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A Heavenly Vision
6/9/2014

“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision…" Acts 26:19 (NKJV)

I think some of the greatest achievements of mankind have been achieved because of those who had the heavenly vision of God.  It can be Moses leading millions of people out of bondage, or the shepherd boy David taking on a 9 ½ foot giant named Goliath with a slingshot.  It can be Jonathon and his armor bearer taking on the entire Philistine army alone (1 Sam. 14:1-15), or virtually any Christian man or woman who have willingly died for sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. Each of these people was willing to do it as unto the Lord and in accordance with His vision.

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

Such was the case with the Apostle Paul—he had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve.  He had met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and it was there where God closed his eyes physically, but opened them spiritually.  Jesus had given Paul the vision for his ministry, as He sent Paul to open the eyes of those who were spiritually blind just as he once was.  He gave Paul the task of turning them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18). 

Paul could stand before King Herod Agrippa II and say with all honesty, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” given to him by Christ.  When I read this it caused me to stop and ask myself this question—

Q:         Have I been obedient to the heavenly vision given to me by Jesus?

The truth of the matter is this—God has given each of us a heavenly vision, and a detailed blueprint within His Word for living our lives, and for submitting to Him as our Lord.  God has created each of us uniquely different, and has given us varying gifts to serve the body with, but we all should have the same Heavenly vision.  Without this vision we would only live a life of dead works, and we would be destined to perish. 

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

Here are a few questions we can ask ourselves—

·      Is my vision a heavenly vision or one rooted in this earth? 

·      Are my eyes fixed on the things of God and upon His will for my life? 

·      Do I think this vision is worth living for? 

·      Am I prepared to pay whatever it costs to achieve this goal?

I want to encourage you today to review your goals for living in this world. Let’s place our value on eternal things rather than the temporal, which will be destroyed by fire. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 29:18 what will happen to those who do not have God’s vision?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have a clear vision from God on how to be used for kingdom purposes?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s seek the Lord as we read His Word.  Let’s ask Him to show us clearly how to live our lives.  As we read we will begin to see things more clearly and will know what His will is for our lives. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for giving me Your vision for my life.  Father, continue to show me Your ways clearly and to empower me to walk after You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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