another, have a voice in their minds discouraging them to believe in Christ’s promises. Negativity is a robber — it is a key weapon of the enemy. But let me tell you, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4), and I’ll be sharing a few keys to defeat negativity and help us live a victorious life.
1 See with “eyes of faith” The first key is this: you defeat the spirit of negativity by seeing what naturally cannot be seen. Our eyesight is a most marvelous thing, yet when we become Christians, we should not live our lives simply through seeing with our natural eyes. It is important to see what cannot be seen, too. We call it “eyes of faith”. In one of my earlier seminars here, I remember holding up an apple and asking participants what they are seeing. Of course, they answered: “It’s an apple.” Well, that was a fact, but it was not the truth. While it was indeed an apple I held up, I was hoping people saw its potential to become an apple orchard instead. If you pick up a seed, you see a seed — but the person with eyes of faith will see the harvest the seed will produce. Yes, there are many things around us that feed negativity, but when our eyes are open, we begin to realize that God has so much in store for every one. The Israelites from King David’s time are a good example. Faced by the Philistine army boasting a great, big giant in Goliath, the Israeli army became a fearful bunch because of what they are seeing. The Philistines, too, were taken in by sight when they saw little David walking up to challenge their champion.
David, however, saw something else. He didn’t focus his sights on Goliath but saw that his God was able to defeat the giant through him. In fact, Goliath is one of the few people to end up a stone heavier than when he was alive! After which, David declared, “The Lord has delivered you into my hand!” We have to see beyond what can be seen, like Jesus did. Where his disciples saw the sick and needy, Jesus saw their healing, their salvation. Today, we see pollution, wars, economic collapse and upheavals; in England, we see rioting, poverty — a time of great need. It’s time the Church of Jesus Christ rises up, open its eyes, and see what naturally cannot be seen, because when I look out, I see revival! I see a God that wants to save the lost, to heal the sick, to do great things. We defeat negativity by seeing something different, through our eyes of faith.
2 Obey God’s Word Secondly, We defeat negativity by obeying what is biblically instructed. You just obey what God’s Word says. Some of you will have difficulty in obeying in certain areas, saying, “But God, can it really happen?” You just obey and see what happens! By obeying the Word of God, we’d also believe what needs to be believed in the spiritual realm. Some of you might feel too weak to do so in your current state, but the Bible says, “Let the poor say, ‘I am rich’.” We begin to believe what God’s Word says, and things begin to alter, and negativity is defeated.
3 Speak out prophetically Thirdly, we defeat negativity by speaking prophetically what needs to be spoken. The 23
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