"I was not disobedient to the Heavenly Vision" Acts 26.19
March 11, 2021, 8:05 AM

Thursday, 11 March, 2021
Sarasota, Florida

Shalom,

Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare, and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.

In this day and age “Shalom” is such an appropriate word to use as a greeting.  I have come to appreciate it and will use it more often as I write to those that I especially wish to extend the meaning of the word.  In fact, the content of the word has become my prayer for all of my family, brothers, and sisters in Christ, friends, and acquaintances.

“My Utmost for His Highest” is one of two favorite daily devotions I read faithfully.  The other is A.W.Tozer’s “Tozer on Christian Leadership”.

Today I wanted to share with you Oswald Chambers's thoughts found in the copy included below.  

Because of the conditions in our world and even the ages of our fellowship I found this line of thinking particularly thought-provoking.

I realized how easily we can use circumstances in the attempt to justify our actions or lack actions.  We use those circumstances shut down our “Heavenly Vision”.  Thinking we can get back to it later when People, conditions, or circumstances are more conducive to living in that “heavenly vision. 

These conditions may be many and varied.   Health, economics, relationships, even fellow laborers.   Our vision is not built or lived based upon those influencing factors.  Our vision is heavenly not earthly conditions.  Trust in God,  Focus on God,  God is good.  Read Oswald’s thoughts.  I pray they challenge us no matter where we may be positioned in our “Heavenly Vision”  I pray that our shout is “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" (Acts 26:19).

Grace and Blessings.
Bob

 

March 11.
Obedience to the "Heavenly Vision"

"I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" (Acts 26:19).

If we lose "the heavenly vision" God has given us, we alone are responsible—not God. We lose the vision because of our own lack of spiritual growth. If we do not apply our beliefs about God to the issues of everyday life, the vision God has given us will never be fulfilled. The only way to be obedient to "the heavenly vision" is to give our utmost for His highest—our best for His glory. This can be accomplished only when we make a determination to continually remember God's vision. But the acid test is obedience to the vision in the details of our everyday life—sixty seconds out of every minute, and sixty minutes out of every hour, not just during times of personal prayer or public meetings.

"Though it tarries, wait for it... " (Habakkuk 2:3). We cannot bring the vision to fulfillment through our own efforts, but must live under its inspiration until it fulfills itself. We try to be so practical that we forget the vision. At the very beginning we saw the vision but did not wait for it. We rushed off to do our practical work, and once the vision was fulfilled we could no longer even see it. Waiting for a vision that "tarries" is the true test of our faithfulness to God. It is at the risk of our own soul's welfare that we get caught up in practical busy-work, only to miss the fulfillment of the vision.

Watch for the storms of God. The only way God plants His saints is through the whirlwind of His storms. Will you be proven to be an empty pod with no seed inside? That will depend on whether or not you are actually living in the light of the vision you have seen. Let God send you out through His storm, and don't go until He does. If you select your own spot to be planted, you will prove yourself to be an unproductive, empty pod. However, if you allow God to plant you, you will "bear much fruit" (John 15:8).

It is essential that we live and "walk in the light" of God's vision for us (1 John 1:7).


Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest:


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