22 March 2015 by Kim Yung CM –
“It is so vitally important that you have a vision of Jesus and you have a vision of what the kingdom of God is doing in the planet,” shared Pastor Jim Mclaughlan who graced City Revival Subang Jaya on the 8th of March 2015. The Bible cited that Jesus will appear again in John 14:1-3. In accordance with this promise, we need to have a vision that doesn’t just compensate what we are doing now, but one that consumes the kingdom in our life.
“Instead of wondering whether your trials are coming from your enemy or from God, you should pursue your vision for it gives you a great destiny, a future, a present physical discomfort, and a purpose. What we are going through in our lives is that God is utilizing those things in life to grow you stronger and more determined for the things that God has got in store. God looks to the strong and He looks to develop the strong so that we can develop and maintain a life of fruitfulness,” shared Jim.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (John 14:1-3)
There are two kinds of visions: a personal vision and a corporate vision. A personal vision is a vision for our personal life, for our business, for our family, and for the things that we are doing in our life. It’s important that we have this vision. A corporate vision is a vision for the church. Together, we are the hands and the feet of God and Jesus working within the planet, so it is important that we have a vision and see the vision of the church. The Church needs to individually and corporately pursue the call of God.
“God is building a kingdom that is not seen in the natural, but seen in our spiritual life,” he shared. The couple of hours we come together as a Church each Sunday is a time where God expands and increase your aspirations for the kingdom of God.
“Most Christians just go through what we call the mundane or the routine of Christian life. They do not really understand why they are serving God. They do not really understand why they are going through seasons of time where they are dry and barren in the things of God. Often, they do not understand the service they perform. And this results in them becoming cripples of their own life, because they end up serving in their own human ability. When that human ability runs out, it decays and it gets weary,” shared Jim. If we got no vision, we occupy our past, we live in what could have been, in what may be, and in what could have happened in our lifetime.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. (Habakkuk 2:3)
“A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” (P.K. Bernard)
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18)
“God wants you to invest in your personal calling in God, not look at someone else’s. God wants you to have something revealed in your spirit and in your soul, something that comes from your life, to run in the course of your race and not look to someone else to fuel the fire in your life,” shared Jim. “The level of sacrifice that a vision requires will determine the size of the people who follow it. Sacrifice separates the small from the great.”
Paul’s Vision as told in the Bible
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:9-10)
The Bible verse in Acts 16:9-10 above tells us that when a vision is given to us, it isn’t just given to us but somehow, it’s given so that other people around us in our network will also expand in their own lives. Realise that a vision is something that is impromptu. In the verse, Paul mentioned that the vision did not come during a prayer or during a meal, but the prophetic sight came to him out of the blue. When Paul received the revelation of a man pleading him to come to Macedonia, he knew that it did not come from anything in his life, so it must have been from God. Hence, he immediately told his disciples that they needed to go to Macedonia. “If you look at history, one of the greatest revivals in the known Church erupted in Macedonia,” shared Jim.
In order to receive a divine prophetic revelation, we need to seek for and search for God. Furthermore, we need to see our feelings with our inner sight and not with our natural eyes; we need to see with our soul that is connected to God. “With that connection there is a vision or a sense of a call of God. In or through this, we will receive a prompting, an urge, a witness or hearing an inner voice. Most of the time, this vision is given to us when we are in prayer, when we are in the Church, in worship or in the presence of God,” shared Jim. Jim added that most visions put into context is already three-fourths fulfilled.
A vision is to bridge the present and the future. A vision will get you to a place where God has orchestrated you to be. A vision is not just goals. It is way beyond understanding and reasoning. A vision is a divine prophetic revelation (that has been revealed to us). It is something that we are physically not aware of right now, revealed to us by God himself, which brings increased expansion and a series of circumstances that you can set your course by.
“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. (Acts 11:5)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
Remember to put yourself in a position to receive the very understanding of God in your life, do not drift by your life not having lived the opportunity that was presented to you!
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