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The Vine: What's Your Vision For The New Year? Bob Gass

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The Vine: What's Your Vision For The New Year? Bob Gass

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The Word for Today
with Bob Gass

What's Your Vision For The New Year? (1)
For the vision... will surely come...
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
Fulfilling your God-given vision depends on having a vision; which calls for
waiting on God until He reveals His plan for you. Dedicating time and energy
to it; which calls for patience and discipline. Knowing how to overcome
obstacles; which calls for good management. The Bible says: 'Where there is
no vision, the people perish. ' (Proverbs 29:18 NIV). Remember South
Pacific's lyrics, 'If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream
come true?' A vision gives you direction, motivation, creativity and
resilience. Without one you become passive, aimless, bored, and vulnerable
to quitting. God can give you a vision instantly but its fulfillment will
require a lifetime of learning, practicing and managing life's daily
challenges. For the next few days let's look at some vision-fulfilling
principles:

Visions come with obstacles and opportunities! After decades in America,
Raymond Dawson inherited his English grandparent's estate. Returning home he
found a run-down farmhouse and barns on land covered with rocks.
Disappointed and about to return to America, he decided to walk his
worthless inheritance one final time. Pausing on a remote corner of his
property he noticed a stream coming from beneath some rocks. He
investigated, uncovered some hot springs, and guess what? Today he's the
owner of a lucrative resort, right on the sight of his former
disappointment! When you ask God for a vision, you're likely to be placed in
a field of opportunities concealed under acres of obstacles; a place of
possibilities hidden beneath piles of problems. Then He will stand back and
watch how you engage in the ministry of obstacle management!


What's Your Vision For The New Year? (2)
For the vision... will surely come...
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
Obstacles can't steal your dream without your permission. Winston Churchill
rallied blitzed, beleaguered Britain from the edge of defeat with these
memorable words: 'Never give up! Never give up! Never, never, never, give
up!' Obstacles are inevitable; quitting is optional! When you walk in faith
and refuse to quit, God guarantees your obstacles won't prevent your vision
from being fulfilled. Though they were enslaved, Israel received the
strength to overcome Egypt's efforts to break them. The story of their
survival and success reads: 'the more they afflicted them, the more they
multiplied and grew. ' (Exodus 1:12 NKJV). Paul's dream of evangelising the
world met roadblocks at every turn. Tightening his grip he declared, 'We are
hard-pressed on all sides, but. never frustrated; we are puzzled, but never
in despair. We are persecuted, but. never. deserted: we may be knocked down
but we are never knocked out!' (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Phps).

Joseph's journey to the throne was a long one. It led him through betrayal,
persecution and loneliness. His dream, still alive and unsurrendered, was
put on hold for years. Now prime minister of Egypt, vindicated in the
critic's eyes, his dream at last realised, he recalls the amazing way in
which God accomplished it. '"For" he said, "God has made me fruitful in the
land of my affliction"' (Genesis 41:52 NAS). Joseph refused to surrender his
dream; it's what kept him alive. He looked for opportunities in his
obstacles, and God made him fruitful, not by exempting him from affliction
but by promoting him right there, 'in the land of my affliction'. Your
obstacles can't stop God; don't let them stop you!



What's Your Vision For The New Year? (3)
For the vision... will surely come...
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
Between your dream and its fulfillment you'll be tested. You'll face some of
the same things Joseph faced, like:

1) The faith test. He had to maintain his faith in a hostile environment,
and believe in a dream nobody else believed in. He had no dreamer's support
network cheering him on, he had to stand alone

2) The patience test. His dream wouldn't happen quickly. A boy at its
conception, he would be a mature man before its fulfillment. Every
frustrating day he'd have to hold onto it or risk losing it. Patience isn't
just hoping things work out; it's persevering and believing what God said.
'Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye
might receive the promise' (Hebrews 10:36)

3) The strength test. For a while Joseph's circumstances made the critics
appear to be right. He was, after all, in a pit, frightened, alone, in a
strange land without family or friends, in prison with an unearned criminal
record. He must remain strong in his conviction that his dream was really
from God

4) The focus test. With enough emotional baggage to derail a freight train;
sibling resentment, abandonment, false accusation and compound losses, he
must constantly control his focus. Fixating on his problems and obstacles
would have produced disillusionment. Maintaining dream-focus would be his
salvation

5) The readiness test. When God finally began opening doors he had to be
ready for action! Discouragement or negative thinking would blind him to
opportunity. So he kept his spirit and his gifts honed, took every occasion
to use them, and watched as God turned his vision into a reality.


What's Your Vision For The New Year? (4)
For the vision... will surely come...
Habakkuk 2:3 KJV
Obstacles won't destroy your vision, but your attitude will. After a
grueling sixteen month odyssey an aging Paul wrote from a squalid Roman
dungeon, 'Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice' (Philippians
4:4 NIV). Paul knew two things you need to know:

1) It's not over till God says it's over. Circumstances and people don't
have the last word; God does! He is 'author and finisher of our faith. '
(Hebrews 12:2). With God, quitting is not an option. When you quit without
his permission you're 'AWOL'. Furthermore, when you abandon your mission you
forfeit His protection and provision.

2) Nothing can defeat you without your permission; and you won't give it.
You can't control what happens to you, but you can control what you say and
do. That's all you need to control; God will control the rest. You can't
control the handicaps, puzzles and persecution that characterise your
journey, but you can control whether or not you'll respond with frustration,
despair and rejection (2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Phps). You can't always avoid
getting knocked down, but you can determine whether or not you get knocked
out. Refusing to stay down denies your enemy permission to sabotage your
destiny.

Do you have a God-given dream? Refuse to quit and it 'will surely come'.
Have no dream? Ask God for one. Already accomplished your dream? Ask God for
another one before you lose the joy and motivation of life. Have a dream so
small it doesn't stretch you? Ask God for a bigger one and watch your faith
grow!


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