HAS GOD EVER GIVEN YOU A VISION?

If you have ever been given a vision, God will do everything to make it happen. King David was just a shepherd boy until he faced Goliath. What if he received a vision but was too fearful to take the risk? Have you ever been given a vision and were afraid to trust that God would help you fulfill it?

Acts 2:17–21 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”

Romans 12:6–8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

We are living at a time when many are receiving all types of visions. Our forefathers had a vision for a new nation. God selected leaders during war times with visions to defeat the enemy. Look at all of the people who have created our technology because of a vision or dream they had.

A lot of hopes, dreams and visions are determined by our attitudes. If you are not where you should be spiritually, it may affect any vision that God would give you. You must trust what God says, in the end times, He will give visions, dreams and some the ability to prophesize, serve, teach, encourage, etc. Too many Christians do not feel worthy that God would give them a specific task to accomplish. What if the Holy Spirit gave you a vision or a dream, would you accept and pursue it?

You have heard it said: God will take an ordinary person and help them do extraordinary things. I have done things I never believed I could do. A very good friend that served with me on our church board was having a discussion. I told him how I believed the Holy Spirit had given me a real advantage in my Career. He asked me to explain. I related my story that in my freshman year in college, during the summer I worked for Birds Eye Frozen Foods. I had read Matthew 5:41 “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” The Bible tells us to work to please God. I was given the most physical job in the plant, dumping 20 pound boxes of lima beans, into a hopper. I worked harder than all of the seven others doing the same thing. After one month, I was promoted to one of the most responsible jobs in the plant. I did the same thing. I made sure that everything was done above what was expected. The next year they asked me to be the assistant foreman of the plant. I did everything I could to please God. The next year I was asked to be the plant foreman of the night shift over more than 200 people.

My wife had graduated and it was the end of my college junior year and a Christian high school asked me to be the coach for all three sports my senior year. The college asked my wife to be head of a girl’s dormitory housing freshmen women. We were very young and there were many more qualified to do those jobs than we were. We had free room and board, free college tuition my senior year plus, the government paid us because of my GI service. My income at Birds Eye was more than what I received coaching.

After two years, I took a job with Montgomery Ward on their management program. After six years, I became one of the youngest store managers in our region. My eighth transfer, I was promoted to Las Vegas which became one of the largest and most profitable stores in the nine western states. After 29 years with Wards, I started my own business and God made it successful.

My friend said I should write a book about how God will give advantages to Christians who live by His principles. I laughed! I have absolutely no talent to write even a paragraph. He said, “If you give me notes, I will help you write it.” This is what I did. I would give him notes on different subjects and he would write it for a book. When it was completed, it was submitted to a number of publishers. None would accept it.

A member of my men’s Bible class said I should rewrite it and he would give his input. He had been a professional basketball player for the Nets and the Sacramento Kings. It was like God was given me a vision to rewrite the book with his input. I felt the Holy Spirit was encouraging me to start. After completely rewriting, I sent it to my friend’s daughter, the one who help me write the first book. She edited and improved it. It was then sent to a publisher and it was accepted. One condition, I was to write a Christian blog as it would help sell the book.

My grandson set up the blog’s format. My son reviews, edits and puts them on the Internet. My brother-in-law and my oldest son read them prior to posting and say whether they are acceptable or not. They have been read in over 100 nations and viewed by approximately 75,000. Who would have thought that a person with no original talent for writing would write approximately 700 blogs over the past five years?

This blog is written to encourage you that Christ can use you and don’t be surprised if you are given a vision or an unusual dream. These blogs are Holy Spirit inspired and it seems like it is not me writing them. Remember, had King David not approached Goliath, he would have continued as a shepherd herding sheep. Do you want to herd sheep or become a king? Trust God! Look for hope, a dream or a vision as God promises He may give.

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