FAITH, VISION & SACRIFICE
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature.
Faith comes through your knowledge of God’s promises.
Romans 10:17 (NIV) Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith has to be awakened. Vision awakens faith.
Acts 2:17-19 (NIV) In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
God’s Spirit helps you see through the eyes of faith.
Faith says, “God can.” Vision says, “God is.”
Proverbs 29:18 (MSG) 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.
Vision is the fuel of faith!
4 TYPES OF PEOPLE
1. No vision. You are in survival mode.
You’re going through the motions. Nothing stirs within you.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
- Prayer is not informing God about our reality.
- Prayer is our opportunity to see God’s reality.
2. A wrong vision. It’s not a bad vision, it’s just not a God vision.
God’s dream will always (1) point people to Jesus, (2) line up with scripture, and (3) be confirmed by others.
Proverbs 19:21 (NIRV) A person may have many plans in their heart. But the Lord’s purpose wins out in the end.
3. A stale vision. You have the right vision but your passion has died out.
Normally a God dream dies out because it has either been attacked or delayed.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
4. A God-honoring, culture-defying, heaven-impacting, seemingly-impossible vision.
The church will say, “If it is God’s will, it will just all work out.” But the Bible teaches something very different.
James 2:14-26 (NIV) What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead . . . . 20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.
Are you willing to make sacrifices so the vision can happen?
- Joseph had a dream—but it cost him.
- Paul had a dream –but it cost him.
Habakkuk 2:2-4 (TLV) The vision is yet for an appointed time. It hastens to the end and will not fail. If it should be slow in coming, wait for it, For it will surely come—it will not delay.