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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)



Journey of a Vision

"Where there is no vision the people perish...." Proverbs 29:18 KJV
Have you ever had a vision of something you felt you were supposed to do that was God-inspired? The first clue I have that it's God-inspired revolves around it being something far beyond what I could ever do on my own. God‘s visions are beyond us and leads us towards our destiny.
What is a vision? Paula White states it this way," A vision is a God-inspired hope and expectation planted in the heart of a man and a woman as a seed made real in their imagination
by the Spirit of God. Our inner man is our heart. If you can see the invisible you can do the impossible."
Through the years I've learned that God is real good about showing us the end results of
the visions He plants in our heart. For example: that of becoming an inspirational writer for Him. Of course, He didn't fill me in on the journey to the completion of that vision. Come on
if He did fill us in we might get bored. Where would the challenge be?
Paula White points out that there are three things that a person with a vision needs to understand: 1. That our past is a teacher, 2. Our present is our opportunity, and 3. Our future is not to be feared and it isn't our enemy.
Satan takes our failures and tries to overwhelm us so that we stay focused on the past and fail to look to the future God has planned for us. What is a failure any way? It's a process of learning. The only thing that makes it a true failure revolves around our refusing to get up and try again. How many times does a baby fall down before they actually learn to walk? A lot. But, watch that little tike a few days later, not only have they learned to walk but they have mastered running. It's not really any different with God. He's there for us just like a parent is for the child. He will pick us up, dust us off and let us go at it again. It's really quite a magnificent process. When you get right down to it no outside force can cause me to fail. Only the inner me refusing to get up and fight back can cause me to not see my vision to its completion.
The most frustrating part of having our vision fulfilled is the processing part God takes us through. Processing always happens before manifestation. We have to take it in bite size pieces. We must accomplish each step the Lord puts before us and then move on to the next phase. As long as we keep moving forward we will get there.
Even though we have a vision it doesn't mean it's going to happen all at once. Ecclesiates 3:1
points out there is a season and a time. God's timing is critical to our success. We can do the right thing at the wrong time and it will fail at that point. God is processing us for the right time.
God is preparing us to succeed.
There is always a danger involved when someone succeeds too quickly. Success too soon can cause us to fail. If the Lord has not purged the carnal side of our nature from our inner soul before we reach our destiny Satan can trap us with pride, envy, and jealousy of others, just to name a few of the pitfalls. God has to work on our character along the way.
Our big challenge appears to be that we prepare ourselves to serve the Lord. Our gifting could take us places our character can't keep us. God wants to make sure we have enough character to deal with the journey ahead of us. He knows what's in our heart and what needs to be corrected.
Since the Holy Spirit is our teacher we can be assured He will never let us take a test we are not prepared to take. We just have to keep moving forward knowing our vision is God-inspired and He will make a way where there is no way so that we will have complete success in Him.

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Helen Paynter08/14/06
A lot of Biblical widsom here. It would be masses easier to read with a blank line beween each new thought, thouh (and you might get more comments!) Well done.