What will this year bring for you? I don’t know what you personally expect for the coming years, but I do know this: a lot depends on your vision, what you see.
Jesus gave us one of the most powerful Scriptures about vision in this verse.
John 4:35 NKJV
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
See Things as they shall be, not as they are now.
Jesus was teaching his disciples, “Don’t see things as they are; see things as they shall be!” If you keep seeing things the way they are, if you don’t change your vision, you will keep getting the same results. You must see the end result by faith before you can achieve it.
Tim Redmond consults with business leaders and pastors around the world concerning leadership, growth, and success. One of Tim’s foundational principles is this “Nothing can multiply and grow until a seed is planted.”
He teaches that if you have an apple seed in your hand, you can see with your physical eyes just one apple seed. Or, you can go beyond what you physically see and use your inner eye of faith to see an apple tree. Or, better yet, you can see with greater faith an entire apple orchard. If your vision and faith is huge, you can see not only the orchards but also hundreds of apple pie factories in that seed. That little apple seed is filled with powerful potential. And, if your faith-eye can see it, you can achieve it. The Bible affirms this principle.
Paul wrote about this to the Corinthians.
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.
If you see things from God’s point of view and begin to speak and act on it, you can accomplish the impossible.
True faith sees the invisible becoming real.
When I was a 30-year-old, brand new pastor, I began envisioning the future of our church and how it looked. I began praying at the altar every morning at 5:30 a.m. I would pray, “God, I see this place packed to capacity, and I see ushers setting up chairs.” The sanctuary held 450 people, but our attendance was half that. So I envisioned more.
Within a couple of months, I looked out and saw ushers setting up extra chairs because more than 450 people were now crowding into the sanctuary. Then I grabbed hold of an even greater vision and prayed, Lord, I see people filling the balcony! Now, we didn’t even have an official balcony, but soon we had to furnish our loft to accommodate another 100 people. Now 550 people crammed in every Sunday. Next, I prayed, “God, I see the choir having to disband so we can seat people in the choir loft!” Sure enough, we had to disband the choir to fit all the people who came into the church.
Next, we went to two services, then three services, and then five services on Sunday! That’s when we as a ministry team began to envision “Vision ’86,” then “Challenge ’94,” “The Global Prayer Center,” “Gilead Healing Center.” And “The Valley of Blessing.” Now, I am seeing the Center for Pacesetting Leadership being used by God to help pastors all over the world to be more fruitful, and we are raising up effective, successful, entrepreneurs to help their churches in a significant financial manner. (By the way, watch for our new Zoom interactive courses for 2021.)
Seeing the Invisible and Bringing it all into Reality
The progression happened just as we envisioned it.
Vision is a powerful motivating force in a church, a business, a marriage, a life.
You might say, “Vision is eternity working within you to achieve the impossible!”
Vision sets apart real achievers from those who “also ran.” Vision is essential to faith and achievement in every area of your life.
Fruitfulness, effectiveness, and growth are largely the result of vision, not resources.
I recommend three of our most popular resources that will assist you in determining your greater vision for a bigger future. Our best-selling set: Creating Your New Reality (also available for MP3 Download), The Art of Pacesetting Leadership (book, DVDs, and CDs), and The Miracle of Faith Goals book. [The Art of Pacesetting Leadership course is also available online]
What can you see by faith life is not yet visible?
Vision sets you apart.
Why not set aside a day to fellowship with the Holy Spirit and God’s Word (the Bible) and get a picture of your future. It will be bigger than your past when you partner with God.