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Summary: A message about the importance of vision

Breakthrough Vision

Theme:

Text: 1 Samuel 3:1; Proverbs 29:18; Habbakuk 2

1 Samuel 3:1 KJV And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

1 Samuel 3:1 NKJV Then the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

1 Samuel 1 & 2 introduces us to Samuel’s miraculous birth. He was born to Hannah the wife of Elkanah. She was distraught and broken because of her bareness. So she prayed often. On one particular time as she was praying and fasting (an often overlooked note) God gave her a word through Eli. God was going to heal her womb and she was going to bear a child.

Two things to note about this story

1) I believe that this answer to prayer came after intense prayer that was increased by fasting. I believe we underestimate the power of fasting.

2) Hannah’s dedication of the purpose of this child.

1 Samuel 1:11 Then she made a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head."

To me this is the call to all parents. As a parent we should dedicate our children to the Lord. Not just as a ceremony on Sunday morning but as a desire in our heart to find their purpose in God’s work. Whatever that may be.

Here there was a purpose. Whether or not Hannah knew how great a child Samuel would become is debatable but it all began right here. Samuel is given to the work of God’s kingdom.

Why?

1 Samuel 3:1 KJV And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

1 Samuel 3:1 NKJV Then the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation.

There was something missing in the land. It was more than likely because of the sin of Eli and his sons. The sin of Eli was that he tolerated the sin of his sons. Eli was the priest of God. He should have been hearing from the Lord yet God has pulled away from Israel.

There was no Open Vision (revelation) in the Land. The word of the Lord was rare in those days. This is hard to fathom.

When the Word of the Lord is rare

Have you had the word of the Lord been rare in your life.

There is an interesting combination of words here. Open Vision or Paw-rats khaw-zone.

Breakthrough comes from revelation.

Vision

- Original: ????

- Transliteration: Chazown

- Phonetic: khaw-zone'

- Definition:

1. vision

a. vision (in ecstatic state)

b. vision (in night)

c. vision, oracle, prophecy (divine communication)

d. vision (as title of book of prophecy)

The Power of Vision

Vision brings clarity.

Vision brings focus

Vision brings relief.

Breakthrough Vision Brings (notes found in studies)

Passion

Motivation

Forms our Priorities

Brings Life

Proverbs and the importance of vision

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

- Original: ????

- Transliteration: Para`

- Phonetic: paw-rah'

- Definition:

1. to lead, act as leader

2. to let go, let loose, ignore, let alone

a. (Qal)

1. to let go, let loose

2. to let alone, avoid, neglect

3. to loosen

b. (Niphal) to be let loose, be loosened of restraint

c. (Hiphil)

1. to cause to refrain

2. to show lack of restraint

3. to let loose restraints

- Original: ????

- Transliteration: Parats

- Phonetic: paw-rats'

- Definition:

1. to break through or down or over, burst, breach

a. (Qal)

1. to break or burst out (from womb or enclosure)

2. to break through or down, make a breach in

3. to break into

4. to break open

5. to break up, break in pieces

6. to break out (violently) upon

7. to break over (limits), increase

8. to use violence

9. to burst open 1a

2. to spread, distribute

a. (Niphal) to be broken through

b. (Pual) to be broken down

c. (Hithpael) to break away

- Origin: a primitive root

- TWOT entry: 1826

- Part(s) of speech: Verb

- Strong's: A primitive root; to break out (in many applications direct and indirect literally and figuratively): - X abroad (make a) breach break (away down -er forth in up) burst out come (spread) abroad compel disperse grow increase open press scatter urge.

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