The other day when I was praying, the Lord put a very interesting message in my heart. His message was about painting. Now, I can’t draw to save my life and I certainly can’t paint but the message was deeper than I thought. He said “Paint the future that faith is telling you to paint and not the future that your mind is saying you will have.” He said “Let the eyes of faith show you what your future will be like.” Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen* according to the Bible. I love this definition of faith and it fits perfectly with the message I received from the Lord. Faith knows. Faith doesn’t doubt that God is in control and it knows that everything will be fine in the name of Jesus. Faith sees a bright future. Faith doesn’t ignore problems and difficulties but it doesn’t worry about any of them. Blind faith only sees Jesus and nothing else. Blind faith sees life through the colors of the love of Jesus. Blind faith is not color blind. It can see all the shades of love, peace, joy and victory. The Lord loves our faith because it gets us closer to Him. Today I am here to invite you to paint a picture of your future with the colors of faith. Paint a picture of your future with the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. Paint it with the brushes of hope and the brushes of confidence. God gives you the inspiration of faith. Embrace it. Find His inspiration in His Word and start painting things that will blow your mind. Faith sees big. Faith sees the impossible. Faith sees the love of God in action. Faith knows without a shadow of a doubt that God will be with you all the time and that He will never leave you.
What did my future look like when I started painting it in my mind? I saw a valley. It was the opposite of the valley of the shadow of death. I call it the valley of hope. A bright and amber sun was covering the entire valley and there was absolutely no shadow. I could see everything. Everything was out in the open and everything was beautiful. The valley represented my life with Christ. It is in the light. It is His light and it is my happy place. There were rivers of joy going through that valley. There were bushes with flowers that had colors that only Heaven could hold because to me they were out of this world. I saw peace taking a stroll through the valley. Peace was everywhere and it was in harmony with the fruit of the Spirit. I saw trees with patience and love hanging on every branch. I saw humbleness and selflessness on every path. I saw truth and wisdom all over the area. They were so prominent that they seemed to be in every fiber of every leaf and every plant in that valley. I saw faith talking to the mountains and instructing the people that were happily walking around the valley. Hope was always in every part of the valley and that was a big factor in my future. Hope is what got me places in that valley. The eyes of faith showed me all this beauty and they can do the same thing for you.
My prayer is that you look at your future with the eyes of faith and with the assurance that great things are part of your future and that they will never stop to turn up in your life. My prayer is that you put away the bad image of your future that the enemy has lodged in my mind. Your future is bright in the name of Jesus. Hold on to the promises of the Lord. He promised to take care of you and that is what you should remember every single day. Will you have bad days when you see your future through the lens of faith and hope? Absolutely. However, with faith you will get through the worst days and you will remain joyful. Peace will be a big region in your valley and you will receive a lot of encouragement from the Lord. Start painting your future, friend. Let God show you that what is coming is going to be amazing. Let God show you that even though you might be going through a valley of difficulties, there will always be a place of hope and joy that will overcome that valley. Stay in faith. Look at your life with faith. Hang on to the Word of God. Hang on to the love of the Lord. Paint your future with the brushes of hope. God will never leave you nor forsake. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:1*; Ephesians 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 5:7