Your Vision For Today

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Do you have a plan for today?

Do you have a vision for today?

Proverbs 29:18 in the King James Version says:

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word for vision is H2372 and it means:

“vision; vision in an ecstatic state; divine communication”

Even though ecstatic isn’t in the King James Bible. . defines it as:

“a state of sudden, intense, overpowering emotion; full of joy, rapturous”

The meaning of the Hebrew word for perish in Proverbs 29:18 is different than you might think.

When you say something perishes. . .it’s generally assumed that it dies.  But listen to the Strong’s Concordance definition of perish:

“lead; act as leader; let go; let loose; ignore; let alone”

Where there is no vision. . .no divine communication . . .the people will ignore. . .let loose. . .let go of their destiny. . .but happy is the one who keeps the Word and law of God.

The Amplified Bible translation of Proverbs 29:18 says:

“Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.”

So if you want to be happy today. . .you need a vision of what you will accomplish because doing so will make you happy and blessed.                 

Habakkuk 2:2 came clearly into my mind.  It is the scripture the Lord gave me for you.

"And the Lord... said, Write the vision, and make it plain... that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision . . . shall speak will surely come, it will not tarry."

By the way, the word vision in this verse is the same Hebrew word we found in Proverbs 29:18.

The Contemporary English Version (CEV) of Habakkuk 2:2 says:

Then the LORD told me:  ‘I will give you my message in the form of a vision.  Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.’”

Your vision for today must be written down very clearly.

If you don’t have a vision for your day. . .somebody else will.

If you don’t have a vision for your money. . .somebody else will.

Do not allow this next statement to be made in passing. . .it’s an absolute fact.

If you don’t have a vision for the money. . .a specific plan. . .then the money will never come into your hands.

Let me say that again.

If you don’t have a vision for the money. . .a specific plan. . .then the money will never come into your hands.

I’ve often said that Money follows vision.  If you don’t have a vision, then you don’t need the money .

Or more properly said. . .what is your vision for today?  What is your money vision for today?

As an aside, let me say that if you do not have a money vision. . .then what money you have will be sucked into buying stuff.

People often buy stuff in order to seek fulfillment, inner joy and happiness. . .it doesn’t work that way.

Stuff. . .while fun for a season. . .will never bring you the kind of inner peace, joy and happiness that you can find in serving the Lord. . .and following your God given vision.

Stuff is creative. . .it creates stress, confusion, guilt, pain, emptiness, frustration and fear.

Here’s a great rule of thumb. . .don’t buy anything just because everyone else is doing it.

Now let’s get back to your vision for today. . .and tomorrow.

Next, I was directed to write about Proverbs 19:17 in the King James Version which says:

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

“He”. . .that’s you and me.  You are the “he” and I am “he” referred to in this scripture.

The word pity according to the Strong’s Concordance means:

“to be gracious, show favour, pity.”

Pity is defined in as:

“sympathetic or kindly sorrow evoked by the suffering, distress, or misfortune of another, often leading one to give relief or aid or to show mercy.”

Pity is much more than feeling sorry for somebody.  Pity is much more than a mental thought process or feeling. . .scriptural pity requires action on your part.

Pity may bring a tear to your eye but scriptural pity will make you get up out of your chair, take out your checkbook and open doors for others to walk in favour.

The scripture says that YOU should take action to give relief to those who need it.

Proverbs 19:17 in the New Living Translation says:

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord--and he will repay you!”

Notice the first word in that scripture.  It says “If.”

By saying “if” the scripture is indicating that you have a choice. . .you can choose to help or not help the poor.

According to the Strong’s Concordance the word poor means:

“low, weak” and it is from the root word that means “being in distress.

The word poor means different things to different people.

Some consider themselves poor when they eat spam while others would give anything for the crust of stale bread.

Some people consider themselves poor when they when they have to wear the same dress to church Sunday after Sunday while others don’t have a church to attend much less a dress to wear.

Some would consider themselves poor when they have to drive a car that looks like a refugee from a junk car salvage lot while others would give anything not to have to walk through adverse weather and through dangerous locations.

Some people consider themselves poor when they live in a home without air conditioning or heat while others consider themselves poor when their home is made out of dried mud and cardboard.

Some consider themselves poor when they don’t have money left over to invest after paying all their monthly bills while others consider themselves poor when they have no money to pay bills at all.

Regardless of your definition of being poor or living in distress. . .the point is that the Word of the Lord says we are to take action on behalf of the poor. . .those living in distress.

Our responsibility was a citizen of the Heavenly Kingdom is to have a vision to help others.  In order for that to happen, we need a vision of where we are. . .where we’re going an what we’re going to do when we get there.

It’s real simple. . .we’ll never develop a vision for today and tomorrow by S.O.Y.B … sitting on our behinds.

God will reveal to you. . .the exact details of your daily vision. . .but you must ask Him in faith. . .believing He will give you the response you desire.

I encourage you to write clearly and specifically your vision for today and review it frequently during the day.  Write the vision and make it plain.

Psalm 18:20 in the Message Bible says:

“God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I got my act together, he gave me a fresh start. Now I'm alert to God's ways; I don't take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I'm watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.”

Keep a journal or word document on your progress each day.  This effective visual will be of immeasurable assistance to you.

You must testify of God’s revelatory instructions and the manifestation of all the things He has stirred in your spirit and life.

Each night review your vision for the day. . .what worked. . .what didn’t. . .what you need to do differently or not at all.

Celebrate your victories and give God the glory.

Revelation 12:11 in the King James Version says:

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death”

Finally, unless you are specific about your vision for your day. . .for you life. . .you will never bring forth God's best for your life.

Psalm 25:12 in The Living Bible says:

“Where is the man who fears the Lord?  God will teach him how to choose the best.”

It’s time to pursue your vision for today and bring forth God’s best for your life