Summary: It is impossible to overcome our past and press forward without a clear vision from God of our future.
“God has a Vision for You”
It is impossible to overcome our past and press forward without a clear vision from God of our future.
Proverbs 29:18 - (KJV)
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Proverbs 29:18 - (the message)
“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves: but when they attend to what he reveals they are most blessed.”
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
It is then important for me to understand that in order to overcome my past, I must have a vision of my future. The anointing of Gods Spirit brings with it a vision of how to proceed into my God given destiny. It reveals a new hope of
what our life can be!
I. What is a Vision?
a. Vision is
-The reason we get of bed, the reason we learn and stretch our abilities. It is the reason we go forward. There are visions of raising kids, building companies, etc. This vision will give us a certain amount of impetus to grow and change.
b. examples of someone with a vision in the natural
- Great machines
- Giant Boat
- Great works of architecture, Sky city
c. according to the bible
Gods vision for us is a deeper vision, one that consists of eternal issues and builds things that will last forever!
The Hebrew word “vision” is not the ordinary word for something that is seen, rather it indicates a revelation from God and in a prophetic sense.
c. examples of someone with a vision in the spiritual realm
- God led Gideon to victory with divine vision
II. Self led or God led. The carnal vs. the spiritual
It is sometimes hard to project our future because we are reminded of our past.
David said it this way in
Psalms 119:25 - “My soul cleaveth (“clings”) to the dust, quicken - (revive) thou me according to thy word.”
This is why the apostle Paul admonishes us to “Forget those things which are behind us and press for the mark of the high calling of God.”
God’s vision is better than our vision of ourselves
a. Job, dare to dream
b. David, not afraid to challenge Goliath! He had a vision from God!
b. Joseph, “when dreams die”
c. Moses, “I am not but I know “I AM”
“And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
d. Disciples, “cast your nets on the other side”
e. Paul who was Saul,
f. Gideon - Mighty man of valor, in the bottom of the threashing floor
“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.”
III. God has a vision for you.
God overcomes my present situation with revelation, that leads me to live in expectation!
We are no longer children of circumstance, we are children of God and as such we are not ruled by the meager elements of this world we are ruled and led by God!