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Entering the New Year with Vision

2016As we start this New Year of 2016, I wish God’s best for you. As the people of God, we know that we have His blessing and favor upon us. But we need to continue walking in His vision for our lives.

I want to take a few posts to talk about our spiritual vision. It’s important to spend quality time in the Lord’s presence to understand where He’s taking us and what He wants us to accomplish.

The Jewish leader, Nehemiah, knew some things about vision as he helped the children of Israel to return to their homeland after the Babylonian captivity.

Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Nehemiah 1:2-4

Nehemiah saw what was presently happening in Jerusalem. He knew that what was happening was not God’s best. The broken down wall and burned out buildings needed to be restored.

What was his response to this news? He spent time with the Lord. That’s where vision is born.

It’s especially easy to receive God’s imparted vision when you’re dissatisfied with what is. That’s because vision is the burden that comes when you see what is in contrast to what could be.

Vision always demands change. So Nehemiah mourned, fasted, and prayed. He did this so that God could work the necessary changes in him first of all.

That’s why not everyone wants the Lord’s vision for their lives. Vision calls for change and that change must work on me first.

I cannot accept this work of the Holy Spirit until I want to see a change. If I’m content with my present circumstances, then I won’t seek God with fervency. That’s what it will take to be a child of God with vision.

Question: What do you see that needs to change in your life personally and in the church?

© Nick Zaccardi 2016

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Posted by on January 1, 2016 in Prayer, Revival, Spiritual Walk

 

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God’s Abundant Love

Nehemiah 9:17
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.

In this passage, Nehemiah is praying, and remembering why Israel is presently in captivity in a foreign land.  Time and time again they refused to listen to the Lord’s leading.  They took no time to think and meditate on the many miracles that God performed on their behalf.  Instead they had a history of outright rebellion against God’s leadership.

But here is the amazing part – in all that time God remained forgiving, gracious, and compassionate.  I’m so glad that our God is not bound to emotional outbursts the way we humans are.  Instead of writing them off and giving up on them, God worked with Israel.  He tried to draw them in by His love for them.

This is truly a God who is abounding in love.  This verse literally says that God has an over abundance of love.  That only stands to reason.  God is love.  God is infinite.  Therefore, His love is infinite.

What a comforting thought – God has more than enough love for us.  You can personalize that and say that God has more than enough love for you.  He will never run out.  No one can ever say that they have done so many things wrong that God doesn’t love them any more.

Bask in the warmth of that love today.  Let God’s overabundance minister to your soul.  Allow the Holy Spirit to speak words of encouragement to your inner man.  Be refreshed by this love that passes all understanding.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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