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DASH 032 - 2020 Vision

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Proverbs 29:18 The Bible Says... KJV - “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” NASB - “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.” NCV - “Where there is no word from God, people are uncontrolled, but those who obey what they have been taught are happy.” NIV - “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

Just A Dash Sheesh! Why so many translations!? To get a comprehensive understanding of vision, and the consequences of lacking vision, I read several different translations. Since each version gave me a deeper understanding and greater context, I thought I’d share them all! For obvious reasons, 2020 is my year of clear VISION. I am dedicating this entire year to being clear and intentional about following God’s vision for every area of my life. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at an early age. I remember making that decision and being baptized at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I can’t definitively say what they catalyst in that decision was, but I can almost guarantee you it was more about wanting to do the right thing and my fear of Hell than a personal conviction. But hey, you live and learn, right? So, a little less than two years ago, I made a decision to not only accept Christ as my Lord and Savior, but to really LIVE for Him. I can say that one of the most incredible things that happened when I decided to live for Christ is that almost immediately, God started to reveal His vision for my life to me. Now, in true God fashion, none of it made sense right away, and I had no clue if I should be excited or terrified! But, just as it is written in the NCV and NIV translations of today’s key verse, once I received and started to obey the instructions and teachings of God, I found myself happier and more blessed than I had ever been before! I’d love to say that as soon as I made that choice, my entire life fell into place and everything from that point on was smooth sailing. Anyone who’s been saved more than five minutes can give you their own personal story of what really happens when you decide to follow Christ – Just like anyone in the Bible who chose to follow Christ, their faith and obedience was tested. I was no exception. 2019 was the most challenging year I’ve ever endured. I experienced so much loss – of clarity, security, of friendships, joy, and even life. I felt abandoned by God. There were so many times that I felt hopeless. I had been stripped of so much! My faith wavered endlessly, and I was often hurting and afraid. In all of that hurt, one thing remained: VISION. Of all the things I was unsure about, I remained certain about God’s vision for my life. That’s why it was so difficult to understand why all of these trials were being thrown my way. God was testing my obedience – and I was failing miserably. I allowed MY circumstances to cloud GOD’S vision. I became so focused on the promise of God’s vision, and I neglected the fact that the manifestation of that vision depended on my obedience to God’s instructions.

A Pinch More God is a Visionary, and the BEST architect of Vision. It’s not His desire that we perish or that we are uncontrolled or lacking restraint. So it stands to reason that God desires to give us vision so that we can avoid these circumstances. In seeking God’s Vision for our lives, it’s important that we understand what’s required of us to be trusted with it in the first place. God has always been intentional about who He uses to entrust His vision to. That’s why he only requires availability and obedience. He has to know that He can trust us to be available to be used by Him, and obedience enough to execute the plans of His vision. I can’t begin to explain all the ways in which God took the time to prepare me to receive His Vision for my life! So many moving parts have been at work to get me where I am today, and I’m learning more and more that my circumstances are never “by chance” or coincidental. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to unpack the concept of God’s Vision together. I’ll share more of my story and how God continues to reveal His vision for me,while helping you understand how to seek God and His vision for your own life.

Happy New Year DSM Family!

Q: Has God revealed any parts of His Vision for your life? What has He communicated to you? Q: How are you executing God’s instructions? Q: What other questions do you have about God’s Vision for your life?

Let me know in an email or join the conversation on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #DSM2020Vision!

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