Dear God’s Beloved One,
“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.
Proverbs 29:18 AMP
Where are you in life? Are you where you want to be? Which vision are you following? Are you following God’s vision for your life?
These are the questions that I have asked myself time and time again in previous self evaluations .I found that either I didn’t have a vision and I was doing my own thing; I was following the vision I had for my own life and end up working harder not smarter; or I was following someone else’s vision and I was just not happy. In attempting to follow God’s vision for my life, I found that I had a peace and increasing desire to achieve what God had laid out for me. In His vision it challenges some of the things that I thought I knew about myself.
When God gives a vision to his people, it could cause us to become overwhelmed with excitement or we dismiss it and turn it down .However, it is given so that we won’t perish. Often He is challenging your way of doing things, the way you think about Him, the way you respond to Him, and the way you think about yourself. He gives the vision to you because He knows you can handle it .He knows you can accomplish it. However in order to accomplish it you have to be willing to do things out of the ordinary. You have to be willing to receive, do, and believe what He says it will take to achieve it.
Below are a few questions that I would love for you to read and answer honestly. After reading meditate on the scripture and ask God what His vision is for your life.
If you would like to use this for others, a printable version is located under the Life Foundations page as “The Art of a God Given Vision”
- Do I know what God’s vision is for my life?
- Have I written it down on paper and in my heart?(Habakkuk2:2)
- Do I believe I can accomplish the vision with God’s help?(Philippians 4:13)
- Have I counted the cost of the vision?( Luke 14 :25-30)
- Do I know what it would take for me to achieve the vision?
- Am I willing to do what it takes to achieve the vision?
- Am I willing to change the way I think?
- Am I willing to abide by different standards?
- What actions am I taking to accomplish the vision?(James 2:20)
Dear Beloved One,
I want to share five signs that will alert you to tighten up on your Jesus . Take note that these things are not the “Hey I slipped one day” type things. These are things that you have notice have become more and more prevalent in your daily walk. It is my prayer that you would have a most enjoyable , insightful , freeing relationship with Him. I hope this helps you become closer with Jesus.
1. You stop reading the Bible.
The Holy Bible is the way that God the Father communicates with you. If not read, you are missing out on crucial dialogue from the Father .Yes the Lord also speaks in other ways but, you have to realize that the enemy also speaks to you . 2nd Corinthians 11:14 says” But I am not surprised!Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” In order to recognize the difference, you have to be familiar with the Lord’s voice. It’s like when someone calls you from an unknown or blocked number and tries to disguise their voice to sound like your friend , dad , mother etc. You know that it’s not them because there are certain characteristic about their voice that you recognize. There is a certain pitch , a certain action , a certain sigh, that you have grown to notice about the other person. . The way you learned those characteristics is through constant communication. How To Reconnect: Well I’ve been here before . There is no doubt that our lives are busy . “Who has the time?” many say .As a starting point, take 10 minutes and say a prayer and read a verse. Take that verse with you all day( meditate).
2. Your speech begins to change
What’s been coming out of your mouth lately? Have you noticed an increase in curse words? Has your speech turned to negative speech? We know that one of the most dangerous things on our body is the tongue.James 3:6 says ” The tongue also is a fire,a world of evil among the parts of the body . It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell”(NLT). With this description of the tongue, we have to be careful of how and what we use it for. The tongue helps to shape your life.How to keep my tongue in line : Yep been here also ( I wouldn’t write this stuff if I haven’t lived it! )! This may take a little more work . When I was little my teachers would always say ” Think before you speak!” . This is true for this delimma . When you pause for a few seconds before you speak, it allows your mind to process the words that you are going to formulate to come out of your mouth . Its like saying ” Get ready. You’re getting ready to create something !”. What you create with those words has your name on it . If you curse , then believe that it has a sticker that says ” MADE IN JOE’S MIND” on it .
3.You began to compromise your new life in face of the old life
Is it easy for you to slip back into the old you? Often times people fall back into their old life and compromise the new life that they were delivered from because of the lack of relationships with people of their new life( hope that makes sense). You have to make a decision was the old life worth keeping. Many times we look back and remember how much fun we had in our old days of sin . We remember the people who just swept us off our feet and how great it was. But let me caution you , too much memory lane will have you sitting on the side of the road with four flat tires ( Lord knows I lived it !). You walked away from that life for a reason. More than likely it was because it was not for you. How to stand strong:You guessed it! I’ve been here also . The great thing about God ( Father, Son , Holy Spirit ) is that He loves you through all of your mistakes .So if you have back-slid then get up and get back on track and forward slide!( this is so corny but what can I say ). Try to find a circle of influence who has your best Spirit interest at heart. You don’t have to forsake people in your past, but until you know that you know that you know that you are strong enough with the help of Jesus Christ to be in the same room with the person , stay away. Pray for them and yourself in the meantime. The Prayer for them should be ” Lord help my friend see the benefits and great joy of having a relationship with you . The prayer for yourself should be Lord help me to be strong in the midst of temptation. For you say that you will provide a way of escape in those times . When you give that escape, give me the strength and power to take it ”
4. You stop praying
When was the last time you prayed ? 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs believers to never stop praying. Prayer is very important in your relationship with Jesus . It’s your way of communicating your problems, thoughts, and desires to God. It also keeps you covered . One misconception about prayer is that you have to make it long and drawn out . Not so . A prayer can be as simple as saying ” Thank you Father for waking me up this morning , In Jesus Name Amen.”. As long as you said it with a sincere heart you are good. How to Keep Jesus on the Main Line:I’ve been here. Prayer is a respectful dialogue with God , YOUR FATHER. you should be able to go to Him with everything . To get back on track , start with the Lord’s prayer which can be found in Matthew 6:9-14. Once you have finished saying the Lord’s Prayer continue talking to God about what on your mind . End your Prayer with “In Jesus name”( some say this is like a stamp to get it to heaven ) . He’s waiting to talk to you
5. Your Faith is close to non-existent
Have you had a problem with taking God at his Word? Have you forfiet a blessing because you did not understand how God’s method was going to work? The Bible describes faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” . In order to have faith you have to have trust and know that God will supply all needs. The two go together like tennis shoes and laces! In order to build your trust and faith in God, we have to let go of our issues and hang ups and let Him handle them. Allow God to show you that He can be trusted. This means we have to be able to take God at His word. When we worry we don’t allow our faith to be activated. It says to God “Thanks but no thanks. I am going to keep this issue” How to build up faith muscles: I have been here and still in training. The bible says that faith comes by hearing that is, hearing the Good News about Jesus Christ. As a start listen to biblical based teachings on faith . In your mind recall situations that you know God has worked in your favor . Remembering these moments will remind you of God’s faithfulness to you.
Dear Beloved One,
I was sitting and thinking about life and how people ( like myself) get stuck in a routine and life itself becomes ordinary . We live that routine to the fullest and dare someone or something to change that routine .But Jesus did not live that way. He lived an extraordinary life and all in an extraordinary 33 1/2 years. In the second part of John 10:10 Jesus says “ I have come that they may have life and they may have it more abundantly “( NKJV).Sound great right? Well why aren’t more of us (including me) living it? I thought about this question because when you say it, it seemed so simple. It seemed like “hey you take a couple of trips buy a couple of toys and called it a day” type of thing. But when you actually take time to process the question and analyze it, you realize that there is a life that comes between those trips and buys. And that life may not be so extraordinary .I finally came to the conclusion that I had to check what I call extraordinary and if it lined up with the Bible .
I have to admit that what was extraordinary to me may have been a little out of line with the bible. It included the trips and the expensive buys along with the upscale job ( with the power title to match ), the pay( can anyone say six figures!), and the “you better not sit on my couch or waste anything on my floor” house. Can you see anything missing? Well what I called living didn’t include anything spiritual and it was most certainly selfish. Now before I move on , I know you are saying what’s wrong with the trips and if I can “ afford it” buys . Nothing actually. I believe they have their place, but as a believer our extraordinary life includes Jesus Christ and service. Jesus traveled and while traveling rendered service. He wasn’t too proud or too snooty to get with the people that weren’t like Him . He made an impact on people live that changed them forever for the better.
Extraordinary calls for extra work and more time than we are willing or can’t give up. It’s giving more of yourself than you are comfortable with for the betterment of others. That type of stuff takes time. I understand that but Jesus took the time to make sure we would be impacted by His life for the better , all by giving His . As followers I believe we can do the same. Impact someone else’s life for the better