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Homes-the Centres of Revival!

August 21, 2019 Comments off

Key Scripture:

Psalm 85:6 (KJV)  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

SUMMARY

God’s eyes are on homes to touch communities around. A great example of this is Priscilla and Aquila ‘s home. In this sermon note we expound on how God used this couple that no one would have ever known if it weren’t for how they allowed their home to be a mission station.

SERMON POINTS

 Home of Aquila and Priscilla: a revival hub!

Acts 18:1-3 (KJV)  After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;  And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

Aquila and Priscilla, a Jewish couple from the city of Pontus  were in Rome. They were sent out of the city at the time of Emperor Claudius due to the Anti Semitic movement. In their journey through out, they moved from Pontus to Rome, and then to Corinth. They were into Tent making which was a florishing trade that time. They were not just Jews but Jews who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Some believe that they probably heard of Jesus on the day of Pentecost mentioned in Acts chapter 2.

In the city of Athens, a place filled with the greatest philosophical minds, mockery and prostitution, Paul finds a place to stay in the tent of Priscilla and Aquila. It is believed that Paul spent about three and a half years in the home of Priscilla and Aquila. This came to be the station from where Apostle Paul could spread the gospel like never before.

Just like their home, our homes are instrumental in bringing a revival in our communities. Now is not the time to keep silent. We have to become families that start influencing others for the Lord through our careers, education and resources.

If Aquila and Priscilla can make a difference in a city filled with prostitution and traditions, we can a different voice in places that scream hatred.

 Qualities to model from Aquila and Priscilla:

  1. Resilient through the challenges in life.

Acts 18:18 (KJV)  And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

This family had been through a lot but that did not make them step back. They got through all the challenges life would throw at them. Their one goal in life was to show forth the life of Christ wherever they were. They had unwavering faith that helped them get through these challenges. They were not upset with the Lord for the “unsettled” feeling they were in. All their pursuit was to honor the Lord and here they got the biggest opportunity of their lifetime and that was to host St Paul.

 

  1. They had a resolve to stand for the Lord Jesus

 Acts 18:19 (KJV)   And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

As St Paul went from Corinth to Ephesus, this wonderful couple followed this great man. In all probability Priscilla knew that if they deserted the Apostle at this time, the ministry could be in dire straits due to the frequent travels and Paul needed some one to support him wholeheartedly.

After being shoved out city after city, when it was time for Paul to move to Ephesus they were ready to accompany him for the sake of the gospel.

What is your resolve as a family? Can you say that my household and I will stand for the Lord no matter what? Let’s not have a divided vision but let our homes become gospel headquarters.

 

  1. They took the responsibility to teach, train and transmit

 Acts 18:23-26 (KJV)   And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

 They took the responsibility to transmit the gospel and the word they received. We see this in how they connect with Apollos and transfer all that they gathered from apostle Paul so that many can be reached with the gospel and truth of the Lord Jesus .The first church of Corinth was in fact started at the tent of Aquila and Priscilla. They were ready to partner with the apostle for the sake of the gospel. It was here Paul wrote his letter to the Thessalonians.

Our homes must be places where great missionaries rise. Let us function as a family with a vision to become the answer to the world’s problems.

 

  1. They had a revolutionary mindset

 1 Corinthians 16:19 (KJV)  The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

 They had this mindset that was ready to undertake any venture to change the lives of people. Everything that happened in their lives seemed wrong and unfair but all that led to this beautiful life of impact and ministry.

Wherever they went they lived for God and worked for His name by establishing house churches. They were Paul’s fellow workers. Putting in more effort to help the apostle spread the good news.

 

  1. Relentless in their love and loyalty

 Romans 16:3,4 (KJV)  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

When we read of Priscilla and Aquila in the scripture we find that their relentless love and loyalty made them risk their lives for Apostle Paul. In Ephesus or Corinth it is believed that they got into big trouble for hosting the apostle.

Nevertheless that didn’t make their love waver, they hid him and helped him escape. Their lives never seemed important; they took all risks at sight for the man of God

 

  1. They reflected the life of Christ

 In all they did they showed forth Jesus Christ. In the way they showed their love for people, the hurting, the broken, the expelled and bruised. They could care for them and love them. They provided food, shelter, medical aid and comfort for all. Along with the gospel

The Lord wants us also to be centers of such compassion and love that draws people to Jesus. As Paul writes in his farewell address to Timothy remembers the love of this couple and never forgets to greet them.

“Salute Prisca and Aquila,”(2Tim 4:19)

 

CONCLUSION.

Homes are the centers of revival. Now it starts with our home, which must become instrumental in bringing a revival to the place where we are. The enemy has divided our families giving us different visions. Today let’s take that resilient stand to live for the Lord as a family and to become the Aquila and Priscilla of this day and age becoming hubs that radiate revival all around us.

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Revival by Revelation of Jesus!

Key Scripture:

Psalm 85:6 (KJV)  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

SUMMARY

When it comes to revival, it is something, which once started, cannot be contained. This sermon note teaches us that we can usher in a revival when we have a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you know and see who He really is, then nothing will stop you from telling the whole world about His life and love. It will set out life on purpose and passion.  We are going to see from John chapter 1 who Jesus is and spread this revelation of Him through our life and message.

SERMON POINTS

Revival at Revelation!

Man can never find satisfaction under the sun. The thought that money, people or fame can satisfy is absolutely not true. In fact they lead to more dissatisfaction. This constant unrest of mind in this lifetime leaves only when we look to Jesus. We see Jesus by His Spirit as the Word of God is ministered to us. Revival comes when we receive what our hearts longs for and that is the presence and revelation of our Lord Jesus

 

 Who is Jesus?

Jesus Christ the Son of God is the Messiah that the saints and prophets of the Bible were looking forward to. This was hidden from many of them but a few who caught hold of this revelation of Christ, were able to witness a transformation like no other that changed the very course of their lives and in a way the world history.

Jesus’s disciple John was one such person who has been able to put across the beautiful revelation of Jesus Christ so well that it highlights what both Jews and Greeks have been seeking all their lives. He writes in Greek so that it reaches everyone of his time. John is able to point out that in Jesus all scripture and man’s search is fulfilled.

From  John chapter 1, let’s see who is Jesus an.d allow the Spirit to help us to have a fresh revelation and a revival

  1. The Word (Logos)

 John 1:1 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

It was Heraclitus who first  coined the word ‘Logos’. It means the designated divine reason for the existence of the whole universe. John points out that Jesus Christ is the reason behind all that we see created. He is the Word through which the world was created. He is the wisdom personified (proverbs 8).

Psalms 33:9 (KJV) For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

The Bible shows us the power of logos. How everything is made at His Word. He is the same divine reason that coordinates our lives as well. Here starts the discovery of everything in Christ Jesus, the One who came as God’s powerful and living word.

 

  1. The Light of the world

 John 1:3-5 (KJV)   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Light holds a lot of significance to both the Jews and Greeks. Here John reveals that Jesus is the ultimate light. He’s the Light of the world. The world is filled with the darkness of sin, curse and other evil systems of the society but when we have Jesus, the light of the world shine from within us no darkness is able to overpower us. The evil culture of this world can never attach itself to you . When we have Jesus inside we don’t need to overemphasise the power of darkness because there is only light through Him.

 

  1. The Tabernacle among you.

 John 1:14 (TLV)   And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.

 We read in the Book of Exodus of how the 12 tribes of Israel were encamped around the Tabernacle of the Lord. They were to be facing the glory of the Lord. Every article of this Tabernacle has a specific significance in pointing to the Lord. Apostle John tells us that Jesus Christ is the tabernacle among us. He is the One to whom the entire Tent of the meeting and all its contents points to.The earth is devoid of God’s presence due to sin but He came down to dwell among us, in flesh, full of grace and truth. This means that He lives in us and in our homes not just in church buildings and prayer services. We cannot live in sin and wickedness when the Lord has tabernacled among us.

 

  1. The Glory of God.

 John 1:14 (KJV)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 Jesus Christ is the glory of God. Moses longed to see the glory of God. He was able to see ‘the back’ of God as He passed by. He got a glimpse of God’s glory because witnessing the full glory of God and to live after that was not a possibility. But in Jesus we can see the fullness of God’s glory. We are able to behold His glory without perishing.

This is when revival comes, when we see His glory; we won’t be able to leave His presence.

 

  1. The Lamb of God

 John 1:29 (KJV)  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Ever since the Day of Passover, when the Angel of death passed over the blood covered Israelite’s homes, they remembered the Lamb that sacrificed in every home. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.

Revelation 5:6 (KJV)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Only by His blood is there remission of sins. It is only when we acknowledge this that we can experience His life-cleansing power. Where there is sin there can be no revival. But praise be to God that Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

 

  1. The Baptizer of the Holy Spirit.

 John 1:33 (KJV)  And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

 Holy Spirit is more of a fact than just feeling. John the Baptist was given this one sign that on whom the Spirit of God comes and remains is the One who will baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire. We can only receive the Holy Spirit from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

The Bible tells us to be filled in the Holy Spirit at all times. With the Holy Spirit comes that revival and passion which is much needed. The solution for the world’s spiritual problems are people who are baptized by the Holy Spirit. With that we become clothed with spirit, power and character of Jesus Christ.

We need to be filled every moment with the Holy Spirit and this can bring a revival .As the Spirit moves in us we begin to see our deliverance and the acts of God

 

  1. The True Israel

 John 1:51 (KJV) “And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.””

 Jesus makes this revolutionary statement about Himself to Nathanael. Once when Jacob slept in Luz, he dreams of the ladder to heaven with angels going up and coming down (Genesis 28:12). The Lord Jesus now says that he is the True Israel. When we have Him our homes become an abode of angelic activity. No more demonic powers can overrule us. We experience the divine angelic ministry. He is the true Vine and we are the branches(John 15:1)

 

What happens at Revival?

We see here how revival starts by the revelation of Jesus Christ and spreads all over.

John the Baptist had this revelation of the Lord and then his 2 disciples who heard this revelation started following Jesus (John 1:36,37).

Jesus asks them to come and see where He stayed (John 1:39) and once they saw Him and stayed with Him they receive the revelation of Jesus.

When they come to know who He is, they are unable to keep it to themselves. One of the disciples, Andrew goes and fetches his brother to come and see Jesus the Messiah they were seeking (John 1:40,41).

Simon Peter in turn becomes a disciple and the next in line to find Jesus was Philip who was from the same town Bethsaida as them. Hence a community is formed there. Our Lord longs to start His work in similar ways. He is looking for people to join you so that you would revive the area where you are living.

Philip in turn calls Nathaniel to come and see Jesus.

This is revival. Once you and I catch of hold of who Jesus is we cannot contain it; we start evangelising.

Start telling people to come and see who this Jesus is and how He can transform their lives

CONCLUSION.

Revival is in knowing who the Lord Jesus Christ is. He is the very essence of life. Sometimes we keep seeking for things in the world to satisfy us failing to understand that everything that can satisfy us is in Christ Jesus. Let’s catch hold of this revelation and allow that revival to take over our lives and take over others as well through us.

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Revive Us Again!

Key Scripture:

Psalms 85:6 (KJV)  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 

SUMMARY

This sermon is a study on Psalm 85. It captures the very essence of its writers and what brought about this prayer of revival from their lives. We can learn from this psalm how we can usher a revival in our generation. Let’s become the flame that sets those around us on fire.

SERMON POINTS

Need for a Revival.

Revival is the heart cry of every child of God, every church and every Servant of God. This revival starts in you and through you it moves in to your family then your church, moving ultimately to the nation and the whole world. The sign of true revival is when we start rejoicing in the Lord.

So who is this revival for? The wicked or for those who are away from the Lord?

The answer to the question is found in Revelation 3:1-4. We read of this church that thinks she is alive but is dead. Many times we are like this, alive just namesake but our deeds show how dead we are on the inside. The Lord knows our deeds and is weighing each of them. The real question is how does it bring glory to God. As a Christian, Christ should be seen in us.

How you are at home, at your workplace and in your church is something that is very important. Examine your spiritual life everyday

Revelation 3:2 (KJV) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

The time for a revival has come. We as children of God have to rise up. We ought to strengthen what is about to die. Let us repent from everything that takes our heart away from God. (Revelation 3:3)

We need a revival because we are in the church and God sees our deeds. As we take this journey of Psalm 85, we see the steps required for a revival. The Sons of Korah wrote this wonderful Psalm. Their compositions have blessed people for ages and helped to connect  with the heart of God.

 Psalm 85!

 Numbers 16: 3 (KJV)  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?

Korah was smart and blessed. Everything was going well for him. He blamed his cousins Moses and Aaron for Israel’s two rebellious sins and Korah was right in his evaluation, as it was Aaron who led the people in making the Golden calf and Moses who sent out the spies. However this was not how God looked at things.

Sadly like Korah many a times; we are wrong in our calculations. We in our sinful mentality think we are right but that turns out for our self-destruction.

It was not just Korah’s misjudgment, according to Jewish tradition jealousy was the main reason he opposed Moses and Aaron. When Israel sinned by worshipping the Golden Calf, the firstborn who were called to divine service were replaced by the Levities. Korah couldn’t handle his cousins being exalted.

There is no need for jealousy. The end of the wicked is destruction; there is no need to fret because of them or follow their ways (Psalms 37:37, 35). Korah however failed to understand that. He opposed Moses and Aaron; he accused them of going too far in placing themselves above an equally holy and chosen people of God

The issue begins when the people of God are not able to catch up with the vision God speaks through the leadership.

Moses who saw the perfect glory of God, choose not to say anything. He let the Lord speak.

Whoever the Lord chooses is holy. Korah and all who opposed him were swallowed by the earth in punishment for their opposition against their godly leadership. (Numbers 16:33)

Korah’s sons never died (Numbers 26:11). This is grace. They disowned their father’s act. They stood for what pleases the Lord. The sons of Korah penned several of the beautiful psalms we read in the Bible.

 

When does revival come?

  1. Assurance of God’s forgiveness.

 Psalms 85:1,2 (KJV) Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.

Revival comes when you are assured of God’s forgiveness. Forgiveness is seen throughout the Bible. Even in the Old Testament we find the grace of God on all who confessed their sins. It’s the very same principle today also.

If we are able to come before God and confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us.

The sons of Korah knew the magnanimity of their sins that were forgiven. The earth swallowed their father for his rebellion but they were given a place in serving the Lord at His temple. Revival can never be deterred in a heart that has realized how much of forgiveness it has received.

 

  1. Approaching God in prayer is key for revival

 Psalms 85:4-6(KJV)    Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations? Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Revival is just one sincere prayer away. We must go and ask the Lord for a revival in prayer. It is one thing to sit and hope revival happens but it is being passionate for the presence of God and asking Him to start that revival in us and through us.

 

  1. Appropriating His voice

 Psalms 85:8 (KJV)  I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

 We can usher in a revival to our generation when we start listening to the voice of God in prayer. Prayer and reading of God’s word should no more be done out of duty but they must become moments we hear from the Lord so that we declare His Shalom to his people.

 

  1. Appreciating the Messiah

 Psalms 85:10-12 (KJV)  Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

 The Bible talks about love and faithfulness meeting together, this is met in our Lord Jesus Christ. In the season of revival God will indeed give us what is good. Our land will yield harvest and our efforts fruition. Faithfulness and love meet at one place the place where Jesus becomes the centre of it all.

CONCLUSION.

Revival is only one sincere prayer away. We need to ask the Lord of the harvest for a revival in our souls and in our community like never before.

Don’t become jealous of others instead catch up the vision for your spiritual life.

Come up to the spiritual levels God has for you. We are the key to usher in the much-needed revival. It all begins with our intentional prayers and action.

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Map Your Vision!

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

SUMMARY

Having a vision is important and how you plan to attain the vision is equally important as well. This sermon talks about mapping your vision. How you can use what you have, learn what you lack and work towards fulfilling your vision. Let’s learn how we can map our vision.

SERMON POINTS

 Seeing the unseen.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Helen Keller said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”

Vision is seeing what cannot be, regarding yourself, your family and your spiritual life. You can influence your vision when you ask these 5 questions.

These are most important questions; chaos arises when we fail to remain clear on these answers.

  • Who am I- Have an identity about yourself. We have been sent here with a purpose

Know why are you we here. We are not just what our parents designed us to be.

 

  • Where am I from– Who made us and for what purpose? Knowing who is your source. We are the product of God and made in His image. Created for a purpose.

 

  • Why am I here – What is my purpose among the 7.5 billion people here on planet Earth. You’re here in this time for a plan

 

  • What can I do– What is my assignment with what I have? We need to ask what are we doing with the education and vocation we have, or the technology and resources we have.

 

  • Where am I going– Ask what is my destiny; the goal your planning to reach.

 

Asking these questions help us to establish a vision and kindle that passion within us to work towards it.

Differentiate the visible and the invisible

 2 Corinthians 4:18 (KJV)   While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

We have a choice to either focus on the visible or the invisible. To focus on the invisible is in fact having a vision.

As children of God we were called to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The visible can cause us harm. Life seems to be filled with running for what we can see, the temporary pleasures and riches. The Bible tells us that such running will result only in sorrow and emptiness (Ecclesiastes 5:13-17).

Hebrews 11:3 (KJV) (Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

We know that the unseen hand of God made things that are seen. Therefore this should be our vision. Let’s live for the invisible which is eternal compared to the momentary visible

The Invisible revealed in us.

  1. Through Christ

 John 1:18 (KJV) No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

The invisible is revealed in us through Christ. This is the greatest vision revealed when through the image of the invisible God we are created and for him we are formed (Colossians 1:16). We need to realize that we were sent here with an assignment for him.

 

  1. Through the Creation

 Romans 1:20(KJV)    For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

 The invisible is revealed through creation. Nature declares the glory of God and portrays his handiwork day after day (Psalms 19:1). Everything was created the way it is for Jesus and to reveal Him.

 

  1. Through the Word.

 Romans 10:17 (KJV)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 The Word of God when revealed brings out the invisible. This is because the word has been there from the beginning of creation itself (John 1:1-3). Jesus Christ is the word. The Bible reveals the invisible to us

 

Knowing your Vision affects your

  1. Position – you start using it for god like Esther Daniel Nehemiah (Philippians 3:14)
  2. People – you start inspiring people when they see your passion and the excellence you bring in all you do. (Proverbs 29:11)
  3. Possessions- you start using all your possessions material, intellectual and spiritual for God.

 

When you have a Vision you will understand that-

  1. You are unique- made fearfully and wonderfully in the hands of God (Psalms 139:14)
  2. You have the best mentality-the attitude to do your best in everything as doing it unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
  3. You are equipped with the ability– in all your efforts you see an excellence through His energy hat flows through you  (Colossians 1:29)
  4. Your life will speak out – our lives are no more just to be held dear; but it becomes a life testifies to God’s goodness. (Acts 20:24)

Vision map

Life of impact through the knowledge of Jesus

  • As a Student– by your character and talents
  • In a University– by being proficient bold and active learning ability
  • In your Workplace -through your leadership professional and interpersonal skills
  • In your Family- permeating every realm of the family with your good words love faith care and unity
  • In your Community -by being the positive influence on those around bringing solutions to problems
  • In your Church -by bringing your talents gifting and teaching

 

 

CONCLUSION.

 

Don’t be distracted but focused. It’s easy to get caught up in toiling for the vain things of this world. Today the Lord is calling you to map your vision in a way that you will grow to fulfil the destiny for which you were called by focusing on the invisible- the vision God has drawn up for you. Ask yourself those life changing questions and blossom into that impactful living which God has purposed for you.

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The Test of Your Vision!

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

SUMMARY

Vision- ‘Chazon’ in hebrew means Spiritual insight that we receive from God. Never misunderstand “Chazon” for the picture or dream that you need to achieve. Chazon is spiritual and we need to be rooted in God’s presence and word to capture this. God has a plan for us and when we have the vision from above we move towards that. To attain this vision is a long road and maybe a one filled with hurdles. This sermon helps us understand the different tests that your vision will face. Be encouraged by God’s word, to withstand those tests and fulfil the plan God has for you.

SERMON POINTS

The Path to your Vision!

The importance of a vision is no mystery to anyone. However a vision set is not a vision fulfilled. To accomplish the vision that God inspires through his spirit, you need to know the tests that will come your way.

Many people fail the test of their vision and lose the purpose itself. The Bible teaches us to overcome these tests and accomplish the vision we were called to fulfill victoriously

These tests and trials were never meant to discourage us or throw us off course, instead they come to build our character and make us more like Jesus.

Test of your vision!

  1. The Test of Thanksgiving

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The Lord is pleased with our thanksgiving. It is His will that we give thanks to God in everything. A spirit of grumbling will never help us go forward in our vision. It renders our thinking futile (Romans 1:21).

See how the Bible says thank God in everything and not for everything. This indicates thanking God when things don’t go our way. This can happen only when we trust that He will do everything for our good.

The Lord wants us to be thankful to Him and others as well. By thanking God we honour him (Psalms 50:23). A character of thanksgiving and praise can even throw off our spiritual enemies and battles drawn up against the fulfillment of your vision (2 Chronicles 21:22)

 

  1. The Test of Trust

 Proverbs 3:5 (KJV)   Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 To trust would mean to put your entire self into something without a sliver of doubt. That’s what the Bible teaches us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. The Israelites couldn’t trust God after witnessing all those miracles that proved to be a drawback for them, as they couldn’t live out that vision God had called them for.

To trust God is to have that heavenly wisdom not to just have great faith but to trust in the Lord for the trivial matters as well. To put him first at all time; not coming to him when all other solutions fail.

Reasons why we have to trust God:-

 1, Romans 13:33,34- O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

We can trust God because of His unsearchable wisdom. Our small minds cannot fathom what lies ahead of us and how things may turn out. We can be sure that God in his infinite wisdom knows and understands them all.

 

2, Romans 8:28- And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We can trust him because we know that God is able to do all things good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose because He loves us

 

  1. The Test of Learning

 Judges 3:1,2 (KJV)   These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):.

 This interesting scripture reveals to us why God allowed some enemies to stay back on the Promised Land. He didn’t want the Israelites to take over Canaan altogether without a fight.He also wanted them to learn and gather experience at warfare. This test so often pops up on our path towards the vision we carry. It is not to give up but rather to help us learn and become proficient in the responsibility God has placed us in.

 

  1. The Test of Transfer

 Judges 2:10,11 (KJV)  And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim:

 The children of Israel failed in fulfilling the purpose God called them out to be, which was to be His treasured possession and a peculiar nation when they started sinning against God.

Why would a nation sin especially when their forefathers witnessed the mighty acts of God? The sad reality happens to be that they had never heard of it. God commanded through Moses that those who saw these miracles were to tell it to their children. Once that generation passed away there was no transfer of this faith to the next. So they just fell away from the destiny God has for them. We may give our children all that we may have but if we fail to pass on our faith, our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, we prepare them for an eternity of punishment. Let’s make intentional efforts and sacrifices to touch the souls of the coming generation for Christ.

CONCLUSION.

Christian life is a path filled with trials and tribulations. But we don’t need to get disheartened because the Bible tells us that we are more than conquerors through him who has loved us. He will help us in the test of our vision. Let’s be faithful in thanking God in all things, trusting in Him for everything, quick to learn and passing on the baton of faith to the next generation.

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Capture the Vision for the Next Level!

Key Scripture:

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. 

SUMMARY

People fail when they have no vision. This sermon helps us understand how we can capture that vision; it’s importance and how it can be interpreted. Let’s go to greater heights by focusing on the vision God has for our lives.

SERMON POINTS

Capturing the Vision!

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Vision is a picture of the future that gets imprinted upon our hearts. However this vision is sometimes believed only to include our dreams and aspirations. The vision that God wants us to capture is a divine guidance that is prophetic in nature and is never tied down by one’s daily routine.

Without this divine vision, people cast off restraint. God wants us to capture His purpose in our life. Only His plans and promises are bound to stand the test of time. God has placed us in the most difficult of times so that we will capture His vision and work our best towards fulfilling His purposes.

Vision Cycle

  1. Kingdom Vision

 Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

We all go through various phases of life. Vision too has a cycle that needs the right perception, direction and execution. There is this temptation to get stuck in the current phase of life that we are in but God calls us to move forward and work for His kingdom.

The kingdom vision is the foundation on which we can build an effective and purposeful life. This vision is inspired of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God and prayer. As you spend time at the feet of God, He is faithful to give that kingdom specific role for you.

This kingdom vision must be claimed biblically. You are a representative of God’s kingdom. The Bible tells us that when we capture the vision, kingdom ‘s work becomes our priority. The kingdom of God runs in us through the Holy Spirit. His values and ethos runs through us. God has placed us here with a plan to stand for his purposes in this vision.

 

  1. Kingdom Leader.

 Matthew 6:33 (KJV)   But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

 As you get this Spirit-Inspired vision, you become a kingdom leader. Wherein the kingdom responsibility is bestowed upon you. We have the responsibility given by God to do our best and be our best in our workplaces, community and family. People who have caught hold of the kingdom vision are those with discipline and accuracy, working tirelessly to accomplish their kingdom responsibility.

If you are a doctor-when you appropriate the vision, you become a Kingdom Doctor. You do it all for the Kingdom. 

  1. Kingdom People

As a kingdom leader we need to create a positive influence among those around us. Bless those around us. We are in this kingdom position for God’s people. We need to overcome evil with good and thereby show forth God’s kingdom working within us. We have to tune ourselves to the vision of the local church and serve in the arenas that God has placed us for the people. The kingdom of God doesn’t work on the basis of receiving individual, isolated personal blessings. It’s all about togetherness and transparency.

  1. Kingdom Future.

 Genesis 50:20 (KJV)  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

 Joseph has this vision wherein he realised his responsibility and reward in working towards the kingdom vision. He knew the purpose why he was sent to Egypt

Not just to be lord over the land but to save the nations of the world during famine.

God has placed us in the kingdom position to save people. We ought to do it with all our hearts. There is a glorious reward that is awaiting us.

 

The Importance of having a vision.

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)  Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Helen Keller said the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. We see in the life of Dr. Billy Graham how he was able to impact nations with the gospel because of the vision he had.

“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.” – John Wooden

That’s the power of having a vision. A simple person who can capture the vision God has for them can take over the world. Let’s not get stuck with phases and people, we have a kingdom goal to accomplish.

Kingdom Keys for success.

There are 3 kingdom keys, which can help us succeed in the kingdom mission

  • Being faithful
  • Being diligent
  • Being excellent in everything.

 

CONCLUSION.

There is nothing more worthwhile in this world than realising the potential you carry and the purpose you have to fulfil. This can happen only when we capture that vision that God has for us. He has plans for you and that doesn’t end with what money can buy. This kingdom position God has put you in, is for you to serve the Lord by working as His representative in this generation to save people.

A New Vision for the Next Level!

Key Scripture:

Numbers 13:30 (KJV) And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

SUMMARY

This sermon note gives us the need to move into the next level of our growth in every facet of our lives and how we can get there. Let the word of God challenge you to be your best.

SERMON POINTS

What is it to have a vision?

Numbers 13:1,2 (KJV)  And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,  Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

A vision is a picture of your future. God has a plan for  you and you need to catch hold of it, in order to see it fulfilled in your life. The world and everyone in it are trying to discover themselves and find out what their purpose is. Without God we cannot do that. We need to get to God for everything that pertains our life. This vision is formed on the basis of our relationship with God.

The Lord commands Moses to send 12 spies to see the Promised Land-the geography, the people in it , the produce etc . He had already promised to give it to them. They were to go to spy  it out. This just shows how important it is to have a vision; to first see your goal in order to attain it.

The real question is have we caught up with that vision. Let’s not confine ourselves to the current level we are in. God wants us to go to the next level.

How can you go to the next level?

Out of the 12, only Joshua and Caleb gave a positive report. The other spies grumbled on how impossible it was to possess the good land God promised them.

Caleb has a different spirit. He saw the same intimidations the others saw but he had caught God’s vision for their nation perfectly. We learn from the life of Caleb that you can go to the next level when,

  1. When you know whom you represent.

 Numbers 13:6 (KJV) Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

Caleb was from the tribe of Judah. Judah means praise. Caleb was also well aware of the blessing that was spoken on his tribe by their Patriarch Jacob. (Genesis 49:8-12)

This enabled him to have a vision different from what the others had. Caleb was ready to stand up for the Lord. It is the same with us. We represent the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lion of Judah in this world. The Lord has promised that those who worship him are like young lions that devour its prey. The devil cannot disturb our rest in Christ. The Lord has given us authority over our enemy. It’s our hand on the enemy’s neck. Let nothing intimidate you. Know who you are in Christ. Be the best for God’s glory. Go to greater levels. Move into levels of influence.

 

  1. When you draw inspiration from the past.

 Numbers 13:28,30 (KJV) Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Ten of the spies sent to Canaan gave a negative report. They blamed Moses for leading them there. Caleb stands up for their leader Moses when the majority came against him. The Jewish tradition tells us that Caleb was convinced that the Lord would give them this land based on what he had done in the past when He divided the Red Sea and fed them with manna and quail at the wilderness.

Similarly those with a different vision will never say ‘can’t do ‘. Don’t be deceived by mere appearance, God is with us, He will help us. Don’t look at your present situation look at the past and draw inspiration. Learn lessons from past miracles.

 

  1. When you look at God’s promises and not the problems.

 Joshua 21:45 (KJV)  There failed not ought of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

 As a child of God you have access to all His good promises. Caleb saw the land was exceedingly good just as the Lord promised (Numbers 14:7). He knew God’s word. We must use the good promises of God to overcome the forces of evil that whisper negative things into our hearts. When problems as mountains are before you just get the good promise from God and step into the next level.

  1. When you see God’s pleasure in it.

 James 4:13-17 (KJV)  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

 If the Lord delights in us we will be able to posses all that He has in store for us (Numbers 14:8). Nobody can stop it from taking place if it is the will of God. Nothing happens by our own might or will. The Bible tells us that we are only vapour. Therefore we can’t brag about anything. We all sin when we know what is good and not do it. King David tells us that the Lord’s pleasure is not in the strength of man or in the might of horses(Psalm 147:10) but in those who fear Him. It is time to understand how you going to the next level in you family, career etc. will glorify the Lord.

 

  1. When you are obedient and faithful.

 Numbers 14:9 (KJV)  Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

 We ought to be faithful to the One who called us. Caleb was faithful to the Lord and Moses. He had the same vision. He didn’t speak against Moses. The Word of God tells us that rebellion is like witchcraft, a one that is self-imposed because of our disobedience and unfaithfulness (1 Samuel 15:23). it is dangerous to rebel against the leadership God has placed over us.

When God keeps you in a good place and you are not going to the next level He is calling you to, it’s very difficult to possess the same once the opportune time has passed. Those who failed to believe and murmured in the wilderness, for 40 days of spying they were to wander for 40 years (Numbers 14:34) That was their penalty for not believing. Let’s never fail to be faithful in obeying the instructions of God.

 

  1. When you depend on the presence of God.

 Numbers 14:9 (KJV)  Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.

 Sometimes the very thing that stops us from advancing to the next level is within us. We need to learn to depend on the presence of God. Caleb was well aware of Who was with them. And it was this fact that the Lord was with them that made him have a different vision. His trust was not in their ability as warriors or their weapons but he completely depended on the Lord his God. When we depend on the Lord and not lean on our own understanding, we will stop being afraid of any situation that we may face.

 

  1. When you operate in the Spirit.

 Numbers 14:24 (KJV)  But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.

 Caleb has this different spirit operating within him; one that doesn’t go with the majority. That’s what gave him the zeal to stand up against the negative reports of the multitude in front of him.

In the same way when we operate in the power of the Holy Spirit we are made bold to stand up for the Lord and achieve excellence instead of settling for the mediocre like the majority would do.

 

CONCLUSION.

The Lord wants us to live out the purpose for which He has called us. Where you are right now is not the vision God has for you. Get ready to enlarge your heart catch that vision God has for you and move to the next level. Be the best God has created you to be, representing the kingdom of heaven in all you do.