Vision is key to achieving anything of significance. If you don’t know where you are going, it doesn’t matter which way you go. You need to know your starting point and your end point (goal).
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find a way.Abraham Lincoln US former President (1809-65)
Every person is either a creator of fact or a creature of circumstance. You either put color into your environment, or, like a chameleon, takes color from your environment.
People generally fall into one of three groups:
- The few who make things happen,
- The many who watch things happen,
- The majority who have no idea of what is happening.
Regardless, of the category you fall in, Every human heart cries and yearns for the same thing: ‘A chance to fulfill one’s dreams and passions’. Even the poorest, illiterate person has or had a dream at one time.
But why many don’t see their Vision and dreams become a reality?
The wealthiest places in the world are not gold mines, oil fields, diamond mines or banks. The wealthiest place is the cemetery. There lies companies that were never started, masterpieces that were never painted, and all Ideas that never came into reality. In the cemetery there is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.
There is a treasure within you that must come out. Don’t go to the grave with your treasure still within YOU.
1. For your vision and dream to come to pass, you need to see it first and foremost.
The greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of physical sight but the gift of vision.
You may not have a good eye sight but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good vision sight.
a. Our eyes cannot be trusted: See with Vision Sight
If you’re to live your life with what you see with your eyes then you’re in for a big ride of nothingness, depression, and a life without purpose.
b. Eyes can be deceptive.
All that glitters is not gold.
God told Samuel (I Samuel 16:7) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Psalm 119:37 “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.”
Note to singles: Never choose a partner because of their looks. You might be looking at makeup
2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we live (walk) by faith, not by sight.”
If we’re to trust our eyes, then we will come to work and lament on how small the business or company is with sales not improving, come home and get reminded of the mortgage or the small apartment you’re in, come to church and look at the empty chairs how few you are in number. You’ll only see obstacle after obstacle. Eyes show you only 2 employees, failing business, no savings, how a loser you are, 1 small studio unit apartment, 50 people in church.
On the other hand, Vision shows us 10,000 employees, multiple locations, a fully functional livable home and family, hundreds of thousands reached for Christ.
c. Eyes show you limitations, Vision shows you possibilities
Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart. When a person doesn’t have a vision, they live by their eyes. Your eye sight changes depending on what is before you. Living by what you see (eyes) has a big effect on your emotions and feelings and this can easily affect your state of mind. One of the reasons why people are so stressed and depressed. It is difficult making right decisions and long term planning when you’re in such a state of seeing limitations. No wonder why the future never becomes a reality.
2. God sees with Vision not eye sight.
The power of ‘Let there be’
Before God made the heavens and the earth, he first envisioned it in his mind. He knew exactly how he wanted it to be, look and have. He had a mental picture of what he wanted to create. In short, he created the heavens and the earth before they even physically existed. No wonder, nothing He made surprised him. He wasn’t like, ‘OMG look what has happened, I didn’t see that coming, see this little cute thing, where has it come from! I had no idea but anyway, I’ll take the credit.’
Things didn’t just happen, he made them according to His Vision and purposes.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness (VISION), so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (PURPOSE)
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” NIV
“Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.” NLT
- God is not a fortune teller but a vision teller.
- Fortune tellers predicts, Vision tellers demonstrate, carry out and make sure.
- God functions and sees with Vision what He wants to happen before it happens.
The power of vision
- You can only seize what you see (Vision)
- What do you see? (inner eyes/heart)
- You need to see beyond your present circumstances and situation.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV Translation:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT Translation:
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance (conviction, evidence, certainty, proof) about what we do not see.
WHAT PREVENTS US TO SEE WHAT GOD IS DOING!
1. Dwelling on the past failures and success
Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Before we can see the new thing God is doing, we need to “FORGET” and stop thinking about our past failures, mistakes and past success.
Sometimes we suffer from what I call “Past syndrome”. Past syndrome makes us myopic (short sighted). We can’t see (Vision) what God is doing right now. Sometimes, we focus on our past bit it past success, past failures, or past nothingness. Thinking things will still work as they did yesterday. This happens to the most of us. Traditions develop from our inability to change. I am not saying you should follow each and every new fad out there, what I’m saying; whatever the past brought you, its time to move on.
Make every disaster an opportunity for learning.
There are many stories of success built on failure. No one succeeds without failing first. Big companies even have divisions dedicated to this. They do testing, prototypes, and the like. Before a product sees the light of day on consumer shelves, it would have gone through a number of tests, failures, prototyping, betas, changes, and refinements. Even when it is released, they still keep on refining it. version 1, version 2, etc. Turning every disaster, failure into an opportunity for learning.
Focusing on vision leads to innovation. You can’t see the future or see the now if your eyes are too focused on the past. MOVE ON, see the world with a new pair of eyes.
Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
2. We Doubt our Ideas
- There is nothing as powerful as an IDEA.
- Everything created began as an idea.
- Ideas created and controls the world.
- Pursue godly and divine ideas.
Two important points to note;
- What you see (vision) shapes your world and your world shapes your reality.
- What you see (vision) affects your input and your input affects your output (productivity).
The bible says you reap what you sow.
Abraham saw the sand of the sea and the multitudes like the stars.
Gen 15:5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
- He saw a nation before the birth of a nation.
- He saw it happening before it happened
- He believed God not because it was convenient but because he saw in himself giving birth to a nation even before he had a child.
The odds were against both Abraham and his wife Sarah, she had past menopause — a child birthing age. Imagine a 90 year old wife, and 100 year old husband. Not a kind of a couple you’ll bet on having a child. 90 and 100 is not a baby birthing age but a grave ready age. Statistically, a 45 year old woman these days is more likely to stay unmarried since most men view her as passed child bearing age. Your fertility naturally declines as you get older, which could make it harder to conceive plus greater risks for pregnancy complications. “Experts” say the best age to get pregnant is between your 20’s and early 30’s. Sarah got pregnant at 90 and her husband was 100 years old. Now, that is what we call faith, and it takes a greater vision to see it through.
God gave Abraham a revelation, but it was upon Abraham to carry out that revelation and vision into reality. Abraham had to carry out his marital duties — sexually intimate with his wife in order for him to have a child, well, the child was not going to fall from heaven. Abraham also had to leave his home country — leading to the birth of a nation God had promised him.
Vision without application equals to nothingness.Tweet
The child was not going to come from thin air, Abraham and Sarah had to carry out their marital duties (sexual intercourse = application) in order to see the vision, and revelation become a reality. The act of him being intimate with Sarah at their age is an act of faith. For faith without works is dead. You have to take a step forward, you need to wake up and do something, launch out or your vision will only remain a ‘dream’.
It takes a vision to turn a dream into reality.
The question for you right now is, what do you see (Vision)?
You cannot guide a ship or drive a car that’s parked.
In Proverbs, chapter 16:9, a very interesting statement made by God. It says,‘
“The heart of man makes his plans, and the Lord directs the steps of the plan.’ and the NIV translates it as ‘In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.’
You need to have a Vision, a Goal, then the LORD guides you towards achieving that Vision.
We love saying, ‘I’m waiting on God.’ But the truth is, God is simply saying, ‘I’m really waiting on you. Why don’t you tell Me what you want to do with your life? Show Me what’s in your heart and I will guide your path. God needs something to work with, He needs something He can Bless. Praying for God’s blessings or promises when you’re doing nothing won’t bring any blessing. For God blesses the ‘works of our hands‘. Have a Vision, then pray.
Dreams only remain dreams until we take a step forward and make them into reality. Have a Vision.