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The Word For Today

You need a vision



'You spoke in a vision.' Psalm 89:19 NIV

The psalmist says: 'One you spoke in a vision, to your faithful people you said..."I have found David my servant; with my sacred oil I have anointed him. My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him"' (Psalm 89:19-21 NIV). Great vision always precedes great achievement. And God is the giver of great visions - so ask him for one. Vision gives birth to the goal; it sparks and fuels the fire within, and moves you forward in spite of the odds and obstacles.

To get a handle on the word 'vision', you must understand these things: (1) Vision comes from God. He knows what you're capable of and what he has gifted you to do. Are you looking beyond yourself, even beyond your own lifetime, as you seek your vision? If not, you may be missing your God-given potential and his best for you. If, after seeking God for a vision, you still don't have one, consider partnering with someone whose vision resonates within you. (2) Vision draws on your history. Vision isn't some mystical quality that comes out of a vacuum. It grows out of your past experiences, and the history of the people around you. (3) Vision meets other people's needs. A God-given vision goes far beyond what one person can accomplish. It includes and blesses others. If your vision doesn't do that, it's probably too small. (4) Vision attracts resources. Like a magnet, it draws, challenges and unites people. It also rallies finances and other resources. The greater your vision, the more faith-filled people it will attract. And the more challenging the vision, the harder the participants will fight to achieve it.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 6-7, Mark 12:1-27, Ps 101, Pro 12:12-14

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'Thou O king art most worthy'



'Every knee will bow to the name of Jesus.' Philippians 2:10 NCV

During one of the crusades, Philippe Auguste, king of France, assembled all his noble knights and encouraged them to be strong in battle. On the table he placed his royal crown, bearing the inscription 'To the most worthy', and pledged it as a prize to be given to the bravest fighter. After the army went to battle and returned victorious, they encircled the table where the crown sat. Then one of the nobles stepped forward, lifted the crown, and placed it on the king's head, saying, 'Thou, O king, art the most worthy.'

The Bible says, 'Every knee will bow to the name of Jesus - everyone in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord' (Philippians 2:10-11 NCV). Note the words 'every knee will bow'. In 2011, the population reference bureau estimated that 106 billion people had been born since the dawn of the human race. Guess what? Every single one of them will bow to the name of Jesus. Try to imagine all those people - over ten times the world's population - kneeling before Christ and saying, 'Thou, O king, art most worthy.'

In that moment Christ will assume his position 'far above all rule and authority and power and dominion...not only in this age but also in the one to come' (Ephesians 1:21 NAS). Then he, the author and finisher of it all, will close the book on this life and open the book on the next. That's the beginning of the unending story that we, the redeemed of the Lord, wait for and long for.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 3-5, Mark 11:27-33, Ps 128, Pro 12:10-11

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God and your money 8



'The Word became flesh.' John 1:14 NKJV

Jesus came into the world for two reasons. First, to give you the greatest gift of all - eternal life. Second, to let you know he cares about every detail of your life. 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases it: 'The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.'

Roughly 20 per cent of everything Jesus taught had to do with our finances, our job and our earthly needs. He cares! And when you can't make ends meet, the Bible says, 'God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory' (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). When your business is going under, his promise is 'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit' (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV).

God cares about the burden you're carrying today, so if your needs aren't being met, re-evaluate your understanding of your heavenly Father. Have you even discussed your finances with him? How about the purchase of your home? Did you feel the inner confirmation of the Holy Spirit that the timing was right? Have you been tithing, sowing into God's Kingdom and expecting a harvest in return? Seed sown in good ground always produces a harvest, and faith is the magnet that pulls the harvest into your life. The word for you today is - God loves you and wants to bless every area of your life.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 1-2, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 45, Pro 12:7-9

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