This week we accomplished a lot in our pursuit o positioning ourselves to receive a vision from God. Here is a summary of our accomplishments with links to direct your to read our posts:
What Is A Vision?
We began our journey by identifying what a vision is on Monday. We saw that there are two primary types of visions: those that prophetically foretell the events God has planned for us and the world at large and those that direct us to a greater relationship and purpose in Jesus Christ. For the purpose of this series, we chose the path of greater relationship and purpose in Jesus Christ as those types of visions are given for everyone to receive. Click here to read more.
What Position Produces Vision?
On Tuesday, we dove into our first topic by looking at the conversion of Saul. In this story we found two men, Saul and Ananias, who received vision from God, one concerning his relationship with God and the other his purpose in God. These men were both in a position to receive vision because they had hearts and minds ready to submit to the will of God for them. We can receive vision from God if we choose to position ourselves in a place of submission to God and His purpose for our lives. Click here to read more.
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Helping Those in Need of Vision
In our Extra Access, we looked at two more people, Barnabas and Phillip the Evangelist, who helped our two men from the devotion fulfill their vision in God. Phillip, through his willingness to serve God completely, brought the message of Christ outside the walls of Jerusalem. His spreading of the gospel led to the conversion of many who he would never reach himself. One of these was Ananias. Phillip's willingness to serve God made it possible for Ananias to receive his vision to help Saul.
Likewise, we saw how Barnabas had the ability to see what others did not see in Saul. He saw beyond the past misdeeds of Saul to see the potential of a mighty servant for Christ. This ability came from a willingness to go all in Christ, even giving up things that were unnecessary for him to prosper in God's Kingdom. If we are willing to serve God in whatever way He offers, we will be able to see opportunities and people we can pour ourselves into. We never know what the impact of our willingness to serve will be, but we know that submitting to God our lifestyle and mindset will not go unrewarded.
How to Submit
In our Briefing on Wednesday, we looked into how we can further submit our lives to God and the importance of doing so. We gave example of how to better submit in the five areas we looked at previously: Prayer, Word, Fasting, Lifestyle and Mindset. We emphasized that being submitted in these five areas positions us for greater vision in God for our relationship with Him and His purpose in us. We also asked for anyone who wanted, to submit further questions or ideas on how to submit to God, which we are still gladly receiving.
Aim For Submission
On Friday, we presented a challenge for our Access members to try and submit their lives further to God. We laid out specific tasks for each of these topics and asked our members to pursue the area that they needed to submit the most in first and then work their way down the list until they had accomplished all the tasks. Remember, being in position to receive a vision from God only takes a willingness to receive from God. These tasks just help us to strengthen that willingness by submitting to His will
This week, we look at the one constant that occurs when we receive vision from God. We'll do so by revisiting the story of Saul and Ananias and how they listened to God in their vision. We'll also look at another story that required a listening heart and what the results of that were. We'll look at ways in which we can listen to God better and hopefully find some activities that can help us open up our spiritual ears to the voice of God. We look forward to having you on this journey with us and hope that you join us for our Access exclusive content throughout the week. Join ACCESS by clicking here and registering or logging in.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.