Most of us have dreams or goals we want to materialize. I have friends who speak of 10X increase in their business. This blog reveals a great way to use your seer gift to discover the right goals for your dream and make them come true.
What not to do – Most of us are not particularly attracted to purpose statements, mind maps, and goals. Those things are just tools that get wrapped up in a mental approach that drains the life out of us and we run away from them. Here are a couple of examples:
1) Faith – Just ask God to give you more customers or money; “draw them in the spirit.” The miraculous intervention approach is reasonable. The drawback is that it can be passive because we’re letting God do all the work. At worst, it can degenerate to something close to witchcraft where we’re trying to manipulate other people in the spirit realm. There’s a better way.
2) Work the principles harder – This track takes us toward head knowledge by becoming a better leader, getting organized, reading another book, or taking another course. The problem is that we have tried those formulas and gurus before, and they didn’t work. Implementing sound principles can be the letter that kills instead of the spirit that gives life. Our hearts are drawn to relationships and experiences more than recipes. There’s a better way
An increase in business or wealth isn’t magic. Growth comes by adding value that our customers want. So instead of praying for miracles or improving myself, what if I made a better product that people wanted? What if I asked the Lord to show me ways to increase the value of my offer to others? Jacob’s 100X increase during a drought (Gen. 26) probably came from something as practical as irrigation. Jacob was famous for digging wells and hearing God!
Competence and value – People buy from their hearts, and what hearts really want is life. At the deepest level, my heart is designed to co-labor with my Father. What if I abandoned my lists? My prayer list or my self-improvement list (that kills) could be replaced with the life that comes from doing what the Father is doing.
2 Cor 3:5-6 – Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant- — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. NIV
Deut 8:3-4 – man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. NIV
The secret sauce – Your purpose, dreams, and goals take on a whole different level of awareness when God is doing them with you (or without you, if you decide to quit!) What if you see the “life” in those goals when you look at them.
A dream – The Lord showed me my mind map in a dream. We were in a room, and my mind map was 10 feet tall and surrounded us in a semicircle. Each box was a framed picture, but the picture wasn’t static, it was alive. It was like being in a modern museum surrounded by murals that were alive. As I looked at my purpose and the dream in each box, it was like looking at a movie. I could see scenes of that dream coming true. Wisdom spoke to me and said, “Allow your heart to see the life in each of your dreams before you put them in words. Use your seer gift to see the picture of you and Father collaborating and co-laboring. John, you are never alone; The Father Himself is working with you. So are angels and the host of heaven.”
I remembered binge-watching the Harry Potter series on a weekend last winter. In Harry’s school (Hogwarts), there are portraits on the walls. The people in the paintings are alive and moving. Their eyes follow you, and they can also talk to you. Pictures always communicate movies to our hearts. Here’s why:
Great pictures or art provoke our hearts to remember a scene from our own lives or to project ourselves into the new scene. These framed portraits usually touch a memory. But our memories all carry dream themes in the larger story of our kingdom purpose. They communicate something about our future as well because the most exciting part of our purpose lives in our future. That’s what actives our seer gift. We see the picture, and it prophetically activates our seer gift to hear something from our Father about our book or purpose that ignites our heart.
Seers see their purpose in the future – When we look at our mind map of dreams and goals, we’re letting our seer gift show us the picture of what it feels like when that dream comes true, and our purpose is manifest on earth. It’s alive and glorious. We can experience it now! When I see my mind map, it’s never dull or lifeless. I see moving scenes of the great things God will do through me because of an awareness of His engagement in His and my purpose. My goals are in my Father’s heart too! The words on the mind map become flesh; they feel real; they are living words that move in the portrait.
John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory NIV
John 6:63 – The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. NIV
Eph. 3:20-21 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, NIV
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