Turning Point By Faith Oyedepo
You are most welcome to this edifying edition of Youths and Singles column. This month, we shall be examining, Turning Point.Today, we shall be looking at: Accessing your Great Future, as you gain entrance into your turning point.
Let’s start by considering God’s Word, which says: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end(Jeremiah 29:11).
Another version of the Bible translates “expected end” as “a future and a hope”. That means that you have a great future, a most enviable and colorful future. But for it to become a reality, something has to be in place and that thing is Divine Plan, otherwise called, VISION!
Your great future is with God’s plans. For you to lay hold on that great future, first and foremost, you must lay hold on His plans. What I am talking about here is neither optional nor negotiable. It is compulsory and it is mandatory! When you get at His plans, you are certain of a great future.
It is very important to know that visions and revelations are what opens us up to a divine plan. I once heard my husband say that “When life is void of vision, it leads to frustration.”
The Bible says: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. (Proverbs 29:18). When the Bible talks about perishing, it only means to be robbed of glory and virtue. That is, what rightly belongs to a man is snatched away by the enemy, because he lacks vision.
What is Vision?
Vision is not just dreaming and seeing something, it is not just having a picture in your mind. Biblical vision is having supernatural access to what your future holds. It is God giving you supernatural entrance into what lies ahead.
Vision sets goals for living, while revelation tells you which way to go so that you are never too fast or too slow. Vision tells you what is ahead of you so you have a focus, but revelation gives you a detailed step by step plan on how to get there.
Paul said in Galatians 2:2: And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
He went up, not just because “I have a great future,” but because of revelations. That is why He had so much access to a divine plan, which is relevant for a great future. As you embrace revelation, you will never be found in low places of the earth anymore! What then do you stand to gain walking in divine plan?
When you do what you are sent to do, you enjoy the strength of the sender. When you run with what God has destined for you, He releases His strength to back you up. We have a very typical example in the story of Gideon.
He felt he was the least qualified for the assignment God had committed into his hands. But the Bible records: And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? (Judges 6:14).
You may be familiar with the story of Gideon and how he did great exploits for God. But his secret lies in his walking in a divine plan. As long as he walked in God’s plans, he enjoyed divine strength.
What about Jesus? From the beginning of His life till He ascended into Heaven, He walked perfectly in a divine plan, so He enjoyed divine strength. On one occasion, Jesus sent His disciples out to get bread. By the time they arrived, He was no longer interested in food; He got so engrossed in His assignment (John 4:34).
When you follow a divine plan, you enjoy divine motion. My husband says, “Where vision stops is where motion ends.” It is the vision for motion. No vision, no motion. Where motion stops, shining ends (Proverbs 4:18).
If you have ever seen a grounded vehicle, you know how dirty it can be. But as long as it is in motion, the wind helps to blow dust away. As long as you are following divine plans, you are a candidate for divine progress and that includes marriage.
Your path becomes a shining light that shines more and more unto the perfect day. Abraham was one man, yet he was as a nation. He had 300,000 trained men as bodyguards. One man! Your future shall be greater.
So Stand on your Watch
God’s plan is accessible, but you must stand on your watch. The Bible says: I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved (Habakkuk 2:1).
Be prayerful, seek Him, and ask Him what steps you ought to take. Before you invest in that project, inquire of the Lord. Ask Him for direction.
You can pray both in the spirit and in your understanding until He directs you as to what to do. Perhaps someone has come to ask for your hand in marriage, go to God, stand upon your watch, and ask Him, “Lord what are you saying?”
Then He may say to you, “My daughter, take it easy. Let me show you a little of what you don’t know about that man.” Then He gives you direction, and your great future is secured. May all the benefits of walking in divine plans be yours, now, in Jesus’ name?