That’s the type of confidence God is looking for. Fatih that speaks!
That’s enough for today.
Declaration of Faith:
Father, I thank You for placing Your Spirit IN me. Your Spirit reveals things TO ME that were prepared FOR ME but concealed FROM ME. As He does, I have the faith to see it in the spirit, to believe it in my heart, to declare it with my lips, and then launch out into this world, ready to perform the corresponding actions required in order to see an earthly manifestation of what You revealed. My future is Your past and I live by the revelation of what is to come! This is the life of faith and I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!