How many of our thoughts or sentences do we preface with 'If', without realising that this can be an element of doubt we are entertaining at the same time? 'If' is not a word of certainty but rather a word of caution or fear depending on the circumstances.
We use some words a bit carelessly at times—not understanding that words have weight—and the power to create. So we have to examine our words seriously because they reveal our thought process to a great extent and also affect the outcome of some of the things that are very important to us. Let us consider when we are working on a project and we keep saying if it happens … What message are we sending first to ourselves and to others? Some may say that they are being realistic because some things never happen. Okay, but while this may be true in some cases, let us focus on those things that can definitely happen if we do all that is necessary, but we keep using if—maybe because we do not want to put 100 per cent into whatever it is.
Think of the many times you used the word 'if' and by doing so sabotaged almost everything that you wanted to see blossom and/or prosper. Think of how many times you convinced yourself that by using the word 'if' you were being cautious when you were really stunting your growth? How many times have you erred on the side of caution, because 'if' meant some sort of comfort and safety net for you?
Using the word 'when' on the other hand conveys seriousness and conviction. It means that you have a made up mind about the outcome and that you have no doubt whatsoever that what you want and what you are working on is already a done deal, and that it just has to manifest now.
So it's not if you get a job, but when you get a job; not if you will get wealthy but when you get wealthy; not if you will get healed but when you get healed; not if you get married but when you get married; not if you will own a home but when you own a home. It is interesting how two such short words can be so impacting on our lives.
Start 'when-ing' instead of whining now. Make your lists and prepare for when success happens. Prepare for the trip mentally and otherwise and you will go on that trip. Prepare yourself for when you will start that business and you will be the owner of your business. 'When' is a faith building word you see, and when we grasp that, we are taking a hold of our future in positive ways.
A pregnant woman does not say if she will have that baby, but 'when' she has the baby and she prepares accordingly. A man who is intent on owning a car would usually say 'when' he gets the car not if he gets to own it.
When I was younger, I said it all the time—'when I write…' I never thought 'if' it happens. Things may not unfold for us when we believe that they would or should, but as long as we believe and keep holding on and looking for when they will unfold, we will not be disappointed at all.
Those of us who are successful knew in our hearts that it was just a matter of time, and put in the hours—some say paid the price—but it's the same thing.
Our belief systems sometimes need an overhaul when you consider all the stuff that we believe and hold on to even if they are not working for us.
When that mental overhaul or makeover is correctly done, all that use of the word 'if' about so many important things in or lives will be a thing of the past.
Just imagine if you started pumping up your belief system by using the word when more than you use the word if. I pray in a way now that I know that I know that it is when something happens—not if it happens—by giving thanks before I even see the evidence, just as Jesus did. Doing so confirms that I know it is just a matter of time. I do not cancel my evidence and confuse myself by thinking and/or saying if it happens, because doing so would weaken my faith.
When you declare 'when so and so happens' and relax about the whole thing, observe how quickly it comes to pass.
So let us walk on water because weak faith panics, growing faith prays and seasoned faith walks on water in the midst of the storms.