"Trust in the LORD with all you heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths.
We are continuing to study on the importance of VISION.
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“Without prophetic vision, people abandon restraint, but those who obey the Law are happy.” Proverbs 29:18
Vision begins with a personal encounter with God’s promise.
Vision and faith go hand in hand.
If blind Bartimaeus had no inner vision of being able to see, he could not have connected his spirit to the promise.
No connection—no manifestation.
We can see his faith in action as he threw down his beggar’s coat, which was used to receive alms from others. What would a healed man need that for?
“Jesus said to him, “Go your way, your faith has made you well.”
Immediately he received his sight. Mark 10:46-52.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18
What will kill vision? Offense and unbelief.
Jesus could do no mighty works in his home town of Nazareth.
The people there had a different mindset than Bartimaeus. In fact, Jesus marveled, not about their openness to receive God’s provisions, but marveled at their bitterness and unbelief. Read Matthew 13:53-58 and Mark 6:1-6.
A closed heart of unbelief has no faith, no connection to God’s promise. No connection, no manifestation. It’s like a power failure. This does not please God because it limits Him from blessing His children. Read Hebrews 11:6.
Unbelief robbed the entire nation of Israel of God’s will.
Read Hebrews Chapters 3 & 4. Saints, unbelief is wicked! Stay alert.
Vision brings direction and perseverance.
If you’ve grown weary in doing well, perhaps your vision or passion to fulfill your calling has slipped. Your spirit man requires spirit food (God’s Word), just like your body needs daily nourishment. Put a lid on what you’re hearing from the world. They are in darkness and their fear is increasing. And remember: Fear tolerated is faith contaminated!
Sometimes people of prayer forget to pray for themselves and the bucket goes dry. Pray Ephesians 1:15-23 for yourself every day.
Praying in the Holy Spirit will edify you. Jude 20
The Kingdom of God is within you.
The whole Kingdom? Yes, all of it.
The Director has the directive. John16:13-15
The Holy Spirit will lead you into how to obtain your provisions to meet all your needs as you “seek first the Kingdom of God” every day. Read Matthew 6:33.
That’s why we don’t worry!
It’s not God’s will that people be destroyed for lack of knowledge and vision. But of course, He gave man, and His children, the right to choose. See Deuteronomy 30:19.
Our Father has a vision and a purpose for the End Days Church: “Occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13
“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:7-8
“… until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” See Luke 21:24 & Romans 11:25.
Crowds, traffic and too many people?
We can find something to be happy about that.
His return is soon, Beloved! Live each day to fulfill your calling for the Kingdom but be ready to go…
10 Virgins, Oil and the Holy Spirit
“Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” Matthew 25:1-13
“Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit …” Ephesians 5:17-18
“But to the Son He says, ‘You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.’” Hebrews 1:9
“…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.”
1 John 2:20
Being Ready Each Day
“Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal…
‘The Lord knows them that are his.’
And, ‘Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.’”
2 Timothy 2:19
“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5
Suggested Assignment for Prayer:
“Ask the Lord for rain
In the time of the latter rain.” Zechariah 10:1
“Be glad then, you children of Zion,
And rejoice in the Lord your God;
For He has given you the former rain faithfully,
And He will cause the rain to come down for you
The former rain,
And the latter rain in the first month.” Joel 2:23
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE
Called to intercede for our counties:
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
in which the Son of Man is coming.” Matthew 25:13
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