Please find a pen before you read this letter. The prophet Habakkuk said, "write the vision", and that's what I'm going to ask you to do.
The pen you are holding probably looks like any ordinary pen... perhaps it has a printed advertisement for a bank, car dealership or even your church. Of course the pen itself is powerless, but when the Holy Spirit guides your hand that pen can become a tool for vision, for making-dreams-come-true. A strong statement, but the authority of God's Word backs it up... there is power in writing your vision.
We are just beginning 2009. I don't know everything going on in your household today. Maybe things are great, maybe there are concerns. I don't know what is happening spiritually in your city area. But I do know that God loves every city, town and village... and every family.
Please, take these steps in faith...
Use the pen in your hand to write four specific things in accordance with God's Word.
First, "Write the things which thou hast seen..." Revelation 1:9.
Write God's blessings to you in 2008... or earlier. Has He saved or healed a loved one? Have you experienced God's provision? A financial miracle? A promotion? Has He protected you from an accident? Have you received a revelation of God's love for you?
Second, "Write... the things which are..." Revelation 1:9.
Write who Jesus is to you today.
"But Brother Peter, things are so tough in my life. I can't think of a single blessing. It seems my whole world is upside down."
I know there may be difficult circumstances in your life. Yet, we both know that kind of negative thinking is a lie from the enemy. Let me ask you: Did God wake you up this morning? Did He give you air to breathe? Do you have clothes? Food? Can you worship God without fear? Isn't it true that God loves you with an everlasting love, and nothing can alter that?
Our life enjoyment increases as we give praise to God, so write down "the things which are" in the message box.
Third, "Write... the things which shall be hereafter" Revelation 1:9. What do you desire for your life?
- Do you want to reach needy people... Write it down!
- Do you want to serve the Lord through a special project... Write it down!
- Do you need healing... Write it down!
- Do you need to experience God's financial provision... Write it down!
- Do you want your family to be saved... Write it down!
You may wonder why in the world you should write down all this information. Actually, it's very simple. The answer is found in Habakkuk 2:3: "
And the Lord answered me, and said, 'Write the vision, and make it plain'..."
There is power in writing your vision. See yourself as God sees you. All the blessings of Abraham (and He was rich in everything) are yours through Jesus Christ. Write down your prayer requests, the things you want to see in your life.
Every vision that God has ever given has faced opposition. Remember these words, "But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God" Acts 5:39 (TLB).
Did you see that? When someone fights against God... they lose. When God is on your side... you win.
Write down the visions and dreams for your life... salvation, divine health, prosperity and guidance. Write it down in the message box.
You have used the pen in your hand in a powerful, spiritual exercise. Now finally, let God direct you to use your pen to release an avalanche of the financial blessings that Jesus purchased for you on the cross. Remember, Jesus became poor that we through His poverty might be rich (2 Cor. 8:9).
Your love gifts for missions have reached millions for Christ in 2008... 2009 will be even greater.
This is your opportunity... to tap into God's abundant provision! Take a bold step! Faith is simply relying on what Jesus has already provided. It is important that we start the New Year right. Put souls and missions first by giving a missions offering now, in the beginning of 2009.
In Genesis chapter 26 Isaac was facing hard times. The "unbelief" solution was to run away... to go to Egypt... but God had another plan. The world may say, "hold on to what you've got"... "don't share"... but God has a better idea.
In the midst of a famine Isaac obeyed and sowed... "and received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings. And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished." (Genesis 26:12 - 13 AMP)
Do you see it? Isaac didn't just receive a hundredfold, but "the Lord favored him with blessings and he became very wealthy and distinguished", it happened in the same year.
The world around us is screaming "recession, depression, hard times." With God let this "same year", 2009, be a year of His increase for you. That's why I'm writing this vision 2009 letter. In this same year - 2009 - God is for you, His favor and blessing is on you.
Maybe you can say this out loud: "My God is no respecter of persons. What He did for Isaac He has done even more abundantly for me because of Jesus."
Thank God for the provision Jesus has given. Get ready to see it manifest in your life. Think about the enormous value you get for your money through World Impact Ministries... every dollar you give brings souls into God's kingdom. Take your pen and write down the amount the Holy Spirit has prompted you to give.
God may direct you to a SEED of $75, $120, $1,000 or even $5,000. The amount is not nearly as important as your obedience to the Holy Spirit. Remember, you always have an enemy who wants you to do the opposite of God. That enemy wanted Isaac to run off to Egypt... but God blessed Isaac and He blesses you RIGHT WERE YOU ARE... and NOW.
You know what the ministry is about... Massive campaigns that touch millions of lives. We are in full swing from day one of 2009. Campaigns are coming up in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and Indonesia.
"Isaac's blessing" is abundantly yours through Jesus. Take action because of what Jesus has provided for you!
Whatever the blessings... include it with your donation. In the "Message" section of the online donation form (click here to enter donation form) write the vision that God gave you in steps one through four. This is a way to say "Thank You" to the Lord, and our Global Prayer Center with stand with you in faith.
Love of Christ,
Peter YoungrenGive Your Best Seed HereMy Prayer Request