Your Vision for the New Season
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
January 5, 2014
Central Passage
Proverbs 29:18
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

"A goal without a plan and a plan without a vision is a wish."  It is good to have goals, plans, wishes and dreams but nothing successful will be accomplished without a VISION.  You must have a vision to begin the process of pursuing your goals .  You must have a plan to attain those goals.  No matter how big or small , everything we do starts with a VISION - a vision ordained by God.  

Pastor Dinkins makes it clear that everything that we do must have a vision that is in sync with God's word.  We must pray, meditate and study the word of God and allow God to reveal to us how to go about handling our vision.  

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Additional commentary on this verse comes from Healing Flow Resources: http://www.healingflow.org/resources/1-How+Vital+Is+Vision.pdf :

"In spiritual terms, "Divine perspective", "wisdom", "insight", "illumination", and "vision" are equal terms. Many passages in the Word of God reveal the importance of such vision. Psalm 119:18 says, "Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law." Psalm 119:130 says, "The entrance of Thy words giveth light, it giveth understanding unto the simple." James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." In Ephesians 1:15-19 and the context, Paul recorded one of the greatest of his prayers. This is one of the most important prayers one human being can pray for another. It is a prayer for "illumination", the one subjective thing needed for understanding the things of God after the New Birth. "Except a man be born again, he cannot see." For spiritual understanding we must have both regeneration (salvation) and illumination (vision). 
 
The text of this study shows us negatively how important "vision" is. An individual's seeing depends on the "lens" he looks through, just as his hearing depends of the "filter" he listens through. As we begin this study of the Master's Great Mandate to His people, it is necessary that we understand the value of vision. Proverbs 29:18 says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." This verse is universal and absolute.

The words of Proverbs 29:18 were written by King Solomon, a man in whose reign the vision faded. And there was no more disastrous failure in the history of Israel than that of Solomon. The people went to pieces! The nation collapsed! The Kingdom was divided! The alternative before us is clear: it is either "vision or division"! This is true universally, nationally, locally, but especially is it true in the Church of Jesus Christ and in the individual Christian life! We must, we must, wait upon God in quietness and prayer, armed with a deep sense of need and a teachable heart, and ask Him to restore the vision—of His overwhelming Personal Glory, and of His overpowering Plan for us and the world! As the vision is restored, we will rediscover that His entire Plan is revealed in our Lord’s Great Commission, and that the mandate there is to “turn people into disciples.” 

 Dawson Trotman was right when he said, "Spiritual vision is getting on your heart what is on God's heart!" Paul prayed that the Colossian Christians might "see things from God's point of view" (Colossians 1:9, Phillips). What a revolution would occur if we did! "

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