Series: Dreams, Visions and Goals: #3 Vision-Your Mental Picture

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“And you shall know [without any doubt] that I am in the midst of Israel [to protect and bless you], And that I am the LORD your God, And there is no other; My people will never be put to shame. “It shall come about after this That I shall pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and your daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”
JOEL 2:27-29 AMP

Dreams are your ultimate destination, while goals are the intermediate stops along the way. Dreams represent what you WANT and WHY, while goals represent your plan to get you there.

Dream is first. What you want and why? If you can’t answer these question with your dream then you probable just got a wish list. Or your just live and survive in the world system.

You deserve to live the life you desire. Organize your thoughts, write down your dreams, set up your goals, review and revise them as you wish and most importantly…Don’t ever let anyone steal a dream from you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you can’t do something. You are the owner of your mind and the owner of your destiny.

Walt Disney said,” All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, and your actions louder than your words.

God gives us dreams. His Spirit implants them inside of us. We see something and The Spirit stirs something in our subconscious mind and we dream it. You get the dream in your spirit, in your subconscious mind. Inside is the dream.

When we get the dream out side of us and we begin to see the dream it is now in Vision stage.

We got dream stage, now we are moving into vision stage. VISION.

Quote: Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world. This is why dreaming cost you nothing. Dreaming is the first stage, but you can’t stay in dream stage. Ever see day dreamers? You gotta once you got your dream come out of your mind.

Napoleon Hill said,”Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

Everybody needs a vision. A lot of people just wander mindlessly through this world, thinking one or maybe two days ahead. Your vision describes the ideal future for you to attain. It provides meaning and direction while forcing you to break through present limitations. Holding a clear picture in your mind of your desired future will mobilize your creative efforts and generate the desire and energy to perform.

Vision is your mental picture of what your tomorrow will look like.

“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”
PROVERBS 29:18 AMP

“If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.”
Proverbs 29:18 MSG

Vision is seeing on the outside what has been seen or revealed on the inside. The KJV bible says that where there is no vision the people perish. Unrestrained, stumble all over themselves sounds like people who are going in circles or going no where just moving and living but not reaching their dream and vision.

There is a great illustration of this truth in Gods Word. Numbers the 13. God sent Moses to deliver the Israelites from captivity in Egypt. Mose was not excited about the idea but he did agree, with God’s help. He did need some convincing from God. With Gods help he would lead His people into the Promised Land. God gave them the plan, it was all set up by God. It was amazing. They escaped and as they approached the Promised Land, spies were sent out to spy out the land.
God said Go take the land, I have given it to you. But they were operating in fear so they sent out spies to check out and see if what God said was really real. One man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel was chosen for the scouting exhibition.
When the spies returned the report they gave was two different accounts. Ten spies say giants who would crush them like grasshoppers.

Joshua and Caleb, on the other hand, saw a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Remember they said,”We can take the land, lets do this.”

The dream is inside. We all have them. Most dreams are aborted because of no vision, or distorted vision. Glasses that are really dirty. You can not really see good.

You get a dream inside you and fear and opposition shows up. They had a guaranteed vision clearly before them. THEY CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THEIR SELF-IMPOSED LIMITATIONS.

You will stop you most of the time. How many times do you say I really need to change something. You whine about it, talk about it but then you do the opposite. You limit you. You can excel in one area and fail miserably in others. You have to stop you from stopping you. You are your biggest enemy.

If you are going fulfill your God given dreams and visions you have to make up your mind (SOUL)and heart (SPIRIT) which will lead you. God gave you a mind, yes a mind, but He also gave you His Spirit.
Mind lead people are always doing things based on the mind and logic and thinking of this world. To many christians get saved and check their mind out. God gave us both. Mind and Spirit.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]–”
2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 AMP

“We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NCV

What did they Israelites believe? They believed in their fears and doubts which because of the way they seen things caused them to not possess what God had for them.
Faith makes no sense to the human logic. If you study the greatest minds of history all said they had dreams inspired by a power and source unseen and larger than themselves. You get a dream and you know its God. God did not send me here to get rich. He sent me here to reach people. He sent me here to inspire others to believe in Him and His amazing Spirit. The Creator sent us here to help you and grow you to your highest potential. To teach you how to dream. To teach you how to believe. To teach you how to believe and dream and inspire you to grow in confidence to grow in faith, to grow in your beliefs, to grow in your love for God and His Word and His church. To grow in His Way of Living.

Joshua and Caleb seen with eyes the challenges. They did not deny the oppositions, they did not deny they would have to fight some Giants. They did not deny it would be hard work, but they did not guide their life just on what they seen. They final guide was what God said.

We are to get wisdom. Learn from the secular but be guided by His Spirit. I was watching a bio on Warren Buffet yesterday. Just amazing but it was my soul be fed and filled not my Spirit. It was getting great thoughts for my mind my soul. My Spirit is fed by Gods Word, Gods Ways, Gods Spirit. God gave us both but it’s the Spirit that is to be in charge of your life. It is the Spirit which is to lead and guide your life and affairs in this world.

The Israelites missed it all because they followed what they seen. They were not in bondage or Egypt. They died in a place of just enough. They had God, They just did not obey Him fully. They did not receive Gods Fulness. They got a glass half full instead of the the whole glass.

Joshua and Caleb the Bible says was guided by another.

“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land into which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it.”
NUMBERS 14:24 AMP

They had a different Spirit! Both groups had Spirit. The ten spies were guided and led by their Soul (mind) which is where fear, doubt, unbelief are.

“But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are too strong for us.””
NUMBERS 13:31 AMP

One vision was fear, we can’t, to hard and dangerous. The other vision was God said, I believe Him, lets go possess what He said He gave us.

Your vision has to be clear. Spirit or human logic (SOUL) One believed God and His Word the other believed in what they seen and thought.
Your see and how you see things and what you think creates what you believe. I love to here your thoughts and opinions and wisdoms. But at the end of the day what you and what He says i am going with what He says.

You deserve to live the life you desire. Organize your thoughts, write down your dreams, set up your goals, review and revise them as you wish and most importantly…Don’t ever let anyone steal a dream from you. Don’t ever let anyone tell you can’t do something. You are the owner of your mind and the owner of your destiny.

Stop living an ordinary life…and begin living the EXTRAORDINARY life you deserve!!

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