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If You Can See It, You Can Have It.

In 1975, God showed me and my wife that one day we were going to travel and work with families.

With my natural eyes, I couldn’t see myself doing this. I was terrible at public speaking. In school, I got F’s for oral book reports! I also had a fear of flying. Growing up, I ran to the house whenever I just heard a plane fly overhead! However, today I fly on airplanes all the time to speaking engagements where I am the guest speaker.  

Before God’s vision can come to pass in our lives, we first have to see it in our hearts. If I had focused on the natural problems I had with public speaking and flying, I wouldn’t have moved forward with the vision God gave me. However, in my heart I could see it, and I began to act upon it until it finally came to pass. Today, I am living that vision as a reality. 

God can do great things in and through us if we will just open our spiritual eyes, see what He sees, and do what He tells us to do. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV). 

Take Away: 

It takes faith for the vision God has for you to come to pass. You have to see it with your spiritual eyes before it will become a reality. If you only see with natural eyes, you will never possess the great things God has planned for you. Don’t limit what God can do. “God can do anything—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams” (Eph. 3:20 MSG). Start seeing with your spiritual eyes what He has for you, and then do what He tells you to do, and watch that vision come to pass in your life!

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How Do We See God’s Vision for Us?

If you can see God’s vision in your heart, you can possess it.  

How do you see God’s vision? You see it with your spiritual eyes by meditating on the Word and getting to know God’s character and His promises. Psalms 1:1-3 says the man who delights in God’s Word and meditates in it day and night will prosper in everything he does. 

You will only have what you can see. So how do see yourself five years from now? Do you see yourself stronger or weaker, richer or poorer, stuck in a rut or moving forward? Has the devil painted a picture of your situation never getting better? If so, realize that you’re looking at life with natural eyes instead of spiritual eyes, and stop looking at his pictures.   

We need to constantly be looking into the mirror of God’s Word so we’ll know what He says about us (James 1:24). God’s Word shows us the truth. With your spiritual eyes, see yourself the way God does. Don’t accept the false images the devil shows you. Stay focused on God’s Word, and you will see God’s vision for you come to pass. 

Take Away: 

In order to possess God’s vision for your life you have to see it in your heart. Meditate on the Word of God. Get to know His character and promises. Make Psalms 1:1-3 your daily confession. God’s Word is truth, and when we know the truth our spiritual eyes are open to discern the devil’s lies. No matter what negative circumstance the devil throws at you, the truth is that with God all things are possible! We are overcomers in Christ Jesus! And we have been gifted and called for a purpose! 

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God’s Vision Is Bigger and Better!

Following God’s vision can bring major changes in your life.

It may even require you to do a complete one-eighty. You may have already chosen a specific path for your life, and you’re pursuing it with a passion. Then, God shows you His vision for your life and all of a sudden things change—priorities, goals, and relationships, just to name a few.  

Paul is a great example of this. He had a plan for his own life, which was to wreak havoc in the church and drag Christians to prison (Acts 8:3), and he was getting pretty good at it! But God had a different plan for him, so God had to get his attention. On the way to Damascus, God caused a bright light from heaven to flash around Paul. He was knocked off his horse, went temporarily blind, and heard Jesus talking to him (Acts 9:3-6). That pretty much got Paul’s attention!  

As a result, Paul did a complete one-eighty, laid his vision down and followed the vision God had for him. Instead of persecuting Christians, he made disciples for Jesus, pioneered churches, and wrote two thirds of the New Testament! God’s vision for his life was bigger and better! 

Take Away:

God’s vision for your life may be different than your vision. Believe that He always has your best interests at heart and that His plans for you are bigger and better than your own. God looks at the big picture and sees things you don’t see. Not only does God want to bring blessing to you in your lifetime, but He also wants to do something through you that will last forever and bless others! Lay aside your plans and trust God’s plans for your life! He will work in you to accomplish infinitely more than you might ask or think (Eph. 3:20 NLT).

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To Fulfill Your Vision—“Word Up”

Following God’s plan for your life is an adventure!

When you first get that vision, it’s new and exciting! But as you move forward, you’re going to run into some roadblocks. Every hero of faith we read about in the Bible had road blocks. They had to keep pressing on in faith in order to fulfill God’s plan. And guess what? It wasn’t always easy! They had to believe God’s Word in the face of all kinds of challenges, but they didn’t cave in. They stayed the course. And that’s why they’re listed in the “hall of faith” in Hebrews chapter 11.  

Faith comes when we hear the Word of God (Rom. 10:17), and we need faith to fulfill the vision. God is big on constantly reading, speaking, and thinking about the Word. He told Joshua to speak the Word and meditate on the Word, so he could do the Word. As a result, he’d be prosperous, successful, and fulfill the plan of God for his life (Josh. 1:8).   

When God gives us a vision, we need to make sure we “Word up,” and constantly build ourselves up in faith. Being strong in faith will enable us to stay the course, keep moving forward, and fulfill God’s plan for our lives. 

Take Away:

Every vision has roadblocks. Keep your faith strong by staying built up in the Word. Write down your vision and find scriptures to stand on and that will build faith in your heart. Here are a few verses to get you started: Philippians 1:6 (AMP), Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV), Philippians 4:13 (NKJV). Make it a habit to read, meditate, and speak the Word daily.

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Promises For Parents – Day 17

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 #17 from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

Keep Your Eye on our Blog for Day 18 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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Friday Funny: You Gotta Feed It!

This week, Joe shares about parenting, and how sometimes, we’ve got to do a little “Steering” when we talk to our kids.

First off, we have to stop talking negativity to them. Parenting is never easy. Many times it is difficult to allow our kids to find their way in situations. We need to learn to guide them through the process of their decision making.

Our job as parents is to help our kids find out what their gifting is. Often times, helping them through that process can get a little crazy.

This week, Joe tells about one of his kids who decided they wanted to be a cheerleader. Listen as Joe shares this hilarious situation.

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FF – You Gotta Feed It! from Joe McGee Ministries on Vimeo.

The Take Away:

Many times it is difficult to allow our kids to find their way in situations. We need to learn to guide them through the process of their decision making. Our job as parents is to help our kids find out what their gifting is.

 

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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.

Watch Day 16 – Promises For Parents

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.

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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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