The Enemies of Vision Part 3
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 – Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
I will continue to highlight some enemies of vision. Successful vision requires spiritual understanding and development of skills. One of the important aspects required of understanding is sensitivity to the tools that the devil uses to displace and undermine our God given vision. We need to be armed with the knowledge of our God given vision and the devices the enemy uses to delay or stop its effectiveness. These tools include:-
Wrong company and poor and/or lack of discernment
We are all products of influences. No one is greater than the company they keep. With regards to vision, a person with one mile long vision will probably not have much to offer to a person with a 100 mile long vision. A person who has not discovered his vision or is not walking in line with his vision is not likely to be a good influence on a person who has discovered and is walking in line with the vision God gave him. Not all company is good and not all company is necessary because not all company increases your productivity. It is your responsibility to study and discern each of your relationships and the company you keep and categorise them accordingly. Jesus had seven levels of relationships. The relationship He had with the world was different from the one He had with the house of Israel. The relationship He had with Pharisees and the teachers of the law was different from the one He had with the multitude. The relationship He had with the seventy He sent out was different from the one He had with the twelve disciples. The relationship He had with Peter, James and John was different from the one He had with the other nine. If you don’t handle your relationships with discernment you may forfeit the fulfilment of your vision because not everyone around you will embrace the vision that God has given you. You don’t need to follow and know everybody; just follow and know the right people. Your company will either boost or blow your vision.
Lack of understanding
Proverbs 13:15 – Good understanding gains favour, But the way of the unfaithful is hard.
Without a proper grasp of the vision that God has given, you will run in vain. Having a good grasp of the vision God has given you is what distinguishes you from other people. You need to have a solid and unchangeable conviction of what God has for you to do. This is how God operates. He prepares a plan and then He makes a person fit into the plan and accomplish it. Before God created you He made and concluded the plan He wants you to fulfil but you need to understand beyond any shadow of doubt what the plan is. The way you do this is by seeking God on a daily basis and making a commitment to undertake what He reveals to you. No one can fulfil the role God has created for you. Many lose out in life because they never know that they are unique and never need to be a copy.
Selfishness and narrow mindedness
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 –Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
The ultimate purpose of every divine vision is to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of people. God’s vision is centred on affecting lives by making them better and more productive. Vision may be given to a person or to a small group of people but its ultimate fulfilment will involve many players and participants. One of the major problems of visionaries is a lack of largeness of heart for the growth of the vision beyond them. You must be willing and ready to share the credit of the success of the vision with every participant. Never let it be all about you or else you will kill the vision. Look beyond today and look far into the future to how the vision will remain and continue to grow long after you have left the scene. Be willing to share the stage with your co-labourers that share and embrace the vision with you.
For Further Study
2 Corinthians 15:33; Proverbs 15:22
Personal declaration for the day
I make a conscious effort to make godly associations in line with my vision.
Questions for you to reflect on
How do your relationships affect your vision?
Which of your relationships support and help your vision to grow and which ones don’t? Evaluate.