Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your LIfe

Achieving God’s Purpose and Destiny for Your Life (Vision)

Vision is revelation or mental sight of the revealed will of God for you – a clear mental image of a preferable future, imparted by God – based on accurate understanding of God, self and circumstances.  It is foresight with insight from heaven, not self-determined destiny.  It is living by design instead of default. 

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law.

“…cast off restraint” is literally, “are made naked.”  That is, without Divine guidance, people “perish”. They walk contrary to the will of God and lose their covering.

Notice: Jesus saw the future, Abraham saw it, John the Revelator saw it, and you must see it (have vision).  Paul wrote Timothy: “Fulfill your ministry…I’ve fulfilled mine.”

John 8:38 I speak what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have seen with your father.”

You do have an inner picture of the future and you do act on it!

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.”

Revelation 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Vision is received from Father as the starting point of effective kingdom advance.  It motivates action, shapes thought and defines your context of success with God.

Amos 3:3 tells us we can’t walk with God if we are not agreed as to where, when and how we are going.  It is imperative we inquire and agree to these things lest we travel alone.   

Eph 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Col 1:9-10 …do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work… filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; {10} that you may walk worthy of the Lord…

“Vision” (seeing) is what God requires.  Dream is not enough.  Dream pictures a possible future.  Until faith comes, it speaks of what God could do.  Faith comes by hearing…

Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.

Vision is a picture of what God has done and sent the visionary to carry out.  It begins as a dream but, as we spend time with Him and He speaks to it, it is ignited by faith!

Consider the process of creation. Nothing exists without thoughts being spoken. Thought requires images (imagination). It requires seeing things that do not yet exist as though they did.  This is how the Trinity operates and you are in His image and likeness.

Habakkuk had been whining about what he saw in the natural realm and was rebuked by God to get a heavenly vision, to see things as God sees them.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 2 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Vision finds the future and hope God has in mind.  Then you “run” with the vision and end preoccupation with things as they are by seeing “things that be not as though they were.”  Where your attention goes, the power flows!  Abraham got his focus off things as they were and on to God and his performance and it was accounted to him as righteousness.

Every child of God must have a clear picture of who and what they are. It is knowing your purpose, pursuing your mission, and seeing your vision – all found in God who reveals them to those who inquire diligently. 

When you know where you’re going, only one path will do; when you do not know, any road will take you there.  This is why we need personal revelation and vision to build a tangible plan and intention to actively bring about a new and improved world through God’s power and prompting for the good of His people and the glorification of His name.

Vision gives direction and detail to purpose. It is a filter for thoughts and a catalyst to achievement.  Holy Spirit specifies what has validity and you build with a blueprint as opposed to hit-and-miss. 

Vision is never based on maintenance or status quo, never uses the present to project the future.  It is seeing what has been predetermined in God.  Paul called it “pressing toward the mark.”  In Romans it is proving God’s will:

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

It is not dreaming the impossible dream but the most possible dream (for, with God, all things are possible).  Thus, you need to know your own abilities, gifts, limitations, values and desires – not to promote yourself but to integrate yourself in God’s plan imparted to you to touch others for their benefit and His glory. 

Through vision you align your heart, mind and action with His desire and intent for your life.  It comes from knowing who you are in Christ and for what He has called and shaped you.  It is the identity He gives you, the fingerprint of what you do and how you do it.  It is recognition that the future belongs to God and you are sent to shape it.

You can build according to the pattern He shows you like Moses. You can launch out with purpose and direction, proving His will for your life. Take direction from Habakkuk and set yourself to watch to see what He will say. To do this, he went to the rampart. You will have to lift your thoughts higher, also.

Amen! Stop praying, “Our problem which art on earth,” or “Our devil which art in my face.” Lift your eyes to your source of help and get your thoughts on things above where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.

You can go higher, joining the crowd of witnesses who testify that God reveals His plans in the heights: Moses went up and received the plan for the tabernacle and law (road map to safety); Jesus went up and was transfigured; Habakkuk wrote the vision; Peter on the rooftop saw the Gentiles saved; John on Patmos saw the end of the age.

We can go higher. The vista is wider there; the horizons are broader there. We can prove God’s will as we come to see what He will say. Abraham saw and was glad. We, too, can walk by faith and not by natural sight.

A good example of how to get to know God’s purpose and destiny for life is Zacchaeus.

Luke 19:2-6 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

Zacchaeus, a publican, hated, and known as a sinner, sought to see Jesus, desired to know Jesus… and was looking for a preferable future in which he could find the solution to sin and trouble and go on to achieve his true purpose and destiny in life.

Being a publican, Zacchaeus had many pressures working against him:

Other publican friends – peer pressure
Chief among publicans  – positional pressure
Zacchaeus was rich      – possession pressure
Zacchaeus was short – physical pressure (“I cannot…” syndrome)

But Zacchaeus acted to overcome this weight of pressures. 
1. He sought information of where Jesus was to pass.
2. He ran ahead of the crowd, breaking free from conformity
3. He climbed the sycamore tree (made himself of no reputation; went the extra mile)

How did Jesus respond?
1. Jesus saw the man’s heart. He does not look at the stature.
2. Jesus looked up at him. Jesus will always meet you where you are.
3. Jesus told him to come as he was.  He will make you what He calls you to be.
4. Jesus supped in his house… bringing salvation, power, and glory in.

What prompted this divine visitation? He sought Jesus…actively.  The more you do, the more God reveals Himself and the more you know what His purpose and destiny is for you. There is no short cut.

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Rev. 4:1 …behold, a door standing open in heaven. And…I heard…“Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 

Come up!