What is your vision? Is it really that important to have a vision, dream, or promise from God? I believe that if we want to live a kingdom first life the answer to that second question is an imperative yes. Proverbs 29:18 says in part “where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained.” Your vision, dream, promise from God is what keeps you within your own banks. A river with no banks is no longer a river. Without restraint you will be without boundaries, and lose sight of who you are, and what you were designed to do. If you do not have a vision, dream, promise from God, today is the day for you to ask Him for one. Let’s look at some more examples of why this is so important.
Many times in scripture you see God announce Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Have you ever considered that it was supposed to be Abraham, Isaac, and Esau? By birth right it should have been Esau, it was his inheritance, and who he was. So what happened? Long story short Esau arrived home from the wilderness tired and hungry from a hunting trip, and gave it up to Jacob. This story is very important for us on our journey. What happens when the fulfillment of your vision, dream, or promise is on the other side of the wilderness? And then another wilderness? From my experience, and my view of watching others, we all find ourselves hunting through the wilderness. While in the wilderness we can get tired, hungry, and quit. We give up the vision, dream, promise that was given to us as an individual just to make it easier. You may end up like the Israelites who caught a glimpse of the promise, but died in the wilderness. This is why your vision, dream, or promise is so important, you need it to survive the wilderness. It gets you through to the other side. You emerge stronger. Now we have to look at that statement-you emerge stronger. We need the wilderness as well. Nothing else will bring growth, maturity, and wisdom to you like the wilderness. James 1:2-4 says “dear brother and sisters, when trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. Let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” So I will say you need the wilderness for growth, maturity, wisdom, completeness, but you need your vision, dream, promise to survive the wilderness, and be who He has called you to be as you continue in your destiny.
If you are not confident in your identity, and your vision from your Father people will use you to fulfill their vision, or create a vision they see fit for you. Let’s look at Peter as an example. Jesus had been telling His disciples who He was, and that it was necessary for Him to die, and raise from the dead. (Matthew 16:21) In verse 22 Peter scolded Jesus for saying such things, and that those things should never happen to Him. What Jesus said didn’t fit Peter’s vision for Him; however, Jesus knew who He was, and He knew the plan His Father had for Him. There will people in your life that try to convince you to give up your vision, and many times they will be good people just like Peter.
The circumstances that happen in your life do not change the vision, dream, promise that God has given you. Those circumstances should not change your revelation of God, Your revelation of God should change how you see the circumstances.
Know your vision, dream, promise, and hold onto it. Stay the course, and allow the bumps in the road to grow, and mature you. I will also say one more time if you do not have a vision from your Father, today is the day you ask Him for one.
Live your life kingdom first!