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Elements of Vision (Part 4)

on May 25, 2006 | Mike |

In just about every room in our main office building in Cleveland, Tennessee, the following statement is displayed: 

  • A vision without a task is a dream;

  • A task without a vision is drudgery;

  • A vision and a task together are the hope of the world.

I wanted my staff to be continually reminded that they are not just working a job.

  • They are not just working for God.

  • They are working with God.

  • Better than that, God is working through them. 

This is the life-blood of true visionaries—the realization that “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Ph. 2:13 NKJV) Repeatedly  remembering this builds our confidence. It renews our strength, so that we mount up with wings as eagles (going where no human being can go by his own power). To retain important information, it is usually necessary to review the material over and over again. (No wonder 2 Peter 3:1 says, “I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.”) 

So we need to surround ourselves with things that remind us who we are, why we are here and where we are going. 

God is the eternal Visionary who always imparts vision to His representatives and activates His will and pleasure in them. Receiving inspiration, or divine insight, is inevitably a part of walking in covenant with the Most High. We have much more than just a task to fulfill. We have been blessed to ‘see’ what God ‘sees’! 

God envisioned His “will” and “pleasure” in Abraham’s future and rejoiced to reveal this divine foresight. A promised seed would come forth who would inhabit a promised land. God revisited Abraham often, encouraging him to participate in the “envisioning” process. One visitation needs to be rehashed:

“And the LORD said unto Abram…Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” (Gen 13:14-15 KJV)

In like manner, God is encouraging you right now!

Lift up your eyes from the place that you are at. (Don’t make the mistake of waiting for your goal to be achieved before you choose to lift up your eyes!)

And don’t just look one direction. Explore every possibility for your life. Search out every potential. Look north, south, east and west. Because Abraham’s promise may be yours as well:

“Whatever you see, I will give it to you!” 

Believe me, you have to see your potential first, before it can be realized.

As Frank Gaines so aptly pointed out: 

“Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”

Don’t just “view” the possibilities in your life; “re-view” them—over and over again!

Don’t just “think” about what you can accomplish; “re-think” your vision and “re-think” your plan for arriving there—over and over again! Every time you prayerfully “re-view” and “re-think” your vision, you solidify its influence over your choices. And you expand your understanding of the hidden details.

  • This is how you recover lost ground!

  • This is how you recast your own future!

  • This is how you rekindle the fire of the heart!

At a discouraging point in David’s life, when his vision was burning low, he wrote these words:   

“I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good; and my sorrow was stirred up.  My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue.” (Ps 39:2-3NKJ)

David was “musing.” That means he was pondering or remembering what God had spoken over his life. That rekindled the fire within him and he dared to confess with his lips the revealed calling and purpose that needed to be reclaimed

I guess by now you are wondering why I keep re-emphasizing words with the prefix “re-.” This two-letter syllable is a power-packed sound in the English language. Just two letters, just one syllable, powerless on its own, but when joined to other words, it starts flexing its huge muscles. Just a little guy, but big biceps! Yes, the prefix “re-” literally ripples with motivational influence. Not convinced? Well, continue with me and I think you will agree. 

The dictionary definition is re-markable (meaning you can mark it with awe again and again in your thinking):        

  The prefix re- means:

  1.  Again; anew; as in rebuild

  2.  Backward; back; as in react

  3.   Used as an intensive; as in refine

In English Grammar, an intensive is a word-sound that is used to emphasize or intensify. So whenever you find the prefix “re-” it means to re-examine something or re-do something in order emphasize it in our thinking and intensify its influence. 

Yes, we do need to be re-minded. Why? Because our minds don’t always stay focused very well on what should be our priorities. Instead of “looking up,” we “look around” (at people and things) or, worse than that, we “look down” (because of past failures or low self-esteem). But God says, “Look up.”

We are approaching the threshold of a new year. The year 2001, the true beginning of the new millennium, is quickly approaching. 

This is truly a pivotal point in a pivotal era requiring—yes, I did say “re-quiring”— visionary leadership in the body of Christ.

The state of the world requires that visionaries step to the forefront.

The heart of heaven requires that visionaries respect their God-given responsibility.   

As God spoke to Isaiah, so He is speaking again:

“Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” (Is. 6:8)

In compelling our hearts to accept such a challenge, let us make a prayerful commitment to:

  1. Review

  2. Rethink

  3. Reevaluate

  4. Redefine

  5. Recast

  6. Respect

  7. Resolve

  8. Recommit

  9. Restore

  10. Regain

You ought to go your dictionary and look at the list of every word that starts with this prefix “re-“ and begin to “fix” or “renew” your broken dreams (which means “to make them new all over again”).

In fact, it might be a good idea to “re-read” this article and pray your way through every point. May God refine your faith, that you might come forth as gold, and may you reproduce that faith in all those you can influence.

We love you and we are praying that you will successfully climb your mountain!