Hello guys, still on the vision series,I trust that by now we have discovered the ideas and dreams God has placed in our hearts. So, you’ve gotten a vision? Yippee! That is great news, although at times it can be overwhelming but this is how we can work with vision:
When God gives you an idea, you don’t have to worry about being incapable or inadequate, because He is the God of all wonders, maker of Heaven and Earth, when He calls a person, He turns them into great people. He called Abraham and made Him a great nation, and if that same God has decided to call you, it means, He will make everything come to pass as He has spoken.Remember, 1 thessalonians 5:24 says “……He who called you is faithful” All God needs is a willing and ready heart, someone who is available and everything is set! He will provide the men, money and materials to make His project work. It is almost pride for you to be scared that the project might fail because it means that you feel it is by your own power and strength that it will work and you lack confidence in God.
From my experience at PUSH 2016 Conference, I learnt quite a few things about working with your God given vision. Lay aside all fear of the unknown, feelings of inadequacy, incapability, etc and set the ball rolling. The key is:
- Total dependence on God and reliance on the Holy Spirit to give you ideas to put in place, to send helpers your way. God is God and He is Mighty in all His ways. Trust Him! I remember when I was in Law school and the idea for PUSH was burning in my heart, I didn’t know where to start from, or who to even tell. I remember telling God that I would not start out if I did not have a team or helpers. Then i read a book by Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church called “Greater” where he said “start with what you have, you have all that you need to do what God wants you to do”. I also stumbled on a blog post by Frances Okoro where she was talking about helpers. She said take a step and helpers would meet you on the way. That is exactly what I did, and guess what, that is exactly what happened! I got helpers from every side. God is indeed faithful!
- Never deviate from the vision on which the project is based. God had a reason for entrusting the idea into your hands, so you have to nourish, groom it, and by His grace make it into a success but never ever change the vision for which you have been called. The main thing should be the main thing! At a point, while planning for PUSH, I might have gone overboard, added a target audience God didn’t ask me to, and it put me under a lot of stress because I started to worry. It’s very important to be led by God because you will be rest assured that you are in His will. God had mercy on me though, He factored all the extra arrangements I had made out of zealousness, into His plans and everything worked out to His glory!
- This next lesson is a bit similar to the previous one, as you let people know about your vision, always remember the exact words God told you. When God speaks to you and you are sure it is surely God, you don’t necessarily need to seek approval from human beings. Yes you will need them to pray with you, you will need to seek guidance from mentors on strategies to employ to achieve the vision, you will need people who have walked the same road before, so you can draw from their well of knowledge and experience, you will need people to get you connected to helpers, but never tamper with God’s idea. It is dangerous. People will get excited and want to give you advice, always remember the words God spoke to your heart when you were in His presence. When God called Paul, and told Him, he would proclaim Good news about Jesus Christ to the gentiles, he did not rush out to consult with any human being<Galatians 1:16,17>
- All the earthly glory that comes from the success should go back to Him, after all it’s his work, and you are only a vessel. Don’t steal His glory (actually you couldn’t if you tried because it’s His alone). So don’t try!
My brain is still booting, more about my lessons learnt coming in the next blog post. Have a great experience working God’s vision for your life and this generation!