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How to make your Dreams, Goals and Visions a Reality! – Words to Live by

Dr. Lonnie G. McCowan, pastor of Miracle Center of Ventura

By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan

Name something you desire. Lose weight? Have more money? Improve your relationship? Find a better job? Start a business? Live healthier? Find a mate? Now let me ask you a blunt question.

Why don’t you have it yet?  What is stopping you from having these things now? The answer to this question is very important, so please take a moment to think about it.

Let’s face it; most of us from time to time feel that life is just one big struggle with a series of never ending problems. When we began, I asked you to, “Name something you want” then I asked you another question, “Why don’t you have it yet?” No matter what your answer, let me tell you something that you need to know.

The reason you don’t have what you want is not because of anything or anyone outside of you. The answer is inside of you- a place where people rarely look for the answer.

In short, if you don’t have what you want (you name it) then you’re subconscious holds some contradictory intentions for you. To put it simply, you consciously want something and your subconscious doesn’t. For example you may say, “I want to lose weight”, but your dominant subconscious belief is, “I really like to eat”. Notice anything different about these two statements?

They are going in different directions. So after years of frustrating and contradictory messages you still don’t have what you want. What is really happening is that your conscious and subconscious are in conflict. You consciously say, “I want to be prosperous” and then your subconscious says, “It is too difficult to be prosperous” As a result, there is no agreement, between your conscious and subconscious. When this happens they cancel each other out and give up on helping you overcome problems or obstacles to create what you would like to have in your life.  What is critical to understand is that the two, conflicting agendas, and disharmony between your conscious and subconscious is what is keeping you from having what you desire. Why? Because when you’re conscious and subconscious are not in sync or agreement they produce resistance. And it is this resistance or energy block that produces the negative result.

Let me explain what’s really happening. Your subconscious mind cooperates with your conscious mind when it understands and agrees with what you consciously want. In other words, when your conscious and subconscious are not in conflict.

Before you can solve your problems and have what you desire you must resolve these conflicts. To eliminate the struggle in your life, you must first find the conflict and then resolve it before you can have what you want. All personal growth boils down to this: if we want to change our reality we must change our consistent thoughts. This is a biblical principle (3 John 1:2KJV)

2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou will prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  This scripture is saying that what happens on the outside is a direct result of what happens on the inside! said another way: if you keep thinking what you have been thinking, you will keep getting what you have been getting.

The best way to think right is to do these four things:

  1. Decide what you want and then listen to your subconscious resistance or conflicting thoughts. Write them down.
  2. Ask yourself, “Are these thoughts REAL or imaginary?”
  3. Ask yourself, “Are these thoughts moving me toward what I want or away from what I want?”
  4. Ask yourself, “What new consistent thoughts can I use from now on to replace them?” Make a list on paper.

Then USE them! Stop letting your mind run your life, and let your Spirit lead, after all the real you is a spirit being, made in the image of God. Whatever your consistent dominant thoughts are will become your reality. What controls thoughts?  What you see, what you hear, what you focus on. If you guard those three areas and diligently protect what you see, hear, and focus on, it will change your life. Don’t surrender your life or dreams to things that will take you away from what God placed in your heart. I can’t stress enough the value and importance of you being the protector, of what you see, hear, and focus on.

Here Pastor Lonnie on KE YT (ABC affiliate) Sunday mornings 6 AM hear him live at the Miracle C 5105 Walker St., Ventura, CA

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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