Pray to Be a Person of Vision
By Rick Warren
"No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." John 3:3 (NIV)
When Moses and the Israelites were on the border of Canaan, God wanted them to enter the Promised Land in faith. But most of the spies Moses sent came back spreading fear about giants in the land.
Although two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, told them they could defeat the giants, the Israelites sadly chose to believe the majority report of fear, not the minority report of faith. They didn’t believe the promise of God. As a result, they all wandered and died in the desert over the next 40 years, until a new generation grew up and was allowed to go into the Promised Land.
"So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief" (Hebrews 3:19 NIV). That's one of the saddest verses in the Bible. And it makes me wonder, “What blessing of God am I missing out on because of my unbelief?” To me, hell would be if God were to show me what he could have done in my life if I had believed him just a little bit more.
What blessing of God are you missing right now, simply because you don't believe? What will you miss if you're looking at the future with eyes of fear, not faith?
The starting point for getting God's vision for your life is to first put your trust in Jesus Christ. You need to ask him to put his Spirit into your life. It's the only way you'll ever be able to see with eyes of faith and get God's vision.
Jesus says, "No one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again" (John 3:3 NIV).
When you're born physically, you get the sense of sight. When you're spiritually born again, you get a new set of spiritual eyes. You can see spiritual things you didn't see before. Unless you're born again, you can never see all that God has in store for your life.
Jesus had some friends that were siblings: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Lazarus died, and Jesus raised him back to life. And when he did, he reminded Mary and Martha: "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" (John 11:40 NIV)
How badly do you want to see God's glory in your life? You’ve got to stop nursing your worries and make some commitments in faith. You’ve got to step out and move against your fears.
If you have never given your life to Christ, it's time to be born again. Then you can start seeing with spiritual eyes. If you’re already a Christian, remember that God has brought you through so much, and he has a great future for you.
God’s plans for you are good! Lay aside your eyes of fear and begin to see with eyes of faith so that you can get God’s vision.
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