Proverbs 29:18 says very plainly “Where there is no revelation (Vision) the people (Yes..even Christians) CAST OFF RESTRAINT: but happy is he who keeps the Law.”
According to 1st Sam. 3:1 it is an awesome privilege to receive an open vision from the Lord because in those days it was rare to receive one.
God is unlike some parents in that he will not hand out privileges like candy to his children. He gives these to those who have spiritual maturity, God cannot entrust riches such as his presence to those whose Vision is limited to their own image instead of God’s!
What is a Vision from God and what does it entail?
A vision is a glimpse into the time-line as God sees it, a “Birds eye View” so to speak. God will reveal his more perfect plan and the purpose behind it to alter man’s bad directions either to change your personal issues or a National one! If you are in line with his will God will go out of his way to pursue and overtake you with blessings BUT at the same time if you or the Nation you live in are outside his prescribed will, in order to really succeed as a person or a nation he will pursue you to judgment and once judged he will be there to pick you up and heal you!
The Church does NOT control Worship, God has prescribed his Worship for a specific time-frame. How do I know? Look to history, every revival that has occurred has happened upon the waves of Worshipful experience. God knows all things, he sees revival times long before we do because he can view the “time-line” from heaven and begin his purpose to direct the time-line according to the prayers of his people that he foreknew!
God has prescribed his worship at a specific place in time to coincide with a specific vision..Why? Because he has a specific people that he has prepared for a specific time-frame to bring about his will in the earth. There are NO accidents with God, he is in complete control. In Isaiah 49:15-16 God said of his people in Jerusalem:
“See I have INSCRIBED you upon the palms of my hands; (Think about this the next time you think God has forgotten you!) your walls (Jerusalem) are continually before me.”
But this was long before Jesus’ hands were pierced by the nails to his cross that God used this analogy to describe his love towards his people Israel.
In Romans 11:29 (From the Amplified Bible)
“He never withdraws them once they are given, and he does NOT change his mind about those to whom he sends his call”
Luke 12:48 says:
‘To whom MUCH is given, of him shall MUCH be required.”
Whenever the Church receives a vision from God the whole body of Christ must share in that vision, it is not meant to be a secret given out for favors or pressure by doctrinal scare tactics. Those in ministry will be held accountable for the vision given to them. After all there is a “time-frame” in question here as no vision given to the Church will last forever, it must be fresh in order to be used! The Vision of Vision 20 the old days is NOT the Vision of today even if it resembles in some way that previous Vision it is NOT that same Vision.
Read Ephesians 4:11-16 and find out that the whole body MUST grow together. The “New Man” the Church of the newborn should see as God sees “The entire Picture’ because the Vision creates a format for her direction.
There cannot be ANY lone ranger Christians because God dwells ONLY where the “shared Vision” rests NOT in the lonely mind of a deceived minority. It’s a foregone conclusion that without a godly Vision, one produced from the faith of God and not “the Babel mentality of the world” that idea will fail in the end!
A Vision from God ALWAYS comes from the top down to the body of Christ. And at no time does God ever put a soul person in charge of dolling out the Vision slowly to benefit a certain denomination or religious group! God’s Vision is by God for his people as a whole not just the few. This is what’s wrong with religion in the first place, if one looks at denominations today you can witness first hand that God’s Vision is not in them because it’s the old “Us against Them mentality which they form into a vision for their group”!
Says a Vision from God comes at a preset, fixed and acceptable day and time for the purpose of setting free the captives to do what God has planned for them to do in that day. Without God’s PERFECT timing the Vision can’t take place! We should keep in mind that any time God shows his mind to us that it’s MUCH bigger than one man or one women, in fact it’s bigger than all of us and must be taken more seriously than our political denominational ways! God is always at the Center of his Vision as he is with his Judgment if that Vision isn’t followed!
God’s Vision is a direct spiritual transfer of his planned purpose and pursuits for our world. It’s a true revealing of God’s personal prophetic Vision (The Future as God sees it.) something that Satan can only guess at badly!
The Word Vision is defined as:”The power of sight” not as sight itself because a man can have sight and NOT see what is right in front of him. Thus we must have the spiritual infusion of God’s viewpoint in prayer! God is the only one who can give life to his view of the world, that’s why our intention must be to see God’s end not our own simplistic outcomes. His sight makes it possible to know the end of any matter concerning our lives and to know he has it under control!
Vision must come before putting our Faith in anything because it is the Vision or the power of his sight that allows us to see in “Embryo form” what our faith is standing for. Without Vision our faith has nothing to anchor itself too, soon your faith is alone and without the bridge to God it needs.
If the Church is to do as the Vision says then there must be patient waiting upon the giver until the birth of the Vision results!
God’s Vision is 1.) The Visual stand-in for the possible in the midst of the Impossible!
2.) A Vision from God is a seed of his creative process, as God envisioned the Universe before he spoke it into existence!
3.) His Vision is NOT dependent upon YOUR abilities or by the same token YOUR inabilities, they are based on pure faith alone!
4.) His Vision like himself is not limited by “Time and Space” as we know it and therefore to God it has already happened and cannot fail!
5.) God’s Vision contains everything needed to know at the time it’s dropped into your spirit, it’s a complete package when delivered; but is only released in small parts as you or your church has the wisdom and knowledge to proceed!
6.) God will always confirm the Vision he gives you through others in the church who have shared the same Vision from God!
7.) A Vision from God is a word picture of the future, a future that the perfection of God’s original purpose for us flourishes!
The problem is that because we are sin prone because of our nature that the Vision of God is clouded at times when we start to mix what God told us with what our limited sight sees as in Numbers 13:33 when Israel was given a Vision of the promised Land.
They went into the land that was promised but save two of them did not remain true to the Vision they all were given from Moses. Instead of seeing the land as God saw it they relied upon their limited vision and put aside the sight of God as long as they were in the promised land. This caused them to fear instead of produce faith and this most evil statement became their epitaph “We were in their sight as grasshoppers”, when in future chapters we find out that this was NOT the case as Rehab told them that the people of the Land feared them for years before as the exploits of God preceded them! So much for our sight doing us any good!