Summary: The Bible tells us that where there is no vision, the people perish. Are your neighbors perishing? What about your family members? Do you have a Vision? If not get one!
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A Ministry of Huckaby’s Evangelism
Today’s Message Title
Where There Is No Vision
By- Evangelist Gary Huckaby D.D. L.L.D
We will take our texts from two books in the Bible today. Acts and Proverbs. Acts is the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and Proverbs is the book of wisdom.
Acts 16:6-10, "Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of
Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them."
Now look with me at one scripture in Proverbs, from where I take my title.
Proverbs 29:18, " Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Dear Heavenly Father, meet with us in this message today. Speak to each heart, and deal with each life.
We need a vision today, that we may serve you in a great way. Forgive our faults, cleanse our sins, and create in us a clean hear and renew a right spirit within us this hour. In the Name above every Name, the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask this. Amen!
God wants a Christian to have a vision! Now I am not talking about a vision from an outside source such as from drugs, or from a transcendental trance, but a vision or goal in our life in several areas of our life.
First the Lord wants each of His children to have a vision for;
A vision for lost souls! This is the first and the most important point of this message today, so don’t miss this please! God will not use a preacher, nor a Church who does not win souls. The whole purpose for our being left on earth after our salvation is to tell others about Jesus Christ. God could have spared us all of our troubles, and heartaches, and trials by catching us up to glory the moment we were saved had He wanted. He left us here though to grow, and witness for Him. New Christian, you must get a vision like Jesus had; a vision for the lost souls of mankind. Luke 19:10, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Paul the great apostle had such a vision of lost souls. In Acts 20:31, we see that vision.
Acts 20:31, "Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears." Again Paul states that Jesus came to save the lost in 1Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."
Great men of God gad a vision for lost souls! Paul stated that he ceased not to warn everyone night and day of the coming judgment. This he did with tears. Tears of compassion for their souls. He even went so far as to say that he would himself become a cursed for them if he could. Paul had a vision for souls!
David Brainerd had a vision for the souls of the Indians of North America.He died at the age of 29 and spent his life going after the native Americans. David Livingston gave his life in Africa spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. When he died the African people begged that his heart be buried in the land that he loved so. His heart was to reach the people of the African continent. He had a vision for souls!
Hudson Taylor had a vision for souls in China. He loved the Chinese so that he dressed and ate just as they did. He was instrumental in winning many to the Saviour because of his vision for lost souls.
General William Booth had a vision for souls in England and to all the world, thus came the Salvation army. Many lost souls came to Christ then because of William Booth’s vision for the lost souls of mankind. Dear friends, if we are to be of any use in the service of Jesus Christ, we must have a vision for lost souls! Without that vision, we are useless in our service to Him.
A Vision of Hell
Next we need a vision of HELL! The reason we are gathered at this soul winning conference today, is because we believe in a real literal hell ,where the lost will one day spend eternity, separated forever from God. I don’t know about you, but I believe there is a hell. I believe what the Word of God says about that terrible place where the unbeliever will be for eternity. Matthew 5:29-30, "And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."