Vision is often interpreted in reference to seeing the future. Vision has such broad application. It could be a picture of something in its entirety, or just a picture of the most relevant part of something. I think these two examples make up the focus of the vision we must live by each day. The greater vision is of our Heavenly Father on the throne, carrying out His will for our good and His glory. This overarching vision gives us the assurance we need to have peace, joy, hope, and confidence in the tomorrows we cannot see. A clear vision of what is most relevant in our lives is the focus on the current moment. YESHUA taught that we are not to take thought of tomorrow because we have the greater vision giving us liberty to focus on just today.
The Lord is giving us 2020 vision by showing us how to use our eyes. People often strain their eyes by trying to see things they were never meant to see. You cannot see around a curve. The earth is round and tomorrow unfolds as light comes to us from around the curve. YAHWEH illuminates the day at hand. As I hear people profess today that we are in uncertain times, I contrast that to all the proclamations of Vision that I heard toward the end of 2019 and at the start of the year. It is clear to see the disconnect between what was expected and what the Lord is doing. GOD is truly fulfilling what was in the heart of so many regarding better vision, but just not in the way many expected. He has slowed things down to help us stop and focus on now. Much of our stumbling comes from looking too far ahead versus focusing on where we are currently and our very next step. The most powerful influence you have on your future is the seed you sow today. GOD has given you faith, strength, and a measure of grace sufficient for living victoriously today. If you will just be mindful of the direction He is given you for your steps today, you will find the measure of joy and peace for today exceeding abundant. You will also find there is plenty of light today to see what GOD is doing in your life right now. This is the vision we need for 2020 and beyond.
Language is funny. If you take a moment to consider the title of this post “Permanent Change”, you realize “permanent” and “change” means the exact opposite but it is totally reasonable to seek permanent change. In fact, I know many of you would like to see permanent change or lasting change in the upcoming year. That is to say, there are some things in your life that you would like to see changed forever, hence, change that is permanent. There is only one that does eternal works, God almighty. The amazing grace of God brings His eternal power to bear on our lives for good. Through the power of God you can realize positive permanent change in your life. In order to see lasting positive change in your life, you have to first adjust your values. We have to consistently put premiums on the things we desire, or else they will be trumped by other things. Our priorities align themselves with the things we deem important. This happens automatically. If our values are good, then our priorities will be in order. Our values have to line up with our goals if we are to live a life conducive to reaching them. This means we have to be honest about who we are, the values we have, and the changes that need to be made. Your values are most readily seen through where you spend your money and time. Your money and time have enormous impact in your life, so you have to spend them both virtuously. That is where God comes in. Virtuous is a word used to identify that which is good, and we know all good things come from God. Proverbs 16:3 reads,
“Commit your works unto God and your thoughts will be established.”
Established means set up permanently. So, if you will determine to seek God’s direction in bringing about change in the upcoming year, He will bring it to pass. When God establishes something, it remains until He decides to change it. Look at night and day, the seasons, seed-time and harvest, the sun, the moon, and the stars. Keep this in mind as you look for change, often it is us and not our surroundings that need changing. I have found that each day God loads us with benefits and gives us what we need for each day, however we often can’t see the provision because our hearts are fixed on the wrong things, that is why I stated that to see lasting change begins with a change in our values. This equates to a change of heart, and a renewing of the mind, which are both God’s work. The more we lay down welcome mats for God in front of the various doors to our heart, the more ways He will enter in and bless us. I pray that in the upcoming year we open every door where we hear the gracious knock of God to usher in the permanent change our heart has been longing for.