I was praying and I was seeing all the challenges our world is going thru. America is known as the land of Opportunity. It is and it will continue but with opportunities you will face many challenges, set backs, hardships, trials, and tribulations. Life is amazing, but it is not easy.
Many run to God when they are afraid, worried, scared. So many young couples run to God when they think they are breaking up, God fixes it we help them and many times they drift away. People get in financial trouble and they run to God, and the church. We pray for them encourage them and help them to believe and their faith rises and things get better. Some of them will drift away going back and doing the same things. The doctor gives a report, it’s not good and they run to God and God heals them or gives them peace and comfort. They get better and some of them drift away. In business faced with a huge lawsuit or audit they run to God, we counsel them, encourage them pray for them and things get better.
With God things, life will always eventually get better. We serve a better God. He deserves better than most of us give Him. I know He has done so much more for me than I could every pay back or give back.
In the Bible the story of the hungry crowds. They followed for fish and loaves, when they got full and Jesus got into a boat and went to the other side a majority of them went back home. Went back when something appeared to be a blockage from them going forward. They were hungry, he feed them body, soul, spirit, yet most stopped at the waters edge and turned and went back. They would not go past the comfort zone into the Uncomfort Zone.
The water represents a blockage, a barrier, a wall, a mountain. It causes most people to stop going forward and to retreat, or go back to easy, ease, comfort, mediocrity.
People followed Jesus for what they could get and receive. Stuff was what they were attracted too. Stuff and things. So many people miss the mark by seeking the hands of Christ and not His Heart. You can get a wrong vision of surplus and not a vision of the supplier. God is the supplier who supplies.
We need a vision for our lives. The vision has to be more than stuff and things, more than power or influence. More than the material things, more than the things and stuff you can touch and use.
We need a Vision for God and not a vision for His stuff.
There is an account in the Bible where Jesus is teaching some difficult truths and many of the disciples get mad and upset. Many of them were angry and did not believe and lacked faith. Jesus knew this. These were not new converts they were people who were disciples, they were leaders and walking and serving with Jesus.
Just like the river represented a blockage place, a place where they were stopped. God allowed this lesson to reveal the true nature of their heart. Nothing like some great trials, hardships to show you stuff about yourself and those around you.
Difficulty, difficult choices, adversities, losses, changes all will reveal things about us.
They loved Jesus till he changed His message. The people loved Jesus and hanging out with Him till he ran out of fish and loaves. They loved walking with Jesus till they came to the edge of the river bank.
“So Jesus said to the twelve [disciples], “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You [alone] have the words of eternal life [you are our only hope]. We have believed and confidently trusted, and [even more] we have come to know [by personal observation and experience] that You are the Holy One of God [the Christ, the Son of the living God].”
JOHN 6:67-69 AMP
There will be things that will test your commitment. There will choices that will arise that will test your commitment to Christ and following Him. Jesus pits the question to Peter and says you gonna leave too. You gonna get mad and upset and leave like the others? They left the place and person God lead them too to become family, a church family. They were a body of believers who left thier church because they got mad and upset. They got offended.
Jesus asks Peter, “You gonna leave too?” Peter says, “To whom shall we go?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, who would we go to? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One from God.”
John 6:68-69 NCV
They got upset, they began to complain.
“As a result of this many of His disciples abandoned Him, and no longer walked with Him.”
JOHN 6:66 AMP
They walked away from the plan of God and their man of God. What caused them to leave? What caused them to get to a place they felt they did not need Jesus or His direction anymore?
Remember the story of the ten lepers. Luke 17: They come to Jesus with a need. They were hurting, needed a miracle. They receive their healing and only one comes back to thank and praise Jesus. Jesus asked were thier not ten, “WHERE ARE THE OTHER NINE?”
What happened was they had a vision for what they could get and receive not a vision of WHO. A WHO vision is about relationship not stuff and things. See these couples when they end in divorce they divide up everything. It was a what relationship not a who relationship.
We see people who received food, loved it till he moved. Jesus was moving to see if they move with Him. We have people who have stayed following God and kept coming to this church no matter where we moved it to and no matter where they moved. We have had so many people choose to not come because of having to drive a bit, it was a test.
It’s a test. When you start making more money will you keep your giving increasing, it’s a test when things change will you stay following and continue to be apart of this body.
The only healed leper that came back was a foreigner a Samaritan. Samaritan were considered lower class, unbelievers. The ones who should of been more loyal were not they were Jews.
If you do not have the vision of this house and a Jesus personal vision you will be stopped in your journey and growth.
Failure, increase, blessings, abundance, healing, as well as lack, loss, can cause you to stop following Jesus.
“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
People that stop giving, loving, serving, caring, obeying, following, praying, studying, witnessing, tithing, forgiving all somewhere have lost the vision.
Talking to a man whom we prayed to get better jobs and increase of finances when he received them stop tithing and stopped coming to church. When you have no vision or revelation of your God no more, you become all about you.
Or another a business man who when he started had nothing really and God blessed him so abundantly. Now he is a big business man and said he is too busy to help and serve in his church. Too busy to serve and help in God’s church, the God who gave you everything. Too busy for God?
See there is no more a God focus vision , but now it’s all about me and my time, my money, my business, my rest, God forbid we get asked to stretch ourselves a bit.
Our culture has to be entertained, we have to make it so easy and no pressure. If you do not have a Jesus Vision you will turn to the right and left, you will stop going forward, you will quit advancing. You will get all into you and you.
When you got your Jesus Vision, I am so grateful for everyone. We are family. You don’t let convenience get in the way of your vision. You don’t let offense get in the way of your vision.
They left Jesus because it was all about stuff and things and themselves. The vision was about WHO? Jesus! We do this because of Jesus. We give because Jesus gave us everything when we had nothing. We serve because when we had nothing Jesus had others serve us and help us. Jesus went to cross for us in our place.
The moment I begin to complain or get upset I must see my vision. Jesus!!!!!!
Joseph had a vision from God. His brothers were going to kill him instead threw him in a deep pit. He should have been upset. He should have been revengeful. He should have been angry. He sat in that pit speaking his vision. Looking around saying THIS IS NOT THE VISION. THIS PIT is not where I belong.
Just like the river when we are faced with faith blocks we must in faith choose to go forward. Joseph was in a pit beside the road that led to Egypt.
Joseph had a vision of and from His God. That is what he held onto. Even when it was dark, even when it was hard, even when it did not seem fair. Joseph had a vision of WHO. HE KNEW WHO GAVE HIM THIS VISION. He had faith in His WHO AND NOT HIS WHAT.
THEY LEFT JESUS BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE A VISION OF WHO THEY WERE FOLLOWING, THEY LEFT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE A VISION WHO THEY SERVING, they only what. What they could get for themselves.
Vision: Jesus and what He did for us, not on what He can get for us. Who He is, not what He can do for us. Jesus My Savior.