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Ignorance, more than anything else, is our greatest enemy! – Words to Live by

Lonnie McCowan

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

Ignorance, more than anything else, is your greatest enemy. Ignorance is what the enemy uses to keep you bound and afflicted in your soul. Not only ignorance of what is eroding your soul, but also ignorance of who you are as a child of God and the power you have to break free and live victoriously.

The key to any kind of deliverance is embracing who you are in Christ and who He is within you.

Whatever has ensnared you is not greater than God’s power to set you free. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1 NIV).

Understanding the divinely unique identity you have inherited from our Heavenly Father will help you maximize your potential and fulfill your purpose.

Life is here to serve you, not put obstacles in your way. Everything you desire will show up or not show up in response to your personal vision; a vision is like a magnet it pulls things that match the magnetic pull, right in to your life. The key is to only pull the things you want in your life, not what you don’t want. The key is in your hand you can do or to change anything you want. These three steps will help you do just that.

Step One: You must have a Clear Plan out Vision.
There are lots of steps and sub-steps you must put together when you begin to plan your success, but a few things are foundational for everyone. Planning has to be based on getting a clear vision of what you want, because without a vision you perish (Proverbs 29:18) and you don’t know which goals to set. Without goals you have no targets, and without targets you have nothing to measure how you’re doing. So getting a clear vision for your future is also important because it plays a huge role in the creation of desire! Did you know that desire is the mother of motivation? Desire is the “want to” and the motor that fuels and powers sustained success.

Desire is important and vision is critical, but there are some personal qualities you must have or acquire to get the best possible results. I want to give you six qualities: honesty, character, faith, integrity, love, and loyalty. These are the foundation stones to any lasting success. We all need to develop each of these qualities in our life, and never stop working o them.

Step Two: You must Prepare to Win
You might think planning and preparing mean the same thing. They might look like they are first cousins, but I see preparation as much different from planning. Preparation is a matter of equipping yourself to win with the right tools, knowledge, and support it will take to turn your dreams into plans that will make your vision a reality. So, you must equip yourself in the best possible way to insure your planning efforts will be successful. Equipping and preparing yourself to win requires five things:

  • You need the right knowledge.
  • You must continually raise your personal performance bar.
  • You must acquire tools that help you work better and faster.
  • You have to practice and improve your skills.
  • You have to surround yourself with positive influences and people.

Step Three: Expect to Win
When you have planned and prepared to win, you then have the right to expect to win. The ultimate fruit of positive expectation is hope, and it is hope that pulls you forward in all you attempt to do. I’m always hopeful. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1)  Bible hope is simply faith in seed form. Hope is Faith in Seed Form – Faith is Hope in Final Form. A hope is based on a promise of God. This promise communicates a possibility of God’s blessing to the individual and encourages the soul. If you will plant this seed into the soil of your heart, and if your soil is right, it will bring forth a harvest of faith.

Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at or by visiting

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