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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 2, 2011 - Picture This!

By Gary Rogers

Close your eyes and picture yourself at 100. At this very mature age you won’t have the agility or strength of your earlier years. The things you could envision yourself doing at 25 are different at 100. Now with this mental picture of being 100, imagine being a brand new daddy as Abraham was at that age as recorded in Genesis 17:17. Women can try visualizing themselves at 90 years old and pregnant. Imagine how the simple challenge of getting up in the morning with stiffness was multiplied when carrying a baby in the womb. Imagine this husband and wife standing next to each other with her supporting a big pregnant belly and him grinning with the anticipation of his coming son.

You’d have to laugh at this picture.

Scripture records that both Sarah and Abraham laughed about having a baby in their old age. Genesis 17:17 says, “Abraham fell facedown; he laughed” (NIV). Genesis 18:12 says, “Sarah laughed to herself.” Did this laughter represent unbelief? Could it be that the laughter was due to receiving a mental picture of what God was about to do? If I received a mental picture of Paula pregnant with my baby today at 55, I’d have to laugh.

Concerning Abraham, Romans 4:20 says, “He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Sarah’s reputation was just as strong: “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11, NKJV).

Did Abraham and Sarah laugh because the thought was so outlandish and they couldn’t believe it possibly happening? Or did they laugh because they received a mental picture of what God had promised? According to Scripture, Abraham did not waver at the promise of God. Sarah judged God faithful who had promised her pregnancy. Their faith gave them a mental picture of having a baby at an old age, and they laughed. Their faith caused them to see what was not visible yet, and the mental picture was joyful.

Is there something you’ve been seeking God to receive? Can you receive a mental picture of your enjoying what you’re seeking? If sick, you need to close your eyes and see yourself well. If in depression, you need to close your eyes and see yourself full of joy and anticipation. If dealing with financial problems, you need to close your eyes and get a mental picture of all your needs being met. If you’ve been praying for the salvation of a lost loved one, try closing your eyes and envision that person sitting next to you in church worshipping the Lord and in love with Jesus. Each of these should bring a smile to your face.

Through faith, we see and enjoy the blessing before it becomes visible. Remember, faith is the substance of things hoped for even though the evidence is not yet seen (Hebrews 11:1).

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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