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Sunday, August 28, 2016

What Is Your Vision And Goal In Life?


Proverbs 29:18

18Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

In the mid twentieth century, in Bangkok, Thailand, the government wanted
to build a large highway through a village.

Yet in the path of the planned road was a Buddhist monastery with a little chapel, so they had
to relocate the monastery, including a heavy, eleven foot clay statue of Buddha, to another place.

Using a crane, the government workers moved the monastery in sections.

When the workers transported the statue of Buddha to the new location and began to lower it into place, however, the clay on the statue started to crumble and fall off.

The people were afraid because this was a precious religious symbol to them, and they
didn't want it to be destroyed.

 Yet the more the workers tried to place the statue, the more it fell apart until, eventually, all the clay was falling off.

 Suddenly, the workers stared in amazement because, as the clay fell away, something unexpected was revealed.

 The statue was pure gold underneath.

Before the statue was moved, people thought it was worth about fifty thousand dollars.

Today, that golden Buddha is worth millions and, because of the story behind it, is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year.

This story illustrates that what we can see is not necessarily what really is.

 I believe that many of us are living as clay vessels when, in reality, we are pure gold

Our lives do not reflect who we truly are or what we can be.

A lack of purpose and unfulfilled potential in our world.

 Yet just as the gold statue was hidden inside the clay one, the "gold" inside each of
us is waiting to be revealed.

This gold is the dreams we have- or once had- for our lives that are not yet reality, the gifts and talents that we have not yet developed, the purpose for our lives that is not yet fulfilled, the "something" we've always wanted to be or do but for some reason have not been able to accomplish.

You have a personal purpose, for every human being is born with one.

 God created each person with a unique vision.

 He has tremendous plans for you that no one else can accomplish.

The tragic thing is that many people live their whole lives without ever recognizing their visions.

How do you remove the clay and uncover the gold within you?

 Your dreams, talents. and desires can be refined in a process of discovering and fulfilling your
life's vision so that the pure gold of your unique and personal gifts to this world can shine forth.

The destiny of an acorn is a tree.

By faith, you can see the tree within the seed.

You have a vision of it in your mind's eye because you know the potential in the seed.

The same thing is true of you and me.God has given us birth for a purpose, and as
 far as God is concerned, that purpose is already finished because He has placed within us the potential for fulfilling it.

We can see that purpose through faith.

For true visionary's, the imaginary world of their visions is more real to them than the concrete reality around them.

 In fact, a visionary's vision is his reality.

When you have no vision you will simply relive the past with it's disappointments and

 Therefore, vision is the key to your future.

One of the awesome things about Shekinah Fellowship during Brant Baker's watch was
 you left the meetings with vision.

Somehow Brant was able to inspire others to draw close to Jesus and to receive more from Him then what they came to the meeting with.

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more

Satan seeks to rob us of our vision. God seeks to install a vision in us.

Don't let Satan rob you of your vision!

Revelation 2:25

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Living life aimlessly is not God's best. To hold true to a vision is.

 The vision energizes us in the Holy Spirit. The vision causes the clay to
drop off and the gold to be revealed in all of it's beauty.

To exercise faith and to lay hold of the promise of God is life.

Most people fail because they give up their vision the first time they fall down.

People stop too soon.

They don't win because they give up when they fall down the first time or the next time or the next.

A person of passion is is always eager to fulfill their vision.

 Passion is willing to pay the price.

When you capture your vision and stay with it, you will be rewarded.

 Defy the odds.

 If you become passionate about your vision, you can defy the odds and persevere to the fulfillment of your goals.

Whenever you are tempted to quit too soon or stay down when life knocks you over, remember the examples of Nehemiah and apostle Paul.

 Capture your vision and stay with it, and you will be rewarded with seeing that vision become reality, no matter what might try to come against it.

More On Vision

 "Imagine if John the Baptist came of age during the 1960s counter
culture, the charisma of Jim Morrison flowing from the mantle of an Old \Testament prophet. 

Meet Lonnie Frisbee, a seeker turned Jesus freak evangelist who compelled thousands towards a profession of Christian

It was during a trip into a canyon that Frisbee claimed that God
gave him a vision of his future as an influential evangelist to the
hippie generation.

So many of us trace our Christian roots to this man.

 The power of God flowed when he preached.

 He walked in supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 Everywhere that he went there were 'divine~appointments' that always resulted in salvation or healing of others.

Brant Baker and Lonnie Frisbee were close friends.

 Lonnie had introduced me to Brant at his 'Costa Mesa' clothing store.

 Both men had an impact upon their generation.

Both men have gone to be with the Lord.

Today it is us who are still walking this earth.

You who were there when these men ministered, what is your 'vision' today?
Vision being a clear conception of something that is not yet reality, but which can exist in the realm of possibility.

How do you answer this question?

 Your vision uniquely belongs to you as a person called of God.

 As you pray, it will become clear to you.

You have a passion for God and His ways. You want to see your vision become reality. 

Ephesians 3:20

20 Now
 unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask
or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

According to His power that is at work.

Working within you.

 That power is the mighty power of God's Spirit who lives inside of you, enabling you to
fulfill the vision He has given to you.

 God's power is actually working within you for the fulfillment of your dream.

Exceeeeedingly abundant!

Beyond all that you could ask for, think about, or imagine.

 You can't grasp all that He wants to do for you.

 It is and will always be steps ahead of you.

Your potential is determined by the assignment God gave you to do.

Whatever you were born to do, you are equipped to do.

God gives you the ability to fulfill your responsibility.
God does not call qualified men. He makes men qualified whom He calls.

Faith is vision in the heart.\

Sight without vision is dangerous because it has no hope.

God gave us vision so that we would not have to live by what we see.

Vision is so powerful it can live beyond the grave.

Lonnie Frisbee and Brant Baker have spiritual children born of their vision in God who are alive today.

 Children who know God and know of His power.

Children who have struggled with their vision in God for years.

Satan has tried and tried to convince them that it was all just a foolish dream.

 It was not.

That flame flickering inside is the vision.

That vision that can and will inflame future generations for Christ...

Proclaim your vision.

Take back that which is yours.

God wants to awaken every one of His  sons and daughters to their spiritual inheritance.

He stands ready to release to us the anointing, glory, and power from days gone by...and more. 

He waits to visit us again as He has in revivals past, sweeping multitudes into His arms and filling our streets and homes with His presence.

He stands ready to honor His covenants afresh with the fathers and mothers of the faith who have gone before us to the riches of our spiritual heritage if we but ask and seek for it.

 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

 If  ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to
them that ask him?

 Matthew 7:9-11

Reclaim your ancient inheritance that has been overrun by the enemy.

Don't let it lie abandoned and deserted.

Find it!

 Then make an intercessory stand for it, refusing to abandon your land of promise no matter what dryness or opposition you encounter.

Arm yourself with the weapons of God and fight against "the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms"( Eph 6:12) that try to steal your inheritance.

God has prophetically assigned this territory to you.

 Begin to intercede with faith for your inheritance.

The Lord has poured Himself out in the past and He will again.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt
 raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called,
 The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Isaiah 58:12 

Your territorial stand may also spell the doom of some evil that has held your inheritance in its sway:

"The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous"

Psalm 125:3

Seek the Lord concerning your inheritance and stand for it, restore the desolate inheritance. 

Let the clay drop off now in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! 

Rise up! 

Go forth! 

Be able!

You knew that the Lord's voice had spoken those Words over you! 

You didn't understand what He meant, but now you do. 

Let the gold of God shine forth in the land...

Through your own yielded life.

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