Day Twenty: Can You See Beyond?
by David Shannon Wooten – January 26, 2018
“That will never happen!” “That is not possible.” You have heard this statement. I’ve been guilty of saying it myself. How about you? This is a statement of unbelief and can be a real big problem when God is asking us to believe Him for a breakthrough.
Here are a few breakthroughs in history that people said would never happen:
That is not possible!
- The Light Bulb: … good enough for our transatlantic friends … but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men. (British Parliamentary Committee, referring to Edison’s light bulb, 1878.) Everyone acquainted with the subject will recognize it as a conspicuous failure. (Henry Morton, president of the Stevens Institute of Technology, on Edison’s light bulb, 1880.)
- A/C (Alternating Current) – Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever. (Thomas Edison, 1889.)
- Personal Computer: We have reached the limits of what is possible with computers. (John Von Neumann, 1949)
- Microchip: But what… is it good for? (An engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, commenting on the microchip in 1968.)
- Data Transmission: Before man reaches the moon, your mail will be delivered within hours from New York to Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail. (Arthur Summerfield, U.S. Postmaster General under Eisenhower, 1959.) Transmission of documents via telephone wires is possible in principle, but the apparatus required is so expensive that it will never become a practical proposition. (Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British physicist, 1962.)
- Online Shopping: Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop – because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds. (TIME, 1966.)
- Automobile: The ordinary “horseless carriage” is at present a luxury for the wealthy; and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle. (Literary Digest, 1899.)
Can you see beyond?
God wants you to see beyond your current situation. Vision always begins and is stirred from seeing something outside the context of our current reality. God does not want to be constrained by reality. He’s looking for people who will believe that He is able to do the impossible. God placed Abraham in a context and asked him to see and believe beyond it. He will ask the same from you and me.
Ephesians 3:20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Can you see, ask, imagine what God wants to do in your life right now? Is it immeasurably MORE? Can you see beyond?
What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?
What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?
How does this apply to your life?
Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.
For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media