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by Gloria Copeland
Have you ever been challenged to think bigger? To dream larger? To expect more than you’re in the habit of expecting? When you respond to such a challenge, you call it “raising your sights.” God is in the habit of issuing challenges like that. And knowing how to respond to them is a major key to walking in all the victory and blessing Jesus died to bring us. Look back, for example, to Abraham and you’ll find God telling him to raise his sights. We find it in Genesis 13: “And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered” (verses 14-16). “Lift up your eyes,” Abram was told. In other words, “Raise your sights! You’re thinking too small.” You see, God wanted to do great things for and through Abram. Abram was just looking for a plot of land to pasture his flocks, but God wanted to give him all the land stretching out beyond the four points of the compass. Abraham wanted a single heir, but God wanted to make his descendants as innumerable as the dust of the earth. Small thinking and small expectations can limit God’s ability to work on your behalf. That’s why He often asks His people to raise their sights right before He does something remarkable. Such was the case with the children of Israel. They, too, were told to lift up their eyes just as God was preparing to deliver them from bondage in Egypt. Several years ago, Kenneth said by the Spirit of the Lord: “We are preparing for our exodus.” And there are a number of significant parallels between what the children of Israel experienced as they prepared to come out of Egypt and what we are experiencing now. They experienced a glorious departure as they headed for a land of promise. We’re about to do the same. Since we’re about to inherit the wonderful promises that precede that departure, we should look to a man who successfully inherited the promises made to him. We need to expect bigger things from God as He prepares us to go. As Abraham did—it’s time to look up. Expanding Your Vision Looking up and getting ready for your exodus will impact every area of your life. Just as God had to move Abraham from thinking of only one son to thinking in terms of whole nations, God wants us to lift our eyes beyond being concerned only for our immediate needs and wants and only for those things that seem possible. He wants us to expect mighty things and to bring whole nations into His kingdom. God wanted Abraham to start thinking about multiplied nations of sons. Likewise, we’re going to have to expand our vision if we’re going to see God do the wonders among us He intends to do. We must begin to think in terms of bringing multitudes to Jesus in a massive end-time harvest of souls. Those multitudes will respond to the Word of God preached with signs and wonders. In what other ways should we begin to think bigger? What should we start to expect? I think the best way to find answers to those questions would be to look at some other aspects of Abraham’s life, character and covenant. After all, according to Galatians 3:29, we are Abraham’s seed and his heirs according to the promise.
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and your old patterns of thinking—you experience great advantage. and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others]” (Genesis 12:2). in answer to the call of God. All Rights Reserved. A long time ago Ken and I learned a secret for impacting the lives of unbelievers. This should be our earnest expectation.” Before our departure. Most people tend to associate obeying God with drudgery and pain. we just talk about the things of God as if they know exactly what we’re talking about. ministries and outreaches to become “famous and distinguished. We’re going to influence others for Jesus as people are drawn to the glory of God being manifest in our lives. we are going to be blessed in order to be a blessing. As The Amplified Bible renders it. obedience is always to our advantage. © 1997 . We’ll talk about being healed. and I will curse him who curses you. because God is in us. the first thing I want to point out to you is revealed in The Amplified Bible’s translation of that first verse. I will make you a great nation. We’ll talk about that nugget from the Word of God we just discovered as if we were talking to a person who has studied the Bible all his life. LLC . However. They’re not going to want to fellowship with you. There we read: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country. Now. from your family and from your father’s house. Of course God didn’t stop there. Page 2 of 3 FINISH STRONG is a registered trademark owned by Finish Strong. There are enough wonderful promises packed into these three verses to last a lifetime. I will bless those who bless you.Blessing in Obedience If we’re going to raise our sights in line with Abraham’s covenant. I like that. and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished. nobody is going to be drawn to you. We discovered that the way to influence people who are outside the covenant is to treat them just like they believe everything we believe. What will we be known for? “Dispensing good to others. Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. and answered prayer. if you’re some old meanie. God’s command is translated: “Go for yourself [for your own advantage] away from your country…” (Genesis 12:1). There. We need to change our expectation accordingly. We should also expect our names along with the names of our churches. the world is going to know who we are and what we are about. I will bless you and make your name great.2012. The blood of Jesus opened the door for us. It is time to start expecting to be a powerful influence on the world around us. you leave behind your old lifestyle. the blessings just keep on flowing from God’s mouth. But the truth is. When. your old habits. aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. Before we go. We must begin to expect “abundant increase of favors. in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves]” (Genesis 12:3. When we meet someone. The Amplified Bible). If you’re consistently sad and depressed. As you continue to read that passage. and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’” (New King James Version). and you shall be a blessing. to a land that I will show you. In verse three we find: “And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses or uses insolent language toward you. people are going to stay away from you. Invariably these people are drawn to God. and that miracle we saw last week. But if you’re full of the love of God—if you’re kind and patient rather than prideful—people are going to gravitate to that glory.” Coming into the covenant of Abraham that God made and brought to pass through Jesus Christ is our inheritance. He went on to say: “And I will make of you a great nation.” Before our exodus. a good place to start is Genesis 12:1-3. people in the world are going to start getting the picture that they can bless themselves by blessing God’s people.
beaten-down Church that no one has ever heard about. it’s vital for us to do the same. In speaking about the end times and the signs that would usher them in. aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries. As we leave. And our children are going with us because we will have taught them well. It was two thousand years before “the seed” in whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed—Jesus—would arrive. we must always remember the high purpose for that inheritance. God says of Abraham: “For I have known him. broken. New King James Version). look up and lift up your heads. because your redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28.tcpdf. Our children need to hear the Word of God from us. we’re going to take with us the greatest harvest of souls the earth has ever seen. We must continue the practice that set Abraham apart from all other men—his willingness to teach his children to raise their sights. the purpose of the promise is to become a nation more numerous than the stars of the sky (Genesis 15:5 ). he had to “lift up his eyes. to do righteousness and justice. If we are to see God’s promises come into manifestation to the highest degree. Jesus said something very interesting. “Raise your sights! It’s almost time for your exodus!” © 1997 . In an age of new diseases and plagues. As with Abraham. LLC Powered by TCPDF (www. Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. In other words. We are living in a time in which God is looking for people of vision. It’s time to walk in the fullness of our inheritance. we must follow the example of the father of our faith. He said: “Now when these things begin to happen.org) . even thousands of years.Passing on the Faith In Genesis 18:19. it would take hundreds. In actuality. Just as it was important for Abraham to teach his children and grandchildren about faith. that they keep the way of the Lord. And we must teach them to expect to experience such a high level of abundance that they can help finance the end-time harvest and bring the nations to Jesus. It’s not a responsibility we can push off on Sunday school teachers. All Rights Reserved. People who will raise their sights and believe God for the big things He wants to do in our generation. Here is the heart of the reason Abraham was the one man God chose—he was a man who would teach his children faith. It’s time to grow bold enough to take God at His Word. God knew that it would take more than one generation to bring His wonderful promises to pass. that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him” (New King James Version). The same is true for us now. Of course. Time to Look Up All the signs today point to a single truth. Page 3 of 3 FINISH STRONG is a registered trademark owned by Finish Strong. Our exodus is approaching. We’re not going out of here a defeated. We’ll be departing as the Church who has claimed her inheritance as sons and daughters of Abraham.2012.” He had to expand his vision and believe God for bigger things. we must teach them to expect to walk in such a high level of health and healing that the world comes begging to know what they know. We must teach them to expect to walk in peace (nothing missing. nothing broken) no matter what kind of bad news the papers shout. Before Abraham could see God’s promise come into manifestation. What God needed was a man who would teach his children covenant faithfulness and to “lift up their eyes” in expectation of big things. in order that he may command his children and his household after him.
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