Vision For Your Future: Part 2

In our last post, entitled Vision For Your Future, we focused on the Israelites' lack of vision for their future.  They spent 40 years focused on their past and present circumstances as opposed to the future vision of the Promised Land.

Before the Israelites entered the desert, God gave them this promise,  "And I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.  I will give it to you as a possession.  I am the Lord."  Exodus 6:8

The promise was clear:  I WILL GIVE YOU THE LAND!

Some of the Israelites entered the Promised Land and some did not.  What happened?  Those that made it into the Promised Land had a vision for their future.  They held onto the promises of God and refused to accept opposition on their mission to get there.

Joshua and Caleb were the only men from their generation to make it into the Promised Land because they held tight to the promises of God.  When they reached the edge of the Promised Land and spied on it they said, "the land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good.  If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us."  Numbers 14:7-8

Joshua and Caleb saw their enemies, but their focus was the promise that God would defeat their enemies.  They were not distracted or pulled away from their mission to reach the Promised Land.  Their vision was on the tip of their mind and nothing could sway them away from it.

The other Israelites held tight to fear of their present circumstances.  When they spied the land they focused on the enemy instead of God's promise, "the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large.  We can't attack these people; they are stronger than we are."  Numbers 13:28, 31

The Israelites saw their enemies and focused on them.  Their present circumstances clouded their eyes to see the vision of the Promise Land.  They were pulled from the truth that God would deliver the enemies into their hands.  Because they lost a vision for the Promised Land, they were never allowed to enter it.

God's promise for you is clear:  I WILL GIVE YOU THIS LAND!

God has a Promised Land waiting for you.  There is a place of freedom from food addiction just up ahead.  Will you get there?  Focus your mind on the Promised Land, not the size of your enemy.

A unique way that you can cast a vision for your future is to make an inspiration board.  In the past, I have used magazine clippings, Scripture verses or song lyrics to assemble a board.  Setting words of truth before your eyes is a great way to focus on God's promises for you, as a opposed to the enemy of your present circumstances.









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Vision for Your Future

Did you know that the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years for what could have been a 11 day trip?  

Maybe you feel like you have been wandering in the desert for 5, 10, 15, 20 or even 40 years in your struggle with food.  

What allowed the Israelites to continue wandering, instead of finding their destination, was a lack of vision.  The Israelites focused on their present circumstances as opposed to the future promise.

The Israelites spent much time in the desert complaining about their current circumstances.  Do you know what they complained about?  Having enough food and water.  Sound familiar?  What if they would have traded their complaints for time spent pursuing the Promised Land?  I have to believe they would have arrived much more quickly.  

The Israelites needed a vision for their future.  Do you?

God has a Promised land for you.  He has created you for freedom from food, not bondage to it.  To enter into the life that God has created for you, you must focus on the future God desires, not on complaints for your present circumstances.

To cast a vision for your future, try completing this sentence.  When I recover from this eating disorder, I will be free to__________________________.

Set your sights on the promises of God and don't let yourself be held back by complaints!

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Face to Face in the Right Place

"the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."  Genesis 2:7

God created us face to face with him.  He breathed His breath into our faces that we would have life.  Right from the beginning, we can see how God wants to have a relationship with us.  His original design is that we would be in an intimate and honest relationship with him.  After all, it's hard to hide from someone if you are face to face with them.

Honest communication flows In a face to face relationship.  Throughout Scripture we see God having such emotions as anger, sadness, joy and jealousy.  If God has such emotions and we are made in His image, we too were designed to have varying emotions.  God works in the perfect balance of these emotions, but we don't always know how.  God knew that in order to live in balance with our emotions, we would need to bring them before his feet.  God knows that without him, we are tempted to find other ways of handling our emotions.  

What happened when Eve stepped out of face to face relationship with God?  She trusted her emotions to something that was never intended to satisfy her – food.  The first sin occurred and she felt the need to hide.

Without an intimate, honest relationship with God we can become out of balance.  We may seek out food as a way to deal with the emotions raging inside of us.  God never intended for us to find satisfaction or life from food.  God knows the emotions we have because he feels them too.  He intentionally designed us to bring those feelings before Him, that he could be our source of life.    

This Genesis picture does not portray the creation of man made face to face with food.  Food was never intended to have this relationship with us.  When we turn to a face to face relationship with food, we are looking in the wrong spot.  Food was never able and never will be able to breathe new life into us like the breath of God.

Luke 8:17 says, "For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open."  If you are hiding, know that nothing is hidden from God.  He longs for you to come out and embrace the face to face relationship with Him that He intended right from the start. He is big enough.



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