Understanding Vision In Light Of Purpose: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga
Vision is the connection between the present realm of natural impediment and the futuristic fulfillment of purpose. It is the vessel that transports you from your current placement of limitation to the blissful future where functionality and relevance, becomes your designated sphere of divine inheritance.
Vision defines purpose, and is the determination of bearing and direction towards purpose. You may have a glimpse of your purpose, yet void of vision, you cannot define purpose
Vision illuminates or enlightens purpose, for the sake of comprehension. You cannot comprehend purpose unless you have vision. Vision is the inspirational mode from which your distinctiveness towards purpose springs forth and the essential need for fulfillment steers the journey of process in anticipation of purpose.
Purpose is the anticipation of vision. It is the outcome of vision. It is the intention of vision. It is the result of vision. It is the reason for vision.
Purpose is the fulfillment of vision while vision is the process by which purpose is attained; you cannot attain to purpose void of vision. Purpose vindicates, authenticates and validates, which serves as the reward for vision.
Purpose is the divine fulfillment of which you are ordained to be what you are ordained for, while vision is the divine compass by which purpose is achieved. Purpose remains constant, never fluctuating, and is never limited by expedience.
In an endeavour to fulfillment, purpose demands that vision should ride on the convenience of process, because it is the process that precedes fulfillment of purpose. There can never be purpose without due process afforded by vision.
Every vision has a process to undertake. The process vested within the vision ensures that you avoid venturing to the divergences, which would rob your sense of purpose.
Vision is not having mere sight per see, for sight is limited to the surface. Vision is having insight. Vision is perception of stuff beyond the surface of mere sight. It means having comprehension of what you perceive by the Spirit of God.
Vision is a function of the heart, where via insight and perception, one is capacitated to set in place the due process so as to capture the reality of the foresight of purpose.
The phrase, ‘Where there is no vision,’ denotes the absence of divine revelation of The Word/God. In accordance with this phrase, vision/divine revelation is two-fold:
- Prophetic revelation – foretelling futuristic purposes of the Divine
- Redemptive revelation – The restorative aspect where honor or worth is restituted.
The prophetic revelation of God denotes the self-disclosure of Himself (His divine attributes, and His power), so that man may receive truth from Him and know him. The prophetic revelation enables man to realize not only his genesis but also how to engage with the Divine in light of purpose.
Prophetic revelation gives direction, instruction, guidance, and counsel towards purpose. Man is only able to know his divine purpose by first and foremost knowing God via revelation, the knowledge whereby as he constantly relates with the Divine intimately, he surely gets to perceive purpose as locked up in God. The more he relates with God, the closer and surer he draws to his purpose where he is able to fulfill his function by reason of creation.
Prophetic revelation directs people towards the counsel, will, and purpose of God, by setting the bounds within which divine counsel is to be attained, how man ought to conduct his life. Through the word of God, revelation ensures that man is restrained from pursuit of a self-destructive path, only abiding within the confines of divine counsel.
Redemptive revelation is geared towards restoration, where whatsoever man lost in Adam is restituted back in Christ. By redemption, man has the second chance via the new birth to connect with his preordained purpose via revelation of God’s word, which becomes his vision for living.
Redemptive revelation focuses on the vicarious atoning work of Christ, where honour and worth is restituted as a positional provision by reason of the new birth and experientially by reason of man’s continuous submission to God.
Vision has a time/season to which it must attain to purpose, because vision is geared, and has a focus towards purpose. You cannot talk about vision without considering time/season with which it attains to purpose.
Vision in relation to time is twofold. There is a time frame (chronos) during which vision must journey its full course via means of process. There is the fullness of time (kairos) when vision, with all its due process culminates to purpose.
Purpose is the culmination of both the ‘chronos’ and the ‘kairos,’ where the two meet at a convergence.
The first case denotes a time frame, a period within which vision must undertake. The second case denotes the set time or season when upon the completion of the journey of process, vision culminates to purpose.
Vision has both a journey to undertake via process. Vision has a culmination towards purpose. Purpose is fulfilled when vision completes its full course of journey via process.
This is what the Preacher in Ecclesiastes says
He hath made everything beautiful in its time: also he hath set eternity in their heart, yet so that man cannot find out the work that God hath done from the beginning even to the end.Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV)
The appointed time/season is the moment of the divine fulfillment of purpose by reason of consistent pursuit of vision. The words, ‘He hath made everything beautiful,’ denote purpose being fulfilled/attained to, because everything in this case adds up to purpose; hence, everything denotes vision adding up to the fulfillment of purpose. Everything implies the process by which vision must ride on to, in an endeavour to attainment of purpose, for vision must ride on the expedience of process for it to add up to fulfillment of purpose.
During the period preceding fulfillment of purpose, process checks in with all sorts of unclear and unpleasant episodes. The work of process is most unpleasant to behold as well as to embrace. Yet, it is expedient that process take its full course until the fullness of time when, within the context of vision, the process culminates to fulfillment of purpose.
From a spiritual viewpoint, every vision has a divine appointment. In other words, vision has a divine designation or engagement. When you commence to decrypt vision you discover that it is vested with divine assignment in its detail.
How do you decrypt vision? It is by pursuing it via prayer, reading, meditating/studying, and appropriating God’s word. The rationale behind the reading, meditation, studying, and appropriation of God’s word is to bring you to the knowledge of truth that sets you free. By knowledge of the truth of God’s word, you connect to the divine vision that liberates you from limitation so as to attain to purpose.
Vision must draw its reference from Scripture, yet not by the letter but by the Spirit. The written word (logos) must translate into the spoken word (rhema). The letter of the law of God is impotent of affording you the essence of truth to perceive the revelation of Scripture by the Spirit of God.
You only get to decode the truth of the letter of God’s word by the spirit of revelation of the word, for the letter of the law only serves as a code of the truth. The truth of God’s law affords you the freedom to pursue your vision for what the Divine ordained for you at the beginning when God created man, thereby fulfilling purpose.
Truth is transcendent of limitations of time and space, for it is the highest form of reality. Truth is the spirit and the life of God’s word, for it is the truth that connects you to the essence of divine tangibility, surpassing all manner of limitation that makes one to gravitate away from reality to debasement of mere existence.
The freedom you receive by reason of the knowledge of truth means that you can move in your native element, and having the capacity to fulfill the function for which you were created. Function is fulfilled when you attain purpose where, everything is made beautiful in its time.
Remember that vision defines your purpose by reason of describing the assignment/designation vested therein in view of your journey towards attainment to purpose.
Vision must be published upon conception; meaning it must be released, brought forth, because God gives a vision to one man meant for a multitude or choice group of people. You cannot fulfill purpose by pursuing your vision as an individual, for the Divine has ordained that vision be inclusive of certain human accompaniments to aid you in journeying towards its fulfillment.
Vision is first and foremost an individual affair. Yet, it must take an individual to have the vision published for it to be known by whosoever that reads it may run with it. He that reads the vision made known is not the visionary per see. It is the choice individuals whom the Lord has ordained to submit to the vision that run with it.
They must not merely read, but must perceive the vision in the Spirit, tapping into the Spirit of the vision, because it is the Spirit of the vision you perceive that causes you to run, not the letter. The Spirit of the vision is the lifeline of the vision. This is what connects you to the visionary in whom the Lord vests upon the vision, for you cannot run with the vision void of the visionary.
The visionary carries the blueprint of a vision, not the runners of the vision. However, it is the runners of the vision whom, by the Spirit of God is enabled to interpret the vision given by God to the visionary that run with the vision until its time of fulfillment.
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