80s Christian Metal Blessings!Hey man, Pastor Brad here.
What’s your vision for 2021, and beyond, for your life? VISION is an awesome concept in the Scriptures.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no
vision, the people perish…”
The word translated VISION here is the Hebrew word “chazown” which means, “dream, vision, or revelation.” Think about it---Joseph received dreams (Genesis 37) and they shaped his life. The prophet Joel said “"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” And Peter repeated it as being fulfilled on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:17), and Paul spoke of the surpassingly great revelations God had shared with Him (2 Cor. 12:7-10). These dreams, visions and revelations inspired, guided and drove God’s people to pursue His call on their lives!
AND--Proverbs 29:18 also says, where there is NO vision, people PERISH. This word means "vacillate, waver, wander and drift aimlessly." If you aim at nothing---you'll hit it every time... this is what the Bible calls "perishing."
SIDE NOTE: In John 3:16, Jesus says where we BELIEVE (surrender to Him as the LORD of our life and step into a relationship of following HIM) will we NOT PERISH. When God's Spirit convicts us of sin and CALLS us to repent and follow Jesus -- that calling includes a call to be the best stewards of our lives, our time, talents and treasures--for His glory. As you discover how God has uniquely SHAPED you, you will also discover a "vision" of how you can serve, honor and glorify Him.
Essentially, a “chazown” (a vision) is a PICTURE OF A PREFERED FUTURE.
Let me tell you about a VISION I received—that TOTALLY shaped my life---and the interesting thing about it—is the SOURCE it came through.
On Thursday night, Sept. 24th, 1980, my dad took my friend Jay Harvey and me to Indianapolis to see AC/DC (Back in Black tour). It was my first concert. I was 13 yrs old. Friends, when the lights went out and Angus Young stepped onto the stage and started doing his thing—I was transfixed---totally and completely—blown away. It was WAY more than entertainment---I was SEEING what I wanted to DO.
That night inspired THOUSANDS of hours of guitar practice and garage band rehearsals. I thought at the time it was all about my dream to be a ROCK STAR, but God’s purposes, as they always are, were much BIGGER than mine.
Between that AC/DC Concert and the year 2003, God wrote a few more chapters in my life story. He brought me through a few more experiences, fires, and trials that shaped and tempered my faith and calling.
With my music--He lovingly brought me to my knees where I said, “Lord, I ONLY want what YOU want—period.” And THEN, He opened the doors and provided everything I needed to launch Pastor Brad Rocks---where every word spoken &/or written, and every song created is 100% for His glory!
MY POINT: Sometimes visions can take a while to find their fulfillment, but if God has placed a passionate picture in your heart—pray about it… In Jesus’ name—pursue it. It may turn own in a fashion or form you can’t even foresee yet, but if you delight yourself in God, I.e. make the entire mantra of your life, “God all I want is what YOU want--” You’ll be blessed and so blown away by what He will do! Consider these three verses:
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NCV) “The Lord searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him. He wants to make them strong.”
Psalm 37:4 (NIV) “Take delight in the Lord (Make your greatest, #1 passion, knowing and pleasing Him), and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (He will give you desires that pleas Him)
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Seek Him! Pursue Him! Hunger, thirst, ask, seek, knock, yearn, thirst, pursue—and God will fill, open, be found, and give unto you---MORE than you can imagine—in His time, in His way, and for His glory!
Rock on friends! Make this weekend great with & for Jesus!
Until next time, fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,