By Dan Woodworth
2020 is a New Year, but much more than a New Year! This is a year of Vibrant Vision!
Listen to these words of Spirit and Life that our Living Lord wrote through Solomon in Proverbs 4:18 in the Hebrew:
The path of the just is like the sun shining that shines ever brighter unto the fixed, established and perfect day.
Hear these words of Spirit and Life that He wrote through the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 3:18 in the Greek:
And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from one degree of glory to another, just as from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Can you see and hear these resurrection words? Our Living Lord reveals to us that as we keep our eyes on Him, He Graciously Gives us Vibrant Vision to see ourselves and others as He sees us!
I have noticed that most people are not looking at themselves the way He sees them. When people ask me how I am doing, I respond by saying, “I feel Grateful Every Empowering Miracle Moment!”
The reason I know is because many people are astonished when I tell them how I am doing. They are seeing all the hurt or pain or problems that that they are experiencing.
I am concentrating on how He sees me! He sees me and you seeing Him as He speaks in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Greek:
Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
We give thanks because He loves us and is thankful for us!
Since Jesus is our elder brother and our Redeemer, let’s look at what He saw when He walked on this Earth 2000 years ago.
Notice in John 5:19 in the Amplified version:
I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself [of His own accord], unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever things the Father does, the Son [in His turn] also does in the same way.
Jesus was Daddy in Heaven Centered all the time! You may say, “He is perfect and I’m not.”
Let me graciously give you an inspiring idea from Him. Since Jesus emptied Himself of all His divine ability and chose to become a man (Philippians 2:5-11), we can do the same thing. In fact, He calls us to keep our eyes on Him all the time.
I believe one of the reasons we think we are unable to see the way He created us to see is because we have been consumed by our culture. This electronic microwave age has us running so fast that we are subtly deceived into thinking that business is success!
We have been conditioned to be distracted from keeping our eyes on Him. Most of us are so busy that we have forgotten who we are and what He wants us to do!
He wants us to rest in Him! Resting does not mean taking a nap. It means we trust and lean on Him and let Him reveal what He wants us to see.
Listen to His Voice and see what He says in Proverbs 3:5-8 in The Message:
Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen (and see) God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the One who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life!
We are so busy being pressured by our culture that many times we fail to see Christ Every Empowering Miracle Moment!
See these words that our Living Lord wrote through Paul in Romans 12:1-2 in The Message:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life — and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings out the best in you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Can you see the culture consuming you and corrupting you to prevent you from seeing Him clearly and consistently?
Even in our church and ministry meetings, many times we rush through them and check them off our “To Do” list because we have so many other things that we feel compelled to do.
Let’s see the things we feel we must do. How many of those things do we see Him calling us to do?
Jesus was actively involved with people most of the time when He walked on this earth. But He saw His Daddy in Heaven calling Him to pray at night or in the morning, to take lots of time for people who interrupted Him as He was going to raise someone from the dead (Lazarus and the daughter of Jairus) and many other times when He saw it was His time to take a break or sleep or have fun.
He was never pressured to perform or please people!
Why do we let ourselves be pressured to perform or bow to expectations or responsibilities that He is not seeing us to do?
Because we have fit into our culture and become so adjusted to it that we forget who we are and seeing what He sees us doing.
I am learning to see Him Every Empowering Miracle Moment! Sometimes I get distracted, but those times are becoming less common.
He has opened my eyes to see that I am a 6-year-old boy emotionally and all the people in our church where I am the pastor are all 6-year-old kids. He has revealed that we have no responsibilities, no expectations of how or when and no pressure to perform!
Why? Because Jesus had none. He responded to the voice of His Daddy in Heaven. His Daddy and our Daddy in Heaven is perfect. Jesus did not know what He was going to do until He saw Him doing it.
Our culture has corrupted us to think that we need to “grow up” and become more controlling and manipulating and more responsible and more paranoid. A healthy 6-year-old child is eager to learn how to live and play and have fun! When we “grow up,” according to our culture, we learn how to be less trusting and much more serious.
I encourage you to be Daddy in Heaven Centered all the time! This experience will empower you to keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to reveal what He sees you thinking, feeling and doing! Learn to Live Lightly like a child!
Enjoy His Overflowing, Real and Eternal Life, More and Better Life than You Ever Dreamed of! (John 10:10)
You will find yourself with the Right People at the Right Place in His Transforming Time Faithfully Fulfilling His Perfect Plan with Miracle Manifestations Beyond Belief!
It may take lots of practice, but eventually you will experience and enjoy: 2020 Vibrant Vision!
Dr. Dan Woodworth earned his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree from the King’s University in Los Angeles in 2009. His passion is to encourage and empower people with the transforming power of hope and healing to become all they are created to be. He and his beautiful bride, Irene, have planted three churches. They are in the process of creating a cross/cultural, cross/generational healing community solving pressing problems in Boise and beyond. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website at www.danwoodworth.org.