If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to the book of Genesis.
Genesis chapter fifteen. Genesis chapter fifteen. This morning
we’re going to be talking about visualization. Visualization. That’s
Genesis chapter fifteen. And when you reach Genesis fifteen,
please stand for the reading of God’s Word. Thank You, Lord.
Somebody shout, “Amen.” Look at verse four.
4. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,
This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of
thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
5. And he brought him forth . . .
Talking about Abraham.
5. . . . abroad, and said, Look . . .
Somebody say, “Look.”
5. . . . now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to
number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Now turn with me to chapter twenty-two. Glory to God. Amen. In
chapter twenty-two look at verse fifteen. Somebody say, “Amen.”
15. And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of
heaven the second time,
16. And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for
because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son,
thine only son:
17. That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will
multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand
which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate
of his enemies;
Let us pray.
Most holy and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You today for
who You are and for what You do. Master, hide Your son behind
the cross, that Your people would see and hear You only, and not
me. Master, I decrease today, that You would increase. And
Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be
acceptable in Thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
In Jesus’ Name.
And the people of God said amen. You may be seated in the
house of the Lord.
This morning we’re talking about visualization. In Genesis fifteen
and verse five, God took Abraham outside and said, “Look. Look
up at the heavens and count the stars. If you can, count them.”
And then in Genesis twenty-two and verse seventeen, God told
Abraham, “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars
in the sky and the sand on the seashore.”
You see, if you cannot see the promise, you cannot have the
promise. Glory to God. You see, your mind is a force that affects
everything in your life. And God gave Abraham a visual to help
him to be able to perceive what God wanted to do in his life.
And God is speaking to me. Because a lot of us God has spoken
to us about what He desires to do with us, and what He wants to
give with us. But what the problem is, we don’t see what God has
for us, and we don’t believe (glory to God) that God is going to
give it to us. Amen, somebody.
If I can’t see it, then I can’t have it. The Bible says that we walk
by faith and not by sight. Glory to God. But you cannot just take
that Scripture (glory to God) and begin to walk in the dark.
Because a lot of us are walking in the dark. But God is saying to
you, “If I said it’s yours, you’ve got to picture it in your mind, if you
are going to have it.” I wish I’d get a clap and an amen in the
house of God regardless.
If I can’t see it, then how am I going to obtain it? You see, our
mind is a force. And that’s why the Bible said in Romans chapter
twelve, one and two, that to be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind. In other words, it wasn’t just saying for your mind to
be transformed, it was saying that our character, everything about
us needs to be transformed, that we can see things the way God
He’s saying to us that, “I promised you so many things, but you
can’t see it.” How many things has God promised you, but you
have not tried to imagine yourself having it? Most of us are
saying within ourselves that God has promised me greatness, but
if you can’t see yourself great, then you’ll never be great. You say
God promised you (glory to God) that you were going to be a
millionaire. But if you can’t see yourself as a millionaire, you’ll
never be a millionaire. God said you’re going to be on great
platforms, but if you can’t see yourself preaching and teaching the
Gospel, then you won’t be preaching and teaching the Gospel.
Give Him praise in this house.
He took Abraham outside, and He said, “Look.” And God is
speaking to the people of God this morning, and He’s saying,
“Look.” He’s saying the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness
thereof. Everything in this earth belongs to God. And He’s giving
it to us, but if we can’t see that it belongs to us, then we can’t
He’s official God. And He shows us things. How many of you
have heard the word and the promise that God has given you, but
you just can’t see yourself in it? “Surely not me, God; surely the
bottom on the totem pole; surely the least of these.” The apostle
Paul said, “I’m the least of the apostles.” But in order for him to
become a chief apostle, he had to see himself in that position.
You got to see yourself the way God sees you, regardless of what
you are in right now.
The Bible said in Genesis six and verse five that the imagination
and thoughts of man were wicked all the time. And that’s why
He’s telling us to transform our thinking. You see, a visual is the
mental image. And the reason why we don’t receive all that God
has for us is that we don’t see ourselves what He says is ours. If I
can’t see it, then I can’t have it.
Let me explain something to you. When God told Abraham that
his seed would be like the stars of heaven, and like the sand on
the seashore, that promise He gave him was unconditional. That
meant that regardless of Abraham’s character, what God had
promised would surely come to pass. But what God says to us
(glory to God) is conditional about the way that we (oh, my God)
react to the things of God. We’ve got to live holy. We got to do
right. We got to have the right attitude, and we’re going to receive
the blessing of the Lord.
Look at your neighbor and say, “Yours is conditional.” It’s
conditional. It’s conditional based on us. It’s based on us. Let
me say that one more time. It’s based on us. It’s based on how
we are. Somebody needs to hear that. Because you’re waiting
on the promise to come to pass, but your character is not right
yet. You still got an attitude over everything. Do you hear what
I’m saying? You still talking when you shouldn’t be talking.
You’re still . . . Oh, my God. I know I’m talking to somebody,
because you’ve been mad because the promises have not come
to pass yet. But God is saying, “Work on yourself.”
And we look at everybody else. And we want to blame everybody
else. When you do right, can’t nothing stop what God has for you.
You see, you got to transform your thinking, because you got to
start seeing things so positive and not so negative. Oh,
somebody needs to hear that. Because we take everything
negative. We take every criticism that is given to us negatively.
We take . . . When people begin to discipline us, we take it
negatively. I’ll never grow like that. I’ll never become what God
wants me to become if I’m staying with a negative attitude.
Somebody shout, “Glory.”
He’s trying to get us out of this mundane thinking. He’s trying to
bring us up into that place that He has for us. Don’t you know that
you can start out seeing yourself a certain way, and then your
trials and tribulations will come and try to knock that thing down
like it’s not going to be? The devil is a lie.
Visual. He gave Abraham a visual.
In the book of Mark chapter five, the Bible said that there was a
woman with an issue of blood for twelve years. She had an issue
of blood for twelve years, but then she said, “If I could but just
touch the hem of His garment, I know that I’m going to be made
whole. She had to visualize herself touching that garment first,
and then being made whole.
The reason why we don’t get our healing a lot of times is we
cannot visualize ourselves being healed, and that we were healed
over two thousand years ago. You got to see yourself in the
position that God has already said that you are in.
She visualized it first. Her healing came because she visualized.
She saw herself healed. That’s why she could speak what she
spoke. She said, “If I touch the hem of His garment, I’m going to
be made whole.” Something within her spoke to her after she
received a visual.
Now, what are you seeing this morning? Not regarding me, but
regarding you. Where do you see yourself? Where do you see
God taking you? What do you see God doing with you? You
can’t base it on the moment. Open up your eyes. Open up your
See, you’re looking at your bank account now. You can’t look at it
now, because the balance may be saying zero, zero, zero, zero,
or negative, negative, negative. Glory to God. But it ain’t going to
always be that way.
You got to start seeing things differently. God began to deal with
me, because I began to look at where I am now. But then I began
to remember what God said to me and what God has spoken to
me. And it’s not based on you. It’s based on what He said and
how I respond. Oh, somebody needs to hear that. Because I’ve
got to visualize myself in the position that God said that I’m in.
I’ve got to start acting like I’m already in that position, and not
trying to wait until it manifests, and then try to step up to that
plate. I want to be (oh, my God) everything that God wants me to
Wipe away those bad thoughts. Wipe away those bad visuals
that you have right now. Wipe it away. Begin to wipe it away. If
you’re in a relationship and it’s not going the way you want it to
go, start seeing it the way God sees it, regardless of the way it’s
going right now. You got to see it different.
If that business is not doing what you want it to do, see it the way
God said it’s going to be. See it blessed. See it prosperous.
Don’t receive any negative word about it. See, you can’t be
around people that are negative, because if you’re around
negative people, then that transference of spirits of that negativity
is going to start operating in your life.
You’ve got to be around positive people that are positive
regardless of the circumstance and the situation. That’s why I like
encouragers. That’s why I like people that encourage you, when
they know all hell done broke loose, and they tell you everything’s
going to be alright.
I can’t stand no complaining. It drives me up the wall. I can’t. I
see things different. I see things differently. I see them
differently. I see things different. You don’t hear what I’m saying.
I see things different.
He gave Abraham a visual. And Abraham had to go through the
process until what God said began to manifest. And God is taking
you through some things. He’s taking us through some things
right now, until the thing that He said would be manifest.
He’s working on us. He’s working on negative attitudes. Oh, you
know if you have a negative attitude. He’s working on those of us
that want our way and when we don’t get our way, we start
pouting and complaining. He’s working on us that are always
mad, always upset. I can’t go through life always mad and always
upset about something. I can’t do it. I can’t. My makeup is not
like that. I got to see joy even when I don’t feel joy. Do you hear
what I’m saying, people of God?
Start looking at things differently. Start getting the visual of what
God said in His Word. Start looking at it the way He said it. I
don’t care if they’re repossessing your house tomorrow.
There was a church that I went to when I was in Atlanta, when I
was making a transition. And there were millionaires all in the
church. It was a white church. It was a Caucasian church,
mostly. There was a few of us black people in there. But it was
Caucasian. There was millionaires everywhere. And every time
you turn around a millionaire was losing everything, and was
being wiped out. And they just went on about their business,
praising God. You want to know why? Because they saw things
differently. They said, “If I made a million one time, I’ll make a
million again.” You got to look at things the way God looks at
things. It’s not the end of the world when something bad happens
People, millionaires losing it all, and then I say six months to a
year later, they’re right back on top again. It was the mentality. It
was the way that they saw things.
We try to hold on to every nickel and every dime. Some of us are
so tight and stingy. Oh, yeah, I said it this morning. We’re so
tight and stingy that we won’t even offer you a sandwich. But
what if you were that widow woman, and I was the man of God,
and you said, “All I have is this meal and this oil, and it’s enough
for me and my son to live,” glory to God; and I told you to make
mine first, what would you do? How would you see things? How
would you see it? How would you see it? How would you see it?
Here’s a widow woman and her child with just enough for her and
her son to eat, and then realizing after that death is on the way.
And here comes a stranger. She recognized the Anointing. She
must have saw something in the Spirit. She had to visualize
Don’t get mad with me today. I’m trying to change some things.
I’m trying to change some things. I’m trying to get us in the
mentality that God said He’s our Provider, that God said that He’s
our Healer. If God said He can take care of the sparrows, surely,
the Bible said, He can take care of us. How do you see it?
Evidently, if you don’t believe God’s going to take care of you,
then you’re not going to obey what God said in His Word.
I visualize God taking care of me. I visualize it. I visualize myself
as a son, a God that I cannot see with my natural eyes, but I
visualize that He’s my Father, and I can come to Him and ask Him
for anything. If you don’t visualize God like that, then you can’t
believe in God.
You’ve got to start visualizing, or else you’ll walk around upset all
the time. Start seeing things differently. Start looking at things
differently. Start seeing it the way God said it. Visualization.
In the book of Luke chapter twenty-three verse twenty-six through
verse thirty-four, we have Jesus, and the Bible said He’s being led
to Calvary. Let me give you a revelation. Jesus did not visualize
Himself just being dead. Jesus visualized Himself in the
Resurrection. He saw Himself being raised from the dead. If He
just visualized Himself being dead, He would have stayed dead.
But He saw something after the death and the burial. He saw His
I’m trying to get you to think. I’m trying to get you to come out of
just seeing your situation right now. We get raises. We get new
jobs. We get this; we get that. And we still visualize God as not
being able to take care of us. I see Him differently.
If it’s time for me to go, it’s just time for me to go. If it’s time for
me to die, it’s just time for me to die. But until He says it’s time for
me to die, I don’t care what situation I go through, I’m going to
live. And therefore, I see myself not just in death, but I see myself
in heaven. For to be absent from the body is to be what? Present
with the Lord. If you don’t see yourself present with the Lord, then
you’ll always be afraid of death.
And so here we are this morning. What do you visualize? Not
talking about for nobody else. Think about you. How do you
visualize yourself? Because we can put on nice suits, and we can
put on makeup and have our hairdo done to a T, and all we see is
negativity; we don’t see anything the way God sees it. So He’s
speaking to us. Change the visual. Change the visual. Change
it. Change it. Start to think positive.
Now, I’m not talking about, you know, this positive thinking type
thing, you know, the occult types of . . . That’s not what I’m
talking about. But I’m optimistic about God. Start thinking and
visualizing yourself in a different way. Is there anybody here that
needs to do that? Yes.
When God began to deal with me about visualization, I began to
visualize, not just certain things. I began to even visualize my
weight. I began to visualize myself a smaller size. I began to
visualize myself. Do you hear what I’m saying? You got to
visualize in every area. I visualize myself (glory to God) as a
great man of God. I visualize myself as a millionaire. I visualize
myself with a blessed family. I visualize myself with a healthy
congregation of people of God. Do you understand what I’m
Start visualizing the things that God has placed before you in a
positive way. Don’t just go off of one experience, and allow
everything to be negative. Women, don’t just think that every man
is a knuckle head, because the last one you had wasn’t no good.
Men, don’t just think that every woman ain’t no good, because the
last one (glory to God) wasn’t up to your expectations. Change all
of that negativity. Change it. Change it. Change it.
Start visualizing the way God visualizes things. How many of us
have bad experiences, and then every situation we go into, we
already go into it negative? I want you to lift your hand this
morning. We don’t want to put on expectation on nothing,
because we already pictured in our mind it ain’t going to work out
no way. Oh, yeah. That’s what we do. So that we try to guard
ourselves. We build these walls and these fences, so that when it
doesn’t happen, we say, “I knew it.” Uh, uh. The devil’s a liar
Look at it different. Go into that thing positive, with great
expectations. And then if it don’t work, say, “Glory to God. It
must be something better on the way.” Give God praise in this
I’m trying to meet us where we live this morning. We live in
negativity. We live in seeing things so negative. We got to come
out of that. We have to come out of that. I don’t care how old we
are . . . I’m thirty-nine years old, and sometimes I still go into
things negatively, “Oh, yeah.” Soon as I sit down (glory to God),
and start talking, I already know; I just want to hear you say no.
the devil is a lie. Jehovah Nissi is my banner, and He goes before
me to the victory, in the Name of Jesus.
Somebody needs this today, because you’ve been so negative
about everything. You can tell when a person’s negative,
because all they do is say, “Oh, yeah. Yeah, child. Yeah. They
ain’t going to do it. Oh, you going to go over there? I wouldn’t go
over there. Man, I went over there the last time; let me tell you
want happened, man.”
Uh, uh. I don’t want to hear that mess. Tell me something
positive. Don’t bring me no bad news. And if you bring it, you
bring me a solution. What is your solution to the problem? Don’t
just bring me the problems and dump them on me. Give me your
visual. Give me your take on what we need to do. Oh, you heard
that. You need to clap your hands.
Because we’re so good at telling what’s wrong, but we’re so bad
at telling what’s good and how we can rectify the problem. Why?
Because that takes a little thought sometimes, doesn’t it? It takes
a little thought on our behalf. It takes a little time. But if I can just
tell you the problem, and then you try to envision what we need to
do, then I lift it up off of me. But no, the Bible says we’re one
body in Christ, and we got to do this thing together.
Visualize. Start visualizing things differently. You see, as your
pastor, I’ve got to visualize things for you. Don’t you know that’s
why I tell you (glory to God) all the things that God places in my
spirit about you? Because I’m trying to get you to see what I see
about you. I know that you ain’t no good. I know that you murmur
and you complain, and you get upset, and you got an attitude, but
I’m looking past all of that. I see what’s down the line for you.
Somebody need to give God a handclap of praise. Oh, you don’t
want to hear it, but it’s the truth.
How are you going to tell me all of this negative things, and I’m
telling you all of these positive things about what I see about you?
If I tell you what I see, stop looking at the way things are right
now. Change. Change it. Change the picture that you see.
Change the picture. Change it. Yeah. Start seeing stuff
differently. Yeah. Start looking at it differently.
If you need deliverance, start looking at yourself delivered.
Imagine in your mind your deliverance. If you need a blessing,
imagine in your mind you being blessed. If you need a healing,
imagine you being healed. If I can’t see it, then how am I going to
have it? If I can’t see myself in that job, in that position that has
become available, then how am I going to have that job or that
position? I need to say, “God, I thank You that I see it. I see
myself in it, in the Name of Jesus, and I thank You for the
manifestation of it.” You got to see yourself in it. You can’t just
say, “Oh, they’re not going to pick me. Why would they pick
somebody like me?” You’re already defeated before you even go
And how you perceive yourself, no matter how you hide it, it’s
going to come out. How you see yourself is going to come out. I
don’t care how you try to hide it, how you see you is going to
come out. I don’t care what you look like physically, how you see
yourself is going to come out; it’s going to show on your
countenance. You know, like when we’re angry, it’ll show on our
countenance. And we want to hide it, but we can’t hide it. Do you
hear what I’m saying? You got to understand what’s on the inside
of you, it’s going to show on the outside.
How do you see you today? After this message I want you to see
yourself differently. And if there are areas that you need to work
on, work on it. Work on it. There are areas that we all need to
work on. We’ve got to work on them, on how we feel on the
Do you know that when a person acts overconfident, that’s
sometimes an indication that they’re really insecure? Do you
understand where I’m coming from? We try to cover up stuff.
How do you see yourself inside? Take a moment. How do you
see yourself? And if the first thing that comes to your mind is
negative, then you need to change the screen. If I was to take a
poll in here and ask the question, “How many of you first thought
negative?” I bet you over half of the congregation would lift up
their hands. We may not be honest about it.
But you got to say . . . You know, “I see myself empowered. I
blessed. I’m highly favored of God.” You got to speak those
things that are true. All that other stuff is a deception. It’s a lie
from the enemy. It is.
Yeah. Yeah. I’m going to start seeing things differently. In
different areas of my life I’m going to start seeing things
differently. And watch what happens. Watch what happens.
What and see what happens.
When you get up in the morning, the first person you say, “Thank
You” or “Good morning” to is the Lord. Tell the Lord good
morning, and take it from there. But as soon as you wake up, and
all of a sudden bills, they just immediately hit your mind, you need
to bind that mess. Soon as we get up in the morning, “Oh, I need
to pay this. I need to pay that. I need to . . .” You know, and
Satan is trying to put a negative image of your day before it even
gets started. Amen, somebody.
Soon as you get up in the morning you’re thinking about that so
and so on your job. “Oh, I hope she ain’t there today. I hope she
don’t get on my nerves today. I hope he ain’t there today. I hope
he don’t get on my nerves.” Uh, uh. Done messed up your day
already. Can anybody identify with what I’m saying? Yeah.
We got to start changing things. Changing the way we see
ourselves and changing the way we see our destiny. Because if
we can say it all day long, but if we can’t visualize it, we be
walking in mad, and we’ll never see the progress that we’re
making. We’ll always look at ourselves like we’re just in a rut, and
nothing good is happening. “I’m in a spiritual rut.” But now you’re
prophesying, and you wasn’t prophesying last year. How are you
in a spiritual rut? Hold up now. You’re saying things wrong. Oh, I
think I hit an area.
You understand in the Word now, but you didn’t understand the
Word two months ago. Now you can open up your Bible and pray
and start understanding the Word. Glory to God. But, “Oh God,
I’m not growing.” I’m trying to hit it home. I’m trying to get outside
of the place where we just look at everything so negative.
There are people that are hard to love. No, let me take that back.
There are people that we love, but their ways, we just can’t stand
them. And people ask me all the time, “How do you do it, sir?
How do you do it?” I see them differently than how you see them.
That’s why I can be patient with them, through all of their
Do you understand where I’m coming from? As a pastor I’ve got
to see it differently. When everybody else is coming down on you,
a lot of times I’m taking the blow for you, for your mess. And I’m
holding folks back from you. Because if folks had their way, they
would gouge your eyes out. They’d break your jaw. Oh, this is
raw talking right now, isn’t it? But I’m holding folks back, because
I’m trying to show them something about you. I think that should
break, cut some people on down. Come on down to earth now,
because we’re not all that wonderful. Because I see you
differently. I see you differently. I’m visualizing you based on
where the Lord wants to get you to. Can you understand that
today? Can you really understand that today?
Now that you’re going to try to look at yourself differently, based
on the last things that I said, and in my closing, I want you to start
looking at everybody else differently. Because even though you
can’t stand them, God loves them. Did you hear what I said?
Even though you can’t stand him or her, God adores them.
When I was in my mess, God was loving on me. Do you hear
what I’m saying? God was loving on me. Even when people just,
you know . . . I mean, I really haven’t experienced people not
liking me until I really started pastoring. When I start pastoring,
that’s when I found out, you know, things were different. You
know, but now that I understand, I can look at things differently. I
can look at things differently.
Look at your brother differently. Look at your sister differently.
They offended you? Bite the bullet. We don’t want to bite the
bullet in nothing. We just got to say it. We just got to say it. We
just got to say something. We just got to let you know how we
feel. Sometimes you got to bite the bullet, and let it help you
grow, and look at the people that harm you even the way that God
looks at them. Then you’ll really grow.
I’m going to ask one question. Is there anybody in here that has
been offended by somebody? Oh, come on. Yeah. Now, did you
just have to let them know or let somebody else know that wasn’t
even in the picture? And now you causing them to look at this
person differently, and they never had that mental picture of them.
And they’re saying, “What? For real? I never saw them like that.”
And now they got to see it in them, about somebody that they
don’t even never talk to.
I’m trying to get us out of some things. I’m trying to get us out of
some things. I’m sure there will be some of you that’s mad with
me after I finish this word today, but you’ll get over it. You will, if
you want to get over it. Now, if you don’t want to get over it, then
you won’t. But I’m not going to lose no sleep over it. I’m going to
go home, and I’m going to go to sleep. Uh huh.
I don’t normally say the things the way I’m saying them today, but
I need to pull us up out of some stuff. I need to pull us up out of
some stuff. I need to get our mind right, because our minds
haven’t been right. I have to. I got to get us back thinking right,
seeing things right. I have to.
Now, after today see yourself differently; see your brother
differently; see your sister differently. I know all . . . I know, I
know. I know how . . . “You don’t understand how they are.”
Yes, I do. I know how they are. But use that to let God work on
you. Come up to them and love them anyway. And when they
start their mess, just say, “Oh, sister, praise God anyhow.”
Change the conversation to God. I bet you they’ll shut it up.
Okay. Somebody give God praise today. Hallelujah.