An Excerpt from the book Living From the Unseen
by Wendy Backlund
“And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body,
already dead (since he was about a hundred years old),
and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the
promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith,
giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what
He had promised He was also able to perform.”
I love how God speaks to me. He will drop a thought in my mind, and then wait to see if I will be noble enough to search out all the riches within that thought (Proverbs 25:2). One of the most wealthy thoughts that has come to me is “I do not need to do anything different, I just need to attach great faith to what I am already doing.” This powerful truth has two aspects that I want to discuss.
The first is learning to recognize what kind of faith we are unconsciously attaching to our actions, circumstances, or people. This was made real to me one day while getting ready for a counseling session with a certain person. I was dreading the meeting, and God asked me why. I explained to Him that the person I was meeting with was not very teachable and was very prone to defensiveness and anger.
In short, I was expecting very negative results from this meeting. God then quietly said, “If that is your faith for this appointment, I do not want you to go.” I was stunned because I knew He was not telling me not to go, but to change my faith for the meeting. In order to do that, I had to “see” differently. When I became receptive to seeing the meeting through the eyes of my spirit, I realized I had limited the meeting to the natural realm.
He began to remind me that I carried a spirit of revelation that could influence her thoughts and emotions. I was able to see myself walking in the substance of love and grace, which would enable her to feel accepted and teachable. Once I saw the potential for the meeting, I got excited and attached great faith to what would be accomplished. As a result, it was a great meeting!
Now when I have feelings of dread, I recognize that I have attached negative beliefs to the situation. Too often, we accept feelings of dread because it seems reasonable. But it is just a signal that we have made conclusions based on the natural realm rather than the supernatural realm.
This principle is not just for things that seem spiritual. For instance, soon after the counseling meeting that I mentioned above, God asked me why I often procrastinated and dreaded vacuuming my carpet. I thought about it and became aware that I believed vacuuming was time consuming and hard. This belief was based on my unpleasant experience as a young girl vacuuming our large family home. I purposely began changing my belief about vacuuming. I began to see it as easy. When I actually timed myself, I discovered that (in the house I lived in) it only took ten minutes! I also began using the time while vacuuming to pray in the spirit and began to love it! This experience taught me that just because something feels true, it does not mean it is true.
Changing what you believe about something will change the feelings attached to it. Are you dreading a meeting, a responsibility, or even an entire day? Ask God to show you what belief has caused this dread. Then allow Him to show you what it can look like through the eyes of your spirit. As we learn to recognize when we are attaching negative faith to our life, it can be a fun adventure. I love the results of freedom from dread to life!
ABOUT WENDY BACKLUND
Wendy Backlund is an author and speaker. She, along with her husband Steve, have a unique ministry that ignites hope, joy, and victorious mindsets into people’s lives. Wendy has a passion for setting Christians free from their past and empowering them in their walk with Christ. She is a revelatory speaker, equipping people to see life from a supernatural perspective.