We live in linear time. God doesn't.
There is a past, a present and a future on the timeline of our lives and our awareness is limited to the present and past. The future is largely unknown to us.
As a result, we identify with the person we are now because we do not yet have a reference point for the person we are becoming.
That's why so many of us are riddled with insecurity, self-judgement and imposter syndrome.
Only God sees our future. He sees our triumph even when we are still in the midst of the battle. We only see the chaos of life right now and everything being thrown at us.
What we need to be aware of is that even when we don't see the final outcome yet, the person we are becoming already exists within us. All the seeds of that person are alive and well inside of each of us right now.
In addition, Jesus said in John 16:13 that, "When the truth-giving Spirit comes, he will unveil the reality of every truth within you. He won’t speak his own message, but only what he hears from the Father, and he will reveal prophetically to you what is to come."
It is the Holy Spirit's job to lead us into all truth.
Here are 4 of the many ways He can choose to speak prophetically to us and give us clues about what our future holds.
1. Do you ever have those moments when you are setting goals where you drift into a daydream experience? In a brief moment we imagine what our life will be like once we've achieved a particular goal. I believe those moments are God inspired. I believe that the God who sees our whole life, beginning to end, chooses to give us a quick flash of our future self in little moments of destiny. It's those moments of divine hope which lead us to lean-in to our callings.
2. Have you ever had someone look up to you? The way they see you and receive your gifting can cause something inside of you to be awakened. That's our sense of purpose being drawn-up like water from the deep reservoirs of our souls to the surface of our present consciousness. It is that purpose which God has planted in us from before the beginning of time. It's that sense of purpose that begins to fuel and direct us towards destiny. I believe God designed us this was so that we would have a heads-up about the person we are meant to become.
3. Similar to #2, have you ever found yourself volunteering or doing something new that unexpectedly sparked a passion in you? It may have brought on an "alive" feeling that made you feel connected to yourself and others in a brand new way. That feeling too, can be a marker which guides us through the fog and storms of life so that we arrive at our intended destination.
4. Finally, do you have a mentor? There are those people whose words, experience and life inspire us. There are those people who have already walked the road we want to take and have blazed a trail to make it easier for us newbies to follow. I believe God puts them in our line of sight to show us that it is possible to become the person who can carry the call that is growing inside of us.
To have someone who believes in us and encourages us and helps us on our journey is priceless. This can be a parent, a teacher, a pastor, a boss or a coach.
When a mentor sees our potential, we can feel a sense of approval which is empowering. This empowerment can feel like permission to pursue the desires of our heart.
The words of a mentor can unlock faith within us to actually begin to believe we are capable of more than we thought we were capable of.
I wan't to clarify a key misconception about mentors though. We do not have to have direct access to someone in order for them to be our mentor.
Having a mentor who is a leader in our "real" life with whom we interact regularly and has the right of relationship to speak into our lives is ideal. However, it is by no means the only way we can be mentored.
There are mentors all around us. Some of my best mentors have been mentors from afar. They don't know me personally, however they've written books which have changed the trajectory of my life. They've taught online courses which have given me the skills I've needed to take action on a dream. They've mentored me through their life-work and I am eternally grateful for the lessons I've learned from them.
I believe God wants all of us to be mentored because He wants us to reach our full potential. With technology, we can be mentored by anyone, anywhere in the world. What a privilege that we are no longer limited by geography.
I also believe that God allows us to see prophetically into our future in order to helps us move forward with confidence that we are on the right path.
There's not a magical invisible line we have to cross on our timeline of life before which we can say I made it, I am finally the person I was always meant to be, doing the thing I've always wanted to do. I believe there is always a next level of growth.
That convergence (coming together) of destiny and reality only happen when they are activated by a faith which is fuelled by experience, obedience and passion.
We already are the person we want to be when we grow up. We may be missing a few skills and life-lessons, we may not have the passion required yet or we may not be as obedient as we could be to the leading of the spirit. However I believe we already have what it takes to make it.
Now it is up to us. We must place a demand on the anointing within us. When we place a demand on it, the supply of heaven is there to meet that demand.
Many new age traditions teach people to visualize, create vision boards and "see ourselves" as having already attained what we want. Their message is twisted with the falsehood of SELF-actualization. They have counterfeited what God has ordained and make it seem as if our visualization is the thing that makes the vision true.
I believe the vision is true regardless of whether we visualize it or not. An effective visualization only happens when we visualize something prophetically which God has already ordered. We don't create it, God does. We just get to agree with it and act on it, or not.
It isn't visualization which activates the manifestation of our promise. It is our faith in God's ability to reveal truth to us and then our obedience to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and take action on that truth which begins to unfold the promise.
What would change about your life today if you actually believed you already were the person you want to be when you grow up? Would your beliefs change? Would your attitude change? Would your actions change?
I challenge you to believe you already are!
Until next week, remember that you are loved and deeply cherished by Jesus and by me.