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Sunday, July 03, 2005

"what is vision?" (part 2 of 2)

I remember ...we were driving across the top of Oakville in Ontario two winters ago, it was snowing a blizzard 45degrees into the windscreen and visibility was pretty limited...but there's something about Canadians when it snows,.....they just drive like it's a sunny day, you could almost hear their minds thinking as they drove... "Hey we know where the road goes, we've had rough weather before...so what's the fuss? Keep going."

I didn't find this approach that bad in hindsight. Whereas if we get even a snow cloud hovering over us here in England, we run for the bunkers, batten down the hatches and it takes us at least a few weeks to get this weather topic off our lips!.

Chuck Swindoll described vision this way "Vision is essential for survival. It is spawned by faith, sustained by hope, sparked by imagination and strengthened by enthusiasm. It is greater than sight, deeper than a dream, broader than an idea. Vision encompasses vast vistas outside the realm of the predictable, the safe, the expected. No wonder we perish without it."

Bob Gordon put it this way "No significant life can be lived for God, nor can any significant work be done for God, unless it is grounded firmly on the reality of spiritual vision."

The definition of vision is broad and deep, I couldn't claim to cover more than pointers about vision and all the implications of it, but pointers are easier and this is what comes to mind.

There's Personal Vision and Corporate Vision. These two forms will often overlap since God rarely calls His servants to work alone without others..

The EFFECTS of vision.
It is quickening: it brings direction and purpose (Part one yesterday) It is motivating: it helps us progress towards our goals and these goals are clear within us. It is constraining: we will only then do things confined to the boundaries of our vision. It is sanctifying: we will start to get our act together in order to serve God.

Issues like sustaining the vision, enabling the vision and dealing with loss of vision and having your vision tested are all aspects to consider when we look at vision in the warfare we are called wage.

Questions we are wise to ask ourselves, and I am encouraged by doing this:
Do you have and know the vision God wants for you?
Where are you now with God and your work with Him?
Is the place you have attained your limit?
Are you doing all you could possible ever do for God now?

I'm challenged and in some ways more determined having looked at the vision I believe God has given me...it depends on my willingness to walk the road ahead, even though I don't know clearly how it will form or the exact timing God has in mind...

Proverbs 29:18 paraphrased might read like this "Where there are no plans and goals based on God's word to a group of people, those people will drift into meaningless, pointless, ineffective existance." perish the thought!

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