Open Heaven 2 January 2023
MEMORISE: Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. Jeremiah 30:2
BIBLE READING: HABAKKUK 2:1-3 (KJV)
1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
2 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
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.
After you have received your vision for the year from God, the next step is to write it (Habakkuk 2:2). Many times, the reason we don’t achieve what we set out to, is simply that we never wrote it down. God’s recommendation for running with a vision is to, first and foremost, write it down.
Have you received an idea or instruction from the Lord? Go ahead and write it down now. In the course of doing this, you are bringing it to life; you are taking it from the spirit realm to the physical.
Writing it is your first step towards achieving it. You are to write it down along with what you will do to achieve it. The next step will be to “make it plain upon tables”. In making it plain, you can break it into objectives or smaller goals, and as you accomplish each of them, you’ll get closer to achieving the entire vision.
Note that Habakkuk 2:2 says ‘tables’ and not ‘table’. You are therefore to paste it everywhere around you where you will keep seeing it over and over again. When you do that, you and those the Lord has prepared to support you can begin to run with it.
Now, beyond writing down what to do to achieve the vision, you must also take note of the things not to do to ensure that your vision is fulfilled. Matthew 9:17 says: Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
You cannot achieve new things with old habits. There are some friends who pulled you back last year; you need to dissociate yourself from them this year. Check your morning routines last year; did they help you get the best out of your days? If not, then you need to change them.How was your relationship with God last year? If it was shaky, then you must be determined to draw closer to Him this year than ever before. Remember, if the Lord does not build a house, those who try to build it are merely wasting their time (Psalm 127:1).
KEY POINT: Write down your vision, make it plain and prayerfully run with it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: GENESIS 5-8
Thank you for studying today’s Open Heaven – Setting and Achieving Goals II – written by Pastor Enoch Adeboye
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Open Heaven 2 January 2023