May 1, 2011 – Eastside Christian Church – Michal Ferber
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
I have often heard others and have also done myself read a chapter a day in Proverbs. These are great little nuggets of truth; facts if you will; guiding stones.
Where there is no vision the people will perish. Without a vision we are like a rock that has been skipped on the top of some lake somewhere and we and we have no way of guiding ourselves. We are at the lake’s mercy as to where we end up, as to how far we go, as to when we turn or stop. Often our Christian walk is like we are that skipping rock. We are just going with the flow, or with the current. We have no desire to adjust or change ourselves or anything around us because we see no need in it. We see no need because there is not a vision telling us we need to.
Helen Keller was asked once “What would be worse than being born blind?” to which she replied “Having sight without a vision.”
What a profound statement by a girl who was born into this world Deaf, Dumb and blind. Could not help how she came into this world but she sure could help how she left this world.
Let me tell you today we can’t help how we came into this world but WE CAN HELP HOW WE LEAVE IT. Without a vision the people perish.
The word vision means – sight, dream, revelation or
The word perish means – to die or to expire.
1. A VISION IS FIRST OF ALL THE ABILITY TO SEE!
How is your vision? The sight I am talking about is beyond the natural.
What we are talking about here is that Moses wasn’t making a worldly decision here; instead a spiritual decision. Hebrews is full of people that had a hold of God’s vision for them and no one could tell them different. Their faith was solid.
Moses had never brought anyone else out of captivity. He had no clue what course was laid before him. He just knew that God was showing him a vision of something that was to come to pass in the future.
Worldly speaking, Moses blew it in verse 24 when he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. But Moses’ vision enabled him to see into another world.
What was Jesus saying? He was saying don’t look with the physical but look with the spiritual. We also see that He dismissed the unbelievers; He got them out of the way.
To see the unseen you have to:
– Ignore what people say
– Disregard what the world says (disregard = turn a blind eye to)
– Don’t try to listen just for the audible; God speaks many ways
– Don’t be controlled by the logical, believe there is more to life than meets the eye. We are guilty of limiting God.
– We don’t have the capability or manpower of doing something like this.
– Well we have to save this money in case someone dies.
this is the way we have always done it.
– We need to watch what we do here just in case we need it later.
It is absolutely frivolous to save or worry about tomorrow. Why? We don’t have a promise of tomorrow. The word tells us that we walk by faith not by sight.
OUR VISION MUST BE SPIRIT BORN – SPIRIT FED – AND SPIRIT LED TO ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING.
How does someone get a vision? Take a good look at God!
· Once we understand how awesome God is, we will not hesitate to believe God for great things.
Bruce Lee had a fighting style unlike any other because he
developed it himself. The main part of his fighting style was aim 6 inches beyond your
target. WHAT A CONCEPT FOR CHRISITANS. Are we aiming at our target?
What if we could adopt this concept of aiming beyond?
What could we accomplish?
A VISION IS FIRST OF ALL THE ABILITY TO SEE!
II. A VISION INCLUDES A FAITH TO BELIEVE
We forget that God will and does help us do everything and that includes helps our faith become stronger.
There are a lot of factors that influence our service for God which we have no control over — your background, your age, your giftedness, but there is one important factor that we do have control over. How much we choose to believe God.
God help us to have enough faith in You to believe.
III. A VISION INCLUDES A COURAGE TO DO
In other words faith includes action.
Courage is going forward in spite of fear.
Was David afraid when he went up against Goliath? Yes, but there was a cause. His faith was bigger than his fear. Our problem is that too often we want to live in our comfort zone.
When God ask most of us to do something He takes it out of our hands.
Share FCA story.
If we will grab hold to God’s vision. And pair Matthew 18 with Luke 22 you get God’s promise.
We so often want to keep a hold onto the things we can physically change or alter. We want to never reach beyond that limit of our own scope. We have got to reach out and let God have his beautiful handy work involved or we will fail every time.
Look at what God asks most of our Bible Heroes to do. God ask them to attempt the impossible.
What if these so called Biblical heroes did not want to move beyond their comfort zones?
Noah would have said – Sorry God I don’t do boats
Moses – he would have said – I don’t like people
David – I don’t do giants or kingdoms God I am just a lowly shepherd
Mary – I don’t babies, the son of God – Jesus who?
The biggest Goliath in most of our lives is our self.
We wake up and look in the mirror every day and see the same person we saw yesterday. We don’t look beyond the reflection and see God’s handy work.
Why don’t we have more faith, courage, vision? It’s not God’s fault.
In fact, if we could kick the person responsible for our doubts, none of us would be sitting down.
God help us to be courageous in the task before us. Whatever it is.
There is an old saying that says “The road ahead is paved with good intentions”.
A VISION INCLUDES A COURAGE TO DO
Vision is the Ability to see what others can’t. – Faith to
believe what others will not. – Courage to do what others say can’t be done.
Christopher Columbus’ dairy at times seems to be very repetitive. Page after page simply says, “This day we sailed on!” What a great motto for a Christian. Today, we kept the faith.
Anybody can start the race, but they don’t give out the awards
until you finish.
· Do you have a vision for your life?
· For your children?
· For this church?
· For the lost?