Summary: It is time to change our vision to and envasion
FROM ENVISION TO INVASION 2001
THINK BIG - Attempt something so great for God that it’s doomed to failure unless God be in it.
Acts 2:17 `In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions; your old men will dream dreams.
Dream - A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration
A woman in a convalescent home was given a party to celebrate her one-hundredth birthday. Her pastor came to offer his congratulations. Later, the pastor said, "Her mind was keenly alert. When I arrived, she was completely caught up in the excitement of the birthday party. A reporter had come to interview her. And when he asked that high-spirited, one-hundred-year-old woman, ’Do you have any children?’ she replied, without hesitation, ’Not yet!’"
Vision - 2 a: the act or power of imagination (1): mode of seeing or conceiving (2): unusual discernment or foresight b: man of vision.
When you have a vision you become a threat to the kingdom of Satan. If the devil can keep you from completing visions and stopping you from seeing the Fathers business from being complete then Darkness wins.
The sad thing about it is most Christians haven’t ventured out to envision the ministry that God has for them. Religion’s job is to stop the relationship between you and God. If that relationship is quenched then vision becomes void and lifeless.
Gen 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.
People with out vision are jealous of people who do have vision and get upset when God uses the least to get the job done.
Gen 37:9-11 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. "Listen," he said, "I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, "What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?" 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
After the betrayal, After Potiphar wife’s lies, after the baker, and Butler. Joseph kept the dream alive. He believed what God has showed him, after 13 years he refused to let the dream and vision die.
THREE THINGS THAT HAVE TO BE INVOLVED FOR VISION
1. YOU HAVE TO BE PERSISTANT WITH YOUR VISION TOO MANY PEOPLE LET THEIR VISION BE STOLEN BY THE ENEMY WHEN THEY DON’T SEE QUICK RESULTS.
1 Kings 19:19-21 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "Let me kiss my father and mother good-by," he said, "and then I will come with you." "Go back," Elijah replied. "What have I done to you?" 21So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his attendant.
2 Kings 2:9-10 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied. 10"You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours-otherwise not."
Elisha followed Elijah for 7-8 years before the mantle was handed down to him.
Elisha knew about the miracles of Elijah he knew about
o Increases the oil of the widow of Zarephath
o Raises the son of the woman of Zarephath from the dead
o Causes rain after seven years of drought
o Causes fire to consume the sacrifice
1 Kings 18:24,36-38
o Calls fire down upon the soldiers of Ahaziah
Yet Elisha would not give up on his vision, his promise, his dream, to be fulfilled. Elisha would in no way or fashion settle for what Elijah had, he would not stop or give up until he had double the anointing, double the power, and double the manifestations of God.
We Have Sold Ourselves Short - Jesus said you have not because you ask not
1. IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A VISION YOU HAVE TO