Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Having a Vision: A Look at Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision the people will perish. Without a real vision we have no direction, We wander aimlessly through life with no real objective. Helen Keller was asked once “What would be worse than being born blind?” to which she replied “Having sight without a vision.” What a profound statement by a girl who was born into this world Deaf, Dumb and blind. She could not help how she came into this world but she sure could help how she left this world. We can’t help how we came into this world but we can help how we leave it! Our verse says, "Without a vision the people perish."

The word vision means sight, dream, revelation or enlightenment.
The word perish means to die or to expire.

Vision is Awareness: Which the ability to See!
How is your vision? I'm not talking about your physical eye sight. I'm talking about seeing with what has been called our third eye, the eye of faith! Someone has define spiritual vision "as the ability to see things that are unusual, having competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight." Someone else said, "Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." We need greater goals (what can be done) and greater objectives (how it can be done). We need visions that are worthy of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

Moses had a spiritual vision, we read of it in Hebrews 11:24-27 . He had never brought anyone else out of captivity. He had no clue what course was laid before him. He just knew that God was showing him a vision of something that was to come to pass in the future. As he looked into the burning bush God reveal to Him what He was going to do through Moses. The world would say that Moses blew it when he refused to be call the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. But Moses’ vision enabled him to see into another world.

Jarius came to the Lord Jesus because his daughter laid at home sick unto death. He came believing that if he brought the Lord to her she would be healed. But were told, "As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe" (Mark 5:36). What was the Lord saying? He was saying don’t look with the physical but look with the spiritual.

To see the unseen you have to ignore what people say. Turning a blind eye to what unbelief would say, not allowing myself to be controlled by human logical, believe there is more to life than meets the eye. Don't limit God. The Word tells us that we walk by faith not by sight. It has been said that our vision must be Spirit born, Spirit fed and Spirit led to really accomplish any thing for the glory of God. 

How do you get a vision?
Take a good look at God. Get to know what He is like. Think of each of those men and women in Hebrews 11, they all had an on going real relationship with the Lord. They new who He was and what He was capable of. Once we understand how awesome God is, we will not hesitate to believe God for great things.

I read that Bruce Lee had a fighting style unlike any other because he developed it himself. The main part of his fighting style was aim 6 inches beyond your target. What a concept for us as followers of Christ! What are we aiming at? Are we aiming at our target or beyond the target? I have to admit that much of the time my aim falls short. Instead of 6 inches beyond, I aim 6 inches this side of my target. What if we could adopt this concept of aiming beyond? What could we accomplish?

Vision is Attitude: Which is the Ability to Believe! 
Abraham was willing to believe God even though it seemed to go again the laws of possibility. His attitude was "I trust God." Even though my wife is way pass the age to bear a child, I trust God (Romans 4:18-26)!God help us to have enough faith in God to believe. Think about the father in Mark 9:24 "And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

Paul reminds us that God has begun a good work in us and will complete it. He goes on to say, that "it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure" As God is at work in us and He a work to do through us as well! He will and does help us do everything and that includes helps our faith become stronger, how? Paul then reminds us that the power for this type of living by faith is not ours or in our own strength. He declares, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me" (Philippians 1:6, 2:13, 4:13). 

There are many things that we have no control over as we seek to live for the Lord such as our background, our age, our gifts, but there is one important thing that we do have control over. How much we choose to believe God.

I heard a story of a Sunday School class that was asked to go home and count the stars in the sky as part of their next S.S. lesson. They came back with various numbers. Some said 100, some said 1000, some said a million. Finally the teacher asked a little boy who had said nothing, "How many stars did you count?" He replied, "3". The teacher asked how did you only see 3? He said, "I guess we just have a small backyard." That’s our problem when it comes to believing, we have a small backyard. Our faith needs to be strengthened and that is through His Word. You don’t need much faith. Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.

Vision is Action: Which includes Courage to Trust
Courage is going forward in spite of fear. Our problem is that too often we want to live in our comfort zone. When God gives us a vision to accomplish what He wants accomplished He takes control of situation and takes it out of man's hands and then we to have the courage to rely on Him. Like in Gideon in Judges 7. He went from having twenty two thousand people with him to ten thousand to three hundred. He went from twenty two thousand to three hundred and still had the courage to trust God for victory!

Think of those early Christians in the book of Acts (4:13, 9;27, 13:46, 14:3, 19:8, 28:31). They all had a God fed boldness that led them to trust the Lord and to move forward in their faith! They prayed for this boldness (Acts 4:29-30) and according to Ephesians 6:19-20 so must we! Our boldness is based on our hope in Christ (2 Corinthians 3:12). We must say what needs to be said when it needs to be said and do what needs to be done when it needs to be done (1 Thessalonians 2:2)

What if the men and women of faith in the past did not want to move beyond their comfort zones? 
They walked daily with the Lord and were persistent. This is what we are encouraged to do in Galatians 6:9 and 1 Corinthians 15:58. Many visions are never realized because we give up too soon! 

Some of us have tunnel vision: which is focusing on small and often insignificant problems in the assembly. Some of us have a vision that is near sighted, always focusing on the negative never positive. Some may have far sighted vision which is to think it's all out of reach! 

But what we need is a vision that has: 
A large scope worthy of its mission, reaching the lost. Specific steps to accomplish our goals, and teaching others. Faith in the Lord and in His Word and boldness and perseverance in carrying it out!

Vision is the Ability to see what others can’t. --Faith to believe what others will not. --Courage to do what others say can’t be done. 

I read where Christopher Columbus’ dairy at times seems to be very repetitive. Page after page simply says, "This day we sailed on!" What a great motto for a Christian.
Anybody can start the race, but they don’t give out the awards until you finish. Do you have a vision for your life? For our children? For our assembly? For the lost? 

Behold I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 
John 4:35

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