The Impossible Vision: Tim Euler (1.16.19)

Nehemiah 2:20
Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

All God-ordained visions seem impossible at first.

Nehemiah 1:11
O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

Philippians 2:13
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Sometimes when we are called to a vision and meet opposition, we take steps back from the vision. Then we may say that it wasn’t of God but perhaps God is just refining you to better fulfill the vision.

You can only be what God designed you to be. Don’t run after a vision or dream that God is not refining you for.

Malachi 3:1
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

God will never send you somewhere He hasn’t already gone.

In the course of running toward our vision, we should not be seeking the “well done” of anyone other that the One who created us. He has already been there and done it before we ever thought of it.

We give too much credit to the speed bumps of life. They may slow us down but they don’t stop us. Maybe the speed bumps are meant to refine us. There is no obstacle that you face that hasn’t already sifted through God’s hands first.

When God prepares you for the vision He has for your life, He doesn’t have to change your DNA for you to do it. He only has to change what has attached to your DNA since He created you.

Imagine a glass eagle sculpture. The process of glass sculptures can remind us of God’s work in our lives. The process involves fire to heat a block of glass and then a chisel to shape it into the eagle. The temperature of the fire can even change the color of the glass. He may be refining something in you.

Nehemiah 2:10
When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

Nehemiah 4:23
So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.

Nehemiah 4:9
Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

Nehemiah 4:17
They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

When God has placed a vision in your life, keep your hand to the plough. God doesn’t lie, what He says will come to pass will come to pass. Don’t allow speed bumps to become road blocks.

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Write. Run. Wait. – P.2 (1.13.19)

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Habakkuk 2:2
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

Provision is an endorsement of vision.
Division is not evil, it just means there’s more than one vision.
The written word of God is His written vision for my life.
He is the author of our vision (it should be in line with His Word). He is not going to run with a vision He didn’t write.

Romans 4:17-18
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

So, we can call those things which be not as though they were. Through faith, we can believe against circumstance toward the vision for our life authored by God.

Numbers 23:19 promises that God is not a man that He should lie.
2 Corinthians 1:20 says that all the promises of God in Him are yes and amen.

Isaiah 46:9-10
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

God doesn’t call a thing what it looks like outwardly but what it looks like inwardly.

Galatians 3:7-9
Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:29
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

If you are a believer and have accepted Christ, you are an heir to Abraham. You are his seed and bear his blessing.

Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We tend to develop vision based on our abilities instead of God’s abilities.
The vision of your heart has to be bigger than the one before your eyes.

Psalms 19:14
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Psalms 45:1
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

You write your vision everyday with your mouth. Everything that you say should be in line with your vision. Don’t just write your vision on paper, write it on your heart. Use pictures as well. You have to see it, to see it!

Praying the Names of God: P.7 (1.9.19)

Names are given to God to reveal His nature. Last week we looked at Jehova Nissi, our banner of victory. It is God’s nature to give us victory.

Jehova Tsidkenu – The righteousness of God.

Isaiah 54:17
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

This verse reminds us that our righteousness is of God.

John 14:6 says that the only way to the father is through Jesus.

John 10:10
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The enemy specializes in forming weapons against God’s people.
The first murder was because of a weapon formed against Able. Cain was of the evil one.

The verses in Isaiah 54:14-17 show that although weapons are established, they don’t work. We are far from oppression because we are established in righteousness.
Right-ness is a battle but righteousness is established.

The enemy will remind you of your past so that he can affect your present. Satan uses intimidation to control. The use of manipulation, intimidation and domination are actually witchcraft according to the Bible.

There is a difference in being lead (by God) or being driven (by satan).

Isaiah 61:10
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 64:6
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Everyone has skeletons in their closet. It was bad that you put them there but they keep us humble realizing that God is merciful.

 

Write. Run. Wait. – P.1 (1.6.19)

Habakkuk 2:1-4
I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Wait is active, not passive. You can’t write the vision if you don’t have one. Vision is vital our lives. The Word of God should be the source of your vision.

If you write (communicate) the vision effectively then others can run with it.

Biblically, to “wait” means to bind by twisting; to get your stuff together. It is preparing for what you’re expecting. When we wait right, it allows others to look at us and deduce by our actions that we are expecting something to happen.

There are three things that come with, or go hand-in-hand with write:
– Communication
– Relationships
– Unity

The enemy to vision is division. God will provide provision to advance a vision He has given.

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

The vision you have needs to come from God’s Word.

To “perish” means to cast off restraint.

Vision produces discipline. But if you have no vision, you’ll give up. God uses vision and hope in His Word to make us disciples.

You can’t use your history as an excuse to not make a decision for your future. With God, your history does not define your destiny. If you always hold on to your past, you’ll never move forward.

Don’t allow your mind to dictate your future by being negative. Choose to cast down negative thoughts and believe what the Word says. Use it to develop a vision for your future. God will use your expectation as a platform to do exceedingly and abundantly above.

Ephesians 3:20
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Elevate your vision.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hope= vision.

People that have no hope will not see the need for faith.

God’s Word promises that we do have that which we can’t see.

You have to stay focused on the Word until the vision in you becomes bigger than the thing you’re facing in life.

Romans 8:24-25
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

We have to keep hope alive while we wait. People without hope won’t have the discipline to wait.

Proverbs 3:3
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Your heart is the tablet. What you say with your mouth is how you write on your heart. What others say also writes on your heart.

Don’t listen to people who say things you don’t want written on your heart. Separate yourself from those who speak discouragement and defeat.

Allow God’s Word to write on your heart because your life will complete the image you have of yourself .

Living For The Glory of Jesus and His Word: P.4 (12.23.18)

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Luke 2:13-14 
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The closer you get to God the more you reveal Jesus to the world.

4 ways that God reveals Himself:
His Creation
His Son Jesus and His Word
His Children
His Works

In Exodus 33:18 Moses asked to see the glory of God.

Until the Father has been presented to us, we can’t represent Him to the world.

2 Corinthians 4:3-6 
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

God will make himself known, even before you know that He has love and affection for you.

The goodness of God leads us to repentance.

2 Corinthians 3:18 
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

You take on the image of whatever it is you consistently behold.

When you see Jesus for who He is in His Word…it will change you.

Proverbs 23:7
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

John 2:11
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

God wants to use you to make Himself known.

Each individual can reach people that someone else wouldn’t be able to.

1 Chronicles 16:24-29
Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations. For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the Lord , ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Numbers 14:21-22
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord . Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

God’s motive for doing things in our lives is because He wants a relationship.

John 15:7-11
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.  If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 17:4-6
I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

John 17:9,16-18,20-23 
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Colossians 1:27
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Isaiah 60:1-2
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Our desire should be to glorify God in our lives…that He would do something in our lives that only He can get the credit for.

We can’t show the world who Jesus is if we haven’t seen who He truly is ourselves. Find out who Jesus is by getting in the Word!

Praying The Names of God: P.4 (12.12.18)

Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Jehovah Rohi- Lord our Shepherd

Psalm 23:1 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

In Jesus we find:
Acceptance
Identity
Security
Purpose

Because the Lord is our Shepherd we are accepted, loved and known.

Psalm 138:8 says that God will perfect that which concerns you.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 23:2-3
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Our lives should be a reflection of who God is. That brings Him glory.

There are things that God wants to do in our life for His name’s sake.

1 Corinthians 10 instructs us to cast down every thought that rises against God’s Word.

We need to know God’s Word so that we know what to accept and reject.

The book of Hosea says that God’s people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Example of rod and staff
Rod – Word
Staff – Spirit

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalm 23:5-6 
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Don’t be discouraged by the valley…

The Shepherd never leads His sheep down a path that He hasn’t walked down Himself before.

The Lord doesn’t lead us through a place that he isn’t present with us, or that he hasn’t been through before to prepare.

Isaiah 52:12 and 58:8 call Jesus our forerunner and rearguard.

The valley will separate you from your enemies and sin. It will show you who your friend are, lead you to prayer and do a work in you that will prepare you for the table.

The table is a place that the shepherd would have prepared.

There is a place that God has prepared for you for which you should set yourself in expectation.

Philippians 4:6-9
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Living For The Glory of Jesus And His Word: P.2 (12.9.18)

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Hebrews 1:3… tells us that glory is the expressed image of God. It’s the essence of who He is.

Bringing God glory should be the motive of everything we do.

Isaiah 42:8 
I am the Lord : that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus saith the Lord , Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord .

God delights when we give Him the glory.

Our lives should motivate people back to a relationship with Jesus.

Romans 3:10…in ourselves there is not good.

4 things that bring God glory:
His creation
His Word and His son Jesus
His works
His children

Creation:
Psalm 19:1-4 
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

God uses His creation to reveal himself and to remind us of his greatness.

Exodus 20:9-10
Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:

Job 38:1-7
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.  Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?  Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Romans 1:18-28 
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

When you take God out of anything He created, you are left with perversion.

Revelation 4:11
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.