Welcome to Post #3 of Revive Your Life with the Power of Prayer Series! My dear friend and blogging buddy, Carmen Brown of Married by His Grace is back with us this week! If you missed any of our earlier posts or want more information on our upcoming Live Event, click on any of the image links below. ♥
Have you ever had a vision and knew without a doubt it was from God? But then fear told you getting there was not possible?
Let’s say you saw a vision of you singing in front of hundreds or thousands of people. You are singing about His love, grace, and His mighty presence. You feel the anointing of the Holy Spirit in that place but once the vision ends, you realize you have never even been on a praise team before. How do you go from singing privately in your room to singing to thousands about Him?
The enemy would love nothing more than to give us doubt and denial about what God has shown us. His goal for us is to not receive the entirety of the vision.The enemy would love nothing more than to give us doubt and denial about what God has shown us #prayer #momentsofhope #powerofprayer #anighttorevive Click To Tweet
Satan will also use lies such as; ‘Maybe what we saw is not exactly what the vision means’. This lie is to make us believe some visions may look too grand to attain.
But we must never forget: Nothing is too grand for God.
I have witnessed radical things happen through visions of what God was going to do in my marriage, with my children, in ministry, and with my Blog. Each vision gave me hope, faith, and encouragement to reach for what He has called for my life.
By believing in the promises He gave me, lives were changed and healing was able to take place in many situations.
A vision from the Lord does not only come as something you see, it also comes with a mighty rush of faith, a confirmation through the word of God, or a fierce determination that this is what God called us to do.
Even with the excitement of new things to come, great things do come with trials, tribulations, and obstacles along the course to the finish line. It’s what builds the testimony. When you know it is something from God, you become like a athlete running the race. Consistently training yourself up with discipline and endurance to get you where God wants. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
It doesn’t come with covetous while others are growing toward their calling, but you feel stagnant. Nor does it come with envy as someone else’s position on the worship team came easier than it did for you.
When we are looking at others, we waste our time.
It takes our focus away and changes our prayer direction, fogging the clarity of the vision we were once given.
A man once told me of a vision from when his children were young. He stood on a porch of a big home where trees and crop fields extended as far as he could see. Before the boundaries of the crops, in flourishing tall grass, he saw twelve grandchildren running. All his children were in the farmland with their hands on the plow. Each one pushing in sync with their spouse.
I distinctly remember hearing his story fifteen years ago while all his children were merely in their teens. Today, this man’s children all know the Lord and work in ministry. All four children and twelve grandchildren go to church with him and his wife every Sunday. Witnessing this man’s testimony is beautiful.
This man does not own acres upon acres of land, nor does he have a big home.
Yet, because he has children and grandchildren serving the Lord alongside him, he is the richest man in the world.
Throughout the years, discouragement may have occurred in the moments he wondered if his vision would come to pass. He could have coveted the experiences of others as their children gave their lives to the Lord, yet his own hadn’t.
But he kept praying.
He kept his faith like the athlete who wanted to receive the prize. He sought God to keep himself focused on the example needed for his children. He sought clarity through prayer requesting a refreshing and renewing of the vision when discouragement threatened.
Our Prayer Direction
Laying before God in prayer brings intimacy with Him. It’s when we request a revival of our visions and calling. And through this, He is faithful, bringing our focus back to Him.
Today I challenge you to go before God. Ask Him to give you focus and clarity for what He has shown you. Ask Him where He wants you to grow.Go before God. Ask Him to give you focus and clarity for what He has shown you and for where He wants you to grow. #prayer #powerofprayer #momentsofhope #anighttorevive Click To Tweet
These questions are important as we work toward the visions. They enable trust in Him and in what He has in store for us. Through them, we receive a better understanding of where we are going as we learn and grow.
My prayer today is that you fully receive what God has promised you and that you continuously seek clarity from Him. May clarity bring great revelation to the day of when the vision comes to pass so that you are able to fully comprehend the entirety of His will for your life. May you not seek after what you think the vision should bring, but that you seek after what God has called for your life.
Carmen Brown is the creator of Married by His Grace blog. She actively writes to women who are desiring to build their home with the word of God. Her passions involve staying connected with her family, drinking an immense amount of coffee daily, and developing content that will help and encourage new Christian Bloggers. You can connect with Carmen on her blog, Instagram, and Pinterest.
#MomentsofHope Featured Post
I am so excited to share with you this week a new friend, Emily Saxe of To Unearth. Her words in her post, The Difference Between Seeing And Perceiving Jesus: An Easter Story cut through the noise and lingered throughout the week.
What is the difference between seeing and perceiving? And a step further … How do YOU perceive Jesus?
“But there’s a beauty to this. Despite our lack of perceiving Jesus, He calls us by name. He desires to break through our cloud of distrust and confusion. He reaches out His scar-borne hands and breathes life through our name.
And suddenly, like Mary, the scales fall from our eyes and hope floods where before there was only an empty cavern. We realize He is what we need, not the task or the job or the situation righting itself.” -Emily Saxe
While you are there, please don’t forget to share some #MomentsofHope comment love ♥ And,Emily, please feel free to grab the Happily Featured Here button below!
The How Do You See Yourself Free Online Quiz!
I have created an interactive 5-minute quiz that will tell you how well you see yourself as a reflection of Christ versus a reflection of an ever-changing and often angry world. What is your Identity Factor (IF) and how does it effect all of your relationships? Do you long for more than the world’s reflection?
And then be on the look-out for a soon releasing email course titled Longing for More than the World’s Reflection. It will walk you through the steps to seeing yourself in the reflection of an unwavering and loving God rather than in the unsteady and often angry reflection of the world. Stay tuned for more information!
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