“Visionaries are people who see the big picture and are not afraid of change. They don’t hold back by refusing to leave their comfort zones” (quote from reblogged post by “The Daily Way” below). The list of Old and New Testament visionaries is filled with all types of folks–Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Joseph, Daniel, David, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Paul, Peter, John and many others. And let’s not forget the women–Sara, Esther, Deborah (a judge), Rahab, Elizabeth, Mary and that list goes on and on, too. Of course, Jesus was the greatest visionary of them all. After all, he was and is the very Son of God (see John 3:16).
Visionaries aren’t necessary folks who always envision and pursuit big things. When Jesus told his disciples, “All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23), it was in the context of Jesus healing a young boy from an unclean spirit (a demon)–the story is found in Mark 9:14-29. When the disciples of Jesus were unable to cast out the demon, Jesus responded by saying, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me” (Mark 9:19). Verses 20-24 state: “And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’” And Jesus healed the boy.
Faith is believing without seeing any of the evidence beforehand as proof, and that includes God’s timing–no matter how long it takes. Hebrews 11 is filled with stories of faith in action–“going and not knowing.” I wrote a blog post on this very topic on February 2, 2013, titled, “Against All Odds” (click here for link).
Let’s be a people of faith–of going and not knowing; of believing and not doubting. Of exercising that “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3) that God has given to us instead of waiting for a sign as proof, which is really no faith at all. And if our faith is shaky, let us cry out like the father in this story did by saying, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Indeed, “All things are possible for one who believes” (Mark 9:23).
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Visionaries are people who see the big picture and are not afraid of change. They don’t hold back by refusing to leave their comfort zones.
Those who have the “show me” mentality will move only if they see proof that the change is good. They will embrace the vision if they see evidence and proof that it is the right direction. Then there are those who refuse to change or adapt at all. They often disagree simply for the sake of disagreeing.
The Israelites arrived at the edge of the land the Lord had promised to them after a long journey from Egypt. The journey was a process of learning lessons of obedience and faith. Now they were ready to enter the land.
The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From each ancestral tribe send one…
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