14/06/2021 03:00 - 15/06/2021 02:00

Where there is no vision, the people perish” Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) 

Somewhere in the winter of 1989 while attending Oral Roberts University for an MBA degree, the whole campus of thousand students was called for assembly in the university chapel. The founder, Oral Roberts, had a message he wished to deliver.

After bursting  through America and beyond as a tent evangelist winning souls for Christ, Oral Roberts, who had come to Christ after being miraculously restored to health while a terminal  patient of tuberculosis, had decided to start this university. “Long ago this land used to be farmland,” he shared. “But I used to come here and stretch my hand and pray that God would give it to me and I build a university.”

This vision came to fruition in 1963 when the university was opened. Today it stands on a 300 acre beautiful campus filled with the most grandiose architecture as one of the most influential Christian universities in the world. It has over 5000 students attending from all over the world.

Later in 1996  I moved to Wheaton, Illinois where I met a Christian leader called Dr Glenn Heck. Once Dr Gleck, as Chair of the Elders Board of Wheaton Bible Church, he told me a story how he noticed that his church was situated in a rather inconvenient downtown area which would hinder its growth. He decided to scout for land. “I came across this bushy forest far from Wheaton which I desired the church to relocate,” he shared.  “I would come here regularly and pray that the Lord gives us this land!”

In 2008, after buying and setting up a new building, the church eventually moved to West Chicago providing her ample land for expansion.

Acts 2:17 says, "'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” There are visions that God gives his people to hold on to certain things long before anyone knows.

These two people had visions from God about certain pieces of land that were bushy which they constantly cried out to God to give to them. While all situations may not be exactly the same, even today, God is giving His people visions. All you need is to have faith and constantly plea to God to make it pass. The Lord never fails.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I thank you for the visions you have given me and I stretch out my hand claiming that promise that in your time you make it pass, too, this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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