Thursday, September 21, 2017
Word of the Week- Without a Vision, You Perish
By Barbara Bryant, Sentinel Contributing Writer
Published August 22, 2013


Barbara Bryant

Without a vision or prophetic revelation, you perish (Proverbs 29:18). One definition of the word “perish” in the Hebrew means to go backwards. When vision is lost, when vision is absent, you will begin to go backwards or go the wrong way.

What is vision? Vision is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be and it shall be. Vision is a preferred future. A destination.   It is a course one follows to make dreams come to pass. It is the link between current reality and the future.

Vision sets a direction for your life. It empowers you to move purposefully in a predetermined direction. It allows you to see things clearly through God’s eyes. A God-vision consists of foresight, insight and oversight that come from His sight.

Vision gives you purpose, goals and an agenda, which means you must work to bring your vision from a dream to reality. Vision without implementation is hallucination. Vision without work is daydreaming. Work without vision is drudgery, but vision with works equals destiny.

If God has given you a vision, you must execute and employ the plan in order for the dream to become a reality. You may not have the financial or people resources for the vision, but you can write the vision.  The question is:  Do you have a pen and paper?

The first part of accomplishing any vision is to take it from the unseen world and bring it into the natural realm. This can be accomplished by simply writing down the vision. All you need is a pen and paper. Articulating the vision on paper pulls the dream that is in your spirit (that no one can see but you) into the visible world so that you can accomplish it.

Let me ask you again, do you have a pen and paper? I’m sure you can find a pen and paper in your living room, your bedroom, or at a CVS store. That’s all you need to inscribe, express and compose in literary and permanent form the vision God gave you.

What am I saying? The vision must be written.  The Lord replied to Habakkuk, “Write the vision and make it plain….” (Habakkuk 2:2).  The vision must be documented.  It is your starting point of seeing what God wants you to accomplish. The written vision is also a God given map, a written clear picture of what God is revealing to you.

Unless you discover God’s unique vision for your future, your life may very well be a rerun because all manmade visions look alike. But a God vision is unique to you. God’s vision for you does not include pressing you into someone else’s mold.

My friend, it’s time out for being busy with the wrong things, working in the wrong area and trying to fulfill and duplicate another man’s assignment in the Kingdom. When you do this, you are forfeiting God intended and intentional plan for you.

Where do you want to be in three years in the Lord? Do you have a vision to do more for the Kingdom of God, than you are doing today?  Are you fulfilling God’s vision for you? Or are you duplicating another man’s assignment and forfeiting your divine purpose? 

Remember, everybody ends up somewhere in life. But with a God vision, you can end up somewhere on purpose!


Categories: Religion

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