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How to live a Christian life governed by the heavenly vision

Is your Christian life governed by the heavenly vision? The writer of Proverbs said, “Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint…” (Prov. 29:18). In contrast, the apostle Paul could tell the King who was trying him, “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (Acts 26:19).

In the last book of the Bible,  the apostle John said that he “testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw” (Rev. 1:2). Because John saw such a governing vision of the testimony of Jesus, he was willing to suffer for what he saw, becoming a “fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus…because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus” (Rev. 1:9).

We also need to receive such a vision, to the extent that it revolutionizes us, controls us, directs us, preserves us and keeps us. So in this post will consider how we can live a Christian life governed by the heavenly vision.

How can we receive such a heavenly vision?

First, we need a spirit of wisdom and revelation. The apostle Paul prayed for the believers that they might receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation to see a vision of God’s economy  or plan (Eph. 1:17, note 3). By reading further in Revelation 1, we can see that John was in his spirit in order to receive four awesome visions (v. 10; 4:2; 17:3; 21:10).  The practical way for us to receive a vision is to use our spirit, our deepest part, to pray (Eph. 6:18, note 3). In the book of Acts, both Peter and Cornelius were praying when they received some heavenly vision concerning God’s desire ( Acts 10:9, note 1, vv. 17, 30).

Second, we need to to have the eyes of our heart enlightened.  Paul’s prayer went on from our spirit to our heart. His prayer for the believers was that,  “the eyes of your heart having been enlightened…” (Eph. 1:18, note 1). This requires that we deal with our heart. For more on this matter, see my post “5 steps to vitalize your Bible reading in the New Year,” especially the section “Have you prepared your heart to meet the Lord in His word?” 

Third, we need light for the illumination of the things that are unveiled to us. This is so that we may have vision (Eph. 1:18, note 2). Praise the Lord that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). With a prepared heart and an exercised, praying spirit, we need to enter into fellowship with God through prayer, to have intimate and living contact with Him. This will bring us into the enjoyment of the divine light enabling us to see the things unveiled to us (1 John 1:6, note 1).

When we sense our need to see the heavenly vision and become desperate to live under such a vision, we need to pray:

“Lord, I desperately need to see the heavenly vision revealed in Your word. Save me from an aimless and empty Christian life. Grant me a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know You and Your plan. Enlighten the eyes of my heart. I fully turn my heart to You. I give You the ground to touch every part of my heart–my mind, emotion, will, and conscience so that nothing would veil me. Lord praise You that You are the true Light that enlightens every man. Lord, may I be able to say, like Paul , I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”

For more on the way to receive heavenly vision from the Lord, I’d highly recommend Message 14 of the Life-study of Ephesians by Witness Lee on “A Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation and the Eyes of Our Heart.” You can read it online at ministrybooks.org.

About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

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