What’s Next?

June 24, 2018 The Kingdom of God

Big Idea: We each need vision to see where we are headed in life so that we can plan our course. A vision without a plan is only a dream.

Introduction: It’s a challenge to compare our world with the biblical world. In the Jewish culture, a child reached the beginning of adulthood at 13 and finally was prepared by the time he or she was 30. We tend to rush the process by saying you’re an adult at 19 or 21, when our brains are not even fully developed. Nevertheless, if a high school grad asks God for a vision of their future, sets approximate goals and develops a life plan, he or she will have a track on which they can move into their destiny. I’ve found that a seven-year span is a good distance to look ahead, so an 18-year-old should be asking the question, “Where do I see myself at 25 or 32 years of age?”

Dreams. We often hear the statement, “You can be anything you want to be!”. That sounds good, but it’s just not true. Unless the dream is from God, who knows your future, like Joseph, then it’s really only a dream. God has a predestined plan for each of us, and he will often give us prophetic glimpses of where he wants to lead us.

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!

How vast is the sum of them. Psalms 139:16-17 NASB

Vision. Definition of vision – the faculty or state of being able to see, the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom, an experience.

Vision is the divine ability to see into the future and then to formulate plans to fulfill that vision.

Vision is related to planning. A vision without a plan is only a dream

Then the Lord answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed time; It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 NASB

He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined (pro-orizo) us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which

He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4c-6 NASB

The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.  When the wicked increase, transgression increases;

But the righteous will see their fall. Correct your son, and he will give you comfort; He will also delight your soul.  Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, But happy is he who keeps the law

Proverbs 29:15-18

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