Revisiting the Vision

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Revisiting the Vision” The scripture says in:

Hab 2:2  Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 
Hab 2:3  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry. 
Hab 2:4  “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. 

At the beginning of the year, January 2019. Many of us wrote a New Years Vision! We did not write resolutions, because many things that we resolve to do, we never quite resolve to accomplish! Writing a vision is Biblical. There are many people by the wisdom of the LORD who wrote personal and family visions with spiritual, physical, financial, and personal goals at the beginning of 2019. Have you revisited the vision? Have you looked it over to see if anything you wrote has come to pass?  Have you ran with it? Did you have the faith to see it come to pass? If what you have written has not come to pass, revisit it, rewrite it, pray over it and stay in faith!

Always remember that if some aspects of the vision have not come to pass, this doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. It means that the appointed time is not yet. God in his wisdom has appointed a specific timeframe for all things to come to pass. 

The Bible says in Hab 2:2, that the LORD commanded the Prophet, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” If you have written it, you must read it, and then you must run with it!  The scripture implies that there are things that we must do, and things that God will do. What must we do? We must read it and run with it! God had given us gifts, talents and spiritual abilities to do what he has called us to do! So the questions is? What has God called you to do, and are you running with the vision?

God then tells us in Hab 2:3  says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry.”   Tarry literally means to stay longer than intended; to delay or to wait. The LORD said, “The vision I have given you is for an appointed time. Not your time, or man’s time, but God’s time.  

In other words, God said, “I gave you the vision, and there is an appointed time when I will bring it to pass.” You must write what you hear, and then make preparations to see it come to pass. How do we do that? By sowing into it! By giving our time, talents and treasure to it, being excited about it, by praying over it, and above all running with it!

The LORD even said that even though it looks like nothing is happening, in the end it will speak and not lie! God said if it takes a long time, wait for it!  Wow, this is powerful! God is literally saying that you have a part in the vision, and I (the LORD) have a part in the VISION. You are to write it, read it, and run with it, and have faith. Then at the appointed time, I will bring it to pass!  Notice that Hab 2: 4 says, “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.” 

In other words, we must have faith!  There is no vision that will come to pass without faith! Sometimes God will give us an assignment and when we don’t see anything happening, we get discouraged, we get impatient and we want to give up. But God said, it is for an appointed time. Though it takes a while, or if there is a delay, wait for it. And while you are waiting for it, don’t get in fear, don’t doubt, and don’t have a spirit of unbelief!  Why? Because it is through the eyes of faith that the vision will come to pass!

Remember for any vision, goals, dreams or aspirations that you may have. You should write it down and make it plain! Then you must read it and run with it. In other words you must put some works to your faith. Remember faith without works is dead. (James 2:20) Do you have the faith to see it come to pass? If what you have written has not come to pass, remember you must revisit it, pray over it, rewrite it, or revise it and always stay in faith!

The scripture says that God is not a man that he should lie. If he ordained it, it will surely come to pass! It makes no matter whether it is spiritual, physical, financial or personal. God knows the plans he has for you, and it will surely come to pass in the designated timing and season of the LORD!  Be blessed, stay encouraged and above all, stay in faith! God Bless!

Giving God Your Best

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Giving God your Best” The scripture says in Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. It is also confirmed in Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible as it relates to serving, giving and laboring for the LORD. The Apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the Colossian church,  and I believe it is one of the most profound scriptures in the Bible. Paul could say these words because he labored tirelessly for the LORD.  

Think with me for a moment. Before he was converted in Christ, he was a religious leader and Pharisee who persecuted the church. In other words, he was a Jesus and Christian hater. Once he met Jesus, got saved and converted, he labored tirelessly for the LORD and the Kingdom of God. 

Listen to his testimony. He wrote 13 books of the New Testament by the Holy Spirit. Many people believe he wrote Hebrews as well. That means that he contributed 14 books of the New Testament. (that’s a lot of writing for someone who didn’t have a computer!) He also traveled around Asia Minor at that time with over 3 missionary journeys, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom about Jesus the Christ. He was persecuted, imprisoned, beaten, people turned their backs on him, mocked him, and eventually died  in prison for the cause of Christ!  What is amazing is that this man labored tirelessly for the LORD, and left a testimony and legacy for the church that is dynamic and powerful!  

Yet today, people give up on God, stop coming to church, and complain about serving, giving and doing anything for the LORD!  This is truly a sad testimony for the LORD because God has been good to us! Not only that, we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ one day, to give an account of our works and words. 

The question is, can we say like Paul: 2 Tim 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

2 Tim 4:8  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 

Excuse me just for a moment, but how can we who say we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, an ambassador of Christ, and seated in heavenly places with Christ, give as little as we can, serve as little as we can, and complain when we have to sing, serve, minister or volunteer?  This is why Paul could say:

Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” 

Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”  

Remember  as a believer in Christ, everything you do for the Kingdom of God is for God and God alone! It may seem like you are serving a man or woman, but it is for the Kingdom of God. The Bible clearly says, whatever you do in word or deed, do it from the heart, and as to the LORD and not to man, knowing that you will receive the reward of the inheritance, because you serve the LORD Jesus Christ! Today, let us truly examine ourselves,  and give our very best to the LORD in word or deed! God bless!

Do you believe in Miracles?

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Miracles.” The scripture says in Gal 3:5, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”  The Bible also says in Gal 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Question? Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in the impossible? Do you believe that God is able to do above and beyond all that you can ask or think? All throughout the Bible we see the miracle working power of God! The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!  (Heb 13:8) which means that he changes not. 

The dispensation has changed, the times have changed, we have changed, people have changed, but God has not changed! Isn’t it amazing that seasons change, the world changes, but God stays the same. Mal 3:6  says, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” God will always be faithful to his Word and who he is! 

I have seen the miracle working power of God over the years! God has healed, granted grace and favor, opened doors, and made a way out of no way for over 11 years in ministry! I have seen the LORD provide and do things in the lives of God’s people that only God himself could have done! This is why I will never ever stop believing and trusting the supernatural, miracle working power of the LORD Jesus Christ!

Many of you reading this devotional today have been healed or alive today because of the miracle working power of Jesus Christ! The year 2019 was a tough year for many people. The LORD said that this is a season for miracles! Get ready to receive and see great things manifested in your life! The only thing God asks from us is to have faith in God! So today release your faith and trust God for the impossible. Something powerful is about to happen in your life and we will all be witnesses of it!

The Bible clearly says in Gal 3:5, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”  It is our faith that opens the doors to the supernatural miracle working power of God.  Today, let us agree in faith concerning everything that God predestined, purposed, planned, promised and prophesied over our ministry, your life, your family and your future!  

We must never be moved by what we see, feel or hear. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight in 2 Cor 5:7. We may not be where we want to be right now, but the most important thing is to be in the perfect will of God! And when you see the manifestation of all that God desires to do in you and through you, because of your faith, you will be able to say like the Psalmist in Psalm 118:23,  “This is the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.”  God bless!