Mat 14:24-31 “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Are you going to trust Jesus? Or the wind and the waves and your crazy circumstances?
Prov 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
What vision really means is a faithful preaching and prophesying of God’s Word. Without it, the people will run wild and die. There is a need to hear what God is saying, a Word and revelation from the Lord.
1 Sam 3:1 “1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.”
2 Chron 15:3 “3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.”
Ezra 7:26 “26 And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.”
The people didn’t hear from God because they weren’t listening! If you bump into people, you need to watch where you’re walking. When you drive, you must watch where you’re driving. If you take your eyes off the path you are on, there is danger.
If there is no vision, there’s no direction. Our eyes need to be opened for direction and leading.
Mat 9:36 “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
Vision will conquer your fear of the enemy. Your fear is derived from a lack of revelation of Who God is and what He’s doing and where you’re going. If you have a vision and you’re pursuing after it, there’s no thing or spirit or person that will stop you. Even if you take a break, you are still on your way.
Do you want to hear Jesus say, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’?
There are only two days we can do anything about, today and tomorrow.
2 Kings 6:15-17 “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.”
Israel would know when they were going to be attacked because God spoke to the prophet and the prophet told the king.
So, the enemy king went after the prophet. There was a whole army sent to go after that single prophet. There was a lot of fear in that army.
The prophet’s servant was terrified when he saw the army, but the prophet said, ‘They that be with us are more than they that be with them.’ Two men saw two visions. The prophet wasn’t afraid. The servant saw something else. So, the prophet wanted his servant to get the same vision.
You can’t kill what God is protecting. You can’t curse what God has blessed. You can’t destroy what God wants to build.
Elisha prayed an eleven-word prayer: “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” Lord, open our eyes so that we may really see! God answered the prophet’s prayer and the servant saw a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire.
When Jesus said He and His disciples were going to the other side and there was a storm, Jesus slept. The disciples worried and woke Him up. Fear gripped them because they had no vision, no trust.
Glasses allow us to see the world with clarity. God wants to give us spiritual clarity. The wind and waves don’t matter.
It wasn’t the devil that caused Peter to sink when he was walking on water. It was lack of vision, lack of faith. Lack of vision will cause you to lose your victory.
Elisha asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant. Then, he asked God to blind the eyes of the enemy. Then, he led the enemy to Israel’s camp. (2 Kings 6) Israel’s king asked if he should kill them. Elisha said no. Feed them instead. Then, he led them all back home. God gave them their sight back and they didn’t want to go back to face that prophet again.
Eph 1:18 “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”
The ‘eyes of your understanding’ means ‘what you see in your mind’ or ‘what you can see with your imagination.’ The eye is the instrument by which we see. Our understanding has an eye, or perception of truth. That needs to be enlightened, otherwise, you’re blind. You can’t see the junk that’s going on in your life.
‘Enlightened’ means ‘to make to see a picture or snapshot’. Paul says, ‘Get a snapshot of the purpose of your life so you can head for it.’
Luke 11:34 “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”
Your eye affects your body. Your vision affects your body. The word ‘single’ means ‘the first or complete and braided and twined as one.’ If what you see is complete and whole, then your whole body is affected. If your eye is divided, you are filled with darkness and confusion.
What you value, what you see is important, what you dream. This is where you will go. This dream causes you to enter into things associated with that dream. You need to get a vision for Who God is and what He wants for your life.
Isaiah had a vision where he saw God in His temple and His train filled the temple. That was God’s robe with the flags of other countries attached to it, showing His reign and power over them.
Let something enter your eye. Get exposed to what God wants for you. Get a burden for what God wants. Don’t be divided. There is no grey. Whatever is in your heart, that’s the direction you’re going to go.
Abraham and Lot had to split. Lot chose the better land and Abraham went the opposite direction. Lot pitched his tent toward the city of Sodom. Every time Lot opened his eyes at the entrance of his tent, he saw that evil city.
Don’t ever aim at something you don’t intend to shoot.
If you ever pitch your tent towards something, you will end up there someday. If you want something, you must see it first.
A horse sees things differently. They see things separately above and below and before and behind. If a horseman wants to control the horse, he must understand how the horse sees. Horses have blinders on in order to keep it from being spooked and limit its vision.
We need to have blinders on our eyes from all the things that distract us from Jesus and His will in our lives. Keep walking and looking to Jesus and God will keep solid ground beneath your feet.
Peter lost focus. Where are you going? What is your dream?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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