I want to encourage you to pay attention to what you “see” in your inner soul. Remember, fear comes when we imagine our future without God in the picture. Faith comes when we imagine our future with God in the picture. As I heard the oncologist’s diagnosis that I had aggressive, stage 3 ovarian cancer, that familiar phrase came to my mind. Immediately, I chose to see my future with God in the picture. It made all the difference in my life. Now, in hindsight, I see the far-reaching effects this focus on God had on my life and the miracles, I experienced by the moment.
We have to guard our hearts from becoming depressed, discouraged, and cynical. It is easy to fall into the trap of accepting or expecting the worst. Do everything possible to picture yourself and your future on the victory side of your struggle. What will your future look like with God in the picture? I determined that although I had cancer, cancer was not going to have me! I was not turning over my identity and destiny to the big C. I was determined to be a victor. Saturating my soul with God’s promises of healing was my number one priority. God, His promises, and His Word became my focus. I had to see myself healthy in my future.
My friend put on faith. Put on victory. If you need to, fix your- self up by putting on fresh, cheery clothes. But most importantly, see God in your future. Faith comes when we see our future with God in the picture.
The Choice to Rejoice
Faith has a joyful, confident face. Faith and joy are married together. We’ve got this because God’s got this! Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again. Rejoice.” Faith is not denying the reality of what’s going on. Faith is denying your present reality the right to rule and reign in your life, family, health, finances, and future! Faith in our spirit means faith in our countenance and our attitude. The term getting your game face on applies not only in sports but in real life as well. We don’t bury our heads in the sand. We don’t deny our difficulty and pretend it will just go away or that we can “faith” it away. We face that circumstance with faith and choose to rejoice because we trust in God’s faithfulness, abilities, and almighty power. God’s got this! “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deut. 33:25). You rise up, and you overcome it. True spiritual joy and peace come from deep within our souls and are not contingent upon the current circumstances. They are solidified upon the foundation of our faith and trust in our God and His promises!
Put Your Confidence in God
Our confidence is not in ourselves. It is in our God! We can rejoice because we know He’s got this! You recognize those attacks that are coming against your family or your children, your marriage, or your finances. You can’t just walk away and pretend they’re going to dissolve. That’s not an active faith. Active faith is saying, “Oh, really? Really? Do you think you’re going to come against my family? Not on my watch!” Let me tell you when cancer came marching into our lives, I had righteous indignation rise from within me. Deep inside I said, “No way!” I saw beyond just a sickness. I saw a spiritual attack—an attack that was trying to break the back of our family and break the impact of our lives and ministry. We did absolutely everything we needed to in the physical realm and then looked forward with the eye of faith—and there we saw our God in the picture. We saw our victory with God within us, surrounding us, and fighting for us!
Faith that’s Big and Bold
We need to have bold, nonnegotiable faith. The Lord has a calling and an anointing on each of us to make an impact for Him. Tikkun Olam means making the world a better place and helping broken lives. The happiest people I know are those who have discovered by chance or by choice that it truly is “more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
I want to encourage you to believe big and take the limits off of God. Don’t become weary or discouraged if your miracles take a while longer than you’d like. Be patient with the process. Embrace God’s grace. Feed your faith. Walk in hopeful expectancy. Remember, God created Adam out of the dirt. He loves to create something beautiful out of what appears to be commonplace.
From Caterpillar to Butterfly
My favorite living illustration of godly hope is the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. I love butterflies. I have displays of real butterflies all over my house and office. They are one of God’s most beautiful, amazing creations. They are also a profound representation of the transforming grace and process of God.
When the lowly, earth-crawling caterpillar’s life as it knows it is drawing to a close, it weaves itself into a cocoon and goes into a deep sleep known as metamorphosis. In that dormant stage, the Spirit of God touches it. This little ground crawler grows wings. It wakes up but realizes it is trapped in its cocoon. It pushes, struggles, and finally breaks free of the entrapment. As it struggles, its new wings gain strength and begin to spread. Suddenly, this beautiful, transformed creature emerges from the death cycle into a new life cycle and arises as one of God’s most beautiful creations—a butterfly!
Sometimes we feel like caterpillars. We feel like our vantage point of life is the ground. We feel like we’re just inch, inch, inching along at slow speed like a caterpillar. The caterpillar never imagined its life would be more than that of an ordinary ground crawler. Previously, it lived its life limited to a lowly view of itself and painstakingly crawling over and around obstacles.
Maybe you feel that way when suddenly God puts you in a little cocoon. You say, “Nothing’s happening here. I’m asleep. I’m missing out on life, and things are going on all around me.” Then you wake up and start to push and struggle to break out of the darkness and captivity. Through those very struggles, you become strong and gain the ability to take flight. I’m telling you, when you break out like that butterfly, you will know the transforming power and love of our God!
He has not destined you to the lowly existence of a caterpillar. He has destined you to be transformed and fly like a butterfly. God has called you to accomplish every one of your dreams. It is my prayer that He will bless you greatly so that you can be an even greater inspiration, light, and blessing to all those around you as you share your miracles by the moment.