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      I was recently watching a secular movie titled The Magic of Belle Isle where Monty Wildhorn (Morgan Freeman) told Finnegan O'Neil (Emma Fuhrmann), “Never stop looking for that which isn’t there!” This struck me as a righteous message to be carried from 2023 into 2024. Apostle Paul describes why he will never lose his faith in Jesus when he wrote 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT), So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. At the end of the movie, I realized that the movie as well as Paul were both speaking of believing with complete faith and hope in that which hasn’t materialized yet. The movie was referring to believing in yourself, while Paul was speaking to faith in Jesus, and in my opinion, neither is wrong when working together.

      We can’t honestly say that we are following Jesus and not know who He says we are. The Bible is filled cover to cover with God and Jesus expounding on who we are in Jesus. The big issue here is the world along with our flesh can’t see what God sees in us and therefore our vision becomes contaminated with half-truths and whole lies. To put it plainly, we are spiritually blind as we can’t see through doubt and fear, so we don’t go there. It is some type of survival gene that is built into our system for us to fear that which we cannot understand because it may be dangerous. Isaiah writes in Isaiah 64:4 (NLT), For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! The New Testament has a little more detailed explanation in 1 Corinthians 2:8-9 (NLT), But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9_That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” How often when we pray, are we expectant to receive God’s will for the matter?

      I know I all too often get so enthralled with praying for what I want, to even have a clue of what happens if God answers the way I ask. With my limited brain cells, I ask God to do things for people that may bring them more harm than good. I mean well but it is God who sees the big picture from our beginning to our eternity. He knows what is best and all too often we get so busy looking for what we want that we can’t see or understand His answer. We humans cannot see beyond our imagination; it is not humanly possible. I posed this question to Google; Does our imagination have limits? “Yet, quite often we see the limit of our imaginations as the limit of all that exists. If we can't imagine it, we often assume that it's not there to imagine. We end up playing by the rules of our own imaginations which do indeed have limitations, and significant ones at that.” My Imagination - The Limits of My Mind by Craig Lounsbrough. To help hold down on the confusion of dreams and visions, I found the description from John Baldoni – “Dreams are drifts of the imagination as if one imaginary cloud in the sky. Visions are scripted efforts to effect change; they occur personally and organizationally. Dreams are nice; visions are work.” Again, we can’t see what God is showing us for looking for that which we expect to see. Now here is a vision in Daniel 7:13-14 (NLT), As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed. This is a vision because it requires great faith and trust to even speak of. There has to be a loyal dedication to believe in something that has never existed for humans before. Test the theory, try to think of something you do not know. Now go to the Bible to find out who God says you are in Jesus.

      Father God, I am always asking you to open the eyes of our hearts but it’s in the context of helping others. Today I am asking for individual change starting with me, change my being into a detector of your will, and have me Lord to be a visionary for seeing what isn’t there “yet!” Lord grant me the ability to see and understand the visions you have for your plan for my life. Help me Lord to find the courage to step out in faith to learn who you are and who I am in you! Lord, I ask that your works through me show glory, honor, and praise to your Holy Name. Please! May my request be filled through you and passed on to every reader of this blog. Amen




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