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Vision Builders // Preparation

Many times in the Word, God calls us to prepare for our tomorrow, so that when it comes, we are ready. Here are three steps we can take to be ready for our calling:

Step 1: Giving Ourselves To God. 

2 Corinthians 8:5 (NKJV) And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and then to us by the will of God. 

There are times when we need to come back to the reason why we do all that we do. It is because we have 'given ourselves clean away' to Christ. I think when I am speaking to ministers and Christians I mistakenly assume that we are already all given to God. Even though we may begin our walk with wholehearted devotion to Christ, as time passes we can reduce that consecration so we are living for the fruit of the vine rather than the vine. I've seen this many times that the fire fades and the Christian life becomes something people are enduring rather than living to the full. 

Step 2: See The Future 

Isaiah 60:1-5 (NKJV) Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and Kings to the brightness of your rising. "Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to see you; Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant. 

The prophet tells us to life up our eyes to see and then will see. This is you seeing your future. This is getting ready for what's coming. It's called preparation. How often have we been caught unprepared and unable to take advantage of the situation. 

Step 3: Create Room For God 

Jesus told us to dig deep before we build high. The first thing Abraham did in a new land was to dig deep until he found water. Then they would set up their little village. Preparation is not always easy. It can be hard to understand the full impact of what the future holds when you're not yet there. It's like packing for a hot, summer holiday when you're in winter. You pack a whole suitcase of clothes you never wear because it's almost impossible to believe you won't need them. 

I am always wanting people to achieve their best life. Unfortunately it seems to me that many don't. Generally it's because they were unprepared for the opportunity when it came. They didn't have the commitment or the motivation or the discipline, or they were just not big enough to tackle what God was calling them to. Preparation for your future is absolutely essential. 

2 King 3:9..15-24 

This is a story about getting reading for tomorrow. This is a story about preparing for what God has in our future. This is a story about God answering our own need in one area and giving us victory in another by the same answer. This is a story about stepping out in faith. This is a story about doing what the Lord tells us to do even when we don't understand it. Three Kings had joined forces to attack the Moabites who were trying to escape from being under the dominion of Israel after the King of Israel had died. One King was an enemy of Moab but not really a friend of Israel either. The King of Israel, Jehoram, was an evil leader. The king of Judah, Jehoshaphat was a good king. He loved God and led the nation into worshipping the Lord and getting rid of false gods. 

After seven days of marching they had run out of water and the land was in drought. They dug and they dug deep. When we dig deep we are preparing for all that God is going to do tomorrow. 

Because of your giving we have been able to build all these facilities here at Oxford Falls, auditoriums, theatres, cafes, television studios, offices, then buy the Silverwater facility, train ministers in our College every week, start new services and campuses here in Sydney, plant new churches in Australia and around the world, broadcast the Gospel through television to a footprint of around one billion people, speaking to about 3 million each week, help countless people with many C3 cares centres, providing food, furniture and clothing, literally resulting in thousands of people coming to Christ every week. 

We didn't know we were going to be planting churches around the world when we started our college. We started it to train our connect group leaders. We didn't know that we were going to plant new services around Sydney until God told us to launch that initiative. Because you have been committed vision builders we have been able to step out and reach so many more people for Christ. We didn't know we would be preaching through television around the world. We started by just being on television here in Sydney to let people know we were here. But God had a bigger vision than we did, as He always does. 

They dug the ditches. Josephus tells us a storm occurred a three day journey away, so no one could hear it or see it. The flood came and was captured by the trenches they had dug. If they had not dug the ditches, the water, the provision God was bringing, would have been lost. They were ready. God had supplied their need. Their thirst was satisfied. They didn't die. 

In the morning, when the Moabites looked down on the cap of the Israelite armies, they saw the pools of water, but the rising sun made them look red. Just recently 853 BC the Moabites themselves had been united with two other nations in a battle where the armies they had joined turned on each other and they were destroyed. Now it was around just three years later 850BC and the Moabites assumed this is exactly the same. They knew there was no water. It was a drought. They had not heard any thunderstorms, or felt any stormy winds or felt any rain. So it was their assumption that the Israelites and their fellow armies had turned on each other and had now killed each other to the degree that there were pools of blood. So they ran in a completely disorganised manner to the camp of the Israelites only to find the Israelites in the armour and ready for battle. 

God did not just answer their need for water, but by the same miracle that prevented them from dying of thirst, was also the miracle by which the enemy was defeated. God tricked the enemy into imagining that the same division they had experienced not so long ago and was now happening to the Israelites. 

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16-Jun-2016 Share
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