THE ENEMIES OF VISION – PART 2
Disobedience and lack of discipline
Luke 9:62 –And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Isaiah 1:19-20 – If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Friend, we cannot ignore God’s principles and think there would be no consequences. He that breaks the hedge him shall the serpent bite (Ecclesiates10:8). Whatever a person sows they will surely reap. If you disregard the pattern that God has set for your life you will suffer defeat. Consistency at following God’s plan is what is called discipline. Yes, God has a great vision for us and the vision holds a great future but we can forfeit it if we do things our way and refuse to make required adjustments. Always revisit the master’s plan and check what you are doing and see if it is in line and if not make necessary adjustments. From time to time I check what I am doing against the vision that God has given me and I realign myself wherever and whenever necessary because I don’t want to block my progress. Please be aware that every vision comes with a responsibility. The vision of God for my life places some conditions on me and as I take up my responsibility my vision attracts provision for me.
Pride and distraction
Lamentation 3:37 – Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass; When the Lord has not commanded it?
Jeremiah 6:16 – Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Pride is one of the major blessing blockers and destroyer of vision. When you think you are too big to humble yourself and follow God’s plan then you are in for a lot of unpleasant surprises. One of the people that God hates is a proud person and that includes a proud Christian. Pride is simply taking the stance that your ways are better and preferable than God’s way. We may not say it out but our actions show it. You have to be careful not be carried away by what is in vogue and demand, rather you should stick with what God has commanded you. I love and respect what God has told other ministries to do but I see what God tells this ministry to do as the greatest thing to me. I will not abandon my primary assignment for a secondary one. The only reason why a Christian can fail in life is when he is goes outside of God’s given vision in pursuit of another vision that God has not assigned to him. May you not run when God has not commanded. The cure to this is to stick with what God has told you to do and be satisfied with it. Do not be distracted. See God’s vision for you as the best for you, nothing more and nothing less.
For further study:
Personal declaration for the day:
Heavenly father, help me to stick with your vision for my life.
Questions for you to reflect on:
- Name the foremost challenges you have faced in the process of accomplishing your vision?
- What did you learn from it?
- How do you re-inspire your vision in your heart?
- What tools do you use to communicate your vision?