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Summary: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Are you a "people"? Then this statement applies to you! Vision from God is essential for leaders, teachers, parents, ministers, disciples to be effective in the Kingdom of God and in bringing others into t

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Text: Proverbs 29:18

Where there is no vision, the people perish:

but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. KJV

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,

But happy is he who keeps the law. NASB

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off

restraint;

But happy is he who keeps the law. NKJV

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off

restraint;

but blessed is he who keeps the law. NIV

Where there is no word from God, the people are

uncontrolled,

but those who obey what they have been taught are

happy. NCV

Note:

Negative consequences / positive rewards.

One extreme to the other.

Contrasts, like we studied in Ecclesiastes.

How important, then, is this idea of "vision"?

Introduction: Where there is no vision, the people perish. Are you a "people"? If so, then this statement applies to you! It means if you have no vision, YOU will perish. Listen to that again. If you have no vision, you WILL perish. Once more. Ponder the simple statement, then think about the implications. If you have no vision, YOU WILL PERISH!!

Physical sight--vision dims, blurs with age, disease, injury, etc. Near-sighted, far-sighted, astigmatism, etc. There is help to correct, sharpen focus.

Spiritual sight--vision dims, blurs, etc. There is also a Helper Who will correct our spiritual vision, sharpen our focus!

I. NO VISION, NO REVELATION, NO WORD FROM GOD.

A. Vision. Not visions as apparitions or dreams in a trance state, or some other New Age type thing, but as spiritual sight, spiritual insight, dreams of the things that God wants to do in us, for us, through us.

B. Revelation. There are things about God that are evident in His creation. But there are things of God that we can know only if He reveals them to us.

C. Word from God. The Word of God given to the Prophets and the Apostles. The still small voice that says, "This is the way, walk ye in it" (Isaiah 30:21).

II. THE PEOPLE CAST OFF RESTRAINT, ARE UNCONTROLLED.

A. Cast off restraint.

B. Are uncontrolled.

C. Are wild and liable to do anything.

(No self-control. Not controlled by the Spirit,

but controlled by the flesh, by the sinful

nature, by sinful desires.)

III. THE PEOPLE PERISH.

A. They perished. Physically, culturally, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually.

B. We will perish. As a congregation in the same ways if we follow the same paths.

C. You will perish. YOU will perish, too, if you follow those same paths. You WILL perish. You will PERISH!!!

One of my favorite introductory phrases to statements in the Bible is "But God..." There are things that man may do, that the enemy of our souls may do, that are not the best for us, that are destructive, that bring misery, suffering and death. Then we read, "But God..." Praise the Lord that there is a "But God..." in all this perishing business!

The good news is:

"The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

And the GREAT NEWS is:

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).


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