Posts Tagged ‘vision’

  

“Has the LORD redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you.” (Psalms‬ ‭107‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Milton Greidinger of New York and Concha Watson of Miami, Fla., were in their mid-80s when they first learned to use a personal computer. The experience dramatically changed both their lives, enabling them to reconnect to the world by pushing through the loneliness and isolation that had threatened to engulf them. “It saved my life,” says Greidinger, speaking praise for the Virtual Senior Center, a Microsoft public-private partnership that uses technology to link homebound seniors to activities at their local senior center and to provide better access to community services. “Before this project, I was bored to death. I was just waiting for my time to finish. Now, all of a sudden I’m wide awake. I’m alive again.”

We all have things in our lives that we praise enthusiastically. From makes of cars to types of foods to brands of toilet paper, some things have made a marked difference in our quality of life. But when Jesus changes a life, redeeming them from life’s losses and establishing an eternal prize, THAT should receive our highest praise!

As you go about your day, take time to simply tell God “Thank you!” for saving your life. Then make it an everyday practice to simply declare to others how great God is. He’s the best thing you’ve got! You are loved today! 

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As the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a terrifying darkness came down over him.” (Genesis‬ ‭15‬:‭12‬ NLT)

According to various ancient cultures, the period of night just prior to dawn was a sacred moment. The Celts called it “the time-between-times”, where earthly and spiritual boundaries got very relaxed and greater interaction could happen between the two. My concern would be making sure it’s God and not something weird coming across for a visit!

In this text, Abram is about to receive an important revelation from God. With too much light, we’re easily distracted, thus God’s need to allow darkness to get our attention so that His illumination is the only one we see. Our role is to be disciplined in the darkness, waiting until God reveals all, not jumping for more comfortable whims.

Our God is not one that enjoys seeing us panic. But neither is He given to allowing us to disregard His plans out of our own conveniences or fears. If you know God is moving but find yourself in a dark place, then be still. It means He’s desiring your full attention because the dawn of action is coming! You are loved today! See you at church!

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Afterward he appeared in a different form to two of his followers…” (Mark‬ ‭16‬:‭12‬ NLT)

Superman was always one of my favorite superheroes. To have such incredible powers is every boy’s dream and every insurance agent’s nightmare! And how fascinating that a pair of glasses was all Clark Kent needed to disguise himself! If all those people only knew what I knew…

How many people see Jesus, but never recognize Him for anything other than “Clark Kent”? We fail to see who He really is because we have a preconceived idea, formulated by harmless opinions but deny His holy godhood. Some see a simple teacher of good words. Others see a heretic, a rabble rouser that still divides people. But all these are views by those who only see the glasses and miss the truth!

Oswald Chambers once said, “Jesus must appear to you and to your friend individually; no one can see Jesus with your eyes. And division takes place when one has seen Him and the other has not. You cannot bring your friend to the point of seeing; God must do it.” The Lord’s desire is for you to know Him fully. See Him for who He really is! You are loved today!

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And so, King Agrippa, I obeyed that vision from heaven.'” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭26‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Henry Ford had a vision for the automobile, one that he was willing to pay the price for to fulfill:
“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one…”

As Paul stood at his hearing, about to ask for the fate of Nero, he stood confidently because he had stayed true to the vision that God had given him. That vision had not made him popular nor was it entirely good for his health(see 2 Cor. 11!), but Paul saw the lives it changed and the churches it birthed, so he was willing to pay that price.

When God gives you a vision, don’t settle for anything less. Not everyone will be as enthused as you, but God gave it to you personally, so don’t sweat it! Pay the price gladly because a God-breathed dream is destined to impact lives! You are loved today! See you at church!

When the lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.” (Deuteronomy 7:1 NLT)

Dream killers are people who constantly shoot down your aspirations with harsh negativity. When some people can’t see themselves reaching for the stars, they can’t, or rather don’t, want to see you reaching them as well. The sad thing is that some of the dream killers in your life don’t really offer words of “wisdom” with malice, but see themselves as just being “realistic.”

God had given Israel a dream, their own Promise Land. Their enemies were the “ites”, all the folks there before them that threatened to kill the dream. God was empowering His people to overcome their dream killers so that they could take hold of their dreams.

What stands in the way of your God-given dream? Let the Lord strengthen and encourage your faith to overcome those things or people. When God has a plan for you, He will see it through! You are loved today!

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