Keeping Your Hands Strong For The Vision: Blogs by Teacher CJ Jones
Keeping Your Hands Strong For The Vision"
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Today, I felt the need to revisit this topic, because many of God's people are walking away from the vision. They are turning their backs from the local churches to chase other things. The local church is the greatest entity on the face of this earth. The reason why the earth has been framented is because the focus has left the local church. Many Christians today feel like it's not God if there aren't 5,000 members on the church roll. Your main focus when joining a ministry should be the vision; what are you willing to do to see that it comes to past?
If there's no vision, the people has no way to stay in order or keep focus. The people will run wild without vision. Sheep without a shepard will run wild and be open prey for the enemy. God's people become open prey for the devil when they are not locked into vision.
Everything done for God must be done in order. God has placed an accurate order on everything. God is raising up his Apostles and Prophets to restore the order in the house of the Lord. Without the Apostolic/Prophetic anointing flowing, the local church won't be a force of entity. It is important to have both. No one wants to be on a job where everyone is running wild and doing their own thing. Order has to come. We must get in line with the order given and work the vision.
4And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
The greatest opposition for weakening your hands for the vision is murmuring. Murmuring causes the vision to die or di-vision. When we look at the above scriptures, we see that these people were in the wrong spirit, but they were united. This is the perfect example of the power of one. Everyone of them minded the same thing, spoke the same thing, and did the same thing. Because of the unity of these people, God himself had to come down to see what was going on. Our unity should cause the Lord himself to take notice and move on our behalf.
When the vision is written out, there should be no murmuring, complaining, or bickering. None of these things should be named among you because you have the plan. Once you have the plan, our jobs is to now do what is written. Everyone can't be a visionaire or the head in the vision. Imagine seeing a dog with 12 heads; this would be freaky and abnormal. When there are many people that have their own opinions of how things should go and are not carrying out the vision, we look deformed to God. The lack of unity is one of the reasons for murmuring many times. When there is no unity, there is scattering. Where there is scattering, there is open prey for the enemy.
I John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
The only thing that keeps us unified is through Jesus Christ. He is love and love must be the focal point in our vision. If you are not expressing love toward one another, could it be because you are not holy? If you say you have Christ is you, you will love unconditionally. Love must be your motivating factor for keeping your hands strong for the vision. Love has a way of bringing unity. Where there's unity, the Shekinah Glory is present. Yes, God's presence is everywhere, but His Shekinah glory is not.
If we love one another, we are less likely to hurt one another intentionally. The Bible tells us that it is love that covers a multitude of sins. When you are loving in spite of, it becomes contagious. The world does not want to see how much we know, but how much we care as being the Body of Christ. The only way to truly care is through love. God is up to something people of God. It is time that the local churches unite the more. God is not a God of disorder or chaos. He's a God of order, unity, love, oneness. Check yourself and see if you have your love walk down packed. The vision will come to pass, but we must strengthen our unity and love for one another in order to be around when it does. God is going to fulfill His vision, with or without us.
Exodus 15:23, 24
23And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
When we fail to understand one another, it causes disunity. Disunity is the reason why so many people are losing strength in the vision. Communication is the key to knowing one another. When we communicate, we can relate. We must communicate with the Father in order to stay one with Him. If we are not one with Him, we cannot be one with one another. God is love, therefore it is impossible to love without Him.
Murmuring is a major road block to the vision. Murmuring is a sullen dissatisfication with things, or in other words, not satisfied. Many may think murmuring is spoken, but it's silent. It's done in the heart; out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
In the above scriptures, we see a situation. Moses had led the children of Israel out of bondage and here they are murmuring and complaining against him. These people were slaves and God chose Moses to rescue them, but they were so busy worrying about food and water that they forgot about the goodness of the Lord. It is a dangerous thing to murmur against your leader. This is one time that God will show up and deal with you personally. What God began, He will complete till the end. God is not stupid, He knows what we need and when we will need it. Murmuring hurts no one but yourself in the end. Get in the flow and stay there until He moves on your behalf.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We have been speaking on some of the things that weaken your hands and cause many to throw in the towel on the vision. Murmuring is one of the main blows that strike the vision. When you start murmuring, or becoming dissatisfied, you start looking back. You cannot keep walking forward, looking backwards; you will fall, or either crash into something. Many people are attempting to bring their old religions, traditions, and methods into the vision and it's not working. The children of Israel were murmuring so much against Moses that they wished that they were left in Egypt and die as slaves. They were constantly looking back, which delayed their promise. It is the traditions of men that make the Word of God of none effect. God is attempting to move without traditions permission. Will you allow your ministries to be led by the Spirit of God, or traditions? God does not need any help, He know what He's doing. He is God all by Himself.
Understand that God will set you up to see what's in your heart. If you begin speaking against your vision, you are setting yourself up for failure. Familiarity is the spirit behind murmuring. When we get too familiar with the men and women of God that He has placed over us, as soon as they say or do something we don't like, we begin to kick against them. It's time for the church to grow up and grow out. God is trying to pour out His Spirit, but He will not pour anything into a wasted container. Whose life are you influencing? How many souls are being saved in your ministry? The Bible tells us thatsigns and wonders should follow the Word preached. How many signs and wonders are being performed in your services? Could it be that you need to reach back and strengthen your hands for the vision?
God has sent His Word to heal us and set us free. If you know that you have been looking back, murmuring, not loving like you should, or even not doing what you know to do, there is hope. Repentance is the way. To repent just mean to take on a change of mind and direction. Stop going down that road. You've already confessed Christ when you were saved, now it's time to get out of your mind and take on the vision mind, or the mind of Christ.
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