from You’re Crazy If You Don’t Talk to Yourself by Steve Backlund
The Holy Spirit once said to me, “Steve, you often seed the clouds of your future in a negative way and then cry out to me to stop the storm that you have created.” God has mercifully answered my prayer many times, but there is a higher way of living. Imagine with me a cloud over every aspect of your future. It can hover over events coming soon (meetings, ministry opportunities, special occasions or just normal life), or it can be over things years ahead. We have the great opportunity to proactively seed the clouds over these happenings in our lives.
Unfortunately, many plant “stormy seeds” and then wonder, “How could God have allowed this to happen to me?” The spirit of foreboding contributes to this seeding with substances that will attract difficulty instead of victory. (Foreboding is the confident expectation that bad things are coming.) This apprehension causes many to speak word curses and to have harmful belief systems that sow trouble into the clouds of the days and years ahead. That is a bummer. It is unnecessary, and it needs to stop.
In 2 Corinthians 9 we read, “God loves a cheerful (hilarious) giver.” This cheerfulness comes from knowing that generosity will seed the clouds of our future. “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully . . . God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Luke 6:37-38 takes this farther. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Incredibly, we can proactively seed our clouds to whatever measure we want, which will bring future “rain” in proportion to our sowing. Now that is something to get cheerful about.
Seeding our future is also powerful in dispelling wrong beliefs (lies) from our lives. A first step in warring against these lies in our thinking is to capture them and replace them with God’s promises. Every overcoming Christian has to develop this habit, but it needs to be understood that changing our thinking (repenting) is not just done mentally. It is speeded up by getting into the habit of proactively speaking truth and faith into our lives and into our future.
We seed the clouds over our future through our beliefs, our words, our prayers and our actions. Our thoughts (beliefs) primarily will be the cause of spiritual rain or drought. That is why we vigilantly replace thoughts and belief systems that lead to hopelessness, worry and unloving attitudes. Most people, though, find that simply warring in the mind is not enough to uproot old mindsets and to establish new strongholds of hope, joy, love and faith. This is why speaking truth is a key to breaking old mental struggles. We cannot think a lie when speaking the truth, and speaking truth ultimately helps create new thoughts and attitudes.
Here is something powerful to do: Take different areas of your future (i.e. ministry, health, finances, family, vocation, protection, evangelism, your nation, your church, miracles, etc.) and spend specific time seeding the cloud over this aspect of life. For instance, choose your vocation and for two minutes say things like:
“Thank you, God, that I am blessed in my employment. Thank you that my honesty, creativity, dependability, enthusiasm, and personal blessing create great success for this business and in every business that I will ever be a part of. I will never lack a good job because of how big my God is in me. Jesus has made me successful, and I continually make others successful.” Then take additional areas of life and do the same thing. It will ultimately create a “storm” of blessing and godly influence. Wow, we might be crazy if we don’t talk to ourselves and to the things in our lives.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.