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Saturday, July 11, 2009
You Must First "Be" What You Hope To Become
"Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee." Genesis 17:4-5, KJV
I can remember when I began to write my first book. I felt as if God was leading me to do it, but I wasn't sure of how to start. I had never written a book before and did not personally know anyone who had done so themselves. As I considered actually doing it, doubt and fear ran through my mind saying, "No one knows who you are. What do you have to say that hasn't already been said? Who do you think you are? As these thoughts went through my mind, I heard God say, "I'll tell you who you are, - you are an "author". Now get started writing!"
At that moment I realized something that revolutionized the way in which I approached achieving the things in life I hoped to achieve. I realized, in order to become an author I had to first do what authors do. I had to first write. If I had waited for someone to declare me an author before I began writing, I would have never authored my first book. Part of my ''being" what I was seeking to "become", I began to read as much as I could about the publishing process, and went to industry events that authors frequented, so I could familiarize myself with that environment. I had to "be it" before I could ever "become it".
There are some promises and opportunities in life you cannot afford to wait until they present themselves to begin the process of preparing for them. You must be ready for your moment when it comes. You must become so pregnant and possessed with your promise that when your moment comes you are able and ready to deliver. You must position and prepare yourself to operate at the level you intend to occupy before you actually occupy it. If you practice being what you hope to become, when the opportunity arises, you won't be intimidated by it because you have already prepared for it.
So many people fail to realize what they hope for because they believe that they must wait until everything is in place before they attempt to accomplish anything. They want all of their resources and support in place first and leave no room for faith in God. Because this ideal rarely materializes, they allow their hopes to go unrealized and are unprepared for the opportunities that do present themselves.
This is backwards. In the Kingdom of God "we walk by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians. 5:7). "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Anything that God places in your heart to accomplish you already possess the substance necessary to cause it to manifest in your life. You must believe that whatever God has promised you already exists and is yours before you actually possess it. Just because you can't see it (yet) doesn't mean it doesn't exist. If God said it - it's already done!
Oftentimes in the Bible, when God spoke a promise concerning a person He spoke it in the past tense. When God told Abraham that his name would no longer be "Abram" but "Abraham", because He had made him the father of many nations, Abraham was still childless! Did God lie? Never! God was simply revealing to him what He had already done. In order for Abraham to receive his promise he had to operate within his promise. Every time Sarah called him "Abraham" he was reminded of who God had made him - the "father of many nations".
What is it that you are hoping will manifest in your life? You must be what you're becoming because transformation is the precursor to manifestation.
By Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
I am a 53 yr old businessman and I came across a subject for which I took up an interest a few years ago. That developed into other things and changed my whole direction in life. My biggest hurdle in accomplishing my book has been incorrect or missing data for which I developed a new passion. Christian is, as Christian does.