What are you aiming for?

This Sunday we will be discussing in detail the importance of vision. Many of us feel like we have a handle on vision, but sometimes we lack understanding in aspects of our life that should have vision. Our lives are riddled with lack of vision. If you are feeling like a failure, or feeling lost and confused, I want to encourage you to take care. I am firmly convinced that no matter where you are or what you have done, if you surrender to the visions that God has purposed for you, you will succeed. This week, I'll help you discover what godly vision looks like, and to what aspects of your life that God has purposed for you to have vision.

Proverbs 29:18


Michael invited Mr Fred up to the stage. The group Like Sons was on the radio and Mr Fred made it happen. His minstry is "No more dirty radio". He has a real heart for our community. He has a ministry called “Love Thy Neighbor”. He wants the kingdom of God to advance in HSV.

There’s a flier in the welcome center about the radio show that’s on 6-7 on Sunday nights. And next year it’ll expand to 2 hours. He’s doing a Christian concert series.
Mr Fred: How’s everyone doing? You’ve got a cool pastor, he’s all suave.
Thanks for the opportunity to be here. We have a show “No more dirty radio” to inspire our young people--and adults--to live clean lives through what they listen to, and what they walk and talk.
Our biggest influence is media. And we need to do all to the honor glory of our king.
We had conversation with Mr Basset at WEUP, and he gave us a shot. On Sunday night, we’re the only radio show that has Christian hiphop in our region, not being a Christian station.
Giving an award to each member of Like Sons. And “give it up for Like Sons!”
And, for "the first lady of the Pastor Walker Bishop-ness". A lot of churches are not up to speed like you all are. For a ministry to embrace non-traditional gospel music—this is bananas!—to have a pastoral team and church body is amazing. For pastor and first lady Michael and Heather Walker.
We want to take time to appreciate ministers and first ladies for what they do. Else the gospel gets stagnant. This is cutting edge. May God elevate your ministry abundantly.
Turn it to 103.1 FM at 6pm on Sundays.
Next Saturday, Jordan Copus will be with us. I’m interviewing him today at 6pm. His testimony is amazing. God transforms from the inside out. Not a black thing or white thing, it’s a sin thing. God said he’ll bless us over and above, no matter what our circumstances.
Michael - Thank you Mr. Fred. We are grateful to him and for his ministry. It was a wonderful time in that concert.
Sometimes we look at a sermon title and decide to tune out. But hear this message today and let the Lord speak to you. This message is needed.
Prayer: Father, I’m humbled by you. I wish that I was more faithful at just stopping in the moment and contemplating your love and greatness for me and for all the world. I’m challenged to be more faithful in your word and be more childlike in hearing and receiving and walking in your word. God I pray that you would speak and your voice would be heard. That your agenda would be done in the service today.
“What are you aiming for?”
As we talk about vision from a biblical perspective. God has a purpose and plan for your life. In Eph 2:10, we are called to do good works. We need to understand that plan.
As we talk about vision, we want to talk biblical. As Prov 29:18 says, where there’s no vision, the people perish. Or, where there’s no prophetic vision, people wander in the state of lostness.
I think about Peter in the boat with waves crashing and they see Jesus walking on water toward them. Peter calls out to Jesus and asks Jesus to command Peter to walk out to him. And Jesus did and Peter did.
Peter had vision and a command from the Lord and was able to accomplish something beyond what he was able to do.
When we have a vision of who we are and God’s purpose in our lives, as we look at Jesus, we see the vision.
John 3:16-17
 16 ‘‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
God had vision: to save the world.
Luke 4:16ff -  16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
 18* ‘‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’’
 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
 21 And he began to say to them, ‘‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’’
Jesus had a vision and a mission statement of what he was going to do to fulfill that vision.
Heb 10:5-10 -  5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘‘Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
 6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
 7 ¶ Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’’’
 8 When he said above, ‘‘You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings’’(these are offered according to the law),
 9 then he added, ‘‘Behold, I have come to do your will.’’He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Once again, we see vision.
Mat 28:18-20 -  18 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
 19* Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’’
Jesus is casting vision.
John 19:30 -  30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘‘It is finished,’’and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Tetelestai - it is accomplished. A military term. I’ve come, taken on the body, walked on the earth, sacrificed myself for the sins of man.
Christ had a mission to be the lamb slain for the sins of man. To be an eternal bride between the world and the father. And he accomplished it by his death and resurrection.
Christ modeled for us that we’re called not just to exist ,but to be on mission. And he gives us vision to fulfill the mission.
25 years ago, God gave my wife and me a vision. And all the ministries we’ve walked in have been in light f that vision God’s given us—to be ministers of reconciliation.
There are times when things come up that aren’t in line with the vision God’s given us, outside our talents and passions.
We can say, “Yes Lord. I’ll stand and walk.”
It’s because of the vision that we’ve left Botswana and came to Southside.
Pr 29:18 - 18 ¶ Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law.
“vision” is chazon - 35x in Scripture. “Constant revelation from God”, hearing God’s leading.
Without vision from God, we wander in a state of confusion. If you don’t have vision, you’ll wander in a state of confusion.
Vision is designed to make you passionate, strategic, relentless in achieving God’s purpose for your life.
We’ve all been called to be ministers of reconciliation. God’s vision on us is to catch, train, release for the the Kingdom of God. To seek people, understanding where they are—I love to fish. I can’t take the same bait to different places to fish. You have to know your environment. Then you know which fish are in that environ. And you have t find out what they like to bite. You have to use the right bait.
As we go into communities, we have to know the community—what it’s about, how we can infiltrate, be ingrained, to see people come to know X as L and S.
We have to be able to train them, to build them up, to make disciples. We’re not to produce a bunch of illigetitmate children. We raise them up ,t train them and equip them w/ the Word of God.
And we empower them t go forward to make more disciples.
When struggles come—and I’ve had a lot of them, and have wanted to quit, but I go back to the vision. This is what God’s spoken to me. I must be about the Lord’s business fulfilling the vision.
Chazon = see, hold, perceive from God.
Vision is “redemptive revelation”.
redeem = buy back, rescue from evil or error.
revelation = have something made know that was unknown before.
A vision of God reveals within the gifts, talents, and circumstances the things God wants to do in your life. For bringing salvation and hope into the lives of others.
I don’t care what you do as a vocation. If you’re a homemaker, a student,… there’s a vision for your life. And we need to know that vision, so we can walk in redemptive revelation. To answer “God, what are you purposing in me to bring others to you?”
To bring salvation, light, true purpose to others.  
Vision = ability to hear and see what GOd’s doing specifically w/ you and your surroundings to fulfill HIs purposes.
Anatomy of a vision: 1Sam 3:1ff 3:1 ¶ Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.
 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his own place.
 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
 4 Then the LORD called Samuel, and he said, ‘‘Here I am!’’
 5 and ran to Eli and said, ‘‘Here I am, for you called me.’’But he said, ‘‘I did not call; lie down again.’’So he went and lay down.
 6 And the LORD called again, ‘‘Samuel!’’and Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, ‘‘Here I am, for you called me.’’But he said, ‘‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’’
 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, ‘‘Here I am, for you called me.’’Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the young man.
 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘‘Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant hears.’’’So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
 10 And the LORD came and stood, calling as at other times, ‘‘Samuel! Samuel!’’And Samuel said, ‘‘Speak, for your servant hears.’’
 11 ¶ Then the LORD said to Samuel, ‘‘Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
 12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
 13 And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
 14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.’’
 15 Samuel lay until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
 16 But Eli called Samuel and said, ‘‘Samuel, my son.’’And he said, ‘‘Here I am.’’
 17 And Eli said, ‘‘What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.’’
 18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, ‘‘It is the LORD. Let him do what seems good to him.’’
 19 ¶ And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
 20 And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel was established as a prophet of the LORD.
 21* And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
The first thing we need is to be spiritually in a place where we can be ready to hear from God.
When God was speaking to us, we would journal what we were hearing God speak.
And Samuel, when he heard from God, he had a godly man who said, “Listen, this is from the Lord.”
Sam had to position himself to hear from God, and he needed someone in his life to confirm that this was from the Lord. And then he had to be willing to speak and walk in the things God’s spoken to him.
Where there’s not a constant revelation—when you’re not constantly waiting to hear from God, you’ll wander around.
Ills: $20 bill. I’d call someone on stage to fulfill the vision. Then I’d put them in a blindfold. I’d give the $20 to someone and have them sit down. And then I’d say, “go get the $20”.
He’d say, “I don’t know where it is because you blindfolded me.”
So just having the vision isn’t enough. You can’t fulfill the vision without seeing clearly.
Second time, I’d say, “Want the blindfold”. He said, “no”. He saw where the $20 went and he got the $20.
Vision isn’t a one-time thing. It’s constantly walking in what God’s doing. IN constant communication in order to fulfill what God’s calling.
The downside of not having a vision:
1. Wandering around in confusion. You, your family, your church. You’ll be “double minded”. Hardships come. Trials come. Some from the Lord, but some from the enemy. And if you don’t know the vision from God, I guarantee the circumstances will make you question and doubt. Without constantly seeking him.
2. You can be lured away. You’ll grow weary and dispassionate. This isn’t the vision God’s given you. Without the vision, when you compare the things you can do, even good things, you can be lured away.
As a senior in college, I was in a Christian drama group. At the end of the show I was always asked to pray.
One time, a man came up to me and said, “You have a lot of passion and charisma. You can’t just have a prayer life. You must live a life of prayer.” That was one of those moments.
At first I didn’t understand what he was saying. He meant I need to stay connected w/ God because there’ll be a lot of good things that come your way. And you need to know the God things that come your way.
3. With the lack of vision comes anarchy — in your life, your family, your church, your community, the world.
“anarchy” = state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority.
Many times our families are in a place of anarchy because we have no vision of God for our family.
We (Walkers) tell our kids, “When God’s calling us (mom and dad), he’s also calling you.”
We need to recognize our vision and authority and walk in it.
Why is vision important? because it’ll hep you stay the course in the midst of turmoil.
It’ll help you divert in order to stay the course -Acts 16:6-10, Paul was called to get on a different track than what he thought.
If you’d asked my wife and me 4-5 years ago, we thought we were supposed to be in botswana for the rest of our lives. but as we continued to walk wi God and seek his face, when the Southside opportunity came up, we laughed. But finally the Lord said, “You’re being rude” so we prayed. And as we prayed God spoke. And we looked at the vision He gave us. And in that vision, part of it is the ministry of reconciliation he’s given us. He diverted us from what we thought was our vision to come and fulfill his vision at Southside. It’s important for us to see and walk in it.
3. Vision is the key to happiness. John 13:17.
It’s the only way we can fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
I know some of you are struggling in your families. Struggling in life w/ no purpose or vision. In a state of confusion, hoping that you’re doing the right thing. Struggle after struggle, you’re weary and worn. 
Just recently I went back to the vision God gave us. As I read it, I saw him remind me, “Micahel, this is the vision.” And it gave me courage and renewed my spirit and passion. This is what vision does.
For what aspects of your life should you have vision?
For your personal life. God’s designed you for a specific purpose.
For your marriage. - a quiver is 6 arrows. (Ps 127:5). Part of our vision is to train up our children so they can use their talents for the Lrod according to the vision He’s given them.
And as husband and wife, we complete each other. We are one messenger for God. See how that woman treats her husband? That’s how the church loves Christ.See how he treats her? That’s how X loves the church.
There’s a vision for our church. Over and over we ask, “God, why have you placed us here in this community?” What’s our mission statement? Ministers of reconciliation.
Here’s something I wrote about you in my personal vision. “To help this body be intentional and effective in our community. To be ingrained and loving in our community so the community will hunger for the hope within us. Through this process we’ll make disciples.
This is my personal vision for us as a body.
The how-to’s for walking in vision:
1. Purpose to seek the lOrd together.
2. Allow God to speak.
3. Defer to counsel.
4. Agree together.
5. Document.
6. Strategize and set goals for how to walk in this vision.
We literally have a 3-page vision for who we are as the Walkers. How and why. This is what we live for. This iw what we’re passionate about.
At the end: a vision isn’t about confining us. It’s about relaxing us. It gives us focus. It becomes our guide for life decision and plans. It prevents DI-vision in our home. without vision we’re lost.
The process: prayer, journaling together. Sharing w/ spouse and family. Confirm biblical soundness through his word. Develop vision, mission, process to fulfill.
Church, God’s given you a vision and given us a vision. If we’re not walking in it, it’s time for us to get on our knees and begin to fulfill it.
Prayer: Father, I admit I’m so simple and so human that many times my heart is dismayed, frustrated, overwhelmed. I’m so easy to be tossed to and fro by my emotions. But when I seek your face, I’m reminded about the vision you’ve given. And that peace is reestablished. I pray that we as a body would be united. For each family I pray. If they’re walking in DI-vision, that whatever needs to happen for breakthrough, that they’ll be able to hear your voice. That you would disturb their heart and give them clarity about what they’re to stand and walk in.
Father we need you. We pray “Let your kingdom be established and your will be done.”
As we sing this last song, if God’s stirring your heart in something he’s calling you to walk in, or if you need to leave some burden at the altar, if God’s calling you to come and meet with someone in prayer, come forward.