The importance of a vision
The bible says in Habakkuk 2:2-3 to write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it. for the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie; though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
God has great plans for his men and women that they really have no idea of. No one has talked to them about it or heard anything about it, but it is a revelation waiting to be revealed in the future. This vision will be so great and awesome until the very thought of it will seem to good to be true. It is a God vision and anything other than this vision that is pursued after will only continue to keep one feeling unfulfilled until it is reached.
Understanding a vision
The story of Abraham offering up his son in Genesis chapter 22 was a type and shadow of things that were to come under the "dispensation of grace" Isaac, who was to be offered up as a sacrifice was a type of Christ who was offered up as a perfect sinless sacrifice. This total vision that was to come to pass in the future was played out in detail by Abraham and his son Isaac under God's direction. Every vision God gives places the responsibility on him to provide for the vision, preserve and protect the vision. When I speak of vision, I am talking about a future event that is the will of God for an individual; it is similar to what a parent questions their child about as it relates to their future. What is your dream? what do you want to do? What do you want to be? It is a predetermined event that is destined to happen in the life of the individual as long as they walk in obedience to Gods commands. Abraham started the process to his provision for his vision by obeying God. God tells him to take his son whom he loved and go to Mount Moriah to offer him as a sacrifice. The walk from beer-sheba to Mount Mariah was between 50 to 60 miles on foot and Abraham and his son arrived in three days. The start until the destination of a vision is a journey that one must venture into allowing the Lord to order one's steps (Psalm 37).
The place of a vision
And they came to the place which God had told him of (Genesis 22:9)
As a person continues to walk in obedience to God and his word, there is a place where one will end up where things will begin to unfold at the right time because God is always a God of timing. At this place Abraham built an altar, laid the wood in order, bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar upon the wood, stretched forth his hand and took the knife. Abraham went through one of the hardest moments of his life, but his faith was only being tested because at the beginning of this story, the bible says that God was testing Abraham. For those who would say that this was a cruel and evil test...James chapter one says that God cannot be tempted with evil NEITHER TEMPTETH HE ANY MAN...so we find 1 Corinthians 10:13 in action where it says God is faithful who will not suffer one to be tempted (tested tried) above that which they are able, but will with the temptation make a way of escape (provision) that they may be able to bear it. During one's journey toward their vision there will be a place in one's life that will seem very hard to bear, but one must continue to persevere through obedience knowing that God has provision for the vision.
Submission for the vision
Abraham was an old man when he offered up Isaac, and his son Isaac was a strong young man who could have resisted his father, but he submitted to the will of his father just as in the broader sense Jesus submitted to the will of his father "God". Jesus said not my will, but thine be done while he was in the garden of Gethsemene. Before provision comes for one's vision, one must submit to the will of God the father even when you don't understand his plan for your life. He promises in Philippians 4:19 that he will supply our every need (provision) according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Isaac had unanswered questions, but he submitted to the will of Abraham regardless. He asks Abraham where is the lamb for a burnt offering? and Abraham never gives an answer, he simply says God will PROVIDE himself a lamb for a burnt offering (Genesis 22:7-8). Yes...provision for the vision comes when there is submission for the vision. We tend in today's society to not submit until we have all the answers, but knowing in advance is not faith, for faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1)
Provision for the vision comes when there is submission for the vision
A word spoken in due season, how good it is! (Proverbs)
Our vision will have moments of emergency when we will need the provision of God's word and direction to guide us in the event that we get out of the will of God. The will of God had changed within a moments notice concerning Abraham and his son Isaac. Had Abraham continued to bring the knife down upon his son, he would have been out of the will of God and would have become a murderer and Isaac a victim. How many people have walked in obedience, but were not able to switch in a moments notice when God said to, because of tradition (Tradition says this is the way it has always been) and a host of other reasons.When the angel of the Lord called out to Abraham, it was a word spoken in due season and how good it was for Abraham and his son.
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Jehovah-jireh (The Lord will provide)
Abraham found provision for his vision and called the name of the place where he was...Jehovah-jireh, which means the Lord will provide. God will always flip the bill and provide for his vision that he gives his people, it is simply up to them to follow the biblical blueprint laid out in his word. Many people know God will provide, but they have problems believing that he will provide for them, so the name Jehovah-jireh is also personal...The Lord MY provider.
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Have you received provision for your vision?
Dorothy Watkins on August 26, 2018:
In the very beginning, God opened many doors that curt week . He placed me in a journey by placing me in various environments to work volunteering. I left the corporate world and volunteered in shelters, relocated from my comfort zone in the suburbs to the city, a new church and new group of friends, more than 20 years and the manifestation of my training center has not manifested. I know my vision was given by Lord Jehovah without a doubt. For the last 7 plus years I have ministered to those incarcerated. I now am an ordained evangelist and serve as an Associate Director of a Jail Ministry. I’m waiting for the next step, my husband, grandson we raised, who is now 18 yrs old and I have relocated. God continues to bless us in many ways. We need resources and I know God has everything mapped out. I’m waiting for the resources to manifest. God is real and faithful and keeps His promises. Do not give up, hold on! Love abundantly
Henry on June 25, 2015:
I'd just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it's simply this:-
Include a link to an online gospel tract (e.g. www.freecartoontract.com/animation) as part of your email signature.
An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details - but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.
For example, it might say something like, "p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon ..." or "p.s. have you seen this?".