Act Like You're Already There
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
July 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Act Like You're Already There


Do you ever look at an athlete that trains hard and hear commentators say how hard they’re working and think, “If I was guaranteed that salary or position of fame I’d dedicate myself too?”


Many times we think that when we get there we’ll then dedicate ourselves to the call or task.

Not only doesn’t this work in the kingdom, it doesn’t work in the world.


We think, “I’ll stop this or start that to dedicate myself to the huge thing I will have or be.”

It’s easier to dedicate yourself when you see exactly what you’re going to get or do.

John 20:29 NAS Jesus said to him (Thomas), "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed."

Measurable increase

When people can’t see what they’re headed for they lose the disciplinary restraint needed to build them into the person needed for the call.

  • Proverbs 29:18a KJV Where there is no vision, the people perish
    • Perish (Strong’s) para` (paw-rah'); a primitive root; to loosen: KJV avoid, go back, perish, refuse
      • Proverbs 29:18a ESV Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint
      • Proverbs 29:18a (GW-God's Word) Without prophetic vision people run wild

Steps of casting off vision:

  1. We are charged by a faith building message
  2. We dedicate and run with the vision for a while
  3. Our vision goes dim so we quit
  4. Because of the pain of dedication we experienced while moving forward we don’t want to ever go back to pick up what we dropped in a time of darkness.


Act like you’re already there and allow the restraint to train you.

Function does not fix dysfunction

We often think that we need to be doing more to produce results when we just need to be doing things right.



God has built a machine that when it is worked properly produces exactly what the bible promises us.

Just like a bread machine…


Once you start a selected program, the unit will automatically take care of each step of the bread making process until the loaf finishes baking.

An indicator on the LCD will display the current function:

  1. Preheat: Some programs require the bread maker to pre-heat.
  2. Knead: Three kneads are standard for most settings. The first knead will actually mix the ingredients; one or two other short knead cycles will punch the dough down before the rest and rise cycles.
  3. Rest: These are periods of resting in which the unit will not be active except for the countdown display.
  4. Rise: These are periods of rising in which the unit will not be active except for the countdown display.
  5. Bake: The Automatic Bread Maker will regulate the baking time and temperature according to the individual recipe.
  6. Keep Warm: Allows you to leave the finished bread in the machine to serve warm.
  7. End


  • Dough Does Not Rise Properly
    • Check expiration date of yeast.
    • Liquid may have been too hot and killed yeast, or liquid may have been too cool and yeast did not activate completely – liquids should be between 75° – 90° for best bread machine results.
  • Short loaves
    • Not enough sugar in recipe.
    • Not enough yeast.
    • Yeast was old or improperly stored.
    • Salt came into contact with yeast and killed yeast.
  • Sunken, uneven tops of loaves
    • High humidity or high room temperature.
  • Underbaked, gummy texture
    • Dough too wet.
  • Collapsed loaf

Notice all troubleshooting suggestions were to correct user errors.

So many times we either don’t understand or don’t believe God’s promises.

So we say that the dysfunction is in the promise and not us.

Do you have your identity in you not having dysfunction.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.