VISION: WHAT DO YOU SEE FOR 2016?

Pastor David Cannistraci

 

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”  And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”  Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”  Jeremiah 1:11-12 (NKJV) 

 

Vision is a revelation of the will of God.  

 

It is the ability to see into the spiritual world through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Vision is supernatural spiritual insight.  When God gives a vision to a person, He is saying, "That is what I desire to do; this is when and how I will do it."

 

But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets…God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.” 1 Cor. 2:10-12 (NLT)

 

The Holy Spirit wants to show us the secrets that are on God’s heart.  He wants to give us vision and show us the things he has in mind for us even in this New Year!

 

Vision is essential to our spiritual survival:  

 

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.”  Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) 

 

FOUR THINGS THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS TO YOUR LIFE THROUGH VISION

 

1.  Vision Brings Purpose 

 

When we have a vision, we have the answer to the question WHY? Why am I going to church? (Budgeting, exercising, reading my Bible?) It gives us MEANING. Too often we get a deteriorated vision, and we forget WHY we are doing what we’re doing. Life becomes routine, empty, and meaningless.

 

2.  Vision Brings Motivation

 

Habakkuk says “Write the vision, make it plain… that he may RUN who reads it.”  There is a powerful link between vision and action.  Without a vision, we will not run. Vision motivates and ignites in us desire to be a part of fulfilling God’s divine plan. When you forget your vision, you’ll forget to pray, work and believe for it.  When you have a vision, every day is another step toward making the vision reality.

 

3.  Vision Brings Faith

 

Vision helps you with risk taking.  When you see the vision, you’ll take the chance. You can be a victorious Christian without "stepping out in faith" and attempting great things. William Carey said, "Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God." 

 

4.  Vision Brings Unity.  

 

When we all have a common vision, we can work together across our differences.  “The team that prays together and dreams together stays together.”  Unity is a miracle born by vision.

 

GateWay City Church has a clear vision:  Inspiring Transformed Lives.

 

We see a life-giving church that GATHERS, GROWS AND GOes.  We see a family church that helping men, women and children to grow.  We see a church full of prayer, new life freedom, prophecy, and healing miracles.  We see a friendly church with people of every race and age worshipping together.  We see a church where people connect in small groups.  We see a church that trains and sends people.  I see a church in unity with the city church driving back darkness and welcome the love of the Jesus into the community.  We see an expanding church, growing with campuses and church plants and international connections.

 

Is that a vision you can get excited about?  Is that worth all the work, giving and prayer?

 

I want to ask you about your life RIGHT NOW.  Do you see anything?  Jesus does.  He sees such treasure that came to find you and claim you as His own.  Do you see anything?

 

Let’s ask the HS for VISION in this New Year.