Youth with a Vision!

More than 2000 years ago Peter quoted Joel’s prophecy: “It shall come to pass in the last days, says  God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my men servants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy...And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).

True to the quotation of Peter, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed and people were converted in droves. The remarkable outcome of the ‘prophecies’ and ‘ visions’ and ‘dreams’ was the ingathering of souls. Those who were anointed spread out with bold authority to proclaim salvation through the name of Jesus.

Many have ideas that ‘vision’ means seeing just red horses and white horses or making up and down trips to heaven. Before the Scripture was completely written, God spoke to His people through mystical visions, prophecies or revelations. These mystical experiences of seeing the supernatural as if with the eyes were given to persons chosen by God who then interpreted it for the people.

But after the Scripture was complete the Word of God took precedence over these to become the main guidance for God’s people. God has put down in black and white whatever we need to know about the past, present and future. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in the past to the fathers by the prophets has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Heb 1:1,2). Even today God gives super-natural visions but very rarely. We don’t need to seek after them.

So, what does ‘vision’ mean to us, who live on the other side of Calvary? ‘Vision’ literally means the faculty of sight. When stretched, it means an unusual competence in discernment or perception or to put it simply: intelligent God-given foresight.

 This is what Solomon meant when he wrote, “Where there is no vision the people perish. But happy is he who obeys the law” (Prov 29:18). When people cannot discern the mind of God they will stumble. In other words, it is the ability to clearly understand what God reveals to you as His Will. It is discovering what God wants you to do with your life. If you are not clear about that, you will be wasting your life. A man or woman with a vision is one who has clear foresight of what God wants him/her to accomplish on this earth.

Young people are confused these days, because they are misguided. Each person’s vision may be different. It may not be very clear in the beginning. But as you take God’s hand and walk step by step with His guidance to accomplish the dream that is churning inside, your vision will gradually unfold on your path as a carpet that is unfurled.

The Bible records many young people who had a vision and accomplished the mission:

JOSHUA was a youth with a vision to possess the land of Canaan. He was Moses’ trusted servant. He never sought to succeed Moses. But God chose Him. Moses would just command him to go fight Amalek. Joshua would finish the job and come and stand before Moses (Ex 17:9,10). God took notice of him (Ex 17:14). Moses would speak to God in the tabernacle and return to the camp; but his servant Joshua would not leave the tabernacle (Ex 33:11). He was chosen to be one among the twelve who went to spy Canaan. Seeing his faithfulness God gave him the vision of Canaan and the mantle of Moses fell on him.

RUTH was a youth with a vision to stick it out with the new God she had found. To follow that vision she sacrificed her own family and country. She never ever imagined that a cozy home at Bethlehem was not the end of her vision. The place she thought was where her vision ended was where it started all over again.  It was here that Obed was born, to whom Jesse was born, to whom David was born. It was here that a Rod came forth from the stem of Jesse and a Branch grew out of his roots (Ruth 4:17; Isa 11:1). Did it end there? It still continues in the offspring of the woman who obey the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17). Ruth never thought light of her vision but put heart and soul to stay on the road to the end.

DAVID was a youth with a vision that all the earth might know that there was a God in Israel (1 Sam17:46). God looked at his heart and the longing in his heart and paved a way for him to fulfil his vision. He was the youngest son and sent to keep the sheep. There in the jungles he was quietly strengthening his muscles in faith. His father didn’t think much about him, neither did his brothers. Even Saul had no confidence in him. But the day he cut off the head of Goliath all the earth knew that there was a God in Israel.

JOSIAH was a youth with a vision to purge Judah and Jerusalem of all idolatry and bring his subjects back to God (2 Chr 34:3). He repaired and restored the house of God (34:10). He read the Book of the Covenant to the people and made a covenant before the Lord, to obey His commandments with all his heart and all his soul (34:30,31). God blessed his projects. He met with a tragic end because he could not, at a point, discern the will of God.

ESTHER was a youth with a vision to save her people. She realized that if she did not step in, God will use someone in her place. She threw her life to fulfil her vision and the crisis ended in a celebration.

ZECHARIAH was a youth with a vision to strengthen the hands of the people and leaders to restore the dilapitated temple of God. The result was that the disheartened people and leaders rose up as one man and the job was done in a jiffy (Zech).

JOHN was a youth with a vision to prepare the way of the Lord. He paid for it with his head.

MARY and JOSEPH were youths with a vision to bring up the Messiah as His heavenly Father would. They had no other goal in life. They neither performed miracles nor attain any status. Yet their vision was more than fulfilled because they were dedicated to the task.

JESUS was a youth with a vision to glorify His Father by fulfilling His Will, which was to seek and save what was lost. Like a slave He humbled Himself and obeyed to the point of death by crucifixion. Therefore God exalted Him highly and gave Him the name above every name. Satan’s offers to Him to give up His vision, to enjoy the glories of the world by worshipping him were tempting. But Jesus overcame him and obeyed His Father to the utmost.

SAUL was a youth with a hellish vision to bind men and women who were of the Way and bring them to Jerusalem to torture and murder them. But God gave him a heavenly vision to declare repentance, first to his own brothers and then to the Gentiles, turn them to God and teach them to do works befitting repentance. He was not disobedient to that revelation of God (Acts 26:19,20). He laid down his life for his vision.

MARK was a youth with a vision to be a missionary. May be the prayer meeting his mother conducted at home influenced him (Acts 12:12). He joined the ministerial team of Barnabas and Paul (12:25). In the contention between them he polarized towards Barnabas (15:37). Later on he became profitable to Paul (2 Tim 4:11). Though he floundered along the way, his writing of the gospel according to Mark, more than made up for all the losses due to his instability.

God created two youths, Adam and Eve and blessed them with a vision to rule the earth. But satan sold them the wrong dream to become like God. They traded the God-given vision to the one satan offered and defeated the purposes of God. Samson was a youth with a vision to put down the Philistines. The Spirit of the Lord moved upon him and he started with bright  eyes and clear vision. He was going right till his flesh took over and he fell for women without character. He lost the Spirit and His power and ended up a man without vision, without sight (Judg 14-16). Absalom had a vision to pluck the kingdom from his father’s hand and rule Israel. God was nowhere in the picture. He was cruelly murdered (2 Sam 18). Rehoboam was a visionless youth footballed by his own indecisiveness and the dictates of his young friends. His life was a total failure (2 Chr 10:10). A nameless youth with a vision to attain eternal life met Jesus. But he was struggling to serve two masters—God and money. The end result was sorrow (Mt 19:16-23). Hitler’s vision was to exterminate the Jews. Nero’s vision was to wipe out Christians off the face of the earth. We know their ends.

What is your vision dear young man, young woman? What are you doing about it? Life is short; but if you live with a vision and accomplish a mission, that’s enough!

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Dr. Lilian Stanley
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
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Youth with a Vision!

More than 2000 years ago Peter quoted Joel’s prophecy: “It shall come to pass in the last days, says  God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my men servants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy...And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:17-21).

True to the quotation of Peter, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit followed and people were converted in droves. The remarkable outcome of the ‘prophecies’ and ‘ visions’ and ‘dreams’ was the ingathering of souls. Those who were anointed spread out with bold authority to proclaim salvation through the name of Jesus.

Many have ideas that ‘vision’ means seeing just red horses and white horses or making up and down trips to heaven. Before the Scripture was completely written, God spoke to His people through mystical visions, prophecies or revelations. These mystical experiences of seeing the supernatural as if with the eyes were given to persons chosen by God who then interpreted it for the people.

But after the Scripture was complete the Word of God took precedence over these to become the main guidance for God’s people. God has put down in black and white whatever we need to know about the past, present and future. “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in the past to the fathers by the prophets has in these last days spoken to us by His Son” (Heb 1:1,2). Even today God gives super-natural visions but very rarely. We don’t need to seek after them.

So, what does ‘vision’ mean to us, who live on the other side of Calvary? ‘Vision’ literally means the faculty of sight. When stretched, it means an unusual competence in discernment or perception or to put it simply: intelligent God-given foresight.

 This is what Solomon meant when he wrote, “Where there is no vision the people perish. But happy is he who obeys the law” (Prov 29:18). When people cannot discern the mind of God they will stumble. In other words, it is the ability to clearly understand what God reveals to you as His Will. It is discovering what God wants you to do with your life. If you are not clear about that, you will be wasting your life. A man or woman with a vision is one who has clear foresight of what God wants him/her to accomplish on this earth.

Young people are confused these days, because they are misguided. Each person’s vision may be different. It may not be very clear in the beginning. But as you take God’s hand and walk step by step with His guidance to accomplish the dream that is churning inside, your vision will gradually unfold on your path as a carpet that is unfurled.

The Bible records many young people who had a vision and accomplished the mission:

JOSHUA was a youth with a vision to possess the land of Canaan. He was Moses’ trusted servant. He never sought to succeed Moses. But God chose Him. Moses would just command him to go fight Amalek. Joshua would finish the job and come and stand before Moses (Ex 17:9,10). God took notice of him (Ex 17:14). Moses would speak to God in the tabernacle and return to the camp; but his servant Joshua would not leave the tabernacle (Ex 33:11). He was chosen to be one among the twelve who went to spy Canaan. Seeing his faithfulness God gave him the vision of Canaan and the mantle of Moses fell on him.

RUTH was a youth with a vision to stick it out with the new God she had found. To follow that vision she sacrificed her own family and country. She never ever imagined that a cozy home at Bethlehem was not the end of her vision. The place she thought was where her vision ended was where it started all over again.  It was here that Obed was born, to whom Jesse was born, to whom David was born. It was here that a Rod came forth from the stem of Jesse and a Branch grew out of his roots (Ruth 4:17; Isa 11:1). Did it end there? It still continues in the offspring of the woman who obey the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 12:17). Ruth never thought light of her vision but put heart and soul to stay on the road to the end.

DAVID was a youth with a vision that all the earth might know that there was a God in Israel (1 Sam17:46). God looked at his heart and the longing in his heart and paved a way for him to fulfil his vision. He was the youngest son and sent to keep the sheep. There in the jungles he was quietly strengthening his muscles in faith. His father didn’t think much about him, neither did his brothers. Even Saul had no confidence in him. But the day he cut off the head of Goliath all the earth knew that there was a God in Israel.

JOSIAH was a youth with a vision to purge Judah and Jerusalem of all idolatry and bring his subjects back to God (2 Chr 34:3). He repaired and restored the house of God (34:10). He read the Book of the Covenant to the people and made a covenant before the Lord, to obey His commandments with all his heart and all his soul (34:30,31). God blessed his projects. He met with a tragic end because he could not, at a point, discern the will of God.

ESTHER was a youth with a vision to save her people. She realized that if she did not step in, God will use someone in her place. She threw her life to fulfil her vision and the crisis ended in a celebration.

ZECHARIAH was a youth with a vision to strengthen the hands of the people and leaders to restore the dilapitated temple of God. The result was that the disheartened people and leaders rose up as one man and the job was done in a jiffy (Zech).

JOHN was a youth with a vision to prepare the way of the Lord. He paid for it with his head.

MARY and JOSEPH were youths with a vision to bring up the Messiah as His heavenly Father would. They had no other goal in life. They neither performed miracles nor attain any status. Yet their vision was more than fulfilled because they were dedicated to the task.

JESUS was a youth with a vision to glorify His Father by fulfilling His Will, which was to seek and save what was lost. Like a slave He humbled Himself and obeyed to the point of death by crucifixion. Therefore God exalted Him highly and gave Him the name above every name. Satan’s offers to Him to give up His vision, to enjoy the glories of the world by worshipping him were tempting. But Jesus overcame him and obeyed His Father to the utmost.

SAUL was a youth with a hellish vision to bind men and women who were of the Way and bring them to Jerusalem to torture and murder them. But God gave him a heavenly vision to declare repentance, first to his own brothers and then to the Gentiles, turn them to God and teach them to do works befitting repentance. He was not disobedient to that revelation of God (Acts 26:19,20). He laid down his life for his vision.

MARK was a youth with a vision to be a missionary. May be the prayer meeting his mother conducted at home influenced him (Acts 12:12). He joined the ministerial team of Barnabas and Paul (12:25). In the contention between them he polarized towards Barnabas (15:37). Later on he became profitable to Paul (2 Tim 4:11). Though he floundered along the way, his writing of the gospel according to Mark, more than made up for all the losses due to his instability.

God created two youths, Adam and Eve and blessed them with a vision to rule the earth. But satan sold them the wrong dream to become like God. They traded the God-given vision to the one satan offered and defeated the purposes of God. Samson was a youth with a vision to put down the Philistines. The Spirit of the Lord moved upon him and he started with bright  eyes and clear vision. He was going right till his flesh took over and he fell for women without character. He lost the Spirit and His power and ended up a man without vision, without sight (Judg 14-16). Absalom had a vision to pluck the kingdom from his father’s hand and rule Israel. God was nowhere in the picture. He was cruelly murdered (2 Sam 18). Rehoboam was a visionless youth footballed by his own indecisiveness and the dictates of his young friends. His life was a total failure (2 Chr 10:10). A nameless youth with a vision to attain eternal life met Jesus. But he was struggling to serve two masters—God and money. The end result was sorrow (Mt 19:16-23). Hitler’s vision was to exterminate the Jews. Nero’s vision was to wipe out Christians off the face of the earth. We know their ends.

What is your vision dear young man, young woman? What are you doing about it? Life is short; but if you live with a vision and accomplish a mission, that’s enough!

  Address for Correspondence Contributions

Dr. Lilian Stanley
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
 +91 9843511943
  lilianstanley@gmail.com

Blessing Youth Mission

Blessing Youth Mission
13 Church Colony
Vellore 632006, India
 +91-416-2242943, +91-416-2248943
  hq@bymonline.org
  www.bymonline.org

For Donation & Contributions...

Home & NRE donors

Name: Blessing Youth Mission
Account Type: Current Account
A/c No.: 37268642054
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Siruthozhil,Vellore - 632 006
IFSC No.: SBIN0007274

Overseas Donors

Name: Blessing Youth Mission
A/c No.: 1074703964
Bank: Central Bank of India
Branch: Vellore
IFSC No.: CBIN0280887
MICR Code: 000016000
SWIFT Code: CBININBBMDR

Gulf Donors

A/c Name: T.Dickson Daniel Moses
Account Type: Saving Account
A/c No.: 35374362080
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: Siruthozhil,Vellore - 632 006
IFSF: SBIN0007274

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  Blessing Literature Centre

To buy books written by Dr. Lilian Stanley, kindly reach to us in the follwing address

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Chintadripet,
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 +91-44-28450411
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