You can’t Be The Change until you can be yourself. And you can’t be yourself until you see yourself as God sees you. As you pursue Him within the context of a social group, you start to receive words of knowledge and prophecies from other believers. And much of the time, God’s words about you sound like He’s talking about someone else.
God sees you outside of Time.
God himself is not subject to Time, so he knows you both as you were, as you are, and as you will be – all at the same time. So when God speaks to you, He speaks to the you who stands before the throne at the end of it all, full of glory and His righteousness.
He talks to us as though we are already the finished product. As though we’ve already completed all the trials and been purified. And in so doing, He prophesies to us who we are becoming. Who we will become in Time.
Each promise He gives is done.
It’s given. If we hear His promises from a perspective that cognitively steps outside of Time and sees that things “just are”, then we realize that outside the timeline the fulfillment of the promise already exists. But within the timeline we have not experienced it yet. But it’s there nonetheless. So we know that the promise realized already is and we cease petitioning God for that thing and we begin thanking him for that thing.
This is a critical step I missed for years and I don’t want you to suffer the same fate. You don’t HAVE to sit around and resent the fact that what God says isn’t happening. You don’t have to be miserable and depressed because you don’t know how to make what God says come true.
Graham Cooke fleshes this out a little in his series, Living Your Truest Identity. ,
The importance of knowing how you are known in heaven. God loves to give us inheritance words. The whole language of heaven is the language of promise. Everything God does and says has promise attached to it.
The law of life in Christ Jesus – When God grants you something, he expects you to take him for granted. If you read Isaiah 61, the mission statement of Jesus, he’s granting us things in the context of change and transition. When God gives you something, it’s the end of prayer. When God makes you a promise, what he’s saying is, You no longer need to pray about this anymore. It’s the end of prayer and it’s the beginning of proclamation.
So when you go through your inheritance words and your prophecies, you understand that God is saying that you are released from supplication about these areas because you have a promise. So now I’m expecting you to stand on the promise and declare to me. I’m expecting you to rejoice. To give thanks. And to praise. Now I want you to stand before me and say, “Thank you that you have given me this. I rejoice in your promise. I rejoice in your intentionality. I rejoice in your faithfulness. And I’m grateful to You that you have now called me into a partnership with you that will enable me to grow in this area outrageously.
When God gives you a promise, it’s the end of prayer. It’s the beginning of declaration and confession. We are proclaiming to the heavenly host, “I have permission in this area!”
This changes everything.
What if those things you’ve been begging God for that He’s already promised would come much faster to you if you just stopped asking and began declaring and thanking? This is what it means to “stand on the promises.” It’s so simple. So profound. And yet it’s not being taught most places. We’re taught to beg and plead for a drop of God’s goodness and to cover up our disappointments when it seems He’s no longer listening.
Rather than beg like a pauper, let’s proclaim like entitled sons and daughters.