“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but no vision.” Helen Keller

VISION: act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be (dictionary.com) God’s dream over your life to accomplish your divine mission. (Kris)

As we rang in the New Year, my daughter turned her video camera to a seven-year-old guest and said, “What do you want in 2011?” The little girl shrugged and shook her head no, then with a sudden inspiration shouted, “A puppy!” I took my turn next and started declaring what I am believing for this year, “I see a new church building for The Bridge!” The question starting turning in me and I began asking people what they “saw” for the coming year. Sadly, most of us resort to living our lives by whatever circumstances manifest in front of us, instead of living by FAITH–God’s unseen possibilities before us.

The Hebrew word for vision, CHAZOWN, teaches us that true vision is divine communication and revelation from God through prophetic insight. It’s God’s dream for your life! As Proverbs 29:18 reveals, “Without vision, the people perish…” As The Message version says,

“If people can’t SEE what God is doing they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.” (Prov. 29:18, MSG)

Many times the disappointments of the past blind us from the possibilities of today. I am inspired by the story of Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. He called out for mercy as Jesus passed by him, and Jesus responded by saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” (Without VISION for a better future, Bartimaeus would not have known how to answer!) He answered, “I want to SEE!” Jesus told him his faith had healed him and then Bartimaeus’ vision became a reality–he could SEE! With his new “insight” how did Bartimaeus respond? He followed Jesus.

There are some important principles in this story for our sight recovery.

1.) First, there most be a cry for new sight. Every season of our lives requires new insight and revelation. Bartimaeus cried out for mercy as the Rabbi, Jesus, passed by. We must position ourselves in His presence and take the time to ask for His vision, not rely on our own “great ideas?”

“We are limited not by our abilities, but by our vision.” (unknown)

2) It takes faith to step out and SEE into the unseen, before we see in the natural. If we can’t see it, be can’t BE it!
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
3) After Bartimaeus could see, he took action!He followed Jesus. It’s not enough to have a dream or vision, but God will give us an action plan to take steps towards seeing our vision fulfilled. There’s a deeper call in our relationship with God beyond just “seeing” to “being”–and becoming a disciple as we follow his steps.“Vision without Action is a dream. Action without Vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” – Joel Barker

What do you SEE for 2011?
What is God calling you to FLEE? (Put an end to and walk away from)
What is He calling you to AGREE and DECREE? (God has a word to put in your heart to speak out this year!)
What is He calling you to LEAD? (As we follow Him, we are called to lead others into God’s purpose and vision for their lives too. As we receive vision and hope, we encourage others out of their blinding hurt and doubt too.)

This is our prayer: Ephesians 1:17-18–God open the EYES OF OUR HEART!

As we enter a month of prayer and fasting, let’s believe God for fresh VISION!
Don’t miss The Bridge, Sunday 9th as Pastor Duane shares the vision for 2011.
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