2023 Break Free and Be Blessed
A collaboration with Cally Logan at callylogan.com
By Cally Logan
5 min read
“Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
For the revelation awaits an appointed time.
it speaks of the end and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
What is your vision?
Is it crafted and forged by your own hands, or has it been written upon your heart by the Creator of the Cosmos?
We have become so accustomed to abiding by the world’s command of “making things happen” in our own strength, that often times we neglect to even ask God what His vision for our lives really is.
The Bible gives numerous testimonies of visions that God has given His people. These prognoses often revealed the following:
- What was to come
- The heart-attitude of obedience that God’s people were required to fulfill
- The God-directed paths they were instructed to walk in
Habakkuk 2:2-3 informs us that when God gives a vision, it is usually one that contradicts and even challenges our accustomed way of thinking. Additionally, the fulfillment of that vision is rarely a quick process.
God is not asking you to make things happen in your own strength; rather, He is asking you to trust and obey Him.
So how do we do that and not lose encouragement in the waiting?
As you enter this new year of 2023, invite the Lord into the vulnerable and sensitive spots of your life. Ask Him to shape and give you a word, picture, or glimpse of what He desires for your life. Even if it seems impossible or you are unsure as to how it could possibly unfold, trust Him. Remember that He is the God of the “how” and your only requirements are to trust and to walk in obedience.
Additionally, connect that which you receive in your quiet time with confirming Scriptures. Recall the words of 1 John 4:1-3 of testing the spirits in order to ensure that you are in alignment with His Holy Spirit. Pray out Jeremiah 33:3 in the areas of your life where you are unsure or have confusion, and trust that He will provide you with all that you need in the meantime.
As a further encouragement, do not lose hope as the fulfillment of the vision lingers. One of the greatest plots of the Enemy is to discourage us that we have somehow missed the mark, we are too late, or that God can no longer act in our situation due to bad timing. However, if God holds all of time, space, and reality under His control (Philippians 3:21), then why should we doubt that He can bring about what He promised – and with His perfect timing?
We love and serve the same God Who raised Lazarus from the dead four days after he was placed in a tomb and who opened the wombs of the elderly Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, and Sarah the wife of Abraham. Time is in His hands, so though it may linger, wait. It will not prove false.
Isaiah 55:11 reminds us of the following:
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
As the Creator of the universe, when God speaks, action must take place. Even if we do not perceive it, things are moving around us and being ordered into place. Though it tarries, action is happening behind the scenes.
Therefore, choose to believe and await God’s purposes to unveil the visions He has for your life.
Cally Logan is a US History teacher and Senior Writer for Crosswalk.com. She is a small group leader for high school girls, and enjoys challenging her students to develop deeper relationships with God and to live fearlessly. She received her B.A. Degree from Regent University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature, gardening, and woodworking.
“In life, be a snowflake—leave a mark, but no stain.”