Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].” Amplified
Let’s continue in our pursuit of the unveiling of The Value of Vision in the Body of Christ and our individual lives. I suggest that few would argue that the Church in the Book of Acts was not a powerful, dynamic, living organism that impacted its world in a very real way. It was not a ritualistic religious organization, as the Sanhedrin had become. It was a living organism that was leading people of the bondage of darkness and liberating them from the control of the devil, freeing them from legalism.
The Early Church, as it is called, was impacting its world with its message, ministry, and life. It was a visible manifestation of the Life, Power, Purpose, and Ministry of Jesus. Although its message was not embraced by all it was, Feared (Acts 5), Respected (Acts 17:6), Triumphant and had experienced the Authority and Power Jesus Promised. (Luke 19:10; Mark 16). It had vision, revelation, and understanding. They were able to see what needed to be done, where to go, and the power to do the works Jesus did.
It does not take great theological insight to know that that picture has not been the picture of the modern church for a very long time. Far too much of the Church World has been little more than a fort holding, retreating, and often a frightened entity. Too often churches and believers have, in their fragmentation lived in trepidation, not victory. There has been the ritual, program, and form, but too often little power to truly overcome and pull-down strongholds. That may offend some, but it is what I see and believe that God has more for His Glorious Church that Jesus declared He was building.
What does all that have to do with vision? Everything! We are instructed in Matthew 6:33 to “seek first, the Kingdom…” We are also instructed to pray for the Kingdom to come on earth.
Let me ask some pertinent questions and hopefully, you will get on board this train as we pursue His purposes. What good does it do to seek the Kingdom if we do not know what it is? That would make us blind leaders of the blind. (Matthew 15:14). How would we know if we have found the Kingdom if we don’t know what the Kingdom looks like, or how it operates?
Those questions are a significant part of my foundational basis for seeking to better understand Spiritual Vision. In order for us to have Vision and have that Vision plugged into God’s Purposes enabling us to impact our world, we must open our hearts to the Big Picture and realize that Vision is mandatory. Vision requires divine revelation!
We are directed in Scripture to Possess the Land. The Land represents the Promise of Place of Promise. I ask, “How can we accomplish that objective if we are in the dark as to – What the Promise is. What the Purpose is. What our Place is?”
The First Adam lost our inheritance and dominion, but the Last Adam (Jesus) won it back at the Cross. The Bible reveals that our Victory, Power, Purpose, and Position was lost by man (Adam), regained by the man Jesus, and is to be enforced by man (The Church).
Christ in us is the Hope of Glory. We are told that “as He (Jesus) is, so are we in this world.” (1 John 4:17). We are informed that “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.” (John 14:12). The Bible speaks of our Spiritual Weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4) and reminds us that we are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37) and that we are ‘seated with Him in heavenly places.’ (Ephesians 2:6). That is Who God says we are. We must allow that Vision to explode in our hearts and minds if we are to become what He says we are!
I have only scratched the surface of what is in my heart and ask that you take the thoughts I have presented, study them, meditate upon them, and prayerfully join me again tomorrow as we continue this journey.
God bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!