Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained…” NASU
Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint…” NKJV
Picking up from last time regarding VISION it is my belief that Vision requires Divine Revelation. We are directed to “possess” the land or place of promise. The Land represent the Promise and possessing it would be impossible if we are in the dark as to:
- What the Promise is.
- What the Purpose is.
- What Our Place is.
The 1st Adam lost our inheritance the Last Adam won or purchased it back. Our promise was lost by man (Adam) and regained by man (Jesus) and is to be enforced by the new man (Church).
1 John 4:17 – “…as He is, so are we in this world.”
John 14:12 – “…the works that I do you will do also…”
2 Corinthians 10:4 – “…the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but might in God for the puling down of strongholds…”
Romans 8:37 – …we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Ephesians 1:12 – we are to be, “…the praise of His glory.”
Ephesians 2:6 – He has, “…raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Isaiah 2:2 declares that in the last days the mountain of the LORD’s house will be established and Amos 9:11 proclaims that in that day God will raise up the Tabernacle of David. The Church, in the Bible, is described as a house which is a body, which is an army, which is comprised of people a many membered body. I declare that God is in the process of reestablishing His GLORIOUS HOUSE.
1 Peter 2:5 – “…you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Psalm 92:13-14 – “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of God. They shall bring forth fruit in old age: they shall be fat and flourishing.”
Unfortunately for decades much of the church has been nothing more than a lumberyard or brick pile filled with unconnected, unrelated pieces of lumber or bricks. Not a house or a building but individual stones without the connection of vision and therefore without restraint and often running wild.
In Ephesians 2:21-22 the apostle Paul describes God purpose regarding the church, “In whom all the building fitly framed (organized and compacted together) together grows into a Holy Temple in the Lord: In whom you also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.” Have you ever seen a natural building that can grow spiritually? Imagine an army where every soldier does his/her own thing. Imagine a family with no structure or purpose. Imagine a corporation where everyone does what they think best. Imagine a society or a nation in that condition. That would be utter chaos and there would be no progress or purpose.
In Ephesians 4:16 we read, “From whom the whole body FITLY FRAMED together and COMPACTED by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part.” Acts Chapter 2 is important not only because it tells us of Salvation but gives instructions as to how believers are to relate and how God’s house is going to be built. After Peter’s sermon the question was, “What must we do?” Peter’s simplistic but comprehensive answer was: Repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. That’s the beginning but he did not stop there for in verse 40 we find, “and with many other words he did testify and exhort.” He went on to give them vision, understanding and direction. If we want to avoid being nothing more than a solitary piece of lumber we must hear the message and receive the vision.
Again, time and space prohibits continuing so we will resume on the next post. God bless you richly as you go through this day!