Acts 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this PURPOSE, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly VISION.
We hear a lot of talk about vision and are often asked, “What’s your vision?” This is hard to answer and frequently answered wrongly when a person does not understand purpose. Purpose is what gives vision to us. Vision is simply God’s purpose coming into our view (Proverbs 29:18; Acts 26:16, 19). It is a reflection from the purpose of God. God’s purpose (His intent /His heart/what He had in mind) is in His Word and from His Spirit. When purpose comes into our view, where we see His intent, His heart, His mind, then that is vision. His intention, aim, or purpose is reflected to us. The source of Bible vision is always God’s purpose. He is the Source, Center, and Sustainer of vision.
Vision is the starting point to all our accomplishments. Most of what we hear about vision though has to do with personal vision or the vision of the individual. There seems to be some “missing links” in the process which has led to a lot of soulish ambition instead of “heavenly vision.” Without understanding the purpose of God – there is no way we can establish a Biblical vision. Vision should never be birthed out of our heart (which can be full of personal ambition, rivalry, and contention) without being connected to His heart. We always need to examine ourselves to see if our vision is born of our heart, our mind, our ambition, or is it born of God’s heart, God’s mind, His dream which is clearly, surely, and securely established in His Word. Vision needs to be connected to God not just a dream, a desire, an idea, or good thing. Having vision is not about what we want but capturing what He wants. It’s birthed, blessed, and controlled by God. He is the center of all visions that are godly. He is not obligated to establish the vision of a man’s heart, but vision is about man capturing the vision of the Father’s heart. We do not have to strain and struggle to conjure up a vision; simply discover God’s purpose and vision will come.
Trying to build our own vision will ruin us because it’s not supported by God and therefore leads to manipulation, compromise, human reasoning, human programming, and human energy. God’s vision only takes the power of the Holy Ghost, and within the boundaries of the vision there is:
GRACE – to enable you to do it.
ANOINTING – To empower you to break resistance and do work on His behalf.
PROTECTION – He protects what He directs.
PROVISION – He supplies where He guides.
WISDOM – To give insight, lead, and guide in decisions and actions.