“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”
Proverbs 29:18 (AMP)
The key to achieving your vision is discipline. Discipline is defined as, “self-imposed standards for the sake of a higher goal!” To carry out your vision you must have discipline, you must stick with it no matter what! Even if you aren’t getting the credit, even if it’s not easy; stick with it! In this season of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you have to be willing to cut off some things…some people, activities, attitudes, behavior, fear, worry, who and what you are listening to.
You need to have the quality of self-discipline! This is true management! In other words; you must learn to properly manage your time and resources. In your resources, God has given you a vision and responsibility to manage them! Self-Discipline also implies that there can be other disciplines, external and internal. A person of vision doesn’t need much external discipline; they already have strong self-imposed disciplines.
If you don’t have a conviction for discipline, the Bible says in Proverbs 29:18 (AMP), “Where there is no vision people are unrestrained or perish, blessed is the man who keeps the law.” In other words, where there is no revelation of the future people throw off self-discipline. The key to success for your life is finding a vision that imposes discipline on you.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
I am a product of someone’s discipline; it was a police officer and a teacher that impacted my life at a young age. I am also a product of my pastors, Art and Kuna Sepulveda, and the vision of Word of Life. It’s their discipline that has helped developed me into who I am today. They have impacted so many people influencing not only Hawaii but also globally. Now I have an opportunity to do the same for others; I am now able to help influence others to become agents of change and make a positive difference in their communities.
Discipline is powerful! Discipline comes from Vision! A man or woman without a clear vision will live a lose life, but disciplined people will live narrowly. Vision simplifies life! When you capture a vision, it simplifies everything. Once you know where you are going you will know what roads wont’ take you there. If you know what to do, you will automatically know what not to do. Vision gives you a permanent address; it shows you your destination. Life becomes simple! If someone offers you something that doesn’t collaborate with your vision than it’s easy to say no, but without a vision it’s tough to refuse things. Life becomes complicated.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (AMP) says, “Everything is permissible for me, but not all things are beneficial.” You were not born to do everything. When you understand this, it takes the pressure off. We often think we have too much to do in life! When you study people, who have been successful in life and eventually became influential, like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Pastors Art and Kuna and Jesus, they were very simple. The phrase most associated with them is found in Phil 3:13 (NKJV), “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.”
This “one thing I do.” Get to the point where you live for one thing, then life becomes simple. People who have discovered vision live longer and healthier with no stress. Stress comes from not knowing what to do!
Remember the story of Mary and Martha! Martha is like most of us; we live on assumptions; even of God. Martha had a visitation from God, and she assumed he was hungry, that’s the problem, we think we know what Gods wants us to do. We need to learn that vision is from God! You don’t tell him what you are going to do. Instead you report to Him, submit to Him and stay there until you have a clear vision! (Warren Lilo)
"This one thing I will do is have a clear vision for my life! I will not take detours or cut corners! I know my destination! I will get rid of all distractions and things that are getting me nowhere in life!"
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: 2 Samuel 5-7; Psalms 109
- New Testament: Mark 14:12-31; 2 Corinthians 13