Vision is the ability to see something before you have it or to give definition to a goal. It is always based as something you are making an effort to achieve. I read an article several years ago about a gentleman that made a list of things to experience in his life. I guess you would call it a “bucket list.” The last one was to walk on the Great Wall of China. He accomplished that in his middle seventies. I believe people are more fulfilled with life if they have a vision for themselves. I read recently about that many people who go to college never get a degree. The sad part is they still have to pay for what they did attend. Finishing is as important as starting.
The Bible teaches us to think in the power of hope (having expectations). We are told our God “calls things which are not as though they were.” (Romans 4:17) He constantly shows us the power of a vision.
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ NKJV
The law of faith itself believes in vision. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Another proof text is; Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (NKJV) That is vision!
Moses cast the vision for the people of Israel who were slaves in Egypt. He told them it is time for deliverance. God wants to take you to a land flowing with milk and honey. It is a good land, with proper rain fall, houses are ready, vineyards are planted and growing, etc. That was casting a vision powerful enough to get them to believe so that God could do His part with miracles, signs and wonders. Moses had to constantly repeat the vision, not because God didn’t do His part; but Israel would stop believing at every challenge. The entire trip would have been just days instead of years but they kept going back to the old, forgetting the vision. It is important to refresh the vision with our confession and mental image.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish…..KJV
The word perish means to stumble, lose their way. The power of the vision is like a road map, it reminds you to stay the course to your destination. Preparation prevents confusion. You need to clarify, where you are going, why you are going there; how can you achieve this goal. Vision causes other strategic elements to happen for the vision to be achieved.
Beth and I had a vision for Spirit of Life Church in Indianapolis. We prayed for specific elements of the vision, such as; where we were to locate; even about how to advertise and other elements. We have over the years prayed about houses, cars, meetings, so we could be specific and not operate on hope so, maybe so. Vision sees the invisible, but does not stop because of it. A vision believed, finds a way through the obstacles.
Everyone knows that natural laws govern our physical world. You may not like those laws however; there is no getting around the fact that physical laws must be respected.
For instance, gravity can work for you or it can work against you. Gravity is a real law; however, aerodynamics gives us a way to overcome gravity. Be encouraged in your vision, keep pushing forward.
Electricity is a wonderful force that operates by set laws. If respected, electricity will cook your toast. If abused, you could become toast. No one argues against the physical laws that govern our world. Years ago, great scientists and mathematicians discovered and defined those laws.
Without the discovery, acknowledgment, definition and utilization of the physical laws of light, energy and magnetism, we would be without television, cell phones, air transportation, etc. It sounds pretty boring, if we didn’t learn how to make good use of them; Right? They were in the invisible world only for years. We still can’t see them, however, we use them for living every day.
The power of vision brings God’s Words and promises to us for effective living when we believe.
2 Corinthians 4:13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak… NKJV
Guidelines to help you set your vision:
1. Prayer for God’s leading and guidance. 2. Bible Promises.
3. Prioritize, start at the beginning. 4. Determine your primary goal.
5. Assess your progress 6. Request help when needed.
7. Confession brings possession
Prayer: Father, I thank you for helping me set a vision for my life according to your purposes. I thank you for the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In Jesus name, amen.