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12/31/2009 – “Vision God’s Seed for Change” – New Year’s Eve Service

The key element to rising out of any present state is vision.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE
December 31, 2009
“VISION: GOD’S SEED FOR CHANGE”
Pastor George M. Matthews, II

 

11Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. – Psalm 65:11

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

-St. Mark 8:22- 26 (NIV) 22They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”  24He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”  25Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t go into the village.[a]

A. VISION DEFINED

1. A divine directive given through a spiritual encounter.
2. The divine portrait or picture of future and possibilities which are capable of rescuing man from present day dilemma.

B. INTRODUCTION

1. The key element to rising out of any present state is vision.
2. Vision is determined or represented by what one can think, dream or imagine.

a. Genesis 1:26 26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

– God gives man the ability to imagine.
– Vision occurs in the realm of your imagination (how do you see yourself?)

b. Genesis 13:11-17 11Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.  12Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.  13But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.  14And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.16And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.  17Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

– God’s ability is limited based on your vision.
– Until you can look from where you are presently and position ally, God cannot take you to where He has promised in His Word. In other words, can you see it? – That’s vision!

3. In verse 17, the movement is mental. God says to arise or get up in your imagination.

4. Before God can escort you into His promises, you must be able to get a picture of it in your mind. In other words, you may have to redefine yourself. “LET NO MAN DEFINE YOU”!

5. You must have a vision of where you are going before you see manifestation.

– Genesis 1:26-28 – the creation of man in God’s imagination.
– Genesis 2:7 – the manifestation of man

I. FACTS CONCERNING VISION

A. Vision is progressively revealed. In other words, God gives you more of vision as you begin to obey the vision He has already revealed.

B. Vision needs the stimulation and motivation received from associated others.

C. Sometimes your vision intimidates others not aware of the mechanics of vision
1. In Genesis 50, Joseph’s brother hated him from the moment he shared his dream.
2. Joseph went ahead to prepare the way for his brothers
3. God wants to move us from ‘want to be,’ to ‘are doing’ to ‘have done’.

D. Vision makes a demand on our God given potential.

E. Vision creates an utter reliance on faith and the power of God so that the magnitude of the vision may be realized.
1. God’s vision will only work when you have the faith to match the vision.
2. Manifestation is determined by the development of your faith.

F. Vision is always broader than the individual and only become possible through the power of God.

G. God entrusts vision to people He can trust to walk with it regardless of what the senses dictate (you must prove you can handle the pressure that comes with vision).

H. Every vision has a unique time table (all fruit does not ripen at the same time).
1. Sometimes the time table is not relegated to just you but may involve preparing other people. For example, the widow woman in I Kings 17 had to be prepared for Elijah.

II. VISION IS COSTLY

A. Pay the price for your vision and do not look for short cuts (God is building experience with Him in you so that you will know how to walk with Him).

B. Withstand the persecution as people generally do not see what you see.

C. Commit to and develop in God’s principles – Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25

D. Develop patience – Hebrews 6:12; in your wait, God is perfecting you.

E. Develop a prayer life.

F. The vision will develop you (who to be or not to be).

G. Vision is always assaulted by criticism and persecution (vision killers).

H. Endure criticism, failures, disappointments and departures from others and the vision will attract the necessary people opportunities and resources.

 

III. NO VISION CAN BE REALIZED WITHOUT FOCUS

– Focus defined…
The ability to stay on track with the plan of God for one’s life
Consistent faithfulness
Functioning according to vision or purpose without distractions

A. St. John 8:31-32 31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1. Continue is another word for focus.
2. Our focus is on the Word not people.

B. II Kings 2:9-10 9And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.  10And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

1. In verse 10, to see is vision and is translated “if we see eye to eye”.

C. The game plan/steps necessary for focusing to achieve what God has for you

1. Consistently hear the Word of God and feed your spirit.
2. Remain committed to the assignment you have been given; not on people and their actions.
a. (This is the season, 2010, that marks an extended season for many to quit because of a lack of focus)
b. Your vision must outlast “no”. When God gives you a vision, you must develop resilience to no.

3. Keep yourself convinced that you need God to win.
4. Know that your success is according to the development of your faith, not the faith of your pastor, relatives, friends or associates.
5. Refuse to be connected with disgruntled others who have lost their focus and consistently become critical of spiritual foundations, leaders and principles.
6. Decide today if your private life is an embarrassment to God or is it a promotion – an advancement of the Kingdom of God.
7. Do not allow your flesh and its passions/emotions to dictate the rule of your life and decisions.
8. Re-identify the vision, priorities and callings of your life (everyone does not require the same levels of achievement therefore we should not base our goals on someone else’s comfort zone).
9. Ignore bull headed and unconvinced believers; do not follow their example.
10. Refuse to remove yourself from being under the ordained authorities of your life.
11. Fight feelings of unworthiness; this can lead to becoming susceptible to things or even people you previously would never engage or entertain.

IV. REPROGRAMMING HOW YOU SEE (VISION)

-St. Mark 8:22- 26 (NIV) 22They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”  24He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”  25Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t go into the village.[a]

A. Jesus has to move you from where you are

1. Sometimes before God can bring vision into your life, as it was for this blind man, He may have to take you out of town. In other words, God may need to move you from your comfort zone, family zone, emotional zone and occupational zone to give and increase your vision (new scenery equals new manifestation).

B. The significance of the spit

1. Spit (saliva) had healing virtues according to accent Hebrew idioms. Jesus being the first born of the Father shows that His saliva has power in it to add to your vision.
2. Jesus’ spit will open your eyes.

C. Jesus prays for the blind man twice

1. Jesus prays for the same condition twice as if the first prayer did not work.
2. The dynamics of the first prayer
a. The first prayer worked for the blind man, it was the connection to the eyes itself; however, because scientists have discovered that no matter how long a person has been blind when they receive their sight back, the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that controls your eyes/sight, has to be reprogrammed.
b. In other words, God is changing how you process vision and the Bible, studying the Word, is the tool or reprogramming process.

3. The dynamics of second prayer
a. The second prayer was to reprogram the brain/spirit demonstrating a true miracle.
b. A true miracle satisfies both realms: (1) the natural realm – the eyes and (2) the supernatural realm – the new brain which is your spirit.
c. Your spirit can process those spiritual, supernatural things that your old brain cannot comprehend; by the Word your spirit sees correctly.

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