Devotion for July 16, 2020

“So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” (Acts 26:19)

When God gives you a vision for your life, you need to know how to:

  1. Hold it. Your vision is governed by a time frame: “The vision is … for an appointed time … though it tarry, wait for it” (Habakkuk 2:3). Some of us can conceive a vision, but we can’t carry it to full term because we’re not willing to endure the stretching and discomfort involved. We rush ahead of God and our vision is stillborn, or too weak to survive. Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). When your vision is born of the Spirit, it’ll be sustained by the Spirit. But when it’s born of the flesh, you’re on your own!
  2. Hide it. It’s a mistake to share your vision with those who can’t appreciate it. Joseph did that, and he landed in a pit. Not everybody will celebrate your success, especially if your light shines brighter than theirs. So ask God for discernment.
  3. Water it. Read these two Scriptures carefully and prayerfully: “David encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6); “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith” (Jude 20). You must know how to encourage and build yourself up spiritually and how to water your vision.

God told Habakkuk, “Write the vision, and make it plain” (Habakkuk 2:2). Write your vision on an index card and carry it with you. And start acting like the person you expect to be when it becomes reality — and it will!

Heavenly Father, help me keep the vision You have given me as a guiding force in my life until You bring it to completion. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!
Pastor Mike

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