Getting on Board with the Lord’s Vision – Part 1

Years ago, in a dream, I was called into an open field where my pastor was standing, wearing a white sailor’s suit and a captain’s hat. Behind him was a huge, white cruise ship. In my amazement, he informed me that everyone was on board and waiting for me so that the ship would sail. I made several excuses as to why I couldn’t board the ship at that time. After much debate, he convinced me, and I joyfully followed him on board. I woke up from the sound of a loud horn that was blown from the ship in my dream.

Through the years, I have met so many women that are living for God but are not experiencing true fulfillment in their purpose or destiny. I was the same way.

Being raised in a Christian home and attending religious schools, did not guarantee me an intimate relationship with the Lord. For 10 years, I attended various churches regularly, married a great man of God, became a mother of two beautiful girls, and worked hard to climb the corporate ladder at a Fortune 500 company. Even though the future was promising, I recognized that there was a huge void and unsettledness in my life.

It was about that time that a lifetime cruise began for me in an attempt to search out and discover my God-given purpose. The turning point began in the year 2000 when my husband and I discovered that stability in good ground is what causes permanent growth to occur. Prior to this, we were like seeds scattered into different soils which took no root and, as a result, could not bear fruit. The Word tells us in Psalm 92:13 that those that are “planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.” (NIV)

Successful people develop action plans or goals for their advancement in life. In the same way, after we accept Christ as our Savior, we should endeavor to do the same in our Christian walk. Let’s look at some things we should establish in our own lives in order to position ourselves to achieve all that God has for us.

  1. Plant ourselves in God’s anointed house and allow ourselves to take root in good ground.
  2. Saturate our minds by reading the Bible to gain knowledge, for it is written in Matthew 4:4 that “man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (NIV)
  3. Pray for and support our leaders. The Lord places spiritual authority (such as evangelists and pastors) to feed and water us into maturity by the power of the Holy Spirit. We should honor the anointing that is placed as covering over us. (Mark 6:4, Galatians 6:10)
  4. Embrace discipline and rebuke (Revelation 3:19) and be not easily offended by the messenger the Lord uses to correct us. We must also keep in mind that all increase and promotion comes from God! (1 Corinthians 3:7)

By actively putting these four keys into action, you too will begin to see yourself spiritually positioned and on board with the Lord’s vision for your life.

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