Friday, July 6, 2018

Are You Pursuing The Vision God Has Given You?

The parched ground shall become a pool… —Isaiah 35:7

“We always have a vision of something before it actually becomes real to us. When we realize that the vision is real, but is not yet real in us, Satan comes to us with his temptations, and we are inclined to say that there is no point in even trying to continue. […] God gives us a vision…. Every God-given vision will become real if we will only have patience. He is never in a hurry. Yet we are always in such a frantic hurry.”  OSWALD CHAMBERS  

Do you believe that God would give you a vision?  Or is that something that you have relegated to Biblical characters or super-saints, but not to you?  I believe that God has given us all a heavenly vision … perhaps not like Paul when God took him to the third heaven – (2 Corinthians 12:2-4) “ I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—  was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.”    However, on the day that you said “yes” to Jesus and were born again, you were given a heavenly vision.  Your spiritual eyes were opened and you became aware of a new reality .. an eternal one.  You saw the possibility and, at the same time, the impossibility of your new life in Christ.  You experienced a joy that you had never known. 

I can recall many experiences in my life, but over time most of the details have become blurred.  That is the way it can be with our faith as well.  God is no less God.  The Spirit is still in us.  But time, spiritual neglect, and the constant attraction of the things of this world have caused the vision to fade.  Friend, I want to encourage you to be spiritually refreshed.  God’s purpose and plan for you was laid before the foundation of the visible creation.  

(Romans 8:28-30) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”   Charley

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