Saturday, August 31, 2002

3 types of vision

Without vision the people perish
If you love the Lord but your life is not growing as it should be, one of the reasons could be that you have a lack of vision.
 Vision is the power motivating your life in one direction with focus
 Divine vision is given from God via his word by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 2: 10 -12).
In Acts 13:47, Paul quotes Isaiah 42 & made it his own calling and vision through the prompting of the Holy Spirit in his life.

Is it possible that God’s vision in my life won’t succeed?
To answer that question, we need to know the types of vision in our lives
There are 3 types of vision in our lives

1- Negative Vision :

Whatever God says to a person, if that person receives it through a negative filter, such as his own wrong self perception, or through a negative image of God, or his circumstances, then he will interpret the word of God to him in a distorted way.
 Numbers 13:30-33 The 10 spies came back with different news than Caleb & Joshua
They said the land is perfect but the Giants live there & we were like grasshoppers in our own sight {vision}.
This is exactly like someone saying: the promises of God are so good but I can’t live them.
The negative vision leads to the abortion of God’s promises being fulfilled in your life. Remember that all the people who believed that negative report, died in the wilderness.
 Ex 6:9 The people didn’t believe Moses, due to the inferiority & their long experience in captivity
Inferiority is a negative vision inside you about your self and your life that makes you incapable of believing God’s promises.
 1 Sam 27:1 Even David struggled with a negative vision of his future which led him to make wrong choices.
My friend, negative vision is very dangerous, and if you leave it to grow, it will destroy your life.

2- The realistic vision:

This person’s mind is full of pictures of what is going on around him and in his life. He looks to be worldly wise and soberly realistic, but let’s see what the bible says about such an approach.
 Matt 14:30 When Peter, walking on the water, started to notice the high winds and waves, his eyes became full of the reality of his situation, which caused him to start to drown.
 Luke 1:18. When God told Zachariah that he was going to have a son, his mind was full of the hindering reality of his and his wife’s incapability, and said as much to God: “ for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.” But that realistic vision made him disbelieve.
The words of God were answers to prayers that he once prayed, but because he looked at the reality, he disbelieved. God’s response to his unbelief was to cause dumbness until the birth of the child. “And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words”
Dear friends, we are called to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).
Bernard Shaw said: The world is full of realistic people, but there is another kind of people that are unrealistic. All change that happened in life happened through unrealistic people”.

3- The vision of Faith:

This is the vision that believes all what God says about me and my life without adding to it; without any buts or doubts, but living in full obedience to His vision.
He says, I’m your salvation, freedom, healing & joy.
On the Cross He declared: “It’s finished.” He accomplished and fulfilled everything for you.
How do you react to that? Do you believe that He didn’t settle only the matter of sin in your life but all matters of your life?
Do you believe Him when He says to you: “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee”. (Jer 31:3)
Do you respond to such kind of love in faith and action?
Let’s look at some people who acted in faith, in spite of reality.
 1 Kin 17:8-17. The widow believed God’s word for her that he would provide, although the cake she gave Elijah was her and her son’s last meal before facing death. However she gave it first to Elijah in faith that God’s word was going to be fulfilled. That faith brought the miracle into her house in spite of the reality around her.
The faith was not mental or academic it was alive and practical.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).
Faith changes reality. It creates a new and higher reality.
Let’s have a bold faith leaning on God’s word.
Every thing is possible to those who believe.