of The Message
Today I am beginning
a 3-part series entitled, "Crafting Your Future."
I use the word crafting because I believe your future is
like a painting that you paint in your mind. It is a picture
where you envision what is going to take place. That picture
needs to be painted. It needs to be crafted. It needs to
be sculpted. It needs to be artistically developed. As you
paint that picture of your future, your future will be shaped
Future begins with vision and continues with action, and
is completed with determination. Crafting a successful future
requires all three of these things, so we will first look
at discovering God’s vision for our life and creating
the future that will bring us the success that we desire
and that God wants for us.
God wants us to prosper. God wants us to have a vision and
He wants us to have dreams and hopes and aspirations. There
are three things I want you to think about when casting
1) Give yourself
a chance to succeed.
2) Think big
enough. Think so big that there's room for God to fit in
to your dreams and your vision and the picture you have
for your life.
3) Paint that
picture in oils, not watercolors.
2:5 says "Your faith" (or you can use the word
vision) "Your faith (vision) should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God."
Those words give
me hope. They give me the ability to dream bigger dreams
and give me the realization to understand that God is big
enough to do anything that I can imagine. Nothing is impossible
with God. Begin by knowing where you want to go. Create
a picture and develop a canvas. Develop an idea of where
you want to go.
Without a destination you have no destiny. The greatest
failures the world have ever seen are the hopes and dreams
that have never left the minds that imprison them. Without
a destination there is no destiny. There is nothing you
can do. You are like a parked car without any means of moving.
Without a destination you have no destiny. Only then can
you be guaranteed to succeed. The beauty of having no destination
is you can't get lost. You are guaranteed to succeed, because
you are not going anywhere. There is no destiny. But, you
will succeed at failure.
a chance to succeed. Release the dreams, hopes and aspirations
that are trapped within your mind and verbalize them. Suddenly,
something will happen to you. Something miraculous will
begin to take place in your life. You will realize that
your dream and the picture you are painting is actually
too small. Can you believe it? It is too small. We have
to think big enough for God to fit in.
says, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than we ask, or imagine according to His power that is at
work within us, to Him be glory." No matter how big
you can think; no matter how large your imagination, God’s
power is greater. There is nothing you can imagine or create
that will out live or out imagine the power of God. Nothing
is impossible with God. Nothing.
I learned this
lesson when I first entered the ministry. I had been in
the ministry only 6 months, and I was called to leave the
Crystal Cathedral and start a church in San Juan Capistrano.
As my father and I were driving through San Juan Capistrano,
I pointed to a piece of property. I said to my father, "I'm
going to ask the owner of that land for 10 acres of his
ranch. My father responded, "Robert, you know it's
just as easy to ask for 20 as it is to ask for 10.
I said, "with
that logic it's just as easy to ask for 40 as it is for
20. A hour later the decision was made. I would ask for
the whole thing. The next day I sat across the desk from
John Crean, the owner of the ranch. I said, "John,
God is calling me to build a church and wants me to build
it on your ranch. Will you give me your ranch?" To
make a long story short, that ranch was donated to the Crystal
Cathedral Ministries. A little over a year later after I
met with him we held church services on his ranch, and God
built His church!
We think in 10
acres. God thinks in the whole thing! Give yourself a chance
to succeed and release those imprisoned dreams and hopes
and speak them out, as impossible as they may sound. Speak
the little even though it seems so impossible at the time.
Then think big enough and have enough faith to allow God
to fit in and create a miracle, and you will discover the
power of God.
Finally, remember the picture that you are painting on the
canvas of your mind. The picture or painting that you are
creating as you craft your future needs to be done with
oil, and not watercolors.
I'm sure many of you are familiar with watercolors and oils.
There's a huge difference between the two. Watercolors take
tremendous skill. If you take a watercolor and you put it
on a page, then that paper is done. It is finished. There
are no corrections.
Oils on the other
hand are very different. First of all you have a canvas
instead of a piece of paper. In addition to having a canvas
you have a medium that you can continue to shape. If the
color isn’t just right you can make it darker or lighter
or you can change the shading or the brightness. If it doesn't
work at all you can paint right over it. Paint it again.
So, the picture
of the future that we paint in our mind needs to be in oils.
We have the ability and the understanding and the realization
that our future is very unpredictable. God gives us a dream
and a glimpse as a seed. That is all it is. It is a seed.
Once that seed and vision starts to grow and we start to
work and allow God to move us, He will steer us. Then He
can direct us. Then He can get us where we need to be. That
will be where we will find our success.
We don’t know what our future holds, but we know who
holds our future. God knows the future, because He holds
it. We do not.
You paint with
oils. Plans change. You think you have everything in order
and you think you have everything in place, when suddenly
you have a small pain and you go to the doctor and he says,
"you’ve got cancer. I think you better get your
affairs in order." You realize that the best laid plans...the
greatest vision of all in the whole task of working toward
our visions and our dreams and our goals isn’t in
the actual accomplishment as much as it is in the journey.
The vision is there for us to be able to know how to live.
How to live today. How to give us hope. How to give us faith.
How to give us the realization of the power of God working
in our lives. So we live one day at a time, realizing that
with God we can do all things. The most important thing
of all we must remember, is there is one pure guarantee
and James Clark Maxwell were recognized as the foremost
leading scientists of the 19th century. It was Faraday who
actually discovered electromagnetic rotation. And we understand
that today as the electric motor. He invented electromagnetic
induction. We know that as an electric generator. He was
a scientist of the highest order.
On his deathbed
his scientific colleagues asked him about his speculations
about life after death. He said, "Speculations, I have
none! I am resting on certainties." He knew that in
the end, when the journey was over that he would be in the
presence of God forever.
We rest on those
same certainties as we live a life of faith. You allow the
seed to grow. You follow your destination and you discover
your destiny. You live a life of faith.
Craft your future.
Do it today. Paint the picture and release that picture
by speaking it, verbalizing it and allowing it to become
the guidance you need in your life today.
Next week we
will continue as we look at the next step in Crafting Your
Pray with me: "God, we thank you for this incredible
privilege we have to be used by You. Touch us, lead us and
guide us we pray in Your Son’s name. Amen.