We have all heard the saying, "I'll believe it when I see it!" We look for evidence all around us to confirm that something has happened or that something needs to be done. The challenge is that the last time I checked, there were very few places where you could go to buy your "crystal ball" to see if the future was all that it was cracked up to be. And if you did manage to find one, the chances were that it was totally unreliable! I recently heard someone describe faith as "Seeing AND Believing", and I think that he hit the nail on the head!
What are you saying?
Wayne Dwyer once said, "If prayer is us talking to God, intuition is when God talks to us." So this got me thinking about how often we sit there listing off a series of 'demands' to God for the things that we want, yet we often don't invest in the actions required of us to qualify for the receipt of answered prayers.
Please, don't get me wrong. It sometimes feels that we are living in an entitlement society brought on by 'Welfare State mentality' thinking. It's almost as is we expect something as a given even though wee might not have qualified for it or undertaken the work to justify receiving it. The world we live in has developed an iPhone, iTunes and iMac culture... "I" comes before everything else. Yet, the only place where I saw success come before work was in the dictionary!
In Dr. John C. Maxwell’s book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”,he teaches about the Law of Intuition. He states that "The Law of Intuition depends so much more than just the facts."
Are you able to overturn the facts through your faith?
When the facts are staring you in the face and your bank balance is staining the paper crimson red, or the big breakthrough that you desire is elusive, are you aligning your words AND your thoughts to bring positive change? Are you declaring 'death' over your situation or are you breathing life into it?
If people that surround you are telling you that it's time to 'shut up shop', but you feel that the breakthrough is desperately close, I would encourage you to recalibrate your words and your thoughts into perfect alignment. Here are five simple questions to ask yourself that will help you achieve that perfect alignment:
1. Are you sold on your vision?
How do you know if the vision you have is yours or has been given to you by the Grand Overall Designer? The simple answer, according to Jentzen Franklin in his book "Believe that you can", is to ask the question, "Can I achieve this vision by myself?" If the answer is yes, then the dream is yours; if the answer is no, then it has come from the Grand Overall Designer!
2. Are you believing your words?
Dr. Martin Luther King said, "I believethat unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant." If Dr. King could believe in his words and impact a nation, will you believe inyour words and implement change in your situation?
3. Are you specific with your requirements?
They say that is you don't stand for something, then you'll fall for anything! In a similar fashion, I would challenge you to figure out if you are very specific with your requirements. When you are asking the Grand Overall Designer for something, how specific are you with your requirements? After all, if He can grant all of your prayers, wouldn't it be wise to ask for thespecific things that you require?
4. Are you willing to 'burn the boats'?
Legend has it that when Cortes landed in Mexico in the 1500s, he ordered his men to burn the ships that had brought them there. This act forced them to fight till the victory was theirs, as escape was no longer a valid option. What will you have to do to ensure that you fight until the victory is yours?
5. Are you sure that you understand your "WHY"?
So, the next time you are battling a large obstacle, ask yourself these 5 questions to help you lift the lid on your potential!