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Without Vision, the people perish (through off restraint).
prophetic sight. seeing into the supernatural. seeing what Heaven wants to do on Earth.
Like the prophets of old…
“There’s more with us than with them…” …Elisha’s servant…
Vision is bigger than us.
Did God ever give a prophetic word and a goal for His people to decrease or to aspire to become less?
The First Vision
Genesis.. God set out His vision for Adam & Eve… for Mankind.
“Be fruitful, Multiply, Fill the earth [with bearers of my Glory], exercise dominion of all that I have made…”
It was a loving command.
A heavenly directive that formed the foundation of their purpose on the earth.
The “what” and the “why” that everything they did was to be measured to… balanced with..
“Does this new thing we want to do line up with our “what and why”?.. “
“You are my image bearers, the Carriers of my Glory. When creation sees you, they see me!.. Now, reproduce my image across the entire Earth so that all of creation sees my Glory!”
Basically, in that state (perfection, in the Garden), with that mandate, God said..
“do all the stuff that necessary to live.. and do so as my Image Bearer. Fill the earth with my Glory!”
..tend the garden, have babies, care for the animals….
“So, Lord.. I want to start a business… Do it as my image bearer! Fill the earth with my Glory!”
“So, Lord.. I want to go to school… Do it as my image bearer! Fill the earth with my Glory!”
“So, Lord.. I want to be a political leader… Do it as my image bearer! Fill the earth…!”
“So, Lord.. I want to be a teacher… Do it as…”
“So, Lord.. I want to be a truck driver… Do it as…”
Barber… Baker… Candle stick Maker… Do it as…”
“So, Lord.. I want to be a XYZ… Do it as m
1 Cor 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
The Point Of Any Vision
A foundational purpose or motive upon which everything else is built, by which everything is measured.
“This is how I see you! Do everything you do in relation to how I see you.”
Simple version of God’s vision Mankind:
“You are made in my image. Fill the earth with my Glory”
If Adam and Eve really “got” that was God’s vision for them. His purpose for them – and they truly used that vision as a measuring device against their decisions and actions, what would have happened when the enemy came to temp them?
“Eve… God is holding out on you… he knows that if you eat of that tree, you’ll be like him..” [took her eyes off of the obey/disobey issue and put them onto Satan’s perverted vision of her – much lower than where she truly was – and she accepted it and made decisions based on that perverted “vision”!]
EVE: “Wait… we’ve totally bought in to God’s vision for us – our purpose – our reason for existing – and He already said we bear His image… when we walk through the Garden, it’s as if HE is walking through the Garden. When the plants and animals experience our presence, it’s like they’re experiencing HIS presence… When WE multiply literally, GOD’S GLORY will increase and eventually fill the entire Earth.
So, NO! I don’t need to do what you’re telling me to do! Because I’m already LIKE GOD! What you’re asking me to do is OUTSIDE of what I’m already made for. Outside of God’s vision for us!”
If it happened like that, Eve never would have been tempted with the act of disobedience!
But Satan got past that first line of defense…
What if ADAM had totally bought in to God’s vision?
Eve: honey, look at this delicious fruit. It really does taste amazing!
Adam: Whoah… the Lord told us not to eat that! why did you eat it?
Eve: the serpent said we’d be like God… and something down inside me felt that I was supposed to be like God, so I ate it!
Adam: Honey! God already said we’re like Him.. we bear His image… when we multiply, His presence multiplies, His Image increases, His Glory fills the earth!
If Adam really allowed God’s Vision to govern his own thoughts and actions, it would have stopped there.. but… neither of them did.
So, God’s vision was perverted, the earth was perverted, a perverted image of God filled the earth.
But GOD had a plan.. His Vision for Earth is STILL His Vision for Earth!
His MISSION to accomplish the VISION is STILL the same!
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.
Context of this scripture:
Habakuk sees injustice, the wicked prospering and increasing, all around him is strife, lawlessness, perverted justice… EVERYWHERE!
God says.. yep. That is happening.. and I am going to deal with it my way and you will be amazed at how I deal with it!
BUT.. even with all of the strife, all of the violence, all of the CRAZINESS!!!
MY. VISION. STILL. STANDS.!!
The Earth will be FILLED with the knowledge of the Glory of the LORD…
My Vision is still my vision.
My Vision is bigger than your vision.
My Vision is FAR DIFFERENT that what you see now!
NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
I SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU DO!
THE EARTH WILL BE FILLED WITH MY GLORY, JUST LIKE I SAID IN GENESIS!
YOUR circumstances do not change My Vision!
4 General Principles of God’s Vision
1) My Circumstances do not dictate or change God’s Vision.
2) God’s vision for me, for my family, for you, your family, for our church is BIGGER and BETTER than what we see right now.
– Greater than what I am experiencing right now.
– God won’t run out… there’s always more of Him.
3) God’s vision for me, family, business, job, life, for WHATEVER.. is ACCESSIBLE TO ME! HE WANTS me to know it!
– because once I GET & Understand it and allow it to be the foundation of my building efforts, the motive behind my actions, the filter for my interpretations.. the ENEMY won’t be able to get me to buy in to *his perverted version of it, and thus empower that di-verted di-vision… (a vision different from God’s)
4) I have a responsibility to position myself to receive it!
HOW TO RECEIVE VISION From the Lord:
Hab 2: 1-3
2 I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
2 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
1) I will stand my watch (guard):
I will own take my place.
I will take responsibility for LOOKING FOR and PREPARING to receive what God is saying to me, family, business, etc…
I will engage the way I am supposed to be engaged.
WATCH: guard, function, office, service, charge…
2) I will set myself on the rampart:
RAMPART: TOWER: bulwark, defence, fenced, fortress, strong (hold), tower.
I will go to a place to intentionally engage in warfare..
Tower: a place ABOVE… not normal everyday life.. an intentional place of seeking.. watching.. praying..
We don’t battle with flesh, natural. The place of our warfare is in the Spirit.. our means of warfare is Prayer, Intercession, etc…
I will set myself apart, seek the Lord intentionally!
3) I will WATCH to see what He will say to me…
Once I am intentionally watching… expect to hear.. expect to receive!
4) …AND what I will answer when I am corrected.
Prepare to respond… GOD WANTS US TO RECEIVE His vision.. THUS He will deal with sin in our hearts that will hinder us from hearing, seeing, receiving what He has for us!
Humility, repentance, “ok.. you’re right, I have struggled with accusation, with rejection, with anger, with self pity…”
5) WRITE IT DOWN! So that others can take it up and run with it.
– Self, Family, Church, Business, Those you lead…
6) Be patient.. it is for an appointed time.. but At the end, it will speak…
It will happen… hold on. Let it be the foundation of your building… the filter, the motive… and don’t let it be perverted!
Staying true to the vision, once it is realized… we see prophetic vision fulfilled… “see! God did it!”…
God sees the end from the beginning.
So.. I Did this very thing. I have been doing this very thing since before October…
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