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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…called according to His purpose.’ Romans 8:28 NKJV

Nobody can give you a vision for your life, but here’s how to find yours: (1) Look within you. What moves you? What are you excited about? Paul said, ‘…I am compelled to preach…’ (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV) (2) Look behind you. What has life taught you? Experience provides us with the wisdom needed to fulfil our destiny. What does your past tell you about your future? (3) Look around you. God never calls us alone. Moses needed 70 elders. Jesus picked 12 disciples. Paul spoke of those who worked with him. Fulfilling your destiny requires having the right people in your life. (4) Look ahead of you. Helen Keller said, ‘The only thing that’s worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision.’ What do you see through the eye of faith? St Augustine said, ‘Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.’ (5) Look beside you. What resources are available to you, for example, books, CDs, conferences and mentors? If your vision is not bigger than you, it’s not of God. And the greater it is, the more resources it will require. (6) Look above you. Jeremiah writes, ‘…They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.’ (Jeremiah 23:16 NKJV) We are ‘called according to His purpose’, not according to the need, or the fact that the door is open, or that our talent will be appreciated and well rewarded. Your vision must fulfil your God-ordained destiny, nothing else. So, do you need to recognise your vision, resurrect your vision or refocus on your vision?

SoulFood: 1 John 3:11-5:21, John 7:25-44, Ps 104:27-35, Pr 24:29

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