2019 was a trying year for me. It was replete with mountain highs and valley lows. But God always showed Himself faithful. I learned a lot about myself and the need for patient endurance. I’m grateful to God for the hurdles He enabled me to overcome and the giants He empowered me to slay. Closed doors I encountered were directional. Opened doors were enlightening. Sicknesses were defeated. God’s grace and mercy were abundantly available. In spite of everything, my relationship with God was fortified and my faith strengthened. I’m glad 2019 has come to a close. And I’m excited about the next chapter of my life called 2020!
2020 isn’t just a new year, it’s a new decade God has ushered us into. My pastor, Bishop David G. Evans, prophesied that 2020 is the “Year of Vision, Imagination and the Open Mouth.” This year I believe God will reveal greater vision and manifestation to His children.
Vision is the ability to see things other people don’t. It’s specific, meant to benefit others, and always greater than anything you could ever accomplish on your own. If you’re a child of God, God has a vision for your life, even if you’re not sure of what it is. Your vision may be the solution to a problem you’ve noticed, an idea, a business concept or strategy, or other area of focus that has captured your attention.
Vision initiates the birthing process of the greatness God has sown inside you. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon the tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 isn’t a suggestion. We’re commanded to write down our vision. When you do, it gives heaven something to agree with here on earth. As long as God’s vision for your life is contained within the confines of your head, it will remain in an embryonic stage. Successful businesses have written vision statements. This enables members within, and those outside the organization to know its purpose and why it exists. The same holds true for your vision. It must be in written form.
As you write out your vision, God will begin to send people into your orbit to assist you. You can’t pick and choose who God will send. He’ll often choose people you wouldn’t consider. Although vision killers will also arise to discourage you, they serve as confirmation it’s a God-given vision.
God doesn’t reveal vision all at once. Instead, He releases nuggets of revelation over the course of time. If you haven’t done so already, I suggest you start a vision book. Record each nugget of revelation God imparts to you in your book. Be sure to periodically schedule time to review your vision book. Doing so will be encouraging during dry spells when nothing seems to be happening, especially when life contradicts your vision. With the passage of time you’ll discover God isn’t just painting a picture of the fullness of the vision, He’s revealing your purpose and destiny in the process.
Vision requires imagination. Imagination stimulates vision. Imagine for a moment if money were no object and fear was not a factor, what would you be able to accomplish? Think about the greatest thing you could ask of God. Whatever that is, He can do greater. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Imagine yourself doing what you thought was impossible. Begin to envision yourself being successful. Then watch God do more than you imagined. Imagination coupled with faith fuels the manifestation of vision. God isn’t limited by time, or space or circumstance. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing is impossible for God! Therefore, the impossible is possible for God’s children.
The power to birth God’s vision lies within all Christians. In addition to vision and imagination, an open mouth is a critical component to birth your vision. Heaven is voice activated; only an open mouth gets fed. II Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.” Time out for head prayers. Nothing happens in the Kingdom of God until something is said. You’re not to think your prayers. Prayer requires you open your mouth and declare and decree your vision.
I would be remiss if I failed to mention your vision must align with the senior pastor’s vision for your church. Consult your pastor for guidance and direction. God has placed your pastor to help you. If the vision conflicts with the pastor’s vision, wait on God. Allow Him to work it out or clarify the vision to you. God has released the vision for you to succeed, not fail.
Vision demands sacrifice and commitment. God never promised it would be easy. But He did promise to provide all your needs (Philippians 4:19) and never leave or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Like the prophet Habukkuk, you must watch and listen for God to speak (Habukkuk 2:1). Habukkuk 2:3 says, “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.” This verse gives assurance your vision will be fulfilled.
I pray that God will increase your faith, teach you how to think big and pray for the impossible, and give you 2020 vision for your life this year and beyond. May God grant you the courage and determination to pursue your vision, and the patient endurance to see it through to manifestation.
Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year & Happy New Decade! Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson