It is easy to focus on what we can’t do, on problems, on what is not working. It is necessary to focus on what we can do. Speaking positively is one aspect of this, thinking differently and conditioning ourselves with a success mindset. But there is a deeper and yet profoundly simple spiritual principle of prophesying purposefully the very reality that God sees. More than just expressing our own opinion, embracing God’s perspective as our reality allows us to see with the eyes of faith that which is not yet visible with our natural eyes. This ‘can do’ optimism typically develops in four key steps.
1. Be rightly motivated – we cannot just claim what we want from God. James 4:3 says that we ask and do not receive, because we ask amiss. We need to align our hearts and minds to God’s will and this can only happen as we are prayerful and then aware of what the Bible teaches in context.
2. Hear God – he generally speaks through the Bible as we pray and ask Him to. 2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” I generally ask God to speak to me before I read the Bible, and expect that He will guide me with specific wisdom and insight.
3. Embrace the truth – once we know and acknowledge God’s truth, we need to express it as if we really do believe it. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” We speak God’s revealed Word with authority to our reality to bring change.
4. Persevere – when our feelings and human rationale say otherwise, we need to continue to hold to what God says. Far from denying reality, this is about a conviction of a new reality that is yet to come to pass. Hebrews 10:23 reminds us to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”
There are many who would limit these principles to faith for salvation. This is a limited perspective, since our redemption is surely for the purpose of serving God and His kingdom. Jesus even said that a small amount of faith can move mountains in our life (Mark 11:23). Serving God is not just about mental acknowledgement of His existence, but experiencing a transforming difference in everyday life! Let’s prophesy the power of God and become a positive, faith-filled ‘can do’ people.