“When Isaac was old and his eyes were so weak that he could no longer see,” Genesis 27:1
Vision is what keeps a man steady on the track of destiny. It is a critical-to-success factor in the fulfillment of life’s purpose.
“Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow God’s teachings.” Proverb 29:18. God’s Word Translation.
The first point the scripture draws our attention to concerning Isaac is that his vision has become weak. He could no longer see. His journey of taste for wild games came as a result of a weak vision. He indeed ran wild because he lost the prophetic vision handed him by Abraham.
When a man loses his vision or his vision suddenly gets weak, then a grand disaster looms.
It is therefore cardinal and indispensable, that we pay attention to our vision and ensure its light does not go dim.
Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you. Luke 11:34:36 NIV.
Jesus warned “keep your eyes open, [Sustain your vision] your lamp burning, so you don’t get musty and murky” Luke 11:35 AMP.
Beloved, it is vital to pay attention to the vision that established your life and ministry. Woe to that man with no vison for life at all. If there is no vision for your life, you are doomed. You are like a wind without direction. Like a car without a driver or navigator. Like a horse without a rider. It is just a matter of time, you will be heading for a great crash.
There is vision for every life under the heavens. Many without the knowledge of theirs are either far from God – the father of light and giver of visions -, or are mere nonchalant and careless about life.
Woe to anyone without vision. Cry to God and obtain yours today!
However, you must ensure your vision does not go dim and its light grow out. It is a great responsibility to sustain and maintain vision, and a grave liability to disdain and out-drain it.
Jesus concluded his warning by saying:
“Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room” Luke: 11:36. MSG
– Let your eyes be single –
If your whole life will be full of light, then maintain a single focus; Let your eyes be single.
One interesting thing we must note about Isaac is that, hunting was never an occupation in their family lineage. How come he developed a taste for wild games? He got lured and distracted. Hence, what matter as a family vision and preoccupation, which was passed down by Abraham, became less interesting to him. He gradually grew blind towards the prophetic vision of the shepherd; typifying the ultimate plan of the Great Shepherd. He rather became open-eyed to the ambition of an “open country” and position his son Esau as his machinery of Hunting in the wild; typifying the devil, who essentially roams about hunting to kill, steal, and destroy.
Dearly beloved, to keep your vision alive, you must maintain focus, and sustain your attention on the object of the vision; Namely Christ Jesus. Do not allow Satan to distract your focus nor substitute its object. Paul said:
For I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Do not shift focus away from Christ in any of your quest. Focus on glorifying Him, and always kill and destroy every iota of self-glory.
Die daily to sin, self, and the world’s interest
As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
Galatians 6: 14
Isaac failed, but you can succeed. For you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Philippians 4:3
– Watch your Association and Influence.
Innocence and sincerity do not immune you nor are antidotes from bad influence. In fact, evil influence hides behind the veil of sincere innocence to lead people astray. Isaac may have been sincerely exposed to a strange appetite through Esau’s skillful hunting abilities. He became docile to the danger that eventually befell him.
Perhaps you are being swayed by a strange skill, interest, revelation, or knowledge. Esau’s hunting skill has no antecedence within the family. He learnt it in the open country. Esau was a bad influence to the family. He married strange wives from the open country, so also he got his strange skills too. But Isaac innocently let them pass by him. No wonder Esau became a source of grieve to the Isaac and Rebekah at their old age. Genesis 27:46, 28:7-8
There are many things and culture believers allow into their lives innocently, just because they don’t look harmful on the surface. Many nice but strange teachings. The philosophy of the world has eroded sound doctrines, yet it looks harmless and exciting. Believers are careless about spiritual maturity, so far they are fed with religious Rhythm and Rhymes. The culture of a daily cross has become strange and Christianity has become a mere symbol of happiness and blessings.
Dearly beloved, Watch your life [Culture, Influence, and Character] and doctrine closely. Persevere in them [strive to stay on track] because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers [people you influence]. 1 Timothy 4:16
Ponder on, and be careful about every new influence around you. Listen to the nudging of the Spirit within you always. Evil influences are always subtle and harmless on the surface. They may likewise be thrilling and exciting.
Pay close attention to your association and influence. The survival and sustainability of your vision hang on these.
– Keep the Fire Burning. –
Your vision is like a drop of fire from heaven. It needs to be sustained – you must ensure it never goes out.
You need to establish and maintain an altar upon which can sacrifice a daily devotional life [time]. Without this in place, the fire of vision can never be sustained. An altar where you communicate and fellowship with the giver of the vision is cardinal and essential to its sustainability.
It is from this altar you generate the combustion that propels your vision and enforces its reality. However, this combustive energy must be sustained for your vision to remain alive and effective.
Command Aaron and his sons: These are the instructions for the burnt offering that stays on the altar overnight, while the altar fire is kept burning. The priest must put on his linen clothes, including his linen undergarments. Then he will remove the ashes left on the altar from the fire that consumed the burnt offering and will put them next to the altar. Then he will take off these clothes and put on some others. He will take the ashes to a clean place outside the camp. The fire must always be burning on the altar. It must never go out. The priest will burn wood on it every morning. He will lay the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offering. The fire must always be burning on the altar. It must never go out. Leviticus 6: 9 – 13
The scripture above provided us with hints on how to sustain the fire of vision we received from heaven upon our altar of devotion and fellowship.
Burnt ashes must be put aside so as to keep the fire burning. Burnt ashes are the result of your past fires. They are testimonies of your past exploits. Every man who is having a burning fire will have results. Those results are ashes.
Burnt ash does not only stop your fire but it also blocks your vision. It doesn’t allow you to see where you are going anymore. It keeps you stagnant because it blinds you. One of the things that kill great men of God is when their achievements enter their heads. Even the fire that purges does not purge these burnt ashes because they cannot get burnt.
They are not to be flaunted or glorified in. Do not be imitators of them that flaunt miracles on screens and leaflets; attracting attention to themselves and ministry. Such actions do not only kill your fire, but it turns you into your own god ultimately.
In fact, the priest must take off his ministry/official clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp v11. This suggests that the priest must maintain anonymity with regards ashes or results produced by his fire.
In this manner, you sustain and refresh the fire of Vision from heaven. Do not get beclouded by the results of your relationship with God Do not seek the glory, gratification, cheers, and praises of Men. Always and consciously glorify God and keep less records of ashes nor flaunt them.
Firewood are daily sacrifices we invest to stimulate and arouse the fire of vision. Without these daily investments, the fire cannot be sustained. This helps you to daily insulate the fire and help it gain ground until it can no longer be quenched easily. The inside first and not outside.
Fire is good and exciting but don’t let it excite you until it has become a big burning fire. Build your fire, but you must begin from the inside with a sustained daily efforts. Every fire begins from inside.
Woe unto that man who only has one stick burning and withdraws that stick from his fire place to carry it about. When that fire quenches, he may not find another fireplace to light it.
Beloved, take time to build the fire inside you. Work on it, keep it. Don’t be in a hurry to meet fire extinguishers. Take time and add fresh wood daily.
- The Fresh Wood of A Prayer Life. Jesus – who is God – depends on prayers and petitions to get things done on earth. During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him. And He was heard because of His reverent submission (Heb. 5:7). Jesus’ lifestyle of prayer is sufficient to serve as a motivation for those called out to follow His footsteps. Jesus prayed with tears and loud cries, so why wouldn’t I do the same.
- The Fresh Wood of Revelations. This must become your habit every day. You must add fresh wood of revelations from the bible morning by morning. Don’t be too anointed as to boycott the place of spiritual fellowship with the Lord.
- The Fresh Wood of Meditation. You must keep your thoughts around your fire. Keep your thoughts thick every day, around and about the fire God is kindling in your heart. Don’t let anything dissipate your thoughts. Don’t become a scattered man. Be concentrated. Let the thoughts of your heart become useful instruments to your fire. Meditation help mixes up the word with faith for profiting. Heb. 4:1-3.
- The Fresh Word of Fiery Companions.
- The Fresh Wood of Diligence And Consistency.
- The Wood of Corporate Fellowship.
Anointing is not a substitute for diligence. It takes diligence to be anointed because God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Relationship grants us access to God’s presence, but fellowship gives us a co-identity status with God. We become co-workers and a fellow with him. Fellowship enables us to have a share in his thoughts, privy to his plans, and be in the know of his agenda around us; even beyond.
Fellowship is beyond just praying or reading the bible, it is doing all of that and more with a strong sense of Commitment, Consistency, and Consecration. Being in fellowship with God is a higher calling. It means being a fellow – a person in the same position, involved in the same activity, and sharing the same quality.
It entails a life of Devotion, Discipline, and Dedication. With such a man, God will do nothing without revealing it to him or listen to his opinion.
The LORD said, “I shouldn’t hide what I am going to do from Abraham”. Genesis 18:17.
Abraham was such a man. You also can be another in this generation.