Vision

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What is your vision for the remaining years God will give you on this earth?

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matthew 11:12

If people can’t see what God is doing,they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals,they are most blessed. – Proverbs 29:18

Jesus is clear that the violence the kingdom suffers must be met with violence. Not physical violence but extreme, intense commitment to follow through, carry on, no matter what may come.
I need a vision that will enable me to do that. To sustain that momentum through the remaining years of the life God gives me on this earth.
Without out a vision I am destined to mediocrity, unable to be the man God has called me to be, or in the words of the writer of Proverbs “unable to grasp what God is doing, stumbling all over myself”.

I love the classic scene from The Blues Brothers when Jake Blues announces: “We’re on a mission from God.”
I have had those moments. The adventure was at hand, the passion was high.
With my sunglasses and a half a tank of gas  I headed out to fulfill the mission. And came up short of my destination.
Why? Because without a vision the mission became more important than the purpose.
I need a vision that reveals not just the beginning but the end and the purpose for it all. Mark Batterson in his book “Play the Man” says this

If you aren’t on a mission from God, you aren’t really living—you’re dying. You aren’t just wasting your God-given potential, you’re wasting space. You’re dead weight.
You need a vision for a mission.
Ask God to give it to you. Pray, fast, study—whatever it takes, don’t stop until you have your vision.
Then write it down and never forget it or stop pursuing it with all the “violence” of your God-given determination.

I intend to do exactly that. Pray, fast, study whatever it takes to have that vision. There is too much at stake, and too little time to waste.

I Am Guilty

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What did I bring
To your salvation table?
I had
no righteousness to offer,
no strength to give,
no wisdom to present.
There was
nothing
that I could deliver
that would commend me
to You.
I crawled broken
to your table,
weighed down and crippled by
my sin,
my guilt,
my weakness,
my foolishness,
my pride,
my shame.
I had no right to be with you,
but you picked me up
and placed me there.
You fed me the life giving nutrients
of grace
with your nail scarred hands.
And I haven’t left your
table of mercy since.

“What then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Romans 8:31

From New Morning Mercies

by Paul David Tripp