Understand the Process of Vision!
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” John 10:10b (NKJV).
Understand the Process Of Vision!
Good Morning and God speed! What a beautiful day that the Lord has made. It is awesome to be alive and living in the promises that God has provided for all of us. Without Him, we cannot live in faith and do what is right according to His plan for our lives.
How are you my brothers and my sisters? I pray that you are having the best time of your life and living your dreams. I hope that your week has been going right. I thank God for the opportunity to come to you and share the bread of life each and every week. I am hoping that these messages have been persuasive and challenging you to accept the truth of His love and grace!
We begin today with the wisdom that God has given to all of us to go beyond our human limitations. Today’s story is about a young musician that was famous for his talent. Let me set the stage for this story.
It was four o’clock on a cold, winter morning. The snow had turned to mush, the wind blew with a vengeance, and the entire day seemed destined to be a source of depression. In this small town, its people appeared listless. The farmers, storekeepers, and street sweepers were dragging themselves to their places of business.
But suddenly, in the midst of this dismal atmosphere, a young boy about 12 years of age skipped along as he clutched an old cello case. His smile and quick stride revealed his anticipation for reaching his intended destination.
That little boy’s name was Pablo Casals. His interest and commitment to music at such an early age inspired even his teacher. It also revealed the seed of destiny in one of the world’s greatest cellists. Even today, Pablo Casals, age 85, continues to rise early and spend most of the day practicing his cello.
In an interview he was asked why, even now, he continued to practice five hours a day. Casals replied, “It is because I think I am getting better.” What an answer!
Did you know that great minds and souls, knowing what they have done, must never be confused with what they can yet do? They never settle at the great work they have accomplished. The concept of retirement is a great myth that has trapped the untapped potential, and buried several millions of talented, gifted, and valuable individuals.
This Western concept of retirement has caused many great men and women to settle for the average and to succumb to the mediocrity of the socially accepted standards of success. Please note, however, that individuals throughout history who have left their footprints in the sands of destiny were driven by a passion greater than the desire of personal comfort or retirement.
Retirement is never a concept in the minds of world changers. Our story of Pablo Casals reminds us of monumental men and women such as Abraham. This Biblical patriarch, who at seventy years of age, childless and frustrated, married to a barren woman, and beyond the biological age of conceiving a child, accepted the vision of a baby destined to change the world and believed it would come to pass.
Did you know that Abraham saw the fruit of his faith when he was 100 years old? Even the Apostle Paul, while spending his final days in prison under house arrest by order of the government of Rome, refused to retire or succumb to the environmental restrictions of age, imprisonment, and threats.
Instead, he spent the rest of his days writing beautiful, life-changing, historical documents that constitute three-quarters of the New Testament, and formed the basis of most of the doctrine of the Christian Church today. He knew his end and what he was destined to do. He was so focused and did now allow distractions to keep him from fulfilling the purpose that God had put in his heart.
Like Pablo Casals, the Apostle Paul believed that no matter what he had done, accomplished, achieved, or experienced in the past, there was always so much more left within to develop, release, and express. Both Pablo and the Apostle Paul believed that the enemy of better is best, and the tomb of the extra-ordinary is the ordinary.
We see Paul’s perception of life and the responsibility each of us have to maximize life to its fullest potential expressed in his final letter to Timothy. To his favorite young student, he wrote:
“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:6-7)
Did you know that God considers those who nobody expects to be anything? Those whose family, friends, and relatives have thrown away and given up on? Do you know that God takes those who are fearful and don’t believe in themselves, and makes them men and women of greatness with wealth, prestige, and honor; mighty men and women of valor? Did you know that the badge of courage does not require that we walk through something dangerous? The badge of courage simply requires that we continue to share God’s love wherever and whatever we are.
That is why you should never question the ability that is still trapped in you. All you have to do is follow His steps, and He will direct your walk. He will show you what is still un-mined in you that He has placed in you when He originally spoke to you, His son and His daughter. The fact that you are alive lets you know that you still have much to accomplish. Great things are in store for you. His destiny for you speaks of the kingdom mandate.
So, let’s finish this week with our Principle #6: Principle #6 says that we must understand the process of vision.
Let’s look at another example of understanding the process of vision. God said to Moses as the adopted son of Pharaoh’s daughter, while he was still one of the most powerful men in Egypt, “I have raised you up to deliver My people out of Egypt into the Promised Land. This is how it will transpire: In your zeal to protect My people, you will rashly murder an Egyptian, and you will have to flee into the wilderness and become a mere shepherd. When you become leader of the Israelites, they are going to infuriate you. They are going to murmur and complain. They are even going to revolt against you. Oh! As a matter of fact, because of your reaction to them, you will disobey Me, and then you won’t even make it to the Promised Land.”
If Moses had been told this process, I think Moses would have said, “Well, Lord, You can keep both the people and Pharaoh. I think I’ll pass on this vision.” You see, we think that, just because we’re going through difficult times, God has stopped working to fulfill His purpose in our lives. In actuality, God is working on us, through the difficult times in process, preparing us for our purposes.
We often sit back and ask, “Why is it taking so long? And why do I have to go through all this?” My friends, the complaining and lack of faith is exactly what God is trying to work out of you. Why? Because He does not want you to go to your promised land bringing bad attitudes with you. He is working for your good.
Let’s look at Daniel. God appointed him to be a prophet and allowed him to see visions of future events, including the end times. Yet, God didn’t tell him that he would be thrown into a lion’s den for obeying Him! This is another example of God’s plan being unpredictable as He gets you to go where you are meant to be. He doesn’t tell you about it because you might be tempted to quit.
Let’s look again at Paul. It was God who told him, essentially, “Listen, you will be an apostle to the Gentiles for Me. Moreover, you will be preaching to kings.” (Acts 9:15). Paul might have thought, “That really sounds pretty good.” However, if God had told him about the fasting, the whippings, the stoning, the hunger, and the prisons, he might have said: “I think I’ll stay right here in Jerusalem rather than going on that road to Damascus.” After Paul’s conversion, God did show Ananias, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name” (v. 16). But the Apostle Paul did not know all that would mean.
What about Jesus? You know, when the Son of God was born, wise men came to visit Him. They bowed down before Him, calling Him a King. Yet, what a process He had to go through to get to that throne!
We also see in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus feeling the burden of vision. He prayed, “Isn’t there any other way?” (Matthew 26:36-44). What He felt was what you might have felt. So you might have said, “But isn’t there another way to do and follow this instead of what I am going through right now?” But God will answer, “No my son! No, my daughter! This is the way I am taking you if you want to have the greatest impact.”
Let’s look at what God is doing on your job. You might ask, “Isn’t there a better way to open my career path to leadership and being in charge? And here is what God will say: “You’re to be one of the greatest influencers in your job. But first, you have to learn how to work under someone else. That is the route that I have planned and finished for you. I am working on your character and your training.”
Did you know most of us are like that? Sitting and complaining day in and day out! We want the vision without being qualified for it. In the end, we get distracted and create a route that leads to destruction.
You may not face a life-or-death situation, as some of God’s people have, but you will have challenges and difficulties in one degree or another as you move toward the fulfillment of your vision. That is why I want you to be aware of the process of vision and be prepared for it. You don’t want to give up on your vision prematurely. God is continually fulfilling a little more of your dream until it comes to pass. And it will culminate in His timing!
This is the will of God for you. In Lamentations 3:26, it says, “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Many times, Monday mornings are depressing for many people because they hate their jobs. But yet such jobs can serve a purpose in God’s plan. Hear me, please: God places us in jobs that will prepare us for our life’s work. Just remember that a job is a preoccupation on the way to your true occupation.
Now in closing, let me talk to you. If you are frustrated with your job, you need to stay there unless God directs otherwise, realizing that it is not your permanent position. I can speak for myself. Thank God for each of the jobs I have had, because they all prepared me for what I am doing right now. What I am doing now is so fulfilling that I could do it for the rest of my life.
Commit and submit yourself to your job, learn what you’re supposed to learn, and get all the knowledge that you can from it. You are going to move on in a little while. Purpose gives your job meaning. Remember that being in a pit and in prison didn’t stop Joseph, because he saw himself as ruler, and he knew that one day his vision would be fulfilled. Let God’s purpose in your heart enable you to keep moving forward.
The prophet Habakkuk asked God, “How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” (Habakkuk 1:2). He was referring to the problems and difficulties that were taking place in his nation. There was disorder, corruption, and murder. The Lord’s answer to him was this: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time, it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay… But the righteous will live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
Go with God and have an awesome week! Trust Him!
For this week’s prayer time, meditate this week as we start fasting! Take a praise and worship instrumental CD or whatever you have (but it has to be an instrumental. If you don’t have one then ask me after service, and I will give you a CD.) Let this help prepare you this whole week as we start our fasting! Pastor wants us to be in one accord and in unity! As you begin your day, play the CD and for 5 minutes, say nothing. After that, begin saying things like: Good Morning, Father! Good Morning, Jesus! Good Morning, Holy Spirit! I look forward to beginning this beautiful day with You in Your wholeness and Your mighty power! Do you know that, I love You! I love You with all my heart! You are the beauty of the sunset, when it shines across the skies. You are the song that the tree sings when the wind blows. You are the glory of an eagle as it soars through the skies, and the compassion of a mother when she hears her baby cry! Words cannot explain your faithfulness! (After this, then continue on with what you are going to say to Him! Quote your favorite scriptures and be in tune with Him in Oneness! This will change your life forever! Speak now to your situation and denounce sickness: Say to what is hurting in your body; “Listen to me pain or whatever: You are illegal in my body! His Word declares the sickness of Egypt among His people is illegal!” Now announce your healing by your faith in the finished Work of the cross!)
Thought: Your vision will not prove false!
Living Large to Dream