Monday, November 29, 2010

#108 - Be Like the Jewelry Experts

Good morning! So... this morning I'm using one of my old Bible's. I left my Bible, journal & planner in Georgia. Whaaaaaa! :-('''' But, thank God for the WORD, and how blessed I am as an American, I have more than one Bible! What a blessing! I will be excited to get those things back though. It's amazing how much a journal & Bible can become a part of you! 
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) - Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18 (NKJV) - Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.
Proverbs 31:25 (NKJV) - Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come 
I looked up the word "vision" and it defined it as: the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be: prophetic vision; the vision of an entrepreneur. 

Vision or revelation is needed for anything great! An inventor, they have to have the vision to see a need, and envision what product or service could solve the problem. Rejoicing in the future, like the Proverbs 31 woman did, would require some sort of vision, some sort of ability to see what the future holds. What exactly one has to look forward to. The power of anticipating that will will come to be, vision. To have the vision to SEE what your future is going to be like. To have the revelation, to see & know how you are one day going to live. How your family is going to be, your home, the environment of your it one of peace, joy & love, or one of turmoil? Vision. Revelation. To see and create in your mind what the outcome of the future will be.

Walking out what it talks about in the Word,
being blessed and highly favored, being the head & not the tail, above and not beneath. To have godly vision & revelation requires spending time with God. Getting to know Him & His plan for your life. The more time you spend with God, the more you know Him & His character. The more you are able to distinguish the plan He has for your life. The direction. And you are able to lay out a plan, run it by your Captain, and He is able to tweek, change or direct you from that point.

Yesterday as I was reading, I read something that was very applicable to us as believers. It said,
"You have often heard that jewelry experts recognize the fake stones not by studying the fakes but by studying the real ones." It is the same with us as believers. We don't have to study Satan & his plan, but we can get to know the REAL GOD so much that we automatically can differentiate between His direction for our lives, and what is NOT from Him. Vision & revelation from God, they require time spent meditating on His Word. Time with Him. Revelation & vision comes from meditation. That when you talk it truly is the common phrase, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." That what you have spent time putting into your heart, that out of that abundance will flow the Word. Your mouth will overflow, will outpour with love, with grace, with Wisdom because you have spent time FILLING UP with the good stuff. You have spent time studying the REAL THING. That your abundance overflows, and out of your mouth pours gold. Precious words flow that bring and are life. Words that heal. Words that encourage. Words that reveal the greatness of the God we serve. Grace. Love. Mercy. Forgiveness. Compassion. Through meditation, we not only receive VISION & REVELATION from the Lord, but we receive so much more. We begin to receive the ingredients to walk and live in the blessing every day of our life. As we meditate on the Word, it's like God is placing each ingredient into our heart. The perfect amount. The perfect quality. Like making award winning chocolate chip cookies. When we meditate on the Word, the Lord is able to place in our hearts VISION for our future. Vision that keeps us pursuing and pressing on. That VISION, that revelation.... that ONE vision from the Lord keeps us from quitting. Keeps us going when the going gets tough. That is what VISION does. Vision gives us hope in our future. Revelation, Vision comes from meditation on the Word.

Let's study the real, true God. Like the jewelry expert, let's study the Real Thing! 

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