"Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18a Other versions are a bit more descriptive. Vision is referred to as "prophetic vision, revelation, divine guidance and redemptive revelation of God." The Message Bible reads, "If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed." Regardless of who we are, we need vision. Vision is an insight into what God is saying and doing now that includes our involvement. Our lives aren't static. They are dynamic! Vision is also dynamic. If we engage with vision, it will build us and enlarge our horizons. It will govern our path and stabilize our journey. And there's a lot more!
"The LORD is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet." Nahum 1:3 We are in high-pressured days that seem as if everything around us is in a great whirlwind. The noise coming from the media, the weather patterns, the sounds of war, the sounds of people crying out for "justice" and the sounds of people crying out because they feel like there's been too much "injustice."
We are to live on earth as in heaven. This is the Father's will. What happens in heaven is to be mirrored through us on the earth. Jesus said he did what he saw the Father doing. He also said what he heard the Father saying. By imitating the Father, Jesus lived on earth as in heaven. Jesus is our Lord, but he is also our example of how a human can fully live the will of heaven on earth. For us to successfully live on earth as in heaven, we need the ability to see what the Father is doing and to hear what the Father is saying. We gain the connection of spiritually seeing and hearing the Father by having a transformed mind. We read the importance of having a transformed mind in Romans 12.
Get ready to break out of the season you have been in and into something completely new. The Lord is gathering together those who have gone through difficult times and also the forerunners, those who have been set aside for this very time. "I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, Like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many people. The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the Lord at their head." Micah 2:12–13 NKJV
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go " - Dr. Seuss. Decisions are the revolving door that creates everything that follows. The route you choose will determines everything that follows. Decisions could take you down an incredible pathway to success, or determine even who your grandchildren will marry, or decide the health of your body and mind. Everything in your life is dependent upon the choices you make, that's the way God made it. Yes, choose life and not death! (Deut. 30:19).
Mary knew it was time to teach her daughter a lesson. She instructed: "Throw your doll in the air and see what happens." Now this was a special doll. It had positive magnets on its hands and feet. As the girl threw the doll in the air, her mother lifted up a powerful negative magnet. "Why are they together now, Mommy?" asked the little girl. "Just like these magnets, you will be attracted to all the negative things in this world," she answered. "I want you to remember this lesson. Remember that God will always be there you, guiding and protecting you. There is no thing that will ever separate you from His love."
"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves." 2 Corinthians 4:7 Within every person ever created there is an eternal treasure placed within their "clay jar" that was put there to bring forth the light of Christ and to be revealed in the dark places.
"And so it is written, 'The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening (Life-giving) spirit.'" (1 Corinthians 15:45 Amplified Bible My input in parenthesis) We are no longer just living souls, through our relationship IN Christ, we are Life Giving Spirits! I am a firm believer that as Life Giving Spirits our words can create "realities," or "aions" in Greek. "By faith we understand that the worlds (aions) [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3 Amplified Bible)
"Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves." (John 14:11, NASB) When Christ deprived Himself of being God, He entered the humble state of "being" man. There was something He possessed, making it proper to say that He was "in the form of God," which He laid aside when appearing in the form of a servant and in the likeness of human beings. This "something" was the Father; the Father was in Him. The Greek definition of "in" is "one" or same "being."
Why Purpose? It doesn't matter if I'm a millennial living paycheck to paycheck or a retiree traveling the world, life without a purpose beyond "self" is empty. For believers, the irony of life in the Kingdom is that when we seek "things" they (and our purpose) drift away from us. But, when we put His Kingdom "purpose" first, everything else gets added. Each of us has a purpose or book (Ps 139:16) in two dimensions: the first is our individual purpose that God has written in our hearts and the second is the Kingdom purpose of our nation. Knowing both is a lot of fun… it puts our life's direction on steroids.