Commit to pray daily.
Third, make the commitment to pray daily. Taking the time every day to communicate with God tells Him that your heart is open to Him and that you want to learn more about Him. And as you pray, keep a
journal that contains your requests and how God answered your prayers as a continuing testimony of His work in your life. Remember to write down the specific verses He applies to your situation and the promises He gives you from His Word.
In his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and
gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God (Daniel 6:10–11).
THE WORD IS LIFE AND LIGHT
In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself….
In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. John 1:1,4,5
Life overcomes death, and light overcomes darkness. The Word of God is both life and light; therefore, it contains the power to overcome the darkness and death that prevail in people’s lives.
Speak These “I Am”s over Your Life
Let me give you some “I am”s to speak over your life. Read over these declarations every day. Get them down in your spirit. Meditate on them. They may not all be true right now, but as you continue to speak them, they will become a reality.
“I am blessed. I am prosperous. I am successful.”
“I am victorious. I am talented. I am creative.”
“I am wise. I am healthy. I am in shape.”
“I am energetic. I am happy. I am positive.”
“I am passionate. I am strong. I am confident.”“I am secure. I am beautiful. I am attractive.”
“I am valuable. I am free. I am redeemed.”
“I am forgiven. I am anointed. I am accepted.”
“I am approved. I am prepared. I am qualified.”
“I am motivated. I am focused. I am disciplined.”
“I am determined. I am patient. I am kind.”
“I am generous. I am excellent. I am equipped.”
“I am empowered. I am well able.”
“I am a child of the Most High God.”
THE IMMEASURABLE VALUE OF KNOWING
For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive
into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 2 Corinthians 10:4,5
The portion of this Scripture that speaks of the true knowledge of God is referring to the Word of God. God’s Word is true knowledge of Him and His ways and character.
According to the Scriptures, Satan seeks to build strongholds in our minds. Strongholds are lies that are believed. A person who believes a lie is deceived. When an individual believes that wrong is right, he has fallen into deception. Satan works through deception, but the knowledge of the Word is the believer’s defense and victory.
No person will ever live a truly victorious life without being a sincere student of the Word of Almighty God.
Choose a place where you can be alone with God
Second, select a place where you can be alone with Him. If your home and schedule are crowded, the idea of finding some privacy in order to talk to the Lord may seem like a pipe dream. However, with
some creative thinking and a request for assistance from the Lord, you should be able to find a place that works ideally for you.
Be a Joshua, Be a Caleb
In Numbers 13, Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the Promised Land. After forty days, ten of them came back and said, “Moses, we don’t have a chance. The cities are fortified and very large and the people are huge. Compared to them we felt like we were grass- hoppers.” Notice their “I am”s. “I am weak. I am inferior. I am intimidated. I am afraid.” What happened? Fear, intimidation, and inferiority came knocking at their door.
The other two spies, Joshua and Caleb, came back with a differ- ent report. They said, “Moses, yes, the people are big, but we know our God is much bigger. We are well able. Let us go in and take the
land at once.” Their “I am”s were just the opposite. “I am strong. I am equipped. I am confident. I am more than a conqueror.”
What is interesting is that the negative report from the ten spies spread like wildfire throughout the rest of the camp. Before long some two million people were intimidated and afraid. Nobody even
paid attention to Joshua and Caleb’s report of faith. Here’s what I’ve learned: A negative report always spreads faster than a positive report. When people are murmuring, complaining, and talking
defeat, be on guard. Make sure you don’t let the wrong “I am” take root.
The people of Israel were so distressed by the negative report that they complained against Moses and Aaron, “Why did you even bring us out here? We’re going to die in the wilderness. Our chil- dren, our wives, they’re going to be taken as plunder.”
God answered back something very powerful and very sobering.
He said in Numbers 14, “I will do for you exactly what you have said. You said you’re going to die in the wilderness, so you will die in the wilderness.” God is saying the same thing to us. “I am going to do exactly what you’ve been saying.” Don’t ever say, “I am weak. I’m intimidated. I’m inferior.” Friend, the wrong “I am” can keep you
from your destiny.
Do you remember reading in the Scripture about a man named Sethur, a man named Gaddi, or a man named Shaphat? I’m fairly
certain that you’ve never heard of them. You know why? They were listed among the ten spies who brought the negative report. They also never made it into the Promised Land. The fact is they were
called to be history makers, just as Joshua and Caleb were. They had seeds of greatness inside them, but the wrong “I am” kept them from making their mark.
Don’t let that be your destiny. You may be facing some major obstacles. My challenge is for you to be a Joshua. Be a Caleb. “I am strong. I am confident. I am equipped. I am more than a conqueror.
I am well able.” Make sure you have the right “I am”s coming out of your mouth.
Joshua and Caleb were the only two from that whole wilderness company to ever make it into the Promised Land.
THE TWO-EDGED SWORD
Let the saints be joyful in the glory and beauty [which God confers upon them]; let them sing for joy upon their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats and a two-edged sword
in their hands. Psalm 149:5, 6
In this passage the psalmist gives us a picture of the position that the saints of God should take — with songs of praise and worship in their throats and the two-edged sword of the Word of God in their hands. In the remainder of the psalm he goes on to infer
Choose a time of the day to spend with God.
First, choose a definite time of the day to spend with the Lord in prayer. Praying only when your schedule allows it or when your needs become urgent shows a lack of appreciation for the opportunity God offers. The time of day you choose —whether early in the morning, late in the evening, or sometime in between—is not the issue. Rather, consistency is the key. Ask God to show you the perfect time when you can be alone with Him.
Change Your “I Am”s
You have gifts and talents that you’ve not tapped into yet. There is a treasure inside you. Throughout life, negative thoughts will try to keep it pushed down. The enemy doesn’t want you to reach your full
potential. There are forces constantly trying to make you feel intimi-dated, inferior, unqualified. If you’re going to fulfill your destiny, you have to shake off the negative voices. Shake off the thoughts
that are telling you, I am unable. I am unqualified. Don’t invite weak-
ness. Don’t give intimidation an invi-
tation. You may feel unqualified, but before you were born, God equipped you. He empowered you. You are not lacking anything. God has already stamped His approval on you. People may try to push you down, but when you know God has approved you, you realize, I don’t need other people’s approval. I’ve been equipped, empowered, and anointed by the Creator
of the universe!
I know a man who was told by his high school counselor that he wasn’t very smart and should focus on the lowest skilled job that he could find. I’m sure the counselor meant well, but he didn’t know who this young man was on the inside. He didn’t see the seeds of greatness God had planted in this young man. As a high school stu-
dent, this young man’s “I am” was distorted. “I am not up to par. I am not smart. I am very average.” He didn’t realize he was inviting
that into his life, but over time it showed up.
After high school, this man got a job at the local factory and stayed at the lowest level year after year after year. One day the fac-
tory closed down, so he went across town and applied at another factory. This company had a policy that job applicants had to first take an IQ test. He took the test and scored the highest in the
company’s sixty-three-year history. His IQ score was assessed at genius level. He went on to start his own business, and he invented and patented two very successful products. Today, he is extremely blessed.
What happened? He changed his “I am.”
Could it be what someone has told you is keeping you from God’s best? Could it be that the wrong “I am” is keeping you from ris- ing higher and reaching your full potential? Do what this man did Change your “I am.” Don’t let what somebody told you determine your destiny. Get in agreement with God. Know who you are and know who you are not. “I am not lacking. I am not average. I am not inferior. I am equipped. I am empowered. I am anointed. I am wise.
I am a masterpiece.”