THE POWER OF VISION*
Helen Keller, a great author and wonderful entrepreneur became blind, deaf and mute as a result of an illness when she was only 18 months old. She was a powerful, remarkable woman who impacted her whole generation and she still influences us today. In an interview, she was asked through Braille “Miss Keller is there anything worse than being blind? She paused for a moment and said “what is worse than being blind is having sight without vision”.
The greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision. Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. When a person doesn’t have a vision, he lives by his eyes. That means he lives by what he sees. That is one of the reasons why people are so depressed, and that’s why the future never becomes a reality.
Nothing noble or noteworthy on earth was ever done without vision. No invention, development or great feat was ever accomplished without vision. Social, economic, architectural, medical, scientific and political achievement and advancement owe their conception and birthing to the power of vision.
Vision produced the great Egyptian civilization over 4000 years ago and gave rise to the towering pyramids that still amaze us today.
Vision inspired the Wright brothers to invent the airplane.
It was the vision of light that possessed Thomas Edison to invent the light bulb.
It was the vision of desk-size computer that motivated Stephen Jobs to invent the desktop computer.
It was vision of giving every person access to people – friendly software that inspired Bill Gates to develop and invent Microsoft global empire, etc.
THERE ARE THREE CATEGORIES OF PEOPLE HERE LISTENING TO ME.
- Those who have no vision for their lives and wonder how to obtain one.
- Those who have a vision, but are stuck in the mud of confusion not knowing what to do next.
- Those who had a vision but have abandoned it because of discouragement, disillusionment, some measure of failure, or frustration.
WHAT THEN IS VISION?
- Vision is seeing the ultimate purpose of God for your life or existence.
- Vision is a discovery of God’s plan as it relates to your life.
- Vision is a conception that is inspired by God in the heart of a human.
- Vision is seeing tomorrow from today.
- Vision is seeing the end from the beginning.
- Vision is also foresight with insight.
- Vision is seeing the future before it comes into being (Hebrews 11:1).
- Vision is the ability to see farther than your eyes can look.
- Vision is making the unseen visible and the unknown possible.
- Vision is a mental picture of your destiny.
No man ever saw glory without first seeing the vision. Whatever the mind can conceive, believe, it can also achieve. Vision is conceived with the mind. To have sight without vision is worst than being born blind.
Vision is not the same as ambition. While ambition is what a man desires to become in life, vision is what God created him to become. The ONLY meeting point of the two is where the will of a man is lost in the will of God. Vision is higher than ambition. To become truly successful in life, your vision must become your ambition.
Vision comes from purpose – God is the author of vision, and it is His nature to be purposeful in everything He does (Psalm 33:11, Isaiah 14:24).
Vision is not purpose, rather vision comes from purpose. Purpose is the intent for which God created you, the reason why you were born. It is what God has already decided in His own mind that you are supposed to begin to fulfill.
Therefore, purpose is when you know and understand what you were born to accomplish.
Vision is when you can see it in your mind by faith and begin to imagine it.
When you are able to see your purpose, your vision comes to life.
Sight is the ability to see things as they are; vision is the capacity to see things as they could be.
Bible texts: Habakkuk 2:1-4; Proverbs 29:18; Genesis 13:14-15.
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:1-4.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Prov. 29:18
And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. Gen. 13:14-15
In life, what you see is what you get. What you don't see, you can hardly get. Brethren, what do you see?
What you cannot see for yourself in the nearest future, you can hardly come by. All great achievers in life, business, career, ministry, and politics are men and women of vision. No man ever became anything worthwhile or worth celebrating without the emblem of a great vision.
People fail and become frustrated in life because they lack the vital element of success and happiness called Vision. The infallible, ever current word of God says in Prov 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. No man can escape perishing and failing when he lacks vision for life. But success and happiness in life belongs to men and women of vision. It means Vision is highly essential for survival. Where there is vision, the people live and prosper.
THE PATHWAY TO GETTING A VISION
Habakkuk 2:1- “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
- I will – Vision starts from your desire. The desire for a better and preferable future. The desire for something greater. People lack vision because they are satisfied with where they are; with the status quo.
- Stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see – the word translated tower there means a fenced place, a secret place, a solitary quiet place, a contained place without distraction. It takes standing in a quiet, solitary, secret place for meditation or thinking with your mind, praying for revelation and God given pictures of your tomorrow.
- What he will say – True vision about your life, business, ministry, career, education, marriage and so on comes from what God says to you; not what your parents, brothers or friends think or say to you but what GOD says.
No person can give you vision; it is only God-given. You can go to as many seminars as possible and receive all kinds of wonderful instruction, but no one except God can give you the idea you were born to fulfill. Jesus said, “for this reason I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the earth” (John 18:37).
A prophet can confirm your vision, but he or she will not give you your vision. God gives you that directly, and He reveals it to you as His thoughts within us through the Holy Spirit. What we have to do is to listen to what God has given us in our hearts and minds.
- What he will say unto me, - From original Bible language, that scripture is better read as what he will say in me. God speaks the vision into your heart. So you need a listening ear and inner eyes to see it. So that when you are challenged or reproved about your vision, you will have an unshakeable answer.
KNOWING YOUR VISION
Vision is as close as your deepest desires: Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart”. He may give you one idea or six ideas, the thoughts of God are consistent. They will be present throughout your life. No matter how old you grow, the same thoughts will keep coming back to you and the dreams that remain consistent within you were put there by God. No matter how many times you may temporarily forget about them, they always come back into your mind. Vision is the idea that never leaves you, the dream that won’t go away, the passion that won’t subside, the “irritating” desire that is so deep you cannot enjoy current job because you are always thinking about what you wish you were doing.
God does not give us our purposes after we were born again. We were already given our purposes when we were physically born.
Many people don’t recognize the vision God has placed within them because they don’t have a vital connection with God. This connection with Him needs to be restored before they can see their true purpose.
If you are unclear about your vision, you can ask God to reveal to you the deepest desires He has placed within you.
A true vision will always build others up rather than pull them down.
Another way you can know that a vision is real is when it is the only thing that gives you true satisfaction – Eccl. 3:13.
To identify your personal vision, ask yourself these questions:
- What is my deepest desire?
- What is the idea that never leaves me?
- What do I constantly image about my future?
- What do I feel and truly passionate about?
- What are my constant reoccurring dreams?
- What would bring me the greatest fulfillment?
Your vision will bother you until you take action on it.
- The vision of Moses was to deliver the people of Israel and lead them to the Promised Land.
- The vision of Joshua was to possess the land.
- The vision of David was to settle God’s people.
- The vision of Nehemiah was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. WHAT IS YOUR VISION?
SCRIPTURAL STEPS/STRATEGIES TO FULFILLING YOUR VISION
Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:2-4.
- Write the Vision – An unwritten vision is a soon forgotten vision. The faintest pen is always sharper than the brightest brain. Revelations 1:19-“Write the things which thou hast seen…”. For this reason, it is essential that you go to church programmes with pen and book for you can never tell when God would speak to you about your vision. Walt Disney was sitting on a bench on the grounds, seeming to just stare into space. One of his workers asked “Mr. Disney, what are you doing?” “I am looking at my mountain” He answered “I see the mountain right there” and his architects wrote down what he said and then draw up its plans. Walt Disney was no longer alive when the Space Mountain was built. On the day of opening it people from all works of life came to grace the occasion and the MC invited the wife to come and give her remarks. The MC then added that they regretted it that Walt Disney was not alive to see this Space Mountain. As the wife took the microphone she said she wished to correct a wrong impression. She went further to say that her husband saw the Space Mountain years ago before his death and that they are the ones seeing it now.
- Make it plain Upon Tables – Interpret the vision into easy, readable language and goals. Break into parts, pieces and bits. Divide into sections and segments; into projects and targets.
- That he may run – who is the he? Yourself first and then others. The vision should include the support and help of others. There should be the hes that will read and run with it. Where there is no vision the people perish; where there are no people, the vision also perish. Look out for people. Extend your arm of friendship and relationship to others.
- That he may – Avoid Discouragement and embrace Courage. The he that should run with the vision may or may not; don’t ever be discouraged, God will send those that must support and run with the vision.
- That he may run – Work out the vision into fulfillment through commitment, dedication and diligence. Move the vision from paper to possibility; from images to reality. Put in the energy, time, ideas and money.
- That readeth (reads) it – Continuous reading, daily seeing the written vision and consistently indoctrinating yourself and those around you about the vision for your life, for the business or organization help you to achieve your vision. What you consistently see daily, and habitually say will eventually materialize in the physical.
- Wait for the Appointed Time of Fulfillment – There is a time lag or period from the conception/inception of the vision to the birth and completion of the vision. Work with that time. And don’t be in a hurry. Wait patiently for the promise. Heb 6:12 says that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Heb 10:36-37 says for ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
At the end, it shall speak and not lie- Vision speaks for itself – though at the beginning looks like a lie, deception and impossibility but at the end, the vision fulfilled and accomplished becomes the truth, reality and possibility. It will speak for itself.
Though it tarry. Vision will always tarry or take some time, wait for it. There is a waiting time for vision manifestation. So, be patient. Continue investing, working, and running.
Waiting for the vision while working at the vision is never a waste. Waiting is not wasting.
True vision from God will surely come to pass or fulfillment. Vision comes … from the Spirit realm to the Mental realm and finally to the Physical realm. The Delay in the physical is not denial. It is coming!
- Vision takes Faith – The just shall live by his faith. You and I need the force of faith to actualize the vision God has given us. Heb 11:1- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is calling those things that be not as though they were.
The scriptural steps/strategies to fulfilling your vision given above could be summarize as: 7 principles of vision (Habakkuk. 2:1-11).
- Documentation (write the vision)
- Simplification (make it plain)
- Share vision (give it to the heralds)
- Participation (let them run with it)
- Timing (an appointed time)
- Patience (Wait for it)
- Faith (It will certainly come)
HOW IS THE FULFILLMENT OF VISION MEANT TO WORK IN PRACTICAL TERMS?
Proverbs 18:16 says: A man’s gift makes room for him” (NKJV). If you are intelligent but are not exercising your gift, you are probably going to be poor. If you are educated but have not developed your talent, you are likely to be depressed, frustrated and tired. There are those who have degrees in finance who have a hard time making ends meet. Anyone who discovers his or her gift and develops it will become a commodity. If you are a young person in school who is planning your career, don’t do what people say will make you wealthy. Do what you were born to do, because that is where you will make your money.
STIRRING UP YOUR GIFT
While the gift is in us, we have the responsibility to stir it up. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “for thus reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you” (2Timothy 1:6). The gift is not something we learn. It is something God gave us. It is something we need to discover and then stir up. No one else can activate your gift for you. You have to do it yourself. You stir up your gift by developing, refining, enhancing and using it. That is where education comes in. Education can’t give you your gift, but it can help you develop it so that it can be used. Prov. 17:8 say: “A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it. Whithersoever it turneth, it prospereth”
Louis Armstrong, the Jazz artist apply to go to music school when he was young but could not sing the first two notes properly at audition and he was told that he didn’t have what it takes to be a musician. He cried bitterly for the rejection but later told his friends, “I know there is music in me, and they can’t keep it out”. He eventually became the most successfully and beloved Jazz musicians. Brethren, Pick milk says “It’s in you”. The vision is in you; just stir it up irrespective of what people might have said.
THE EFFECTS OF VISION
A vision gives us some critical things that can make all the difference in our lives and the lives of others.
- A Vision gives us passion –The clearer the vision, the stronger the passion. When we know why we’re here, when we’re emotionally connected to what we’re doing, we come alive, we have a goal. We can see our destiny before us. It gives us the drive and energy to do everything it takes to achieve it. We live and dream about reaching our goal, and everything becomes part of the journey. Living in anticipation of your future as you envision it and working constantly to achieve it causes everything else to vibrate with your energy as you move towards your future.
- A Vision provides motivation –People with vision are motivated and this is one of the true powers of having a clear vision, clarity as to your purpose in life. Those who lack motivation in life truly lacks vision.
- A vision forms our priorities – You can now prioritize your values, understand your strengths, the gifts that God has given you so that you can pull all of them together and harness them in such a way that you can change the trajectory of your life towards something that totally excites you and gives you passion. People with a clear vision are not easily distracted. When you know where you’re headed and you know why you’re doing what you’re doing then everything is important. Everything on your calendar, every meeting you have scheduled, and every activity that you have planned is purposeful. Everything is essential and it all serves to move you forward.
- Vision gives us purpose – Our vision becomes our purpose in life. When you marry your clarity of vision to your purpose you have the link between your current reality, where you are now, and the future that God has put in your heart to manifest for yourself. Your vision and your purpose are unique to you. God has placed them in your heart. It will be different than everyone else’s around you.
- Vision gives Direction – a road map for our lives towards destiny, purpose and dreams.
- Disciplines your actions and behaviour. Your vision actually determines your esteemed values. Those who lack good values and virtues actually lack good vision for their lives.
- Vision protects you from total failure and falling.
- Vision also makes suffering and disappointment bearable. It inspires the depressed.
OBSTACLES TO VISION
- Wishful thinking.
- Making excuses.
- Professional starters they’re always beginning something but they never finish anything.
- Seeking “balance” people don’t want to focus on a specific goal because they fear their live might not be well-balanced.
- Trying to do everything.
- Being perplexed over multiple talents.
- Not being diligent.
- Blaming “bad luck”.
- Blaming outside forces.
- External discouragement: Do not allow yourself to be discouraged. A young man did a college paper in his economics class on his vision for overnight mail. The professor took a red pen, gave him a “C” and wrote, “Do not dream of things that cannot happen,” The young man left school and started federal express. He made it because he refused to be discouraged.
A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past. Vision is the bridge between the present and the future. Without it we perish - Proverbs 29:18. Vision gives pain a purpose. To have sight without a vision is worst than to be born blind. What are you living for? Vision is the whole essence of your living. The reason you are sent into the world by God is for you to fulfill a vision. If you can see it, you can have it. Remember vision comes … from the Spirit realm to the Mental realm and finally to the Physical realm. If you don’t have Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, you may not discover your vision and purpose in life and so live a wasted life. Since vision comes from the Spiritual realm, you need Jesus, the Comptroller General of Spiritual realm to have yours. How many of you need vision in life? Then you need Jesus. Give Him a chance in your life and you will never regret doing so.
THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION!!!
A paper presented at the Maturity Formation Meeting (MFM) of St Peter’s Anglican Church, Oshodi.
Powered by: Parish Youth Council (PYC).
Sunday 23rd April 2017 @ 6:00pm
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