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April 6, 2020
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Death and Birth of a Vision

Os Hillman • Adversity
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

John 12:24

 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.-- John 12:24


Almost every significant thing God births He allows to die before the vision is fulfilled in His own way.
 
.              Abraham had a vision of being the father of a great nation (birth). Sarah was barren and became too old to have children (death). God gave Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age. He became the father of a great nation (fulfillment).
 
.              Joseph had a vision that he would be a great leader and that many would bow down to him (birth). Joseph's brothers sold him to some merchants and he became a slave. Later he was falsely condemned to spend his years in prison (death). God allowed Joseph to interpret the dreams of the butler and baker and later the king, whereupon, he was made a ruler in the land (fulfillment).
 
.              Moses had a vision of leading his people out of the bondage of Egypt (birth). Pharaoh as well as his own people drove Moses out of Egypt after Moses' first attempt to relieve their bondage (death). God gave Moses signs and wonders to convince Pharaoh to free the people and bring them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land (fulfillment).
 
.              The disciples had a vision of establishing the Kingdom of God with Jesus (birth). The very ones He came to save killed Jesus, and the disciples saw Him buried in a tomb (death). God raised Jesus from the dead, and the disciples performed great miracles until the gospel had spread through all the world (fulfillment).
 
.              A grain of wheat has a "vision" of reproducing itself and many more grains of wheat (birth). The grain dies in the ground (death). A harvest springs up out of the very process of "death" in the ground (fulfillment).
 

Has God given you a vision that is yet unfulfilled? If that vision is born of God, He will raise it up in His own way. Do not try to raise the vision in your own strength. Like Moses, who tried to fulfill the vision of freeing the Hebrews by killing the Egyptian, it will only fail. But wait on your heavenly Father to fulfill the vision. Then you will know that it was His vision when He fulfills it in the way only He can do.

 

 

 

Visitor Comments (1)

Death of a Vision

Thank you so much for sharing your testimony about the Black Hole and Joseph Pit. I thought I was losing my mind. Received a vision over a year ago and up till now thought I was remaining in faith with versus like Habakkuk 2:3 and Isaiah 64:10 and so many others all related to faith. Then all doors closed and everything began to crumble and I panicked just like you described and felt completely abandoned and confused and frustrated that I thought I had missed God's window of opportunity. This has resulted in a depression like I have never known before without any understanding, no answers from God and anger beyond anything I've ever experienced. I don't rejoice in the pain you lived but I thank you that you have given me and countless others a sense of what God is doing in these dark times. I am determinded to walk through this valley, keep my faith and see the fulfillment of the vision. Interesting that He kept taking me to the lives of Abraham and Joseph and Ezekiel 37. I now understand why. I know I will yet see the "goodness of the Lord in the land of the living". Whatever valley He brings us to He will see us through for His glory and His purposes in His timing. May He bless you abundantly for sharing these truths with the rest of us dark basement dwellers. This too will pass! I can now see some tiny light flickering in the distance! Monica




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