February 11 2019
Last week I talked about my word for the year. It is “new.” What is the vision the Lord has given you? Sitting in my office is a wooden piece that has Proverbs 29:18 on it. It says in cap letters LEAD WITH VISION. Where there is no vision, the people perish. New American Standard uses a more accurate word than perish. It says the people are “unrestrained.” I have watched churches over the years do a lot for the kingdom of God, and yet when there is a target, a vision, people move together and the advancement is unbelievable. That is a whole sermon in itself…maybe a whole sermon series. Lol! I go back to my question. What is the vision that God has placed on your life personally for your 2019?
Vision always has to be broken down and decisions have to be made based on that vision. Over the next few weeks I want to tell you about some things that I heard that are great targets/personal promises under one vision of 2019 “new” can be. I am not saying these have to be yours, but all of these resonated with me greatly.
The first one I want to talk about this week is that I will not be complicit in my own oppression. Can we all agree, that as a Christian in this world, we can be targeted by the enemy and he wants to oppress us? There are three basic agendas that seem to come at us on a daily, maybe even a moment by moment, basis. It is the agenda of what I desire for myself (my personal agenda), what others expect of me (their agenda), and of course the most important one, God’s desire for us. If we live a selfish life, making practice at not living in Romans 12:10 of outdoing one another in brotherly love, and Philippians 2 of thinking of ourselves first and foremost, and higher than we ought to think, this will contribute to our own oppression. There is no way a self-centered life will ever be fulfilling. Second to that of course, is living out other’s agendas for our lives. Nothing can get us oppressed, and maybe even depressed faster than trying to fill the agenda someone else has for us. There is no one alive that is safe from others dictating what they believe needs to be the most important thing to us. The problem is that what may be urgent for others may not even need to be on our radar, let alone be the agenda set up for us. The most important one, of course is God’s will, God’s desire, God’s agenda for us. 1 Corinthians 10:31 sums this up. “Whatever we eat or drink, whatever we do; do all for the glory of God.” To make sure that God’s desire for us is our focus may require some very courageous conversations with others to make sure they understand clearly that our agenda will be driven by God and God alone. This might not be the most popular thing for us, but it certainly is the most profitable.
Spend some time this week thinking about the agenda that is laid before you in 2019. What will drive it? Will it be you, others, or God Himself?
Hey, this week in worship, the choir starts us out with a song that we have done several times here titled “Open Up the Heavens.” We continue with our worship in singing a song by Israel Houghton titled, “I Know Who I Am.” I know who I am. I am Yours! We sing the chorus of “Here I Am to Worship” into “10,000 Reasons” and right into “At the Cross (Love Ran Red).”
I will see you Sunday.