Vision

The word vision is not foreign to our everyday life experiences, it is used all the time. How often do we hear a child or young person asked, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ Vision then is the ability to visualize something which is not yet in place but which an individual can dream of, towards achieving a certain goal. It does not have to be something big, but it is a thought, it is the power of the imagination. The image in this post for example is a very simple concept but which serves its purpose. The globe, the Bible, and a few select books in a beautiful setting speak to those who understand this concept and perhaps to many more.

How simple is this image?

There is a god in everyone, and while we can all explain our day dreams, people generally have no ability to explain night dreams. That makes a lot of difference when vision is the topic of discussion. The world supposedly is governed by the visions and dreams of those who rule or who want to rule society, and of course those whose dreams and visions have placed them in exalted positions in the world regarding achievements. Are the visions of men tied then to an overriding vision which human beings do not understand? Find out.

Visions And Dreams

Visions. Dreams. & Revelations

Typically, a dream is associated with night time experience–of the things we see and hear and feel when we sleep, in what feels like a dreamland or a place of fantasy. A fantasy because unless there is an extraneous circumstance, such things do not become part of our everyday life. However, a dream could be just a thought. But when a thought becomes compelling in a person’s imagination such that the individual can see or envision real life results by carrying out some actions, we say he is a visionary. Our visions and dreams can become reality when we pursue them with a passion. Some of the world’s great inventions came into being by such a process.

The Connection

GOD IS THE CONNECTION FOR US ALL

There is a God element in every human being, whether we know it or not. The power of the human mind is as God designed it. But to whatever use we put it, we are accountable. God did not expect man on earth to be slothful, but from the very beginning wanted to help us conquer the space He created for us, and so gave us the power of the imagination and to think. He said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air…” -Genesis 1:28.

The Christian Experience

The Christian experience introduces the Holy Spirit into our relationship with God. Without the Spirit of God, a personal relationship is hardly possible. With the Holy Spirit, our dreams and visions take a different meaning, giving full body to a Godly life–a life informed by God’s Word and truth. This becomes the beginning of the new life and a new experience with God. In this new life, we do not live by just imagining what life should look like or what it can be, but by allowing God’s Word and truth to instruct and guide us in all our dealings.

Is The World At a Standstill?

If you think that the world is coming apart at the seams, it is not because your imagination is running out of control, it is more because life itself appears to have crashed for many people. What with the death and injury unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic around the world? Added to these are the internal contentions of individual nations brought about by lack, poverty, political and religious divisions, and the oppression of certain groups within certain geographical boundaries. Perhaps the best example here can be provided by the police brutality against African Americans in the United States, often resulting in a needless death at the hands of the police. It is not by accident that the Black Lives Matter protests have attracted support from all over the world. And for the first time, African Americans’ protests against injustice and oppression in the United States now have the support of all groups and demographics in the country. Truth is everyone’s life is beginning to matter and should matter.

Is it still true then to say that the world is at a standstill, like there is no progress? We, the people of the world, are at a point of a great movement forward. A phenomenon unleashed by the police killings of African Americans, and supported by other nations and their people, who believe that injustice and oppression are not the ways to serve any group of people. This is in agreement with God’s Word and truth, and will prevail!

Vision–An Understanding

Vision is a topic that seems unwise to talk about at this time, considering that people are only concerned right now with holding on to dear life. Rather, we may want to talk a little bit about what our understanding of vision should be. However, the truth is it is for the same reason that it is right to talk about vision, with or without trying to explore it in any particular context. While many among us are mourning, and weeping, and grieving and so us all because of the havoc the pandemic has caused, there is life after the pandemic.

So, like to a prayer, I urge you to hold on to that dream, that thought, and to your vision. And who knows? after the dust settles, that thought of a solution to a problem which started to take hold in your mind during the quarantine or Stay-at-home-order, may yet blossom and become a source of help and inspiration to many for sometime to come. Hold on to the vision, do not let go! PEACE AND COMFORT!

Coronavirus Cannot Stop Us

It is amazing and noteworthy how sidewalk manners are changing since the pandemic broke–at least in places where I walk. More than ever before, it appears it’s just now about people. People walking in opposite directions on the sidewalk act very deferentially as they approach each other and one another. Those with more space on their side often leave the sidewalk to create the needed space for social distancing. This is followed by acknowledgment–by waving hands in greeting, a raised fist, or a simple ‘hello’ said from a safe distance.

Bible Group Reading Together

So, where was all this love and consideration for people prior to the coronavirus outbreak? They were always there but not put to real use. This makes us all human. But Jesus was and is always about people. If this is one lesson we learn from the pandemic, it is a good thing for the world and of course for people who live in the world, no matter how small a sample this might be at this point. It could very well become a trend in all facets of human life and should be encouraged. But unselfish love and consideration come from the truth of God’s Word, in a universal way. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”–FOR ALL! John 15:13. “You are my friends if you do what I command.” –John 15:14. It shouldn’t take a coronavirus pandemic, but the love of God and His truth to spread love and consideration all over the world.

“It Is Finished!”

He said, “It is finished!” Done! Mission accomplished! Now we have access to God as human beings never had prior to the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the same who tells us His own part of the deal is done.

What then are we waiting for who have not learned to trust in the Word, and who do not depend on it to live life on earth? Use it! It is available, because, “It is finished!” –John 19:28-30. And put all your cares on Him, because He cares! —1 Peter 5:7.

Reacting To COVID-19

This is just another reminder that the corona virus is still around. In fact, it has now been declared a global pandemic by the Wold Health Organization. What that means is that it is now seen to be more widespread than previously thought. It also means it will likely get worse before it gets better.

Protect yourself and people around you from easy contact with the virus by following the advice of the professionals. *Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. *Avoid crowds. *Practice social distancing. *Sanitize surfaces. *Use hand sanitizer among other things

For those who pray.

While you pray for your community and loved ones to put a distance between you and the virus, it is important to follow the advice of the experts. The scourge will pass! PSALM 91:1-6, 9-10.

When Is A Right Time To Pray?

It was 7:30 AM, local time, and a Christian family got ready to leave home. The man would drive his two daughters to school, drop off his spouse at work, and then get himself to his own office for the day’s work. They never left home without saying a prayer. On the day in question, that was not the case, because they were literally running out of doors as they realized that being late to school and to work for that day was hardly avoidable. As they got into the car however, the man said, “We shall take just a minute to say a prayer before starting out.” They did just that. It turned out that the one minute they spent praying in the car was the exact same amount of time it took for the man to avoid a dangerous riot happening in the volatile community where his office was located. Many cars were smashed and people got hurt but he was able to make it out safely.

“Pray without ceasing.”

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, we are admonished to pray continually. But somebody once asked how it is possible to pray without ceasing. To start with, any time, every time is a right time to pray, because the Spirit of God moves and leads prayer once we are indwelt by the Spirit. In other words, the Spirit teaches us to pray. But somebody may say, ‘I don’t have the time to pray.’ That is because you are thinking of a specific position–like kneeling, clasping the hands with head bowed, or some other pious behavior. Know this however, that Prayer has no location and has no specific position. Prayer is bringing God with you wherever you go; it is an attitude of heart. Prayer is faith expressed, a commitment to God which affirms that you understand that He hears you. Prayer is communication with God. It can be done silently–1 Samuel 1:9-17–and can be said in a room filled with a thousand people and yet no one feels disturbed.

The testimony used above of a praying family is just one of many examples. And one may ask at what point God answered their prayer. This family does not depend on what is happening outside in order to pray, although prayer will also take that into account. Rather, they pray regardless of circumstance, including when things are looking up, in what then may be called a prayer of thanksgiving just like the one they said in the morning before they left home.

“Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

vv 17-18

Whether somebody just started praying because of a scare like the coronavirus for example, or because of some other serious matter, it is okay. Just remember that there is hardly any expertise in speaking to God. He will respond to all who faithfully seek Him. But you must acknowledge Him in all your ways. A faithful prayer-life needs persistence, commitment, and a constancy of confession. It all starts with the Spirit of God. The indwelling by the Spirit is not often automatic, and the believer may need to seek God diligently for it to happen (Acts 10:1-48, 19:1-7), as this marks the beginning of real spiritual growth.

The Miracle Called Prophecy

Prophecy is a miracle! An unseen God speaking to people whom He can see but who have no ability to see Him, except by the Spirit. No one can see God with his or her human eyes; it is from beginning to end a spiritual experience, even when the individual is drawn into God’s presence by what appears to have a physical existence, like Moses’ Burning Bush–Exodus 3. Except the Spirit is leading the effort, there is a possibility that the prophets and their works can be approached just as writings to be read. It is available, so we can read and learn about the life of Isaiah the Prophet or about the Prophet Jeremiah, but what may be missing is the complete appreciation of what we are interacting with. In every respect, God’s revelations to biblical prophets and to prophets today are all aimed at revealing God’s intended interventions in the human situation, in order to bring us the needed help useful for living peaceably in God’s created space, the earth. Such intended divine intervention revealed to a human is prophecy. Prophecy is a miracle!

The Word

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:1

In all of God’s speaking to humans, prophecy is the most prominent and the most dynamic, because it reveals God’s intended line of action in order to bring a God Effect to a human situation. While God reaching out to individuals may be very useful, prophecy usually affects life in general and/or the earthly population as a whole, and which for the sake of what is revealed can also address only particular sections of the human population. In essence, what is revealed through prophecy could be directed at specific persons, groups, or the larger population. In any case, it is a divine outreach to man. And whether it is the entire Word of God as represented in the Bible or it is the Word as embodied in Christ HIMSELF–hardly any difference– to understand what prophecy is about, we must look beyond the cold print. It is the living and faithful Word of God. The changes and effects the living Word is designed to bring to human lives also exist in the realm of the miraculous because it is far beyond what one person or preacher says to another person–1 Corinthians 3:5-7.

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

John 1:12-13.

The Scripture passage quoted here, John 1: 12-13, which is very real for born-again Christians, proclaims a miracle. And it starts with the prophetic word of God, which is the first part of the miracle. On believing in the name of Jesus, and receiving Him as Savior and Lord into one’s life, something happens. What happens aligns with the prophetic Word as given in Scripture. “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”–2 Corinthians 5:17. When this happens, there must be a change in lifestyle, in confession and in actions. There can be no two ways to it, except the experience is not genuine or is incomplete–Acts 19:1-7. Incidentally, however, this same Scripture passage seem to be what those have in mind, among others maybe, who claim all prophecies have seized. It becomes therefore, a case of interpretation. This can be done from the Spirit of God as all word from God is supposed to be handled, or by intellectual and learned reasoning which can in no wise read God’s meaning, because the Spirit of God is not at the forefront of the person’s interaction with the Word. Attempting to interpret God’s Word without the Spirit of God is a dangerous pastime.

To be a part of the miracle and to partake in the benefits prophecy in any form offers, everyone who seeks a relationship with God through Christ must as of necessity, be a student of the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit is not in the equation, Christianity cannot take root and bear fruit the way it was meant to be. But thank God, He hears all that we speak and ask, and knows when we are desiring of that relationship in the Spirit.

While We Were Away!

While we were away, the clocks did not stop, and time did not come to a standstill. The hustle and bustle of life went on as usual, as if it did not matter what is happening in one’s own life. And yet we all grew a few weeks older, perhaps three weeks older from the last time we read from this blog. It is all a pleasure when we have or think we have something important to communicate and have the time and space to do so. Yet it is not what or how we communicate that is most important, it is the intent and what we hope to achieve that come first. For example, when I started blogging thirteen years ago, and in my websites earlier, the message was that this is done to inform all of what God is speaking to our world today, in the End-time Move of God. That message has not changed.

But imagine that you have been away–out of sight and out of view as it may seem, not for three weeks, not for four weeks, but for twenty-five years. Would anything have happened in your life in twenty-five years that you would like to share? Most likely yes!

Time Is the Difference

A Middle-aged Woman

Time is the difference between the middle-aged woman and the two happy friends, and indeed in each of their life stories. But time is an asset granted by God for the fulfillment of human desires on earth which themselves must fulfill God’s purposes. So if anyone is thinking that time is just there waiting for when we are ready to do something , anything, or just to fulfill an ambition, then think of The Rich Young Ruler, Matthew 19:16-22, Mark 10:17-22, and The Parable of the Rich Fool, Luke 12:16-21. Life is fleeting and no one and nothing has been able to guarantee it, except the Creator.

Happy friends holding each other

So while we were all away, we should have learned a little more, matured a little more, and gained a little more wisdom. And since wisdom is not always tied to age, it doesn’t matter what set us apart in the first place. Whether we were away and apart from each other and from one another by physical separation, by mental calculation, or from an emotional place, it matters now where and how we stand. You may even have been away to enjoy a well-deserved holiday, or sequestered for a reason. It matters now what we have to share, the wisdom we now bring to the table–wisdom to build.