Awaiting the Dawn: The Journey of Spiritual Vision

Matt. 17:9  And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

There are those among us who are pregnant with vision. Perhaps you are carrying a child within your spirit that was conceived upon a mountain-top experience you had with God. The trouble is, no one else would believe you if you told them what God had shown you. So, you came back down from your mountain, and have been bearing that seed for a very long season now.

Understand that there is a reason Jesus instructed his disciples not to tell the vision to any man until after the resurrection. Perhaps it was because they would not be able to receive the vision until they had witnessed the power of God in the resurrection themselves. On the same token, while you are carrying your vision alone, God is preparing a people on down the road who will be able to receive your ministry and your message once the timing is right.

Even as the disciples were charged to wait until the Son of man was risen again from the dead, so must we wait until that resurrection power which brings life begins to cause things which are dead to come to life. It is the power of God and that alone which births effective ministry. Without God’s power we are wasting our time. 1 Cor. 1:18 says, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” In other words, the message of the Gospel would not only be powerless, but it would be non-existent without the cross and the resurrection which soon followed.

God does not give us a ministry of the Word without the power to go with it. Therefore, He will wait as long as He must until at last we are in the place where Paul was when he expressed his desire in Philippians 3:10a, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings…” It is when we are ready to die to self and to live to Christ that He manifests Himself to us and gives us a platform from which to declare His glory to the nations of the earth. He will share His glory with no man. We must decrease that He might increase in our lives and in our ministries.

Only then will we witness the full-term deliverance of the vision which God planted in our hearts early in our walk with Him. Let’s have a baby!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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