"So it was, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the west side of the Jordan, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel until we had crossed over, that their heart melted; and there was no spirit in them any longer because of the children of Israel." - Joshua 5:1 (NKJV)
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. - John 4:35-36 (KJV)
The word "vision" literally means the ability to see things that are visible. It also used to mean the ability to see other things. - "unusual competence in discernment or perception; intelligent foresight" (American Heritage Dictionary)
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Colossians 2:2-3 (KJV).
Everyone is looking for comfort but the focus of comfort has been shifted from the knowledge of God to the knowledge of the world. Things that can be acquired or accomplished with our hands and our labor have become the source of excitement and love.
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You." - Hebrews 2:10-12
How often you have had it on your mind to share the love of Jesus Christ. Sometime it's like a burden on your heart to see someone receive salvation as the Word of God proclaims in the Bible. Or even to share the gospel with someone close to you.
They go from strength to strength; every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. -PSALM 84:7 (KJV)
The Father of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ is the God of continuity. He ordains progression for us. He wants us to move forward in life and possess more territories; do greater works and attain higher grounds in every sphere of life. But how long and frequent do we show up in His presence to be injected with the where withal? How often do we draw strength and inspiration, knowledge and hidden ideas from the Lord we serve? They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. -Isaiah 40:31
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? - Mark 4: 37-38 KJV.
There is a great difference between a Process and a Purpose. God cherishes His purpose for your life more than He does for the Process. He delivers us in turbulence in the process of life.
"You are a Pastor after the heart of God - giving so generously to the saints - it brings tears to my eyes when I read them! The love of God spread across each soul - watering, cultivating, and blessing each one. I am undone. We need more selfless serving leaders like you! Manifold blessings continually to you dear Pastor Wales. - Vanessa Anne Gray (USA)"