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  • Writer's pictureAbundant Encounters, Inc.

What Would Change If Your Problems Vanished Overnight?

From episode: Vision for the Future Today


Commonly known as the miracle question (Developed in the 1970s by Insoo Kim Berg and Steven de Shazer). It's a powerful idea, but sometimes it can feel a little insensitive when we're dealing with complicated personal situations. Still, it is a powerful counseling tool that I want to spiritualize with you today for the sake of encounter. It goes like this;


If you were to go to bed tonight and sometime during the night, a miracle happened and caused your problem to disappear, what would be the first sign that things have changed when you woke up?


Sometimes we get distracted by the miracle part, like the everything I've ever wanted part, but we need to know a little bit about what the problem that's being solved, so let's think about that for a second.


Picture Jesus. He'll help us with this:


Ask (out loud if possible): "Jesus, what is the problem that needs to be solved in my life?"


Take your time to consider and pull the pieces together with Jesus.


Okay, I believe the Holy Spirit is bringing a problem to mind. What do you think?


Something that has held on to you for long enough, and so remember the miracle question; you go to bed tonight, you wake up, and that problem no longer exists.


Okay, how do you feel?


What's the first thing you notice?


It's kind of fun to think about.


So in Psalms 118 verse 7, it's David speaking, he says, "...I've seen with my own eyes the defeat of my enemies, I've triumphed over them all." So this biblical concept, it's the idea that you step into your future reality, the promised reality, all your enemies have been defeated. Then you begin making decisions from that place. This process can help provide a valuable perspective on what it is that you want. If you know what you want, you can envision what you want, then going after what you want can be achieved.

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