Spiritual vision is
what you see with your eyes closed. It’s a living picture of your
preferred future. It’s not based on your current circumstances, but on your
calling from God.
I received a text from Mavis a couple weeks ago, saying, “I guess we’re not having Vision Sunday this year? I don’t know why, but I always look forward to this. I think it’s because we are beginning everything fresh. A new beginning.”
Actually, we are! Vision Sunday is February 7. In keeping with the recommendations in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we will be having this year’s Vision Sunday 2021 online, but we are definitely doing this, and your participation is as important as ever! Think of our gathering in these terms: We are part of one house with many rooms, including your living room.
On Vision Sunday, I will share direction for 2021 to inspire and align us moving forward this year. Our theme is BREAKTHROUGH. Are you ready, even hungry, for another spiritual breakthrough? Amazing news… Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled!
David experienced a major breakthrough. It happened at a time when he faced a powerful opponent, when it would have been easy to accept defeat. The Philistines had heard that David had been anointed king. They remembered how he had defeated their champion, Goliath, and led Israel’s armies to victories over them. They went in search of David to take him down.
David, this mighty warrior, was ready to confront these enemies. But, before taking any action, he sought God. He wanted to know if the Lord wanted him to attack. God responded, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.”
When Israel followed God’s leading, they won a great victory. David realized that this had been a “breakthrough.” God had “broken through” the defenses of his enemies like rushing water exploding through a blockage, like a bursting flood.
David was very aware of the enormity of the problem he faced and of all God had done for him in the past. He knew that the Lord had shattered the walls that stood before him once again. It was such a powerful moment that he changed the name of the place where the battle was fought. It became known as “Baal-perazim.” That means “The Lord of breakthroughs.” David wanted everyone to remember that God had given him this breakthrough.
In our lives, we face many adversaries and problems. We can feel overwhelmed and outnumbered…afraid and discouraged…or filled with doubt and worry. I know you’re weary, even exhausted, and want to encourage you with the same words Paul used to encourage the church in Corinth; God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8).
That leads me to our focus verse for the year ahead: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29
This is our calling from God; to be joined with Jesus, to go His way, to learn from Him and experience spiritual rest. We don’t need this more than ever, but perhaps are more aware of how much we need this.
Remember, God is the God of breakthroughs. He can give you victory in any situation, creating breaches in any wall that seems to block your path. Believe Him for breakthroughs – to make all grace abound in every situation – and the rest you need. Because we all know… the best is yet to come!
Your fellow servant of Christ Jesus,