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My People Perish Without a Vision
by Dottie McElreath

From Abraham to Jacob to Samuel to Nathan to Isaiah to Daniel to Ananias to Saul to Cornelius to Peter to Paul and, yes right on down to you, God has given visions, also called a word, to his people. The problem now is that we have a nation or world that is afraid to believe that God will do as he says he will. If the vision doesn't happen quickly then we have a tendency to not put faith in a word from the Lord or we put it on a back burner so to speak for someday in the future and it seems that if you regard not the vision, or word, or prophecy then it is not important to you. Many times I have seen people receive a prophecy and pass it off as wishful thinking and by not giving God the prominent position that a life devoted to him would require for the vision to come to pass, they in effect lose their vision. This is no reflection on God but it is on us. Have we come to be so unstable in God that he can no longer talk to us and be believed by us? I think for the majority of God's people this is the case.

Our churches seem to be struggling to stay in the anointing and the statement has been said if God so wills it we will have a move of the spirit. Well God is wanting us to wake up and sound the alarm. The fire of God is leaving us,, people. Our watchmen are not on the wall. Our prophets are ashamed to speak out what God has given them. Job 33:14-18 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. {15} In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; {16} Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, {17} That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. {18} He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. God speaks in the night to His people and men perceive it not. He seals our instruction. The visions are to withdraw us from what we plan to do into His plans. This keeps our soul from the pit and saves our life. Job says that there is a messenger - one among a thousand to show man his uprightness. This messenger prophecies deliverance. Isaiah 22:1-5 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops? {2} Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle. {3} All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far. {4} Therefore said I, Look away from me: I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. {5} For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains. Isaiah says a prophet carries a burden when he carries a vision for the people. A vision breaks down walls.

God has appointed different offices within the church and we all know what they are, preachers, prophets, teachers, pastors, bishops and helps ministries. So why isn't it working like it’s supposed too? Because we are not taking God seriously. If God has shown you in a vision or told you in a prophecy what He has for you and you've told people and they've put this down.

Zechariah 13:4-6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: {5} But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. {6} And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. Has your ministry been wounded by well meaning friends? Your hands or the work of your hands represents your ministry. The gifts of prophecy have been taught out of the church so our watchmen are not watching. His vision is disregarded and we stumble in the dark. Does what we say make God any less God. If you've disregarded what He's given you, no wonder you have lost your direction. He's not going to give you a new vision until you work towards what He's already given you. He may reinforce it but He does not take it back.

Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. So get off your grave clothes and live! Many people have similar visions For example: Acts 9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. But we keep our vision to our selves. Why? Zechariah 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. We've been told that people can pray against your vision. So, can they stop God? Can an ant stop an elephant?

It doesn't depend on anybody but you whether you live in your vision or walk off and leave it. If you're a watchman on the wall and you're not doing your job how many people have spiritually died because you neglected your job? Read Job 32-36 to see how Elihu was given a word by God for Job. Many times God gives you a vision or word and tells you what you need to do to bring this about and we don't hold up our end of it. From Abraham all the way to now there are requirements for serving God and enjoying His blessings. Are we blocking His blessings for us? Yes, he creates all the things in this world for our enjoyment. All the beautiful sights were not made for Him, they were made for us. So, since everything is owned by Him is it not sensible to serve and be with this great Creator?

Share your vision. He already has people around you with similar visions. Write it down and check it regularly. See how close you've come and add new visions that expand as you change your will to make way for God's will in your life. Don't just go through life accepting whatever comes. Let God clear out your pathways and change you to walk in His plans instead of you trying to fit Him into your plans.

You'll find that what God has in store for you is much bigger and touches more people then you can now imagine. Share your vision with others, as, others just might be seeing the same thing. Pray and agree with others and remember to holding out the hand of a sister to another brother or sister so God will bless you in your ministry, your family, your finances, and your health.

I feel the need to give you the vision that prompted this message. He showed me Christian people struggling to walk up a steep path and He showed me the babies on their backs similar to the way an Indian mother carries her baby. Some of these babies were shadowy images and some were crippled. Very few were healthy babies. The ones that were healthy were walking beside their parent. I ask for understanding in this and He showed this about visions. Many times I've had dreams about babies in different stages of development and I didn't understand it, but now I do. You are given a gift as a baby and you may dream of feeding a baby, feeding your spiritual baby or your baby dying when you gave up and walked away in the spirit.

The vision must be nurtured as a precious baby and God will make it grow and change things around you to accommodate the vision as you grow to walk in it. It takes on a life of its own and soon begins to carry you. I urge you to revive your vision and to share with others and encourage them in their walk because together we are a mighty army and the love of God binds us together and we cannot be defeated if we have a vision.

I ask God to bind Satan's influence off your ministry and to loose you and set you free in Christ Jesus.

Amen! Amen!
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