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  • 1. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) 1
  • 2. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18) 2
  • 3. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) One of the most difficult challenges that we as Christians face is learning what it means to do vision casting to help shape our life’s goals. Many of us come to the body of Christ lacking real understanding about the rigorous demands that are being placed on our lives to exercise discipline in a way that we have never done before as members of the Body. We sometimes expect the Church to do everything for us without expecting anything in return from us. 3
  • 4. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) The reality is that as we have accepted God’s salvation we think that it is not necessary for us to have a vision for how we are going to live the rest of our lives. We have joined the church and expect that the vision of the ministry will be sufficient enough to provide everything we need in order to live successful lives. 4
  • 5. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) During the next several weeks we will be focusing on leadership development here at The Cathedral. The book that has been revealed to us is titled “IT”. 5
  • 6. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)The theme centers on “How Churches AndLeaders Can Get It And Keep It”. As I perusethe book, one chapter clearly defines thenecessity of knowing that the mostimportant requirement for us to have is aVISION that defines how we perceive lifefor ourselves and for our church as we moveforward. The author of the book, CraigGroeschel gives a quote by Helen Keller thatsays, “Worse than being blind would be to beable to see but not have any vision.” 6
  • 7. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Chapter 4 of the book deals with the necessity of making vision an important “IT” in your determination and will to grow and develop not only in your Christian endeavors but also life in general. Vision is so necessary for your life planning if you are to fulfill the purposes for which God has allowed you to be born and to live to a high level of expectancy in the things that you hope to achieve. 7
  • 8. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Everybody needs to understand that vision helps you to prepare for those things that you believe are in the promises that God has for your life. Vision is often times frowned upon because people become satisfied, and are just to the place where they are in life as opposed to believing that God has something greater for them to achieve. 8
  • 9. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) When you look at the book of Ezekiel, you give witness to a young man at the age of 30, about to enter into his prophet role in life. God has called him into ministry, and begins to give him visions for how his ministry should flow in relationship to the responsibility that is associated with his call. 9
  • 10. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) If I were speaking to a ministerial conference, my challenge to them would be to understand that the call, in and of itself, is not what brings forth dynamic ministry - neither is the competency of your preaching. Dynamic ministry emerges when there is a clear vision of what the ministry intends to achieve. 10
  • 11. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Our focus on vision at The Cathedral is centered around an understanding that the achievements that God has blessed us with have come to realization. There has always been a clear understanding of the vision of what God has for this church and its people. A clear vision is not limited exclusively to what happens behind the walls of the church building, but the reality of the extension of the vision to meet the needs of the community. 11
  • 12. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) The spiritual movement of God is not limited to our knowledge but is expanded by the knowledge of who gives us visions and that is GOD. Many people assume the notion of the necessity of vision. Some because they fear that the demands are too great; and, others because they simply don’t have any understanding of the fact that God did not put them here to be stationary but to make life better - 12
  • 13. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) …not only for themselves but also to bring the dynamics of the Christian faith into the life of other people. As other people, even sinners, are touched by your witness their lives become better. They discover that they are not limited to the directives of a world view that does not necessarily empower them. Their source of power comes from a relationship with God, who gives them a vision to make the conditions of life better for everyone. 13
  • 14. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Great leaders have learned how to benefit by the gift of vision casting. They have worked diligently to stay focused on God’s goals rather than selfishly believing that there is nothing to be done now that they have received the joy of the salvation of the Lord. 14
  • 15. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Churches are closing daily not because of the financial recession, but because of the spiritual recession. They have gotten comfortable with their traditions and their roles within denominations, but that is not what God has called us to do. When we get comfortable, we soon develop an attitude that keeps us from constantly thriving to become better. 15
  • 16. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) It’s like the guys on the beer commercials when you watch a sporting event where they make you think the best thing in the world is being a couch potato on Sundays – during football season; and, on Thursdays – when it’s basketball season. Think about it, there are guys who are making millions of dollars to entertain you, and the only thing you get in return is being able to say, your team won. 16
  • 17. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)They have already fulfilled their vision.They have gone to college in mostinstances, and have made it to theprofessional leagues. But, what about you?Where are you as it relates to your vision?Where did you think you would be at thisstage of life? Have you achieved any of thegoals that you set while you were stillyoung? What happen to that dream ofbecoming an entrepreneur –doctor, teacher, or some other profession. 17
  • 18. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Are you satisfied with where you are in life? Or, do you have a real sense that with a vision, you still have time to become who you thought the knowledge, wisdom or capacity would help you to become? How many years have you been making excuses to not finish what you have started. 18
  • 19. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Today is a good day to cast your vision on what you want your future to look like. The author of the book suggest that vision guides, motivates and energizes you. And in so doing it helps you to change your direction and move forward with what God wants you to do. Some of us have the ability to do so much more, but we are waiting for someone else to push us. 19
  • 20. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) You need to understand that every morning when you awaken, God is giving you another opportunity. He is pushing you already. The question is when will you catch the vision and begin to move in the way He desires. Too many of us are frustrated because we are chasing after things and in some instances after people that cannot help us to bring life to what we know is the vision God had given us. 20
  • 21. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)Sometime visions can only be fulfilledwhen you drop the dead weight in yourlife and accept the fact that you havewithin you the capacity to do much morethan you are currently doing. Keepingvisions current is important, whetherthey are personal visions or visionscentered around your church and it’sministry. 21
  • 22. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) I believe that Allen is among the top 20 churches in the country according to Outreach Magazine because it maintains a current vision. 22
  • 23. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) In other words, we know what we have achieved in the past and we are grateful to God for the reality of the vision that made it all possible. Now we realize that God was with us every step of the way. A person or church can reach its ultimate degree of accomplishment if it becomes so satisfied with what it has already done that it doesn’t have a view of what it needs to get done in the future. 23
  • 24. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Vision is not about the past, it’s really about where God is trying to take you from this point on. It’s about letting God speak to you and give you new visions so that you might be demonstrative of what it means not only to have a vision, but to rejoice in God’s response to how you made certain that the vision would have no end. 24
  • 25. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) There are great Biblical lessons that we learn from the prophet Ezekiel where the young prophet hears the voice of God calling him to preach. He did whatever God told him to do, and went wherever God sent him - facing challenges that were great. Other times he faced the jealously of people who did not believe God’s prophetic word. 25
  • 26. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) I believe that God has a prophet vision for all of us just as He had for Ezekiel when He commissioned him and gave him a vision for His people. Ezekiel’s faith was tested and he was tried by leaders who could not accept God’s message through him. God gave him the vision as he taught holiness, moral perfection, and restoration; but, there were many who did not believe 26
  • 27. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Ezekiel knew that he had to fulfill God’s vision and help the people. This meant that he had to overcome many challenges from people who had aligned against him. But, the vision that the Lord gave him was to restore the people of God and to restore the worship of God. God’s vision for him also required him to be the voice that challenged people to turn from their sinful ways. 27
  • 28. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Ezekiel did as God called him to do. He fulfilled the commission and became the voice of God speaking of sin and judgment, and the will of God and the life of God’s people. He was obedient to God and he served in ways that brought glory to the Lord even though there were some in the temple who pushed back against the vision God had to leave the temple. But, because of Ezekiel’s faith, the temple was eventually restored. 28
  • 29. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) What about your temple, your life, your standard of living that God expects from you? Do you have a vision that gives you the strength to push back against those worldly forces that are telling you that you don’t need God? You are a walking time- bomb destructing, bit-by-bit on a daily basis; but, you keep on doing the same things, living the same way. You have your own vision and IT does not give you the hope or peace you need to enjoy life. 29
  • 30. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) You are a constant recidivist going back and forth to jail, or becoming an alcoholic trying to drown out your problems. You have become violent, beating your spouse, mistreating your children, and doing other deleterious things. You have lost sight of the vision to be great many years ago. And so now, you just keep doing the same old thing, living the same old way.30
  • 31. “What is Your Vision” Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Perhaps the question that you now raise is how do I cast a vision? In Habakkuk 2:2-3 (KJV) it gives the answer:“(2) And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.(3) For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it 31