SERIES: Dreams, Visions and Goals: #4 Vision-Battles to Victory
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.
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.
No vision live like the gerbil in a little cage called your life. You are running and doing and living and get off the exercise wheel of your life to find you are at the very same place you were last year or 6 month ago
Under Moses leadership the people had no vision. They got out of Egypt, they accomplished limited freedom. What happened when they got out of Egypt the lived in the wilderness. The wilderness is a place that God allows us all to go thru. It is the place outside of your bondage and breakthrough. It’s a temporary place that you rest and regroup before you cross over into your promise land. It’s the place where you figure out where you are supposed to be going. It’s the place where you get your vision clear and ready.
Remember what happened when they stopped moving forward into their vision. Moses goes up to meet with God and the people shifted visions. When you do not have a clear vision for your life you will wander and usually you will except a counterfeit vision.
This is the place where people perish with out a vision. This is the place where you get discouraged, depressed, upset, confused, you begin to wander and going in circles.
When you stop pursuing your vision you pick up a counterfeit vision. The enemy will supply you with a counterfeit vision like a fake map to keep you lost.
Remember what happened. Moses sends out 12 spies. 10 come back with a negative fearful report and Joshua and Caleb came back saying yes there are Giants in the land but God has removed their protection and we can take the land.
When you get a vision, I know this over the years I have had people attack my vision. They would speak he is crazy, he can’t do that or its insane, whatever. What happened that day when the 12 spies all returned and both sides shared their report.
One side filled with negative, limited, fearful, report, the other what God had said from the beginning. Joshua and Caleb spoke what God said and what God promised.
Every vision must be clear. We walk by faith and not by sight. Faith vision is a God vision. Man vision is filled with fears, doubts, and unbelief. I am not saying we just jump off cliffs but I am saying that a living vision is going to be fed and fueled by Spirit and not flesh.
When you try to mix Spirit Vision and flesh fears together they will battle. Spirit visions are to move you forward closer into what God has for your life, your business, your family, your spirit. Flesh and fears is to stop you, if it can move you backwards it will. Stop and backwards are the direction for flesh and fear.
“All the Israelites murmured [in discontent] against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Oh that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or that we had died in this wilderness! Why is the LORD bringing us to this land [of Canaan], to fall by the sword? Our wives and children will become plunder. Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said one to another, “Let us appoint a [new] leader and return to Egypt.”
‘Because the LORD was not able to bring these people into the land which He promised to give them, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’” NUMBERS 14:2-4, 16 AMP
Enemy of Spirit vision is flesh fears, doubts and unbelief. These are not the same as wisdom checks that check us from time to time.
The Word they got discontent. This word is key. The Bible says the Joy of the Lord is our strength. The Discontent feeds our weakness.
dis·con·tent:::: lack of contentment; dissatisfaction with one’s circumstances. synonyms: dissatisfaction, disaffection, discontentment, discontentedness, disgruntlement, grievances, unhappiness, displeasure, bad feelings, resentment, envy.
It’s one thing to become discontent and to want to change your life, get healthy, or make a better living for your self. This is the negative side where you complain, your so negative about the journey God has you at. This is where speak negative about God and His ways.
They were supposed to be crossing over into their promise land but they stoped. When you stop and listen to your flesh and fears who say stop going forward it’s to hard or this or that. Flesh will try to convince you that Gods Way is not the best way so you will choose to not obey God and give into your flesh and fears, doubts, and unbelief.
They cried , why did God bring us out here to die, or go broke. We cry flesh when we stop moving forward into our Spirit Vision. When you give the flesh enough time ,it will try convince you that Gods Way is to hard or to much or to demanding.
We are such a comfort society, we want change and growth and success with out any work or sweat or tears. The vision of God is real. You will have to fight for you, many times the enemy is you. Your fears, your flesh, your unbelief, and doubts. You will become yours and Gods biggest challenger.
They let their discontent and flesh and fears rule. Whatever vision you follow will lead you someplace. Gods Spirit Vision will lead to an amazing abundant living and life. Flesh will lead you lack, limited, little fearful insignificant survival.
When the 10 flesh, fearful negative spies shared their report it spread throughout the people. Joshua and Caleb tried to stop them, they tried to quiet the people, they tried giving the people Spirit Vision but the people received the flesh, fear, negative, doubt, unbelieving. They revived the visual report and rejected Gods Spirit Vision report.
This is the crucial crossroads of a vision. We call this DIVISION. DIVISION means the act or process of dividing. Separation from being a whole or one. Become two.
They had two reports one flesh negative, fearful. One Spirit Vision, Faith, positive joyful. This is called DIVISION or the separation from the original vision. This is what I call DIE, DEATH TO GODS SPIRIT VISION. Fear and flesh come to destroy faith and spirit. The Bible says one leads to life and the other death.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].” JOHN 10:10 AMP A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” John 10:10 MSG
Real and eternal life, more and better life than you ever dreamed of. The thief says don’t trust God, trust you. They trusted in their flesh, fears, and they did not get to receive what God promised them.
How many people live wandering instead of trusting God and obeying His words they follow their flesh, fears and are stuck. God let that Generation die in a place of just enough.
“Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My [miraculous] signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, will by no means see the land which I swore to [give to] their fathers; nor will any who treated me disrespectfully and rejected Me see it. 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 14:22-24 AMP