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2020 Vision For 2020

Wow, it's only 5 days until the new year begins! 2019 has truly been an incredible year for spiritual growth and I’ve been blessed abundantly as I’ve drawn closer to God. Once you begin to thirst for that intimacy with the Lord, there’s no looking back. I can’t wait to see the vision that God has for my life because I know that 2020 will be filled with even more blessings to come.

“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3

Where do you see yourself at the end of next year? The truth is many of us will make new year’s resolutions, but how many of us will see them through to the end of the year? In the Book of the Prophet Habakkuk, we’re told to write down the vision. What is the vision for your life? For a vision without a plan is simply a fantasy…

Our God didn't have a fantasy relationship with us. He had a vision for a relationship with us and He attached a plan to it. After the Fall in Genesis, sin made us unclean and separated us from God. Immediately, God constructed a plan to restore our relationship with Him through Jesus. God had 2020 vision when it came to loving us with an overflowing, never-ending, all-consuming kind of love.

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Many of us have this great vision for 2020 but we rush in, without any kind of preparation. The key is to wait until God gives you permission to pursue; something Nehemiah understood well. Waiting on God can be uncomfortable. Yet, the reason most visions die is because they are birthed prematurely. It takes time for the idea that God has planted to truly take root and grow in our hearts and minds.

In the case of Nehemiah, the vision was rooted in the frustration of ‘what is’, which then created a passion in him for ‘what could be.’ Frustration is an indication of what you’re called to do and an invitation to become the solution. But until you learn to trust the timing of God, that vision will only fail.

“They replied, “The survivors there in the province who escaped captivity are in great trouble and shame; the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard these words, I sat down and wept, and mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” – Nehemiah 1:3-4

Nehemiah trusted that God could bring light from the darkness. Through making prayer a daily habit, Nehemiah sought God first before building the vision. Seeking God’s favour, Nehemiah’s prayers were answered when the Persian King gave him permission to pursue.

In the same way that the King approved of Nehemiah’s plans to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, God will grant you permission to pursue your vision, if it aligns with His plans. In the same way the King provided Nehemiah with an armed escort and timber needed to rebuild the Temple, God will provide the materials needed to build the vision He has for you. The key is Nehemiah waited after he got the vision, rather than rushing straight in.

“I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness, while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” – Psalm 27:3-4

Even in the dry season, when it feels slow and pointless, God can speak purpose into your life. When you pray for an opportunity and the opportunity comes, God will open a door for you, so that when you step through you will be in the land of the living. Be patient in prayer for your time is coming.

If life ever gets too hard to stand, kneel. There’s nothing better than allowing God to heal the brokenness and give you peace and joy after encountering Him in adoration. God had placed a vision for this blog on my heart over a year ago; I remember praying: if it is your will let it be done. Prayer gave me the clarity I needed to see things in a new dimension and to chase the vision God had for me.

Before God gave me permission to pursue, He had to remove some people from my life, to make space for the vision to truly come alive. The truth is you don’t need people who will weaken your vision; you need people who will strengthen your vision. I prayed that the Lord would put favour on my life and give me an opportunity to carry out His will and it was in this waiting season, that God was able to prepare and prune me for the year ahead.

As believers, one of your visions should be to make it to heaven as saints. There might be a long way to go, but many of us are spiritually blind, lacking clarity and direction on how to get there. In 2020, what steps are you going to take to ensure that you have a clear vision and plan? Which sins and addictions are you going to root out? For there is no mission without a call and you are called to an eternity with Jesus…

Happy New Year! I pray that 2020 will be a year full of peace, joy and prosperity for you all…

I can’t believe Seeds Of Love is nearly one! By God’s grace, this blog has flourished over the past year. Thank you sooo sooo much to everyone who reads my blogs and continues to support me :)

To make 2020 special, each month a ‘Seeds Of Love Mini Bible Plan’ will be revealed. I encourage you to journey with me through January, to find out 31 truths about who you are, according to the Word of God…

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