LOOKING AT NEGATIVES

A few days ago I had one of those brief but memorable one-scene visions in a dream. I saw a roll of old film negatives hanging suspended. And I heard the words, “You’re looking at the negatives!” I knew God was speaking clearly and powerfully to me.

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There was a rich play on words again. The reality was I had been focused more on my challenges and the things I couldn’t see happening – the ‘negatives’ in my life – than I had on God’s character and promises.

It’s easy to do that in a time of pressure, or, as we’ve talked about before, during a ‘season change’ where the grey of winter is hanging on. I thought about the greys and blacks of old monochrome film negatives, and realised I was living with the same kind of approach to certain areas of life. Some of the time I had been focusing on what wasn’t happening, and what seemed to be going in the wrong or a challenging direction. I was conscious of negatives.

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As I reflected on this mini-dream it became apparent that the old film negatives are actually the very reverse of the real picture! When the negatives are processed into photographs everything is turned around the other way. The negative simply represents the opposite of the finished article!

I began to see that God was speaking here; that the negatives in our lives and circumstances are not the real picture but are the reverse of what He is going to produce in finality.

In the short words, “You’re looking at the negatives” was firstly an encouragement to see beyond the grey, secondly, an exhortation to recognise that the problems were not the end of the story, and thirdly, a promise that the opposite of the negative was being lined up in some way by our Loving Heavenly Father.

If you are focused on negatives, put them into Jesus’s loving hands. Ask Him to process them until they transition into the true picture. Ultimately His plans are to prosper us and to do us good; to give us a future and a hope. He has already written the books and ‘made the films’ of our lives in advance for those who love Him.

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Bless you loads.

Wes

 

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IN MEMORY OF BOB JONES

by Sandy Zondervan

 

Vision of the Apple Tree. I believe this is a very timely vision! I am going to embrace this vision and declare it over my life! Let’s do it!

 

In memory of Bob Jones -Vision of the Apple Tree-  I believe this is a very timely vision! I going to embrace this vision and declare it over my life! Lets do it!While in a time of praise, Bob saw an apple tree in full bloom. As he prayed for understanding the Lord revealed to him that many people have been in the bud. They have been waiting on promises that go back many, many years. Now the Lord is saying that before the apple tree blooms this spring, their buds shall bloom. Although some of them are ancient promises they will bloom in the spring before the apple tree does and they will begin producing the fruit of righteousness.While in a time of praise, Bob saw an apple tree in full bloom. As he prayed for understanding the Lord revealed to him that many people have been in the bud. They have been waiting on promises that go back many, many years. Now the Lord is saying that before the apple tree blooms this spring, their buds shall bloom. Although some of them are ancient promises they will bloom in the spring before the apple tree does and they will begin producing the fruit of righteousness.

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Sandy Zondervan
Sandy Zondervan is an ordained minister, based at ‘Revival Fires’ Dudley, UK, and is part of the ‘Partners in Harvest’ equipping team. She is a  regular visitor to Golden Valley Church.

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