Refining your vision of who you are and what you are about requires a new way of seeing things. Perhaps the reason why too many of us are walking around clueless is because we have yet to see ourselves the God sees us. God sees us as victorious, blessed, grateful, and joyful. We need to embrace God's vision for our lives! ... The devil wants us walking around defeated, ungrateful, feeling cursed, bitter, and hateful. God says, "Not so!" Do you agree with God and have a "not so!" attitude inside of you against the devil? ... This life is not some trivial game. This "game" is serious. Both God and satan are playing for keeps. Satan is trying to take us out, but our gracious God does not want us to perish; He wants us to be saved in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3:9). Not only that, He wants us to prosper and be in good health, even as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). Be encouraged!
(For the The Prayer Challenge Devotional)
Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
A vision for your life is very important to have. Without a vision, and without a strong hope for that vision to be fulfilled, actions and choices are simply random and certain things that ought to have meaning lack it. The vision we have should be in line with God's will and purpose for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 declares, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." As we submit to God and obey Him daily, we get closer and closer to that "expected end."
Our purpose is fixed; God created each of us for a specific reason. Our destination and destiny, however, are not fixed. They are directly affected by the choices we make each day. Our destination is where we end up. Our destiny has to do with how we are when we arrive at our destination. If we make choices while thinking from a short-term perspective, we could miss what God has for us and wants to do through us concerning the long-term things.
So we've got to think long-term. We've got to ask ourselves, "how will this action here or that one thing spoken to another person impact not only myself, but also others now and in the future? Am I in line with what God wants me to do? Am I setting myself up for a bright future?" If you struggle with any or all of those questions, then it might be a good time to take a personal assessment of your life and the things around you. Hopefully you have the right goals, tools, and resources that will take you to that "next level," as we often say nowadays. If you're dealing with the contrary, seek God about who and what you should be connected to so you can fulfill the vision God has given you. When you have sight beyond sight, when you can see beyond the present circumstances that you see in front of you, you can then make some necesssary changes and please God. As you seek God more and more, prayerfully you will see things less and less from a temporary perspective and more and more from an eternal perspective.
Prayer Focus: Lord, help me to grasp the kind of sight I need in order to fulfill what you have called me to fulfill. I thank you now for clear vision. Thank you for helping me to see beyond my present temporary circumstance to catch a glimpse of what the future holds.
Study Focus: Proverbs 29:18; Jeremiah 29:11; Joel 2:28; Habakkuk 2:2-3; Ephesians 5:15-16
Reflection: Sometimes we can get so stuck on our present situations and circumstances that we forget to consider the importance of vision. When you keep in mind your God-given vision, you set certain goals that are good and healthy for yourself and for those whom you might be leading. Feed yourself truth daily so the vision will live strong. For we know what happens with the absence of a vision. So keep looking forward. The future is bright!
2012 did not “end,” as we often would say, but it closed, like a door. When one door closes, another door opens! I believe that 2013 is opening up for those faithful believers in Christ. And while 2013 is opening up, let us not bring any baggage from 2012 into this new year! So Praise God for the new while letting go of the old! While you take your grip off the old and get ready for the new, dare to be a dreamer. Joseph's brothers hated him because Jacob showed him favor, and then more-so because he shared his dreams concerning them bowing to him one day (Gen. 37:6-9). Later Joseph got thrown into the pit. The pit represents a low place, a dark time in your life. Maybe you've been "thrown into a pit" at different times. But if you have a dream, despite your hardship, even then you have to keep being a dreamer. That's what Joseph did, he kept being a dreamer. So Joseph was lifted up out of the pit by some Midianite merchantmen who sold Joseph to some Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver. Then he was brought to Egypt. Joseph prospers in Potiphar's house, but then Potiphar's wife falsely accused him of trying to get with her, so he's thrown in prison. Even then Joseph kept being a dreamer. In prison Joseph interpreted the dreams of the cup-bearer and the baker and he is released and is brought to the palace. In the palace, Joseph prospers again and is brought to the pinnacle of success.
From the pit to the prison to the palace Joseph went. See your dreams can get you into trouble, but then that trouble is the start of an interesting process for which God gets all the glory. No matter what, don't stop being a dreamer. No matter what mistakes you have made, no matter what sins you have committed, don't stop being a dreamer! You don't need anyone's permission to dream. Have a vision not just when you're sleeping, but when you're AWAKE. Don't dismiss certain daydreams you have as nothing, especially if they're about you being productive in God's Kingdom! Dreams are involuntary so that means they are God-given! See when you are a dreamer, God will let you hear the inaudible and see the invisible. With that, you should begin to speak that which has yet to be spoken as you have heard and seen new things in the spirit. God wants YOU to have the words concerning your purpose and destiny come out of YOUR mouth so you know it's real. When you share your dreams, not everyone is going to like it, but so what? If God says it, you should be saying it too! In John 6:63 Jesus said, "It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." Speak life concerning your dreams and know that you fulfilling your dreams can impact not only your neighborhood and community, but also even the world! So if you've had a dream, "Dream again!" Keep dreaming until you see your dream realized!
A real dreamer has favor. They have faith. And they have fortitude. Favor is not earned, it is simply given by God for a divine purpose. Favor is outside of you, so when people hate on you because of the favor of God, just say, "EXACTLY, it's OF GOD and not me!" What those who hate on your favor are really saying is that they're mad at God because they're not favored, but you are. As we often say, "Favor is not fair." But God is not a respector of persons, He is a respector of principle. Do what I do and you can get what I got. Now faith is key because you have to walk by it and not by sight. What you see sometimes can scare you away, but faith says, "I know there is something great beyond this trouble I see in front of me!" Faith causes you to keep pressing when it seems like there should be no logical reason for you to be pressing at all. But faith does not always follow logic. Faith follows God. Then there is fortitude. Have strength of mind. Don't change your mind about your dreams, no matter what people say and no matter what happens. If your dream is truly from God it will stand! Be encouraged. Happy New Year!
It's the set time now for God to favor you, but what are you doing about it? ... Are we cooperating with God? Or are we in rebellion? Beware of satan's devices: what he uses to deceive you and to distract you so you get away from God's purpose for your life. Sometimes the enemy will have you thinking you don't need something that you really do need to make it. Then he'll have you thinking you do need something when you really don't need it. ... So please be careful, watchful, and prayerful. Just because something looks good it doesn't mean it's for you. But understand too though that just because something looks bad/uncomfortable it does not mean it is not for you. God has an interesting way of using what looks "bad" to us to get us to the place that is truly good in Him. So we have to have discernment and check ourselves and our motives. Are we using a self-centered and egocentric standpoint? Or are we looking from a Biblical and God-centered standpoint? Because if you're not careful, you'll mess around and go with what's comfortable and "easy" ... and miss God! Whatever you do, do not miss the move of God!
The set time to go after what God has for you is now. Don't let anything stop you from moving forward. Don't let your past mistakes keep you from focusing on the right choices you can still make. For your past is in a tomb, and your future is in a womb. Things in the womb take time to develop. Give birth to your dream in the spirit! ... If you are going to do what God's called you to do, you cannot do it in the flesh. Thank God for the anointing!
Psalm 90:12 says, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." ... We do not have as much time as we think we do. That's why we need vision and focus so we don't waste time on foolish things. There are the devil's distractions and then there is God's destiny for your life. ... You choose.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.