Then the The almighty answered me and said, vision 20 record the vision and make it plain upon tables which he may run that reads it… inches Habakkuk 2: 2
Habakkuk 2: 2 is an often offered bible verses when a ministry or church really wants to improve with a corporate vision. Yearlong vision campaigns have been developed and implemented linked with this verse. Seminars and seminars have been created with this verse as the main theme.
I have witnessed people getting excited when they hear this verse being proclaimed by a pastor or teacher. They will raise your voice, give their community high fives and dance around the personal space with great enthusiasm upon the announcement of this word. There have been songs and books written about Habakkuk 2: 2. Needless to say, this is a very popular verse when it comes to talking about writing a vision.
It is sad to report that after hearing this powerful verse proclaimed many people still never have made the effort or taken the time to write their personal and/or family vision. It sounds inspiring and motivating to listen to a teacher or preacher proclaiming, “Write the vision and make it plain… inches However, I have come to discover that it takes more than just an inspirational message or weekend class about vision. It takes a concentrated effort to take the time to write your vision and an unwavering commitment to implement it.
Habakkuk was perplexed about the situation that was happening around him. He could not understand why God was doing the things the way He was doing. He was confused with God’s direction. His confusion led him to ask Him two key questions. “How long A The almighty will i call for help and you will not hear? inches “How can you use the Babylonians who are more sinful than we are to reprimand us? inches Habakkuk needed some real answers to his questions and God was the only one who could provide answers he needed.
I believe now is the time to unlock the energy of your vision. After spending quality time studying and meditating on Habakkuk 2: 1-4, I extrapolated seven keys to unlocking the energy of your vision. I believe that if you implement these seven keys your vision will have a powerful have an effect on your family, friends, community, city, country and ultimately the world.
Key# 1 -Vision is revealed to the person in the position to concentrate.
For you to unlock the energy of your vision from God you must first are now living in your personal watchtower to concentrate for His directions. In ancient times, the watchtower was built on city walls so watchmen could see npcs or messengers approaching their city while we were holding well away. From the watchtower, they could see the foe approaching and alert the people in time to prepare for battle. The watchman and watchtower were as used by the prophets to emphasize an attitude of expectation. Habakkuk went to his personal watchtower expecting to hear from God. He knew that this was the place and time to become how God would definitely answer his perplexing questions.
Do you have a personal watchtower that you can go to hear from God? Wherever your watchtower may be; a space in the downstairs room, the living room after everyone is asleep, beginning morning walk or a quiet place in the park, you have to get alone with God. You must make sure your time alone with Him is uninterrupted. When you go to your watchtower you need to put away your mobile devices, go out those fantastic tv, close your Facebook page and tell your family and friends not to disturb you unless it is a serious emergency.
Your daily time in your personal watchtower is your time to meet with God and hear His directions. You cannot afford to have any disturbances. When you go to your watchtower you will need to take with you some tools; a sort to learn and study what He’s got to say, I prefer the new King James Version or the new American Standard Sort. You will need a dog pen and paper or a journal to record what He speaks into your life. You can also take your Vision Impact Workbook to record the answers He will get you to form your personal and family vision statement. The last thing you will need to bring is an open and receptive ear to become His guidance.
When you come to God in your watchtower, there is no need to come with any games or gimmicks. There is no need to offer the right words to say or a special prayer formula. There is no need to have all your geese in a row or all the correct answers. You can come to Him in an honest, respectful and specific way to tell him what is on your heart and mind and the God of the universe will respond together with directions for you.
Key# 2 : Vision must be written down.
You might need a clear guiding vision that is supposed to be to you and redirects your life. You cannot be valuable to God’s ultimate plan if you do not know and understand your personal vision. Whether you are young, old, married, single, middle-aged, black or white, if you do not have a clearly written vision plan you can become easily distracted, dejected or discontented by the circumstances of life.
We learned from the first key that you have to get alone with God in your personal watchtower to listen to from Him. Habakkuk received a vision from God in his watchtower of what would eventually happen to the Babylonians. He did not instruct Habakkuk to bear in mind that, wish and talk about the vision, but He recommended him to write the vision He was about to reveal. God knew that a written vision would solidify it in the people’s hearts and minds and minds.
God’s vision is not in relation to what you have or do not have. No matter what others say or do not say. No matter what quantity of cash you have or do not have. No matter if you are the CEO or the janitor. God may give you a vision that you could not totally understand whatever He is unveiling to you; it may not make much sense, but write it down anyway. What you write down may not match your current situation. What you write down may seem unachievable. What you write down may look crazy to others and even you. It may have you even second-guessing your abilities and talents.
You have to believe that if God said it you can take it to the bank and cash it. He may give you a plan to pay off your debt, but you are broke. He may give you a plan for a business, but there is no need the mandatory experience. He may give you a plan for a successful marriage, but you are still single. Whatever He reveals to you write it down and start moving towards it.
Today is the right day to begin to write your personal and/or family vision statement. Your vision statement is what God has revealed to you and not what you have gotten from someone’s insight, book or class. I encourage you to write your vision in sometimes shocking details. Do not leave anything out which he reveals because you feel inadequate or is not capable by the enormity of the vision. Please know that God’s vision will be bigger than your skill or handle in your own strength. His vision can be scary. It can make you feel inept and look imprudent. Your abilities and skills can look insufficient. But, whatever he reveals to you know that it is your vision decide to put into play.
Key# 3 : Vision must be made plain.
After you have spent the mandatory time, writing the vision God has revealed to you, you must make sure it is in plain, simple to understand language. You want your vision so plain that a 6th grader can understand it. I have read complex and convoluted vision statements that have left the people given to it confused and dejected because it weren’t getting clear direction. We were holding well written statements with impressive and inspirational text, but weren’t getting the real direction to motivate visitors to move.
The vision statements were so complicated that the individual with the vision could not really explain it in a fashion that others could grasp it and run with it. If you have a vision that is not easily appreciated by the people linked with it, they’ll not follow it and will end up creating an alternate vision to follow.
When Habakkuk received the vision from God, he wrote it in terms that could be understood by all the Israelites and future generations. The vision which he wrote is recorded in scriptures to give us a roadmap on how to write a vision statement that is plain and understandable by all who reads it. Your written vision should be so plain that it can be understood throughout your family generations. When your great-great-great grandchildren read your vision, they should be able to evidently understand it and continue to run with it.
We can sometimes over confuse things because we either think we are smart than we actually are or we are attempting to impress others. A vision that is written in plain understandable language will energize and ignite an excitement in everyone that is linked with it and they’re going to run with it in eager anticipation.
Key# 4 : Vision must be posted.
If you join the entrance of some companies and ministries, you will see a posted vision statement. This posted vision statement provides direction for their organization. Everyone that enters the company or ministry knows that there is a clear and definite direction. Most of all, their posted vision statement gives guidance and unifies everyone that is associated with them. This is very important because it puts everyone on the same page. No one is left in the dark about the direction of the organization.
I believe just as a business or ministry posts their vision statement, you need to have a visibly posted vision statement to keep you and everyone linked with it on the same page. When everyone is on the same page, it brings a greater level of responsibility and obligation.
Once you have your written vision in plain understandable vocabulary, it is now time to post it. I suggest typing it on a one page summary page that you can frame. Once you frame your vision statement, stuff it in an ideal location that is visible for you to see every day or if it is a family vision stuff it in a prominent place where your complete family can see it.
Use it as a screen saver on your computer or mobile device. Write your vision on an list card, own it laminated and carry it in your wallet or purse. Post it on your refrigerator so that every time you or someone opens it they will see the vision. Wherever you need to, post your vision. Your posted vision statement is your constant reminder of what is possible in your life and/or family if you follow God’s directions. It will become your motivator to live forward whenever you are dejected, distracted or disappointed by life.
Key# 5 : Vision overcomes obstacles.
You should be aware that there will be obstacles in your life that will try to derail you from living your vision. Do not think because God has given that you a clear guiding vision that everything is going to be smooth sailing. You are going to encounter some steep challenges and you will hit some unforeseeable turbulence. You will have days that you want to give in and walk away from everything.
The foe use every tactic in his collection to detour your success. He will use your friends, family, coworkers and even yourself against you. His ultimate job is to steal, kill and destroy your vision. (John 10: 10) He will speak into your ear things like, “Don’t you know where you come from? No one is going to listen to you. Why try and do this because you failed the last time? inches
The foe wants you to walk away from your commitments. He wants you to live inconsistently to your purpose. He knows if he can keep you distracted, dejected and defeated from living your vision’s full potential then you will not have the impact in your family, community and city the way God designed for you to have.
Not only will the foe present obstacles to your vision, but others will try to dissuade you from advancing forward. They will say things like, “How are you going to accomplish that with your education or skill set. That has never been done before in your family. Now don’t know you are too old or young to make that happen? inches Do not allow what others say determine your success. Do not allow them talk you out of what God has for you. You might want to turn a death ear to their negative words and focus on your vision.
I believe the major challenge that you will have to overcome is yourself. I have learned that you and I will talk ourselves out of what God has shown us is possible. We will say what we can’t do instead of saying, “I can do whatever God has designed me to do”. We will say that we can’t accomplish something because we don’t have the right background or experience. Instead, we need to say, “I am going to learn and do what I need to and God will take care of the rest”.
When fear and worry tries to take over you need to say with assurance that, “God did not give me the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (II Timothy 1: 7). When you turn your attention to the direction of your vision instead of your problems, you can walk in the assurance that you can have the success.
I’d like to see you to know without any doubt that your life was designed to be motivated and fueled by God’s vision. There is no need to run and hide from life’s challenges. There is no need to live a underperforming , existence. There is no need to down play who you are. You can pursue your vision with an aggressive offensive attack that will give you strength and capacity overcome any obstacles that stand in your way.
Key# 6 : Vision will manifest itself in God’s time.
Habakkuk was told to attend with consideration for the vision. God had revealed to him which he would definitely use the powerful Babylonians to reprimand Judah. He would definitely allow the Babylonians to rule for a season, but in due time they would be punished for their wickedness. Habakkuk teaches us the all-important virtue of waiting.
God desires for us to know through Habakkuk’s vision that we are to delight in our waiting period. Though it could take a while before your vision unfolds, you are to use the waiting period as a time to grow in knowledge and walk in wisdom. Your waiting period is your appearing ground to make the mandatory preparation you need because when your vision begins to manifest itself, you want to be ready to operate in it.
Please do not rush your vision. Wait and see. When you make your own plans to undertake, you force those plans into your own timetable and can possibly delay your success. Vision manifests when God determines the time. When it’s high time, God will begin to discover your vision progressively. I know from experience sometimes it isn’t easy to wait and see while you are waiting. You see the probabilities, but it seems just like you are transferring molasses.
You may have written your vision plan in sometimes shocking details. You may have been following it to the letter, but it seems there’s nothing working out. It seems the more you work towards your vision the more difficult it gets. The more attacks you encounter. The more aggravated and frustrated you become. You may get to the point that you should bail out. You want to tell God, He can have this vision because it isn’t worth the time and energy.
Whether it is going back to school, exercising more days a week, turning off the television and reading or learning a new area at work, you must make the mandatory preparation to bring your vision forth. You are going to have to work on your vision when others are playing, sleeping and having a great time. You are going to have to make some sacrifices that are going to cost you something on any given day, but hang in there because your release is coming soon. You cannot quit when your vision journey becomes a little uncomfortable and the road gets dimply just know that the final line is right in front of you.
Your revealed vision will promote you to look beyond your waiting process and see your future promise. Now when i talk about waiting, I am not talking about waiting like at a bus stop. At a bus stop, you just stand waiting on the next bus to arrive. When i talk about waiting, What i’m saying is waiting like a server at a restaurant. A good server is constantly moving taken care of designs which he is in charge of. If he wants a good tip, he will make sure every table he is in charge of is properly served. He doesn’t stop making sure their drinks are filled and the food is properly prepared. He continues to provide excellent service so that the customers leave.
The server anticipates at the end of the meal if he’s got provided superb service he knows he stands a great chance of getting an excellent tip. However, even if he doesn’t get the tip he thinks he deserves; when the next customer comes he provides same excellent service because he still anticipates a good tip. Just as a server is wanting a good tip from the excellent service he gives, it is crucial that we serve in excellence wanting for our vision rewards in this present life and the life to come.
Key#7 : Vision must be lived by faith.
Habakkuk required total faith in the vision that God was unveiling to him. He was to declare to the people that the God of the universe would spare them from the questionable leadership of the Babylonians. God assured him that the powerful Babylonians who trusted in their abilities and strengths would eventually have a great fall. (Habakkuk 2: 5-20) Habakkuk’s job was to keep encouraging the people to live by faith while they waited with consideration for the vision to come to pass.
If you operate your vision by picture, you will always see the potential problems and pain that may surface. Seeing your problems and pain from a physical visual viewpoint may cause you to deviate from pursuing after your vision. You may see that your month is more than your money. You may experience friends that bail from you who said they had your back. You may observe the economy and job market improving for others, but not you. The things you physically see may have blurred your vision. Living by physical picture has the potential to delay or destroy your vision progress. Life can be full of disheartening and dismaying circumstances that can keep you living life on the sidelines, but when you learn to live by faith, you can move from the sidelines to playing in the game.
Remember that one definition of vision is seeing a greater distance than your physical eyes can see. It was hard for the people of Judah to see their deliverance when the Babylonians were ruthlessly reigning and ruling over them. How could they take hold of the vision of eventual success when they were suffering from tremendous defeat from their foe? The only way for them to see success was through the eyes of faith. If you are enduring difficult times and have become dejected; if you have lost the wish to have your vision due to constant struggles or if you have allowed your position to derail you, you must take an active role in regaining your faith for your vision. God gave you vision so you would trust Him and not just trust what you see. Medicine to see your vision with the eyes of faith, you will understand that the obstacles you see are only temporary.
Habakkuk realized through the eyes of God’s vision that the Babylonians leadership was only temporary. Though it would definitely be a difficult time for the Israelites under the harsh authority of the Babylonians, they can live through it by faith in God’s vision. Habakkuk was so in tuned to his faith in the vision that in Habakkuk 3, he awarded God for the success that they would eventually experience over the Babylonians. Faith in your vision is paramount because the way you see your vision determines how you think, what you say and how you act.
The more you concentrate on your vision the more your faith will grow. Taking slow and steady faith steps on your vision journey will open the door for more opportunities for success to come your way. If you choose instead to walk by fear, you will waste time and energy on activities that will take you away from your unique vision course. If you activate your faith, you will courageously improve in following your corresponding path that will lead to sure vision success.