Vision Sunday 2018
January 7, 2018
Faith and Vision Sunday
In 2018, for us to succeed, every time you come to Upward, you need to hear from God.
Two ways we can make that happen:
1. We need to be on point.
“Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God.” 1 Peter 4:11a
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2 NASB
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” James 3:1 NASB
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:17-18 NASB
2. We need to help you know His voice.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, Otherwise they will not come near to you.” Psalms 32:8-9 NASB
Many of you have the god of entertainment on the throne of your heart.
We are starting a fast to help you hear from God.
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 NASB
Fasting moves the hand of God.
“During that time, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. I didn’t eat any rich foods. Neither meat nor wine passed my lips, and I didn’t clean up at all until the three weeks were up. Then, on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was on the bank of the great Tigris River, I looked up and suddenly saw a man clothed in linen in front of me. He had a brilliant gold belt around his waist, and his body was like topaz. His face was like a flash of lightning, and his eyes were like burning torches. His arms and feet looked like polished bronze. When he spoke, it sounded like the roar of a crowd.” Daniel 10:2-6 CEB
“Then the man said to me, "Don’t be afraid, Daniel, because from the day you first set your mind to understand things and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I’ve come because of your words! For twenty-one days the leader of the Persian kingdom blocked my way. But then Michael, one of the highest leaders, came to help me. I left Michael there with the leader of the Persian kingdom. But I’ve come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the future, because there is another vision concerning that time."” Daniel 10:12-14 CEB
“Startled, he stared at the angel and replied, "What is it, Lord?" The angel said, "Your prayers and your compassionate acts are like a memorial offering to God.” Acts 10:4 CEB
“Then he announced, "In Nineveh, by decree of the king and his officials: Neither human nor animal, cattle nor flock, will taste anything! No grazing and no drinking water! Let humans and animals alike put on mourning clothes, and let them call upon God forcefully! And let all persons stop their evil behavior and the violence that’s under their control!" Jonah 3:7-8 CEB
God saw what they were doing—that they had ceased their evil behavior. So God stopped planning to destroy them, and he didn’t do it.” Jonah 3:10 CEB
“So he said he would destroy them— had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.” Psalm 106:23 NIV
You need to be in church in 2018, because you need the shepherd’s crook!
It is less important how God speaks to us than what we do with what He says.