WEEKLY SERMON APRIL 18, 2021
Focus on Your Vision
Introduction: God will give you a vision for your ministry or your life. God gave you talents to accomplish what God wanted you to do. Dreams and visions are one of the ways we are led. It helps us to walk or God will LEAD us so we can focus more clearly on the vision God gives us. What is your vision for your life? This Dream or goal for your life was given to by God and is the purpose for your life! We all have dreams and purposes in this life! This focus will help us know what God wants us and that helps us to pray without confusion with more understanding in this life!
Focus Scripture – Pr 16:9 9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.10 A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
It does not matter what the goal dream or vision is. God directs you with dreams visions or the Lord speaking you through the Spirit. God wants to direct your steps. In the OT the direction man received is different then the direction we receive now in the NT. However, it is still true that God directs our steps. God wants to direct us for God wants to be in every part of our lives. Your decisions you make every day is expressed through words. Those words you speak are to people and what you say is based on your relationship to them and your attitude. Learn to base your words instead on the Word of God to your situation. Speak your faith out letting the Scripture come out!
Led by the Spirit – God gives us goals and visions to help us be led in this life. Faith is when we trust him by being led through the means of what we see in the natural and also what we see in the supernatural realm. It is important that we allow ourselves to see in the Spirit realm. Not everyone is led this way but it is a gift of the Spirit. Daniel, Joseph, and Mary were lead this way When you are Led by the Spirit of God it will make you FIT to do the work of God!
Flow John 7:37-39 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
The Holy Spirit will come out of you like a mighty river of life! God wants to give you a new way of living! God wants you to speak a new way and act a new way. God wants to make your dreams part of your life! The only dreams that really will come to pass are the ones that God gives you! Do you speak the language of God? When you speak in tongues you do! The vision you have is when you think like God and talk like God!
It opens you up for Ministry Acts 16:6-10 6 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.10 And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
Your dreams sometimes lead you into ministry. Ultimately the only we really minister to is Jesus. When we go to minister to other countries or other people we minister to the Lord. When we minister to ourselves it also blesses the Lord! God is blessed by your ministry! God is blessed when you go to comfort others for when we help others, we are blessing God! Paul here was led by a vision. God will lead us to minister by visions and dreams
Talking with the Spirit of God - Rom 8:14-16 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
God wants to talk to you! God wants you to pray to Him and fellowship with Him. God wants to be your friend! God will lead those who belong to Him. We are adopted into the family with the rights of God’s children! We can call God our Daddy! We know that we are His child because God confirms it in our inner man (spirit)so we can hear the voice of God on the inside of us!
Eyes of the Spirit realm- We have natural senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) but we also have senses in the Spirit realm. We can use these senses in the spirit realm and seeing is one of the senses. We can see by faith and the reason we can do that because of GOD helping us to develop our spiritual senses. We need to open our eyes of the Spirit and then we can hear him better!
God gives Dreams Num 12:6 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Back then, he would lead the prophets like Daniel, Joseph, Ezekiel and others by dreams and visions. Sometimes you would read the Word of God saying that he would say to the prophet (like Moses) thus saith the Lord! Hear God is again giving us insight into the world of the spirit realm. We can if led by the Spirit see into the spirit of the realm! Know whether you see it or not- there are more with you in the realm of the Spirit than there are with them. God is for you!
Out it must be written Hab. 2:2-3 2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
IT is important that we write the vision down. Write out what God said he would do for you or what God wants to do in your life! Write out the vision while it is fresh in your mind! God wants you to be confident in what He told you to do! God wants you to read the vision and dreams that God gave to you to do! We each have a work to do and it is God ordained for us – God has a task that only you can do so focus on that task and do it with confidence and faith! Walk-in love joy and peace for God is going to keep you until the task is over!
Doubt Not Acts 11:5-12 5 I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance, I saw a vision, A certain vessel descends, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:6 Upon the which when I had fastened mine eyes, I considered, and saw fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.7 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat.8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean hath at any time entered into my mouth.9 But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.10 And this was done three times: and all were drawn up again into heaven.11 And, behold, immediately there were three men already come unto the house where I was, sent from Caesarea unto me.12 And the Spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting. Moreover, these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered into the man's house:
Do not doubt! Trust the vision and what you pray! Sometimes when you pray you can get revelation from your prayers! God might interpret your prayers and give you a Rhema word! Peter had a vision that went against what he believed all his life. God gave him a revelation in his prayer time! God cleaned us up and said you my child are not common! You are not unclean for I have made you holy and righteous in my sight! You are special to me and there is nothing common about that! You are special for I am special and do not forget that! So do not think you are ordinary for God is not ordinary!
Access to the Holy Spirit- one of the ways we have access to the Holy Spirit is through prophecy. Prophecy is defined as the testimony of Jesus for everything in the NT is about Jesus. The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus. Today we have many IFS about prophecy, for so many today think that there is no more prophecy, and others walk in the realm of prophecy. Prophecy gives us a different look into the spirit that helps us to grow our faith and to grow in faith.
Insight – 1 Cor 2:9-12 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
The most important thing is that we have that insight given to us by the Holy Spirit! The Holy Spirit knows all things for the Holy Spirit is God Almighty! The Holy Spirit sees all and knows things you do not know! God will provide all things that you need in this life! The Holy Spirit will reveal to you everything you need to know for The Holy Spirit talks to Jesus and the Father and will tell you what God knows about your situations. He spies on others and lets you in on their secrets! I need that insight don’t you?
Focus on the Spirit Phil 4:6-8 6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
When I focus on the Spirit, I have no IFS! In the Greek the word IF can also mean Since. IF means that you are unsure about something but Since is a word that means because of this then something else is true! When I focus on the Spirit! I can have many benefits! I have peace like Paul is talking about here in this passage! So, I must focus on the things that are just, pure, lovely, good report, virtue, or praise that is what we should focus on! The things we need to think on should be godly thoughts! Godly things are what God puts on our mind!
Shine in the Light Mt 5:14-16 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Let your light shine before men! Let the light of the Gospel shine before men! When you shine as a representative of Jesus before men then people will want you to pray for them and to live in the joy that you have! When you allow people to share that light then the light of God will flow through you! The light of God is also the glory of God! The light shines in the face of Jesus and you are entitled to that glory living in you!
Dreams – we all have dreams or goals in this life. I am not talking about nightmares but things we want to accomplish. We have talents and God gave us these talents to accomplish these dreams for us. Dreams are used to help us accomplish what HE wants us to do in this life! The desire, goals, and dreams help to point us in the right direction for our lives. These dreams help us to WIN so we will fulfill our purpose in this life. When we pray, we need to speak with the inside and live based on that!
Walk in the Spirit Gal 5:22-25 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
When you walk in the Spirit then you WIN! Walking in the Spirit is when the character of God is evident in your life! There is no law to them who are perfected in Christ We have to live or allow the Spirit to live in us so we can walk in Him! Our dreams cannot happen it without us walking in the Spirit. We need the fruit of the Spirit to walk in the Spirit! When the dreams happen we know God is moving!
Interpret Dreams Acts 2:16-18 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy:
Every dream of God has an interpretation God wants us to have so we will know what God is telling us to do! Every prophecy has a fulfillment or that prophecy is not of God! Here Peter quotes Joel (Peter was a fisherman not a student of the law) and Peter says the young man will have visions and the old will dream too! God wants us to have dreams and visions! God wants to use dreams, visions, and prophecy. God wants to use all of us – old the young, men and women!
Night or day Job 33:14-16 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
God speaks to us in the night or during the day! He is able to focus on us more at night for we are not so busy if we will let him do so! God wants to do more than we can ask! God will speak when we listen to others! God wants to use us but we have to listen to him and act on His Word! So, sleep is when we are able to restore our body for the next day! God wants to prepare you for what will happen next! Dreams are a look ahead!
Conclusion- In the OT they were Led more by dreams and visions than they are in the NT. IN the NT the Holy Spirit lives within us but that was not true in the OT. When we are Led then we are FIT to do work for the Lord. The eyes of the Lord help us to know what GOD wants for us in this life. We have Access so that means that there may be many IFS in this life but God is for us. You might have Dreams but when we do know that God is on our side and we will WIN. So, work on the leading of the Lord with the dreams, visions, and the insights God gives us to increase our faith so we can walk with power in this life!
Prayer for Salvation- I pray that all of you will come to know Jesus. Pray with me: Heavenly Father I recognize that my need for you for without Jesus I cannot make it in this life. I need you! I know I am a sinner and need your Son. I recognize that Jesus died for my sin when Jesus died for me on Calvary. I believe that he rose again so that I can go to heaven and live with you there. Thank you for paying for my sin and bringing me into your forever family. So, Jesus come into my heart and live in me today! I am now a Christian!
Next week: Speak your Faith
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