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Summary: There is a Japanese proverb that says; "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare." Vision will turn lukewarm, lazy, sleeping church members into red-hot, living soldiers in the grand cause of changing a generation.

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Vision in the house.

IAN JOHNSON PAPATOETOE ELIM CHURCH

Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law.

Helen Keller was asked once “What would be worse than being born blind?” to which she replied “Having sight without a vision.”

Vision is the ability to see beyond the surface of human potential.

It is not what we are but what we desire to become or where we desire to go..

Illustration.

On a flight to Wellington, the pilot announced that the takeoff had been

postponed due to mechanical failure.

Later, the flight attendant announced that everyone who was heading for Wellington was to remain on the plane. Forgetting that the intercom was still on, the pilot was overheard in the background...he said "Whoops!" A minute later, the pilot headed down the aisle toward the rear exit ramp, with his hat in one hand and his briefcase in the other. One of the passengers saw the pilot and asked him, "Where are you going?" The pilot told him in a low voice, "Christchurch." The passenger replied, "This plane’s not going to Christchurch. It’s going to Wellington!" The pilot, with his face turning red, said, "I know, I’m on the wrong plane!"

Vision is a mental picture of a desired future.

It is a picture that can be seen of what is not yet, but of what can be. Our present belief is reflective of our vision. Where we are in life is directly connected to our vision or the lack thereof. What you are today is a direct result of your vision yesterday.

Illustration: From George Barna research.

The following terms were used in the survey by those being surveyed who confessed to be born again Christians, in describing themselves:

(a) Stressed Out: 31%

(b) Too Busy: 49%

(c) Needing New Friends: 50%

(d) In Debt: 40%

(e) Dealing with Addiction: 11%

(g) Searching for purpose: 48%

(h) Skeptical: 55%

All of the above can be attributed to a person’s vision.

Stress: you need a vision for the future which includes taking it easy.

Too busy: great people don’t work harder they work smarter through vision.

Needing friends: get a vision for being a friend

In debt: you need a long term vision of being debt free…Budget

Addictions: you need a vision of being free.

And so on.

Illustration

A little boy was heard talking to himself as he walked across the backyard, baseball cap in place, ball and bat in his hands. "I am the greatest hitter in the world," he said. He threw the ball up, swung and missed. "Strike one," he said. But again, he told himself, "I am the greatest hitter ever." He threw the ball up again, swung and missed. He looked at the ball, and at the bat, and said, "I’m the greatest hitter that ever lived." He threw the ball up again and swung and missed a third time.

This time he said, "Wow! Strike three! What a pitcher! I’m the greatest pitcher

in the world!...

There is a direct connection between vision and Faith

Hebrews 11:1 Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. V3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at Gods command So that what is seen was not made out of that which is now visible.


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