Mat 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God (God’s way of doing things and His way of being right.), and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
John 12:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat (a seed) fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”
Luke 8:11-12a “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. …then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved (meaning to be delivered and made whole).”
Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect (or mature; of full age), by the flesh?
Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped (a blueprint or vision) for, the evidence of things not seen.”
John 2:19 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
Let’s see how these scriptures give us the theme: “The Birth and Death of a Vision.”
God gives newborn babes in Christ dreams and visions of what He has called us to do or where He wants us to function in the Body of Christ. As we begin to understand and see what His plan is we get excited and tell our Christian brothers and sisters. This is when the vision is birthed.
But then something discouraging happens. We find that those Christians are not supportive and are pessimistic about what we have shared. Lack of support is heard in questions such as: “Are you sure that was from the Lord?” “Haven’t you considered your lack of _______ (education, finances etc.)? “…And what about your family, they will never support you if you go on with this ‘vision’ you say the Lord gave you?” We become discouraged and give up on the God’s plan and dream for our life and hide someplace where we won’t be found.
At this point that we in a delicate position for we could quit and give up at any moment. This is where our commitment is challenged, as we must determine whether or not we have really heard from the Lord. Are we going to hang on to the vision or quit and give up? Too often we quit rather than to holding on to the hope or vision of our calling. The vision dies at this moment.
As we abandon the vision we become discouraged, distraught and depressed. Our circumstances confirm the impossibility of us fulfilling God’s dream and vision for our life.
Look now to Romans 4:16-25. We read of Abraham who was told by God that he would become the father of many nations. Abraham looked at the circumstances and realized that his body was old (incapable of reproduction) and that his wife Sara was old and undesirable. His mind must have thought, “Lord, there is NO way this that you have told me can happen.” But Abraham did not let his mind and circumstances influence his decision. Instead he believed God. Because Abraham chose to believe and was completely persuaded that God could do what He had promised, God imputed right standing to Abraham.
Abraham learned to “walk by faith and not by sight” as he called those things that have not yet been revealed to the sense realm (feeling, touch, taste, hearing and smelling), as though they were.
An example of this is when we take the Word of God literally, “…by whose stripes we are healed” and apply it. We say, “…by Jesus stripes I am healed….” Our bodies may have many symptoms of disease but the Word says, by Jesus stripes I am healed. Therefore, I am healed. I stand firm in my proclamation of the Word of God even when circumstances look contrary to the Word of God. After that period of my vision dying, and holding fast to the Word of God in what I say and believe, I then am in line to receive and experience the part that follows the death of my vision that is the resurrection.
Finally we are certain that there is no way we can in our own strength, knowledge or wisdom, accomplish the vision. It is at this point that we let go of it and God is free to work. As you rest in Him, He expresses His workmanship. Before you know it the vision is fulfilled. The seed that died has experienced resurrection.
You may wonder why God has chosen to do things this way. There are many reasons but the main reason is this: If we could accomplish the vision on our own we would. Then we would take the glory. But if we turn it over to Him, let the seed die He brings it to pass and He gets the Glory. A side benefits is that when we let Him accomplish the Vision, we become less anxious and don’t enter in to worry; we have peace, His Peace. …And to truly does pass all understanding.
Now the encouragement to you is this: don’t hang on trying to do all you can do until you get to the point of frustration, let the Vision die and die quickly so that the resurrection power of God can come on the scene sooner.
God Bless as you apply His word.
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