I wanted to share a few powerful quotes on vision that I’ve found lately. . .
When I googled Christian Quotes on Vision and Destiny to add to this post . . . honestly very few came up.
These quotes have been tumbling around my brain for the better part of a year and honestly each quote could have it’s own post, but I’ll just write a few thoughts under each one.
I believe vision is a powerful agent for awakening destiny – Lisa Bevere
Sometimes we don’t really know what our ‘destiny’ is, but God has put our passions and desires inside of us so sometimes just sitting down and writing out what we are passionate about can provide clarity for how we can bless others and live out God’s love.
Maybe that’s just being intentional about praying for the Mum’s at playgroup, or those in your workplace . . . and our passions change too as we go through life . . . I never wanted to be a midwife but after having 3 children and being involved in praying for others births I’m really interested in being a doula at some point.
We cannot become who we were created to be until we remember who we are – Lisa Bevere
We need to remember who we are in Christ . . . Scripture writing is a really profound tool for this . . . as we write out who we are to God, that we are a friend of Christ, that we are seated with Him in heavenly places… it helps us to be all that we were created to be.
But sometimes we don’t feel those things. . . I’ve heard a few people lately talking about the Scripture, ‘submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.’ James 4:7
One of the best ways to submit to God is to believe what He says about us even when we don’t feel it, because when you plant and water a seed it germinates and grows and we know who we are in Christ and then the devil flees because we know that we know who we are in Christ.
We can be writing these things out and totally not feeling any change, but the Bible says to be transformed by the renewing of our minds . . . that word transformed is the Greek word that is linked to metamorphisis the supernatural transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, that he isn’t making happen, he’s just feeding himself.
A great song about who we truly are in Christ, is King on the Inside.
I remember when I heard the song True Colours on the Troll Movie, I saw a picture in my mind of very bright & vibrant rainbow made of French knitting but dark grey clouds of depression had pressed in around on every side but it had not dulled how bright those colours of promise were. . . and those colours were who the person truly was, not the grey.
Why should I lose heart when I know how great You are? Why should I give up, when Your plans are full of love? – You Shine by Brian Doerksen . . . sometimes we just don’t understand how full of love God’s plans are . . .
Psalm 103:5 says He satisfies our desires with good things so that our youth is renewed like the eagles.
He’s awakening the hope in me by calling forth my destiny, He’s breathing life into my soul… Hope’s Anthem
Because we were made for a purpose with desires built into us, when God calls those out through prophecy, it breathes life into dry places.
I had a dream one night where I woke up after saying the phrase, ‘our prophetic words are not mere distant promises, but the very bridge to get there.’
I used to always think of my prophetic words as out there somewhere, if I got through whatever I was going through . . .no they are to get us through what we are going through, by meditating on them . . .
Timothy was exhorted to use the prophetic words given to him to do good warfare . . . in other words to remind himself of the plans that God had for him so that he didn’t fall into despair at those times when he didn’t see it happening. 1 Timothy 1:18
Here are some practical keys for What to do with Your Prophetic Words
Hope is a scope that I see through, hope is a rope that I cling to.
A friend of mine shared a dream recently where there was a lot of turmoil and disappointment and people weren’t treating each other kindly and God was sad but then His voice thundered into the dream, ‘But I am addicted to hope‘.
Hope is a potent force, and I have a free study and Scripture Printable on this topic.
I hope these quotes and dreams have reinspired fresh hope and vision in your heart.
One time when I was quite sick, God said to me, ‘What does it look like to rewrite this situation from the point of view of victory?’
Because the point is we are victorious. Jesus won the victory back from the enemy at the cross.
No, despite all these things overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us. Romans 8:37 NLT
We are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us NIV Romans 8:37
But if we have a knowledge of that but keep imagining ourselves sick and sad, we may not actually walk into it even though it is ours to have.
God’s been highlighting to me this week, Scriptures of things that rejoice and satisfy the heart, and I’m sure there are many more.
Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts. Jeremiah 15:16
Oil and perfume rejoice the heart, so does the sweetness of a friends counsel that comes from the heart. Prov 27:9
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart Psalm119:8
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land. Proverbs 25:25
Another translation says: The light of the eyes cheers the heart, and good news nourishes the bones
Proverbs 4:20-22 says
My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them depart from your sight;
Keep them in the midst of your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them
And health to all their body.
23Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.
I heard Joseph Prince say this week that if we guard our heart with all diligence, then we won’t have to spend all our energy guarding everything else in life. If a bad report comes in regards to health, we can respond in hope because we know from Psalm 103 that God forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases. If a bad report comes to do with our finances we can meditate on the blessing in Deuteronomy 28:6, ‘that we are blessed coming in and blessed going out’. If there is a disaster on the horizon we can respond with Scriptures from Psalm 91 which is all about our protection.
Joseph Prince and Peggy Joyce Ruth have both written books of testimonies of people who when calamity presented itself, experienced supernatural protection because they knew God’s promises and spoke them out in face of disaster.
Of course we still have to exercise wisdom in our decisions in life, but we can respond in hope because we haven’t let our imaginations run wild with negative expectations that do not align with God’s heart and Word for us.
There’s so much in Psalm 103, but this week I’ve been meditating on verse 5.
who satisfies you with good things,
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:5
Isn’t it interesting that being satisfied with good things, has a direct correlation to our youth being renewed?
With long life will you satisfy me, and show me Your salvation . . . Ps 91:16
And in the Old Testament a reward for a life well lived and submitted to God was that you would live long and see your children and your children’s children.
So much of having hope in our lives and vision is from meditating on God’s Word and promises for us, and letting them permeate into our hearts to the point where when we are confronted with something negative, His Word coming out of our lives is our first response . . . and if it hasn’t been our first response, maybe there is a situation in your life that you could find a Scripture for that you can start meditating on and speaking out that will infuse hope into your heart.