Visions of Glory
Acts 10:19 ¶ While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee.
Ever had an authentic vision from God, that you didn’t understand, or that was clearly beyond your personal current ability to accomplish?
I am in the midst of that personally, presently. I have a vision from heaven for my life, that involves many nations, peoples, and ministries, that is clearly revolutionary, and will bring wonderful grace, power, and blessing to the earth, in this, my generation.
Daily, as I seek the Lord, and think on this vision, Holy Spirit speaks!
When He speaks, He often speaks very specifically, directly, and far outside of my comfort zone, but always in terms of something I am able to do, immediately.
Could you imagine crying out to God, for His power revealed in your life, that He might use you in His gifts and miracles, and then Him speaking: ‘Go, spit on the ground, make some mud, and put it in that blind man’s eyes’. Yeah, right…
Yet, Jesus operated as a man under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, under the direction of the perfect voice of the Father, and we read:
Joh 9:6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
Or . how about this one: ‘spit in the mans face, and he will be healed!’ How would you handle this word from Holy Spirit?
Mr 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought
I heard a minister testify of how God had used him to raise over 200 people from the dead.
Some of the things God asked him to do, in terms of fasting and prayer, were very extreme, (Like a 9 month fast where he ate 3 days/week, and fasted four).
A more traditional Christian said to him, ‘You are out of your mind!’
His reply makes me smile to this day: ‘No I’m not, I’m just out of yours, I’m over in the mind of Christ”
So, have you ever taken an extended time in prayer and fasting to hear exactly why God created you, and His vision and plan for your life?
If you have have authentically heard the specific voice of God for your life, written down what He said, you may have a fresh understanding of the little plaque the Oral Roberts used to have on his desk that read: ‘Make no little plans here!”
God usually speaks something so above and beyond what we are able to ask or think, that sets us upon a path or direction that will require daily, specific faith filled courageous directions, that lead us from faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.
It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. “Jimmy, it’s time to go to bed. Go up now and I’ll come and settle you later.” Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. “What are you doing, Jimmy?” “I’m looking at the moon, Mommy.” “Well, it’s time to go to bed now.” As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, “Mommy, you know one day I’m going to walk on the moon.” Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon’s surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so?
Bill Hybels, Who You Are When No One’s Looking, IVP, 1987, p. 35.