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Key "Vision" Scriptures to Meditate On:

1. Proverbs 29:18
2. Hosea 4:6
3. Colossians 1:9-11
4. Ephesians 1:15-19a
5. Jeremiah 29:11

Why a Vision?

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained...—Proverbs 29:18


The word "vision" can be translated: revelation, mental sight, or revealed word from God. Without a revealed word the people will be unrestrained. This indicates the absence of guidance or direction. We are not to be aimless.

A "restraint" is like a bit in a horse's mouth. This is not used to bind the horse, but give it direction. If you do not have vision – a revelation of God's destiny for your life – you will be without direction, having no meaning of His guidance in your life. You will be perishing! On the other hand, if you do have vision, you will be guided into your purpose, direction and destiny!

Lessons from Jacob

Read Genesis 30:25-43 and Genesis 31:1-13. Jacob has a clear word from the Lord to leave Laban and to have a place of his own. He also has a plan for accomplishing that word. Jacob heeds these instructions and proceeds toward his ultimate goal and formulates a plan.

1. Jacob had a vision and practical goals to accomplish it.
2. His major goal was to acquire the abundance necessary to meet his vision.
3. The resources available to him were flocks of Laban that he had shepherded for twenty years.
4. His goal was to acquire all of the spotted and speckled animals.
5. A minor goal was to separate the pure colors from the spotted and speckled.
6. Another sub-goal was to take the pure colors and make them produce spotted and speckled.
7. He wrote his vision in the branches and trees by carving spots and speckles in the bark.
8. He placed his vision before those who would run with it (the flock).
9. He made it a point to give special attention to the strongest producers.
10. Over a period of years, each goal was met, and his vision came to pass.

God wants us to delight in Him and He will put His desires, dreams, and determination for His destiny within us.

The Ten D's To Follow

Step One - Delight:

Delight yourself in the Lord...—Psalm 37:4a

This is a major pre-requisite that opens your heart and soul to receive the knowledge of God's will.

Step Two - Desire:

...and He will give you the desires of your heart.—Psalm 37:4b

Desire means to long for, crave, yearn or covet. We are to be a people who are passionate – those with a motivational force within to pursue God's purposes for our generation. As we make Him our delight, He puts His passionate yearnings in our heart. Philippians 2:13 says, "For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure." God will give us the will, the want to and the ability to perform His good pleasure.

Step Three - Dream:

Where there is no vision...—Proverbs 29:18

People who have no dream have no direction. Webster's Dictionary explains that a dream is "a fond hope or a vision."

Step Four - Destiny:

Your dream will guide you into your destiny. Webster's defines "destiny" as "an inevitable series of events or that which determines those events, that is a supernatural thing." But we must plan the dream to turn it into destiny.

Step Five - Decision:

Deuteronomy 30:19 explains that God has given us the choice of "life and death, the blessing and the curse." When you choose to follow the dream that the Lord places in your heart, you will be choosing life. Make a quality decision of the heart!

Step Six - Determination:

Having made the decision to run with the dream and vision that God placed in your heart, you will then be forced to exercise determination. You must determine nothing will stop you!

Step Seven - Dedication:

This means to devote to a sacred purpose or to set apart for the worship of Deity. After you have determined in your heart that you will act on the vision