I spent the last week of 2017 with my entire family in the state of Colorado, enjoying a vacation that we all set ourselves in agreement for in January of last year. It was a fulfillment of what the Lord spoke to my heart when he gave me the word, restore, and it was an Ephesians 3:20 experience…exceeding abundantly above all we asked or thought.
Each morning we began our day with what we called “family time.” During this time each family member had the opportunity to share a particular verse that was speaking to their heart, and we always ended it with a confession of faith—one that I have been faithfully confessing for the past year each and every day. You, my partner, were included in our family time. We took one day and used this special time to speak the Word over you declaring increase, favor, and promotion for you.
A few weeks ago, the Lord spoke to me and said, “In 2018 Habakkuk 2 will work for you. Write it down, and watch it come to pass.” This Scripture has been a landmark passage in my own life for many years. At the beginning of every year I preached a Write the Vision message to my congregation, and countless testimonies followed. However, in all my years of ministering, I have never had the Lord emphasize it to me like he did for 2018.
Habakkuk 2:1-3, 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.
While putting pen to paper is necessary in seeing Habakkuk 2 come to pass, it’s not the only ingredient for seeing your vision fulfilled. You must first get the vision, and this will only come by taking the time to press in, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you and impart what the Lord has for you.
Once you have your vision, write it down, and allow your vision to become your petition before God. Several years ago, a friend of mine told me that he took this message and instead of putting his “vision book” on the shelf until the end of the year to see what came to pass, he worked it each day. Upon receiving his vision for the year, he faithfully wrote it again and again every day of that year. Do you know what the end result was? Every single item that was on his list came to pass.
That’s pretty awesome isn’t it, and the “secret” was simply FAITH! He kept his vision before himself and before God, and as he wrote his vision, he thanked God for each item every day. His meditation was not on adverse circumstances or past failures. He stayed laser focused on what the Lord gave him, and it came to pass!
Meditation is so important in the life of the believer. Recognize that you actually have a responsibility to walk in what Jesus purchased and provided for you, so if you meditate on what was, then what was is what you will have. But a vision is something that is for the future and what is to come, and without it, you will live in a loop or replay of the past.
James 1:22 & 25 says, But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
My friend, there is more for you. Jesus did all that was ever needed for you to live a life of freedom, victory, health and abundance, BUT it is up to you to possess what rightfully belongs to you as a child of God. You have in front of you a brand-new year, and God has emphasized the opportunities that abound for the man or woman that will take this Word and DO IT.
As with anything else in the Word, it’s going to take faith to capitalize on the opportunities this year, but the great news is that you already have it—it’s in your heart and in your mouth! Look at your list—your vision—and approach it like a prayer or petition to the Lord. Put Mark 11:22-24 to work as you thank God every day for each item on your list. Believe you receive, and you shall have!
Friend, we have much to be thankful for, and I am so thankful for you! Thank you for your partnership with this ministry. We have some wonderful opportunities for ministry before us, and you are an intricate part of it all. Phyllis and I are believing this will be your best year yet!