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Vision

Perhaps the most powerful aspect of vision is that it changes your way of thinking, which in turn changes the way you live. An Olympic swimmer endures the long hours of staring at the bottom of a pool, day after day, because he is motivated by the vision of the gold to come.  Small children endure the struggle to be very, very good for another two weeks because they are motivated by a vision of gifts under a Christmas tree.

Vision is a power that motivates us to do great things and  give great things. Vision keeps us going when there doesn’t appear to be any other reason to keep pushing forward toward the goal.

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Oswald Chambers says the thing that keeps us going for God, even when everything or everyone around us is tumbling and stumbling, is our vision of God, not our devotion to principles or our devotion to duty.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

When we fix our eyes on Jesus He gives us eyes to see, it’s just the way it works in the kingdom. A few years ago God have me a vision for the United States. Lately God has been adding in a few more pieces. In four weeks I’ll be travelling to the US with my good friend Rob. God has some things for us to see, experience and activate. Vision is about seeing – faith is about trusting and obeying.

May you this week seek God and recall the vision He has given you. It’s written on your heart. May you activate today a part of that vision. God will give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

Here’s what I saw three years ago. Last Sunday night I heard a testimony from someone who saw something very similar, the week before I heard another testimony about the rose. God is moving and creating good things for us all.

The Rose of Redding

As I flew in on eagles wings
I saw a desolate desert land
Where trees once stood mighty
And grass moved in the gentle breeze

The beating heat betrayed by life
The land empty and laid bare
From latitudes north to south
As far as west is from the east

Then they stood up in silent reverie
And in their ashes stared at me
Tell us where shall we go
Our land is no longer brave or free

Then in the north a struggle grew
A singe red rose grew tall
Abided in and of itself
Beautiful, yet strong

Heaven came to earth that day
And new life was birthed again
The rose grew purposefully
From deep roots in good soil

The huge petals slowly lowered
Two set of five the same
The five fold ministry of God
Reflected of itself

More roots grew strong and
Multiplied, first south, then
East and north, and brought
Fertility and peace to the land

The petals covered the land that day
The land no longer dry
Heaven invaded earth
The people and cities were restored

So today I pray, bring forth and activate
In the company of the full force of heaven
Invade this brave and free land
To seek and save what was lost

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