Whenever I talk to Jesus He always encourages me to remember – to remember and be very deliberate about writing down, thinking upon, talking, singing and sharing about all the good things He has done and is doing. He reminds me of His promises, words and the revelations He has downloaded into my life and encourages me to live out of these truths rather than be governed by my circumstances or difficulties.
There is real power in these words and testimonies; both the testimonies held in God’s word, other people’s stories of the good things He has done for them, and my own stories of God’s goodness.
It’s these words (prophecies) and testimonies which help me to stay patient while waiting for breakthrough or when I am facing tough decisions or trials of some sort. It’s what Kris Vallotton calls having an “arsenal of testimonies and prophesies” to help us stand and to warfare with.
Paul encouraged Timothy to have this same arsenal when He said, “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well”. (1 Timothy 1:18)
It’s what David would have done whilst fleeing for His life after Saul tried to kill Him. Chosen by God and anointed to be the next King David had to wait, keep believing and stand with only a prophetic word from God to help him. He had to be proactive and have a strategy of praise, thanksgiving; of thinking about and acting upon the previous exploits of God and His prophetic word to him. (2 Samuel) It was these similar revelations from God which many of the great men of women of faith also stood upon to see their promises manifest – people like Noah, Moses, Abraham, Joseph and Mary.
Today whatever you are facing, or are waiting to arrive in the natural realm; wherever you are looking for the breakthrough on and believing for, I encourage you to be proactive, deliberate and to use the strategy that these great men and women of faith overcame with.
Think on and talk about what God has said both through His Word, revelation and prophetic words given to you. Write them down and look at them often. Mediate on what God has done and you will have success. “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (Joshua 1:8)
“Whenever you are facing a trial take your situation and sandwich it between your testimonies (what God has done for you), and your prophetic words (what God has said He will do)… then decide how you will think and talk about your situation.” (Kris Vollotton)
Don’t just be content to let life happen to you. Happen to life and make an effort everyday to focus on those testimonies and prophesies from God which are designed to direct and accelerate you towards all that He has planned and purposed for your life.
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
“The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” (Jeremiah 1:12)
Prayer: Lord would you please help me to discover and remember the good things you have done for both me, others and those accounts of people in the bible. What you have done for others you can and will do for me. What you have promised you are faithful to accomplish in my life. I’m choosing to think, speak, sing and share about these things today. In Jesus name Amen.