Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3; Acts 26:19
A vision from God houses the blessing He has for you. Gen 12:1-3 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Abram had a vision from God. God revealed 4 of the 14 commands that He wanted Abram to accomplish.
1. Get out of your country (12:1)
2. Leave your kindred (12:1)
3. Leave your fathers house (12:1)
4. Go to the land I show you (12:1)
None of these commands are complete Abram had to have a lot of faith to do the things God asks of Him.
God normally asks of us easy steps and small tasks, things that take just a little faith. God wants to build our faith in Him and our faith/confidence in us.
V2 “2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:” God gives Abram some confidence that He is going to do something if he will obey the commands. God has made Abram some promises:
1. I will show you the land (12:1)
2. Make you a great nation (12:2)
3. I will bless you (12:2)
4. Make your name great (12:2)
5. You will be a blessing (12:2)
6. I will bless them that bless you (12:3)
7. Curse them that curse you (12:3)
8. In you all nations will be blessed (12:3)
Between here and Genesis 15:2-4 Abram was confused on how God was going to provide Him seed or offspring.
A lot of things that we believe are not godly or from God. First Abram believed anyone born under his tent could be heir to him v15: 3 And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.” Abram thought Eliezer would be his heir. V4 God told Abram it is not Eliezer but will be his own seed.
In Chapter 16 Sarai and Abram again try to figure out what God meant. Abram wanted an heir. Abram could not get clear focus on the vision of what God has for him. To help God Sarai tells Abram it must be the handmaid v1, “Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.” As we know Hagar had Ishmael v11 and 12, ”And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
It took all the way to Chap17: 16 for God to finely reviled to Abraham that Sarah shall have his son Isaac, “And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” This is 25 years after the first vision. We know the rest of the story.
Numbers 12:6 “And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” God has not changed; God will make Himself know to us in a vision. We have the Holy Spirit within us so god can speak to our spirit.
Proverbs 29:18; “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Without vision we have no direction nor a clear vision on what God has for us to do. Without vision we will accomplish very little for God.
1 Samuel 3:1, “And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision” Samuel knew someone was calling him. He thought it was Eli but it was the Lord. We have to be careful who is talking to us.
Jeremiah 14:14, “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” We have to be careful whom we listen to about what God has for us to do. Be careful not to carry out there vision because it won’t work for you. When people start prophesying over you and you are hearing it for the first time be careful.
1. They said God said it
2. God did not send them
3. God did not tell them to say anything to you
4. God did not speak to them
5. It’s a false vision and divination
6. They prophesy a thing of nought
7. They speak what thy think what comes into there mind
8. They go against what God has already told you
This type of prophecy just confuses us and gets you off what God has already given you to do. Jeremiah 23:16, “thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.” Most often they mean well but they have no discernment.
Daniel 2:19, “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. “ When Daniel received this vision he blessed God in heaven. You will know when you have head from God.
In the New Testament God speaks directly to us as in Acts 10:19, “While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee” God gave the vision directly to Peter.
In Acts 16:9 God again speaks directly to Paul, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, come over into Macedonia, and help us.”
Sometimes we look for a sign or throw out a fleece. Be careful the devil can do tricks to fool you.
Acts 26:19, “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:” Even though everyone else thought he was crazy he still carried out the vision that God had given him.
During our walk with the Lord He will give us focus to the vision that He gave us when we were saved. God’s call on our life is without repentance it never goes away even though we go our own way it will be waiting for us when we come back to the Lord. Romans 11:29, “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Our desire is to be in God’s prefect will. Enable to do this we need to stay in God’s word and pray to stay close to God and know his voice.