Is it a word that ensure you are being polite? May I …? Is it asking for permission? May I …? Is it expressing a wish or hope? May she … Is it expressing possibilities? that may … Or is it just the month we are starting today?
As the rain of April starts getting the ground ready for the flowers of May, how have you been preparing? Have you been preparing? Have you been planning? Have you been vision casting? Have you been mapping out the mission statement? Have you been exercising or planning a program? Have you been dieting or planning a program? Are you studying and getting ready so that you can give an answer for the hope that is within you? Are you going to be ready when you are called before leadership? Are you going to be ready in and out of season? Are you going to be prepared for the day when Jesus returns? Let’s prepare and be ready!
How good is your vision? Are you ready to allow God’s vision to lead and guide you? Are you ready to pursue God’s vision for you and your life? Are you ready to do what God calls you to do and pursue His vision? I know our vision can be limited at times since we can only see so far. Would you be willing to allow God’s eyes and His vision to lead and guide you for the rest of your days?
May today be your day? May today be the time? May today be the beginning of something bigger than yourself? May today be the turning point? May today be the day you capture a vision? May today be the day you answer the call?
The Power of Vision
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
‘Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he. ‘Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Today’s verse comes from the King James Version but I wanted to reflect some of translations to see what else we can grab from this proverb.
‘Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.’Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV)
‘When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.’Proverbs 29:18 (NLT)
‘ Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]–blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he. [I Sam. 3:1; Amos 8:11, 12.]’Proverbs 29:18
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Do you have a clear vision for your life?
- Have you received a vision from God?
- Will you decide to gladly subject every aspect of your life to this vision and calling in order that you can fulfill your life purpose and calling?
- Do you have a partial or vague vision for your life?
- Do you try to make your way through life based on that vague or partial view of things and seeking deeper meaning and direction?
- Are you a dreamer? Do you dream enough? Do you dream too much? Do you limit or miss out on dreaming enough?
- We need to dream! Dreaming too little is worse than dreaming too much!
- We need to be in motion because just like a car, it is easier to steer it when it is rolling.
- By being in motion God is able to help point us in better directions if or when we get off track.
- Being stuck and not moving makes steering pointless as it doesn’t get us anywhere.
- I remember being stuck in mud as well as in soft sand and in both cases, steering didn’t help because we couldn’t move.
- Where does your vision come from?
- Are you able to see something, analyze it, set goals and the push towards getting it done?
- Was it from encouraging and supportive friends and family who saw potential in you and kept encouraging and fanning into flames something bigger?
- Vision is the important part – be it imparted in you or developed on your own, the key is to have vision!
- Do you have it? A clear and compelling sense of purpose? If not you need to start hanging around people who do so that you can let some of what they have rub off on you.
- They are all over the place, so if you need it start looking!
- We need to be cautious though because who we decide to hang out with matters!
- A quote to remember:
- We need to be looking for people with a vision centered on helping others rather than being self-centered and selfish!
- We don’t need to learn how to be self-centered and self-absorbed or how to be selfish!
- Let’s look for people who are driven and motivated by love!
- Let’s look for people who are driven and motivated to serve others!
- Let’s look for people who are driven and motivated to build others up!
- And when we find them, let’s stick with them so that we can learn to become more like that and catch the dream, the vision, the passion and have it rub off on you.
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Describe someone you know whose vision is clear, compelling, and centered on others.
- Pastor Steve
- Tommy Barnett
Does your sense of purpose need an overhaul? Explain your answer.
- No – God helped me to reprioritize life a while back putting Him first, my wife second, my family next and then he put serving kids in the foster care system first with younger kids and then later the older teens. He put the need to serve those I work with in order that His joy and love would be seen and known.
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
“A vision without the ability to execute it is called hallucinating! Every God-given vision will result in being fulfilled; every man-concocted vision will be a dead end.”— Ike Reighard
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
Are you ready? May this be your time? Are you seeking vision from God? How will it impact the rest of your life and all those in it?
Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?