Promises For Parents – Day 16

Children are born to believe. If they don’t hear the truth, they’ll believe a lie.

The only way to combat a lie is with the truth. As parents, it’s important that we tell our children the truth! We have to tell them who they are in Christ. When we do that we are getting the truth down deep in their heart.

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Promises For The Parent #16 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Keep Your Eye on our Blog for Day 17 of our series Promises For Parents!

The Cards:

Each card has a statement on the front and the scriptures that relate to that statement on the back. You can tell your child the truth and teach them how to study God’s Word at the same time.

Use one card per day or create your own schedule depending on the age of your child. Many parents are using these in their morning or evening routines.

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Vision Keeps You Going

At 17-years-old, Joseph had a vision that he was going to do something great one day!

He was the runt of the family, but he knew one day he would somehow become a top dog!  

Joseph’s vision made his brothers mad. They hated him, despised him, lied about him, and almost killed him (Gen. 37). Eventually, they sold him into slavery. As a slave, Joseph was lied about, thrown into prison, forgotten by those he’d helped, and his prison sentence was extended for a crime he didn’t commit (Gen. 39, 40). 

Joseph’s life didn’t look very good! However, he didn’t get bitter, throw a fit and curse his situation, or wallow in self-pity. Through it all, Joseph continued to believe in the vision God gave him. He had confidence that nobody could stop it from coming to pass. As a result, his vision took him onward and upward! He gained favor and promotion everywhere he went.   

At 17, Joseph was given a dream by God. At 30, Joseph was living the dream having been appointed second in command under Pharaoh (Gen. 41:46). For the 13 years in between, he never let go of that dream, and God brought it to pass! 

Take Away:

Vision kept Joseph going, and vision will keep you and your family going as well! When God’s vision for your life is planted deep in your heart, it will help you stay the course! No matter what the immediate circumstances look like, don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed with indecision and fear. Keep your eyes fixed on what God told you. Pursue your vision, confident that God will bring it to pass. “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5 NKJV) 

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Faith Brings the Vision to Pass

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 

In other words, I may have a vision for something, but just because it hasn’t shown up in this physical realm yet doesn’t mean my faith isn’t working. My faith is always working on those things I believe for but can’t yet see. Therefore, if I’m coming up short in an area of my life, it may be because my vision is coming up short in that area. As a result, my faith has nothing to grab hold of and act on. 

Today, my faith is producing everything I currently have envisioned. Until I envision more, my faith cannot produce anything more. Faith must have a vision to grab hold of and act on.  

A great example is the story of the woman with the issue of blood found in Matthew 9:20-22. What did that woman see with her natural eyes? She saw that she was getting worse. But the Bible says she “had heard of Jesus”—how He healed the sick, raised the dead, walked on water, and miraculously fed 5,000 people. What she heard gave her a vision for her own healing! Faith rose up in her and she said, “If I can just touch Him, I’ll get healed!”  

She acted in faith by crawling through the crowd and touching Him. When she did, Jesus said, “Woman, your faith has made you whole.” Her vision gave her faith something to grab hold of and act upon. And as a result, she was healed! 

Take Away 

Faith must have a vision to grab hold of and act on. For your faith to produce more, you have to envision more. Enlarge your vision by reading scriptures about faith. A great chapter to read is Hebrews chapter 11, which talks about the heroes of faith. Take time to pray and get quiet before God. He’ll increase your vision, showing you things you can do, and have, and become, so that your faith can have something to grab hold of, act on, and bring to pass! 

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Walking out God’s Vision for Your Life

When God shows us the vision for our lives, He doesn’t show us the entire plan at once.

Psalms 37:23 (NKJV) says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delights in his way.” God shows us His plan one step at a time.

Walking out God’s vision for our life, can be like walking in the dark with a flashlight. The flashlight illuminates the ground in front of us so we can see to take that first step.  When we take that step and move forward, then the next step is illuminated, and so on until we get to our destination.  

Proverbs 4:18 (KJV) says the path of the just is like a shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day.  Each time God shows us a step and we take it our faith is growing, and our path is getting brighter as we walk out the vision.  This process doesn’t end until Jesus comes to get us! 

Take-Away: 

God shows us the vision in steps.  Ask Him to show you what step you need to take. Take time to pray, read His Word, and get quiet before Him so He can speak to you. When He shows you the step to take, act on in; step out in faith. God has great things planned for us and our families. Let’s seek Him, ask Him, and live out that plan! 

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Friday Funny : MEN ARE SIMPLE!

In case you hadn’t noticed, man and women are slightly different!

Life gets easier once we find out that we all respond differently in situations.

The way a man communicates and a woman communicates are totally opposite sometimes. Learning how your spouse communicates and responds is how we grow in our relationships.

Listen as Joe shares a lady’s story about her husband and cleaning up after the Super-Bowl! Joe has a way of taking a deep subject and making it incredibly easy to understand!

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FF – Men Are Simple from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away:

To build a great marriage you must have good communication skills. Unfortunately, those skills aren’t part of our DNA when we are born. We have to learn them and constantly work to develop those skills. Communication skills help us build a stronger marriage and true intimacy with our spouse.

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Write the Vision

God believes in writing things down.

He wrote down His thoughts, examples, ideas, plans, and purposes. He called that book The Bible! The Bible is a book filled with God’s vision.  

Psalms 139:16 talks about God also having a book in heaven that has things written in it about us. If God thinks it’s important to write things down, then we should too! The first step we need to take when we God gives us a vision is to write it down. Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV) says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Writing the vision down helps you remember what the vision is. It also gives you the “big picture” view to keep in front of you as you plan smaller goals to achieve it. 

Habakkuk 2:2 also emphasizes that when you write the vision, make it plain If it’s not clear to you or other people that God may join together with you, you’ll have problems trying to run with it. Make sure the vision is written plainly enough so that everyone involved can understand it.  

Take-Away: 

When God speaks to you, write it down. Use your smart phone, your iPad, a journal, or a 3-ring notebook and write down the things God says to you and the vision He gives you. Write out scripture verses like Ps. 139:16-17, Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:3, just to name a few, and personalize them by inserting your name in the verses. Make it a habit to regularly read the vision God has given you and also read the personalized scriptures He shows you. As you do, it will build faith in your heart so that you can put action to your vision and run with it! Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision is just passing the time. A vision with action can change the world.  

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Seeing the Vision for Your Life

Have you ever had someone try to explain something to you and at first you didn’t get it, but then you finally saw it?

Jesus had this problem a lot! Many times the audience He spoke to couldn’t understand what He was trying to teach them because they were spiritually blind. Second Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan has “blinded the minds of unbelievers.” And Jesus said in Matthew 13:13, “In seeing, they don’t see.”   

Jesus taught with parables, using simple stories of natural, everyday things, like farming or fishing, that they could see and relate to in order to explain something they couldn’t see. He’d talk about sowing and reaping to explain how that same principle worked in the kingdom of God. He made sure to explain things to them in a way that made sense to them. Once they saw it and understood it, then they were able to put those spiritual principles into practice in their lives. 

God says in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NLT) that the things He’s prepared for us are so great that they are beyond what we’ve ever seen, heard, or imagined! But He didn’t just leave us hanging, wondering what those things are. He goes on to say that He will show them to us by His Spirit.  

Take-Away:

God has great plans for you, and the Holy Spirit will show you what they are. He’ll speak “your language” using things that you relate to in order to show you the vision for your life in a way you can see it so you can run with it! Say, “God, I thank You that You are showing me clearly and plainly the plans You have for me and my family.” 

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Getting the Vision for Your Life

God is the One who has the vision for our lives, and the only way to get it is to get it from Him.

How do we do that? God made it simple—all we have to do is ask Him. He says, “You do not have, because you do not ask” (James 4:2 ESV).  

God has planned great things for each of us, but we have to ask Him to show them to us. He said, “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own” (Jeremiah 33:3 MSG). If you want to get a vision for your life and walk in the amazing plans God has for you, take the time to simply go to Him and ask. 

Take-Away: 

God is the One who has the vision for our lives. To get it, we have to go to Him and ask. Simply say, “God, what do You have planned for me? You said in Jeremiah 29:11 that You have plans for my future. I’m asking You to show me what those plans are so I can walk in the vision for my life.” 

 

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Believe God Has a Vision for Your Life

To get a vision for your life, you first have to believe that God has a plan specifically designed for you. 

A lot of people live by the motto, “Well, this is just the hand life dealt me,” and they just settle for whatever comes their way, never realizing God has a great plan for them. You can have confidence that He has a plan for your life because in the book of Psalms it says that His plan for each of us was written in a book before we were ever born.  “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:16 NLT).  

Imagine that! God was thinking about you and the vision for your life before you were even born! He also said His plans for you are great and mighty—not plans that will harm you, but plans that will prosper you and give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). God has good plans for you! 

Take-Away: 

Be confidence in the fact that God has a specific plan and vision for your life. Search out and meditate on scriptures that speak about the good plans He has for you. Speak those scriptures over yourself and your family and declare, “God has great and mighty plans for me and my family! His plans are good. They’re plans that will give us hope and cause us to prosper. He has a great future in store for us!” 

 

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The Importance of Having a Vision

There’s a saying, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there” (Lewis Carol). In other words, if you don’t know your destination, you’ll just drive and drive with no purpose and no destination. You’ll waste a lot of time and fuel going nowhere.

It’s possible to live without really living. To live life to the fullest, you have to know why you’re here. You have to have a purpose. The people who have the advantage in life are the people of vision. Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) says, Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If you only see yourself as another number or as just taking up space, you’ll never stretch yourself to your fullest potential. As a result, you won’t grow, you’ll stagnate, and you’ll live a hopeless, dissatisfied life. God didn’t create us to live that way.

We serve a God who is full of vision! As His kids, He wants us to have vision too! What is a vision? A vision is a goal (a purpose) that you see in your heart by faith but that hasn’t yet become a physical reality. Each of us is uniquely created by God with a specific gift and calling on our lives. Having a vision of God’s purpose for us will lead us and give us direction all through our lives.

Take-Away:

God created you for a purpose! The vision He has for you is the key to you living a satisfying life full of hope and purpose. Pray this: “Father, I thank You that Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP) says that You have planted a divine purpose on the inside of me. You have a vision for my life that will make me a blessing to others and cause me walk in the fullness of my potential, using all the gifts and talents you’ve equipped me with. I thank you for showing me that vision so I can live out my purpose on this earth.”

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