A couple months ago I sent out a survey asking my readers about their God-given vision. One of the questions was, “What one thing do you really want to accomplish in the next year?”
Over 1,000 folks responded (blew me away!) and I did a word cloud on the answers. This is what it showed:
Looking at that word cloud stirs so many emotions in me. It’s humbling because it represents the hopes, promises, and God-given desires we have as a community.
Looking at it makes me sorta feel like Moses standing on the top of the mountain and looking out over the Promised Land…
“One day the Lord said to Moses, ‘Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel.’” Numbers 27:12
I see so many dreams and PROMISES the Lord has given us:
- restored relationships
- freedom from habitual sin
- ministries that advance His Kingdom
- godly homes
- financial and personal victories
- restored heath
- and so many more
Let me tell you, looking out over the land? It’s awesome.
But we aren’t IN it yet.
We know what’s ours in Christ but we have yet to take possession in certain areas of our lives.
As the end of 2017 closes in on us, I’ve been thinking a lot about Numbers 13. This is where Caleb told the Israelites, “Let us go up at once and take the land, for we are well able to overcome it!”
But the people resisted.
They listed all the reasons why they couldn’t.
Their eyes were full of the obstacles, the problems, the excuses and reasons for NOT pursuing what God intended for them to have.
They settled for mediocrity.
They could have collectively envisioned victory, excitedly talked about an inheritance to pass to their children, exhorted one another with the promises of God.
Instead, they missed it all.
Hebrews 3:19 tells us they were unable to enter because of unbelief and goes on to say that we can do the same thing.
It’s a shame so many of God’s people are simply… how can I say this?… under-achievers.
We are vision-less, faith-less, burdened down by the cares and entanglements of this world, consumed by fleshly pursuits, and lackluster in godly ambition. The zeal of God doesn’t empower us for claiming promised territory and advancing the Kingdom.
And that is truly heartbreaking.
In praying about the direction of the blog for the coming year, the promises He has for us, and how we can best follow the Lord, I am sure of one thing: It begins with sounding the Caleb call, “Go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it!”
That God-given desire? That goal you think is impossible? The secret hope you’re afraid to voice out loud? If God planted it, you can possess it.
Maybe it seems ridiculous. Impossible. Crazytown.
But then again, so did Canaan.
The Lord has stirred in my heart a fresh passion for the message of Grace Goals as 2018 approaches. He has given me fresh faith… and a fresh message to share that is lighting my FIRE!! I’m confident it will light yours too! I’m feverishly working on this new material to share with you. In the meantime, mark your calendars for November 27th because that’s our special target date!
In the meantime, I invite you to grab our FREE Grace Goal Planner when you join our community below. This 7-page goal planner will help you clarify the Promised Land God has for you:
One last thing before you go… I’d like to invite you up to the mountain top. Look out over the coming months. With godly faith and vision, what do you see? What “land” has God promised you? What specific things has He impressed on your heart and birthed in your spirit?
You know, the first thing we need when it comes to possessing promises is clarity on what the promise exactly is. Mark Batterson said, “If faith is being sure of what we hope for, then being unsure of what we hope for is the antithesis of faith, isn’t it?”
So take a few minutes right now to articulate your “hope.” What land is God showing you? What promise has He given? Get clear on that and both your faith and your feet will start moving.
It’s a small assignment but a huge step in possessing promises.