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Run With Vision

“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

Vision is a calling to something greater than yourself. Vision always takes into consideration God’s plan, your gifts, and your unique experiences. It’s something that started forming before you were born as God created you. It has been developing and growing with each experience. It’s something you were called to do and if you don’t seek it out you will rarely be truly happy. Vision is given by God, but emerges from the heart.

Three Keys about Vision:

1st. Vision grows from how God wired you. God never gives us a vision without giving us the personal gifts and spiritual anointing to get the job done. He wants us to be successful. He loves us and sees us as an extension of Himself on the earth. God gives us a vision for what He wants us to do. He knows how He has gifted us and how to best use our gifts.

The God who created the whole universe also made you. He made you for a specific purpose. That purpose is good, and will bring you happiness and satisfaction. God also gave you unique abilities that are perfectly matched to His specific plan for your life.

2nd. Vision bubbles to the surface through prayer. Prayer is not just about asking God for needs, but about listening to what God says in response to our needs. God’s response unlocks clues to the calling God has for you. Vision comes from prayer. As we pray and listen, God has time to speak to our hearts. We get a sense of peace as the Holy Spirit directs our thoughts and guides our actions. God speaks to us through prayer.

Perhaps there has never been a person who had more vision than Jesus and He prayed with such consistency that His disciples ask Him to teach them how to do it. Something significant was bubbling up out of Jesus’ prayer life that they wanted. ”Jesus rose before dawn to pray to His Father” (Mk. 1:35). This was His daily habit and it allowed Him to confidently say to the disciples that He only spoke what He heard from His Father saying (Jn. 5:19).

3rd. Vision begins with obedience. God’s will for your life is to obey Him… and it serves as the testing ground for increased knowledge and spiritual revelation. The closer you get to abiding in Him and discovering His voice the easier it is to watch vision emerge. The closer you get to God’s heart the easier to see how you fit into His plan.

God’s response or answer to our prayers is like an open door into the vision God has for us (Rev. 4:1). We need to pray often asking God for guidance and revelation of the vision for our lives. Be sure to track how God is answering your prayers and look for patterns that reveal His purposes, because vision emerges out of purpose. It’s through prayer that you learn how to stay in sync with the rhythm of heaven. And it’s through obedience your vision becomes something written upon your heart.

All that is left is to write it down – read it often & run with it… for it has an appointed time! It has a voice of its own, it will speak and though it tarries, you can count on God to bring it forth.

Live On Purpose!

Loving Life's Journey

Now, maybe more than ever is the time to live with convictions in a world that seems to have lost its way. I would propose that finding your purpose in life is connected to your conviction, rather than the other way around. If we could look deeply into our heart of hearts, we could find our completed spiritual road map. Listen to what the Apostle Paul tells us about God’s plans long before we were even born. Note those four underlined phrases.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Eph 2:20)

What is your purpose?

How does a person uncover their purpose if they don’t know what it is? The answer may come from a small voice that tugs at your heart when you first awaken in the morning. No, its not the coffee pot! It softly whispers, “If only I could…” or “If money was no object, I would…” These questions are keys to unlock the treasure of a purpose filled life. Whatever inspires you to jump out of bed in the morning, whatever you are excited to spend time doing, or whatever you feel really passionate about probably has something to do with your purpose.

Purpose must be Awakened:

God has knit into your innermost being a set of blueprints that if you could read them, they would connect you to your dream. Awakening your purpose is about exploring and experiencing the way that God has knit you together. Who you were meant to be is never about who others are, its all about your understanding of how God made you.

The Goal:

The goal is to begin discovering your uniqueness, rather than how you fit into some arbitrary niche. Remind yourself that the felt reward of your purpose is to have a sense of satisfaction and confidence as you “walk in” or live out of your “good works”, as the Apostle Paul puts it. You must avoid measuring yourself by others, because you are not on a quest to become like anyone but you. The goal of life is all about becoming who God designed “you” to be! God really likes the real you.

Called to Bloom!

You are called to bloom, not create. God has already written upon your heart. You are called to release the glorious revelation of His plan. Its colorful, powerful and fruitful in all of its unique expressions… its you and its yours to give to the world. No one can release your purpose for you and another one just like it will never be seen again. So don’t hold back, shrink back or even look back… God wants you to live on purpose!

Going After God

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.” (Ps. 63:1-8)

3 Truths About the Power of Thirst:

  1. Thirst stimulates the flesh… and motivates behavior!
  2. Thirst awakens the soul… and shapes imagination!
  3. Thirst places a demand upon the spirit… and causes hope to arise!

David understood how thirst sharpens the human heart to focus on God… and to go after God without hesitation. He speaks of how the chase for satisfaction aligns his desires and causes him to do spiritual things, like looking in the sanctuary, praising God vocally or lifting up his hands to celebrate the memory of God’s loving-kindness! Thirst is an essential part of our relationship with God! Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Mt. 5:6). Thirst leads to fullness… to satisfaction! When we search for the right drink, look in the right places and go after the right Person… our lives get filled. In fact, going after the living water Christ provides, is how love is discovered and keeps us coming back for more… its spiritual intimacy.

Love is Always Being Tested:

It is a sure thing that our commitment to Christ will be tested, but we can trust our Heavenly Father to deliver on the Promises of His Word. Seeking releases the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our lives so that true fellowship can be experienced and joy can come bubbling to the surface. Jesus said that when we abide in His love we would experience His joy (Jn. 15:11). This is the Spiritual Man’s greatest resource in Christ! As we process life on spiritual levels; our hearts are aligned and behaviors are adjusted and affirmed by a sense of the Presence of God. The Peace of God and the joy of Christ rule our hearts like nothing else can.

Talk about it!

Tell somebody of God’s great love for you! Testimonies help us feel encouraged and strengthen our resolve! We need not be anxious about our future, because God is with us. He has proven Himself in times of trials and our trust is set by our knowledge of His loving care for us. We can rejoice and be thankful through all things. There is an abiding peace which passes understanding, guarding our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; and we are able to experience the stability of love in storms or struggles (Phil 4:4-7). Nothing can stand against us! Nothing can overwhelm us! Notice what arises out of David’s meditation from his bed:

A resolve to rejoice beneath the shadow of God’s wings and a willingness to follow close behind Him no matter what comes or goes.

Live With Vision

“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3)

Vision is a calling to something greater than yourself. Vision always takes into consideration God’s plan, your gifts, and your unique experiences. It’s something that started forming before you were born as God created you. It has been developing and growing with each experience. It’s something you were called to do and if you don’t seek it out you will rarely be truly happy. Vision is given by God, but emerges from the heart.

Three Keys about Vision:

1st. Vision grows from how God wired you. God never gives us a vision without giving us the personal gifts and spiritual anointing to get the job done. He wants us to be successful. He loves us and sees us as an extension of Himself on the earth. God gives us a vision for what He wants us to do. He knows how He has gifted us and how to best use our gifts.

The God who created the whole universe also made you. He made you for a specific purpose. That purpose is good, and will bring you happiness and satisfaction. God also gave you unique abilities that are perfectly matched to His specific plan for your life.

2nd. Vision bubbles to the surface through prayer. Prayer is not just about asking God for needs, but about listening to what God says in response to our needs. God’s response unlocks clues to the calling God has for you. Vision comes from prayer. As we pray and listen, God has time to speak to our hearts. We get a sense of peace as the Holy Spirit directs our thoughts and guides our actions. God speaks to us through prayer.

Perhaps there has never been a person who had more vision than Jesus and He prayed with such consistency that His disciples ask Him to teach them how to do it. Something significant was bubbling up out of Jesus’ prayer life that they wanted. ”Jesus rose before dawn to pray to His Father” (Mk. 1:35). This was His daily habit and it allowed Him to confidently say to the disciples that He only spoke what He heard from His Father saying (Jn. 5:19).

3rd. Vision begins with obedience. God’s will for your life is to obey Him… and it serves as the testing ground for increased knowledge and spiritual revelation. The closer you get to abiding in Him and discovering His voice the easier it is to watch vision emerge. The closer you get to God’s heart the easier to see how you fit into His plan.

God’s response or answer to our prayers is like an open door into the vision God has for us (Rev. 4:1). We need to pray often asking God for guidance and revelation of the vision for our lives. Be sure to track how God is answering your prayers and look for patterns that reveal His purposes, because vision emerges out of purpose. It’s through prayer that you learn how to stay in sync with the rhythm of heaven. And it’s through obedience your vision becomes something written upon your heart.

All that is left is to write it down – read it often & run with it… for it has an appointed time! It has a voice of its own, it will speak and though it tarries, you can count on God to bring it forth.

Amazing Riches

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3)

When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior they are instantly enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ. They are complete in Him (Col 2:10) and connected to the amazing riches found in Him. This idea of being “in Christ” is the key reality toward discovering the “relational path” that leads to God’s amazing riches. Freedom, fruitfulness, wisdom, peace and joy all come as precious treasures accessed through our posture in Christ. Our greatest needs can be met and our deepest thirst satisfied, but we must access the riches of Heaven through living in Christ.

Its so simple, many miss it.

Becoming a Child of God is a beautiful gift; but, because it is freely given, it is often taken for granted or misunderstood as some religious formula. Access to the relational blessings of God requires us to place our trust in the finished work of Calvary and then follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

When God raised Jesus from the grave, He was demonstrated His power over sin and death… defeating these enemies once and for all. God proved His power over the poverty that was released through sinful acts of rebellion that brought brokenness into God’s original plan for creation. Although everything was effected by sin, God has made a path that leads to restoration and recovery of all that has been lost. Sin has been defeated and in Christ, forgiveness and freedom have been made available through our walk in the Spirit. Did you catch that? Its through our walking in the Holy Spirit that we access the riches found in God’s gift of salvation. The Bible clearly says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom 8:1).

The Believer’s walk in the Spirit:

For the many Christians who live without victory over sin, poverty, fear and brokenness; I want to suggest they look deeply at their walk in the Spirit. Jesus makes it clear that it was better that He go away, because the Holy Spirit would offer a greater opportunity for accessing the things of God, than He was able to in His bodily form. The Holy Spirit would reveal the riches of God’s power and make them available as we move freely in faith and trust. Accessing the riches of our salvation is all about the Spirit, filling us and leading us into growing relationship with God. Our victory and satisfaction come out of this blessed relationship.

Life in the Spirit reveals Blessing:

The Apostle Paul refers to this blessing as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph 3:8). Unfathomable means “past finding out” or ”unsearchable”. The idea is that the believer’s blessing is too deep to be measured. The amazing riches in Christ are beyond our ability to wrap our minds around. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful reality to experience… more blessing than you could wrap your mind around? When we begin to live as Children of God, we become aware of the amazing riches beyond our natural imagination… riches revealed to us by the Holy Spirit and made available as we live by faith. Listen to this promise from the heart of God, your Father…

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” (Isa. 61:7)

  1. Instead of shame… receive your double honor!
  2. Instead of confusion… receive your double portion!
  3. Instead of poverty… receive double your possessions!

God’s amazing riches are your supernatural inheritance… in Christ!

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