Encouragement For The Soul – 12/04/2014

(Psalms 27:14) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (KJV)

We have all been guilty of “rushing in where angels fear to tread.” Always wait on God to prepare the way. When you slow down and wait on God all things work to our good and to God’s glory.

Encouragement For The Soul – 12/03/2014

(1 Corinthians 2:14) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (KJV)

Only by the Spirit of God can the things of God be revealed to us. To the natural or lost man the things of God are but foolishness to him because they must be revealed by the Holy Spirit. But to the spiritual man, the born again man, the things of God can become clear as crystal glass because the Holy Spirit will reveal them to us and lead us into all truth of the things of God.

(John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (KJV)

Where there is no vision …

The Bible states in Proverbs 29:19 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This is so true, but what should be the “vision” of God’s people, the Church, the Body of Christ, the Christian personally? This has been a question asked thru the ages, with many answers given by many different people. Many have said evangelism, as called for by our Lord Jesus Christ in Mt 28.18-20, the Great Commission. While others have said our vision must be praise and worship, for the Bible teaches that God inhabits the praise of His people (Ps 22.3). Still, some say the “vision” should be prayer, for Paul stated that we should “continue in prayer” (Col 4:2).

There has been many “visions” given thru the years, preaching, teaching, discipleship, emphasis on the family, marriage, parenting, loving others, giving… All these should be the goals embraced and put into practice by the Church and the individual Christian, but still, I think they all fall short of the true “vision.”

The true “vision” of the Church, as well as each individual Christian should be this… total and complete surrender, yielded to the will of God in our life. Submission to whatever our Lord calls for at that moment in our life. It is being willing to yield our agenda, our plans, our goals, and our will to whatever the Lord calls for on a minutes notice. It must be a bending of our life, our will around what the Lord Jesus wants us to do at that particular time and place. We must be willing to allow G0od to take over our minds, emotions, and actions so that He is the one in charge of all aspects of our life.

Our “vision” should become as God’s “vision” so that we may see the world, the Church, our lives thru His eyes. His will, grace, mercy, love, compassion, and patience must take over our life and consume us so that in all we do, say, and think, we always bring honor and glory to Him. Our “vision” should be to be so submissive to Him that no matter what or where He calls, we never hesitate, doubt, or question Him. Paul stated so boldly in Romans chapter 6 verse 16, “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

Will you make your “vision” one of submission, surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you yielded all to Him in love and obedience and faith? That is what our Savior did at Calvary when He surrendered His life for our sake. He yielded and submitted all to God’s “vision” and plan of salvation for man. Jesus willingly, lovingly, and faithfully gave all for our sakes, for your sake and my sake. His “vision” was to focus on the will of the Father so that you and I could come to know and share in His relationship with God the Father by His grace, thru faith in Him.

So, what is your “vision?”

Pastor Bobby D. Paul Jr.