Friday, January 31, 2014

miracles & vision

"Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind." --- Mick Jagger 
What a great quote from an often-unquotable dude!  I have long understood that vision and dreams are vital to success of any person pushing forward in life no matter where you are or what you are doing.  Dreaming is important for people that are excited about life.  What do you think?
We serve a big God that gives us dreams.  Dream big! I challenge you to dream bigger than ever.  Further, He is into miracles, and most often those miracles come at times, as they did in the Bible times, when we do not expect them. Think about it. The people at the wedding where Jesus turned water into wine didn't expect to run out of wine.  Lazarus and his family didn't expect Lazarus to die or that Jesus would raise his friend from the dead.  Few people outside Jesus' circle of friends expected that huge stone to be moved away and for Jesus to walk out of His tomb.
Jesus is big on miracles.  Jesus is big on dreams.  He also gives us vision.  And it is vital that we hang on, hold on, tell others, write it all down and shout it as loud as we can.  The vision that God gives us is intended to challenge others and help many people see God.
One preacher said a couple things about vision that hit me hard ... "vision requires provision" and "without vision life looses it's zeal".
People, we need vision.  We need God given, God honoring, God filled and God sized vision that leads people to find God and to be where God does miracles by changing lives and getting the attention of the people around us.  Miracles get people's attention.  Have you seen that before?
Proverbs 29:18 kjv
Where there is no vision, the people perish...
Job 33:14-16 nlt
For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears...
Do you know what excites me and gets me more excited about God and His church?  It is the dreams God gives His people and the dreams He gives me. Some people say that visions are wrong or outrageous or even impossible. Need a reminder?  I often do.
Noah was told to build an ark when it had never rained and the flood waters were a long way off.  Abraham was told to take his God-promised son and sacrifice him.  Paul and Silas sang songs in a prison until an earthquake shook the doors open.  John the Apostle was told to write a book when no one else was around for miles and millions of lives have since been changed by reading the book of Revelation.
I don't know about you, but I long to be part of a group of people who hear the vision, catch the vision and run toward God.  Friends, this is what the church is all about.  Miracles are happening because God has given us the vision.
Acts 2:17-21 nlt
'In the last days,' God says, 'I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike—and they will prophesy. And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below...But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
NOTE: much of this post first appeared on my blog in April of 2007.

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