In this series we will looking at how to squeeze the most out of:
PRAYER – (Apples Perspective, Possibility and Prevention)
MARRIAGE – (Mangos fertility and drive to keep your marriage alive)
VISION – (Carrots)
CHURCH – (Pomegranate )
PARENTING – (Bannans – Parent panel
FINANCES – (Grapes – Abundance)
The purposes of JUICING:
1. It’s the best way to get your DAILY SERVINGS of Fruits/Veggies.
2. It allows you to absorb nutrients BETTER with less digestion.
3. It strengthens your immune
it allows you to MAKE SURE you are getting ALL your body needs to live in health and wellness.
“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.
When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.” – Mark 8:24 (NIV)
“he saw everything clearly“
Man I wish that was me…..TO BE ABLE TO SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY.
I wish I could see why, what and when.
“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” — Jonathan Swift
“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” – Helen Keller
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” – Napoleon Hill
A woman walks into an optician
to return a pair of spectacles that she purchased for her husband a week before.
The assistant asks, “What seems to be the problem, Madam?”
The woman replies, “I’m returning these spectacles I bought for my husband. He’s still not seeing things my way.”
Most of us don’t have clarity toward our future because of clutter in our today.
In other words, we’re so busy today that we can’t even see our tomorrow.
In part three of our JUICE IT series we use the power of the carrot to relate the spiritual fruit that God has to your spiritual vision.
This is a common eye disease of the elderly that impairs the function of the macula. Research has found that people who ate the most amount of beta-carotene had a forty percent lower risk
of macular degeneration compared with those who consumed the least. Beta-carotene can also split itself via an enzymatic reaction to form provitamin A, which is often associated with antioxidant capacity in relation to vision. Therefore, carrots are an all-around vision booster.
Improves Eyesight: Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty in eyesight.
Where do you SEE yourself in 5 years
We need to to be clear about our future because we are going to spend the rest of your life there!
Provers 29:18 “where there is no vision the people perish
It is the ability to see…..
SPIRITUAL VISION IS THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT OTHERS CANNOT SEE.
If your vision is limited your life is limited … limited vision is limited life.
7 times in scripture we see God say’s “what do you see?”
It is God’s design for us to have clarity !
But, many people don’t have CLARITY because of the CLUTTER.
We don’t have CLARITY ABOUT OUR FUTURE because we have too much CLUTTER TODAY.
WORK – BILLS – SCHEDULES – FAMILY – CHURCH
ILLUS – DRIVING A CAR IN HEAVEY SNOW.
WE CAN HAVE GOOD VISION IF?
1. WRITE IT DOWN.
All God originated visions ARE SHARED VISIONS.
AN EFFECTIVE VISION WILL HAVE FOUR COMPONENTS:
1. a problem.
2. a solution.
3. a reason something must be done.
4. a reason something must be done now.
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry. –
Habakkuk 2:1-4 (NKJV)
2. CLEAN IT UP.
The Ministry Of Margin
ESSENTIALS IN CREATING MARGIN RESERVES.
INVEST TIME with those who charge your battery
“…a sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Pro. 27.9 (The Message)
Leave room for margin –
Reserve some down Time –
Plan for lead Time –
Seek solitude –
Find a sacred Space –
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (niv)
A cleaned calendar is like a carrot for your eyes.
“I see people like trees walking”
They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26
Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a]
the village.” – Mark 8:24 (NIV)
3. PRIORITIZE PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION.
Jesus went back a second time and then the man could see clearly –
Don’t give up on the process just because things are not perfect right now.
4. TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE.
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
Exit the Freeway
In their book, Finding the Open Road, the founders of Roadtrip Nation talk about their RV journey crisscrossing the United States interviewing all kinds of different people. In one of the chapters they talk about exiting the freeway. They were driving through western Montana and they decided to exit I-90 and check out the Clark Fork River. When they got to the river they ran into a trucker and they were somewhat surprised to see him skipping stones. Truckers are notorious for getting as far as they can as fast as they can. That’s how they make a living. They asked him what he was doing and he told them that his wife passed away from cancer the day before and he realized how impermanent life is. He said, “For thirty-five years I’ve driven by this exit a million times, and I’ve never stopped.” They said the look on his face was part regret and part enlightenment.
I think I was so busy getting where I wanted to go during my twenties that I didn’t enjoy the journey as much as I could have and should have. Too many of us suffer from destination disease. We’re so focused on tomorrow that we fail to enjoy today. When we’re in high school we can’t wait for college. When we’re in college we can’t wait to graduate. When we’re single we can’t wait to get married. We can’t wait for kids. We can’t wait to climb the corporate ladder. We can’t wait to make money. We can’t wait for retirement. And when we finally retire we wish we were young again!
“Nothing slows us down like trying to get ahead of God.”
“The Scenic Route”) questions whether we’re the most impatient people in the history of mankind. He adds that “we wear busyness like a badge, like an honor roll bumper sticker.”
If you are dependent on whatever is next to make you happy, you are suffering from destination disease. You are trying to get ahead of God. But, by God’s grace, the journey needs to be enjoyed too. The journey is the destination.
Mark asks when the last time was that you exited the freeway and took the scenic route. While the freeway shortcut is the path of least resistance and well-traveled, the scenic route is less traveled, takes longer, and is “an uphill climb both ways.” However, the scenic route creates a spectacular view from the top!
Goals must be accomplished step-by-step. You can’t rush and get ahead of yourself- or get ahead of God. Although you need to establish God-sized goals it is important to remember that the goal you set really isn’t the goal.
the goal you set is the habit that helps you get there.
Your responsibility is not to figure out where to go or what to do- that is God’s job. Your only job is to keep in lockstep with the Holy Spirit.
Here is a little maxim for anyone who seems anxious about missing the will of God:
“God wants you to get where God wants you to go more than you want to get where God wants you to go.”