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Straight to the Source (Excerpt from the book Vision Maker)

A.W. Tozer wrote I want the presence of God Himself, or I don't want anything at all to do with religion... I want all that God has or I don't want any.”

Nothing else and no one else will give you the vision for following God more than God Himself.

The personal vision for you personally is grounded in a life that is established on God and His Word. Psalms 26: 8 O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells. 9 Do not take my soul away along with sinners, nor my life with men of bloodshed, 10 In whose hands is a wicked scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes. 11 But as for me, I shall walk in integrity. Redeem me and be gracious to me.12 My foot stands on a level place; In the congregations I shall bless the Lord.

Our personal vision involves us living a life that is not just a follower of others. But you establish your foundation on God. Through that very intentional prayer life God will show you where your faith will best serve Him.

Now back to this scripture… Psalm 37:23 says 23 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way.

What is this scripture saying to you now? What changed or what has now changed for you.

Because of Jesus our vision for life is different from others and we need to pursue that vision as we pursue God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says 21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Set the vision into motion. I love riding bicycles and I have always tried to pick up how to successfully ride in hills by using momentum for being able to ride those hills successfully. Gravity comes into play when going up and down a hill. The realization that there will be times I am going against gravity and there will be times I am going with gravity also point to setting your vision in motion.

Up the Hill

Going against gravity, but we do not quit pumping!! Christians with vision many times find themselves going “against the flow. That bad attitude about “flow” can come from the world and even from the Christian community. If you know where God is leading you, and you know it is right, don’t fall away from what He is calling you to do. But if God gives you a word of wisdom and shows you your direction might need some adjusting, be willing to adjust and put pride on the back burner. Time and patience are two things that may need adjusting and pedaling up that hill may test your resolve, but keep going and God will work it all out.

Down the Hill

Then there are times when you sense things are moving along smoothly. And you notice that God is setting into motion a boost in your faith walk that continues to drive your personal vision to new heights. It is very important to give praise to God during those times and continue to seek God for direction and strength.

Never take a vision for granted and always keep current in your Bible study and prayer to keep yourself grounded and focused. Always keep your focus on Jesus and you will continue to move into a realm that allows you to handle the mountains ahead of you. Let momentum take you to a super charged faith walk where God reveals more and more of Himself to you.

The Story below illustrates the use of momentum.

Corrie ten Boom, along with her sister and father, were sent to Ravens Bruck, a Nazi concentration camp, for hiding Jews. Her sister and father died there, but Corrie was released, due to a “clerical error.” And the Kingdom of God is better off for it. Corrie ten Boom likened forgiveness to letting go of a bell rope. If you have ever seen a country church with a bell in the steeple, you will remember that to get the bell ringing you have to tug awhile. Once it has begun to ring, you merely maintain the momentum.

Corrie ten Boom says forgiveness is letting go of the rope. It is just that simple, but when you do so, the bell keeps ringing. Momentum is still at work. However, if you keep your hands off the rope, the bell will begin to slow and eventually stop. For Corrie ten Boom it was the momentum of forgiveness. For you it will probably be something different that helps you move from one stage of vision to the next. Just RING THE BELL!! If you never commit, the whole thing will not get started, so get going!! Your momentum may begin the moment you forgive something from the past and move on.

The Pilgrimage Continues

David Warren

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