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Nehemiah 2v13-20 Neh 2:13 And I went out by night by the Valley Gate, even before the Jackal Fountain, and to the Dung Gate, and looked at the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down, and its gates which were burned with fire. Neh 2:14 And I went on to the Fountain Gate, and to the King's Pool. But there was no place for the animal that was under me to pass. Neh 2:15 And I went up in the night by the brook and looked at the wall, and turned back, and entered by the Valley Gate, and returned. Nehemiah looked at the destruction in Jerusalem – He had sight of the ruins that was before him. The V in VISION is the VIEW you have of a situation and the decisions you make by that view. Another word for vision is revelation Visionaries always have a different view when they look at difficult situations. Caleb had a different spirit when he viewed the land in Canaan. When others saw giants and grasshoppers he saw a land flowing will milk and honey and the ability to overcome (Num 13 & 14). When others saw a giant in Goliath, David saw someone who could fall hard (1 Sam 17). Joseph must have had a different view to win favour in Portiphor’s house and to gain charge of the prison. The place of limit and confinement becomes his place of success and favour – WHY? – He had a different view on the situation. The officer’s view 2Ki 7:1 Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LORD, To morrow about this time [shall] a measure of fine flour [be sold] for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. 2Ki 7:2 Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, [if] the LORD would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see [it] with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. Gideon’s view Jdg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD [is] with thee, thou mighty man of valour. Jdg 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where [be] all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. The disciples view Joh 6:7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. Joh 6:8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, Joh 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? God’s view Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

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Your view of a circumstance must be different because you are the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth (Matt 5v16). We can complain about all the difficulties or we can choose to have a different view and make a difference. Having a different view means you will stand out. Imagine Joseph standing with all his brothers with his coat of many colours? Picture David facing Goliath with a sling and a stone? Nehemiah viewed the walls and was determined to do something. Have a different view, stand out, make a difference and change someone’s life Neh 2:17 And I said to them, You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem is wasted, and the gates of it are burned with fire. Come and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no more be a reproach. After he viewed the wall it Invoked purpose in him. The I in VISION is Invokes Purpose. When you view something it must invoke purpose in you to do something. Invoke means: “to put into effect or operation, implement, bring about, cause” Nehemiah did not say “look at the ruins”, he did not blame the people who held them captive, he did not say “let us rebel”, he did not say “who can we find to build these walls”, he did not say “will it be possible for us to build these walls”, he said “Come let US build”. He found his purpose in one statement. In life when we find purpose then we will become the solution and not the critic. Nehemiah’s view invoked his purpose. Your view can make you purposeful or purposeless. As children of God we operate with God’s view. God can take a shepherd boy and make him a king (David), He can take the one who wants to destroy the church and make him an Apostle (Paul). It’s about time we began to see things like God sees things after all we are created in His image (Gen 1v26). Vision must lead to decisions that invokes purpose. David view of Goliath led to his decision to go in and fight. Let your view INVOKE purpose in your life. Neh 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for [this] good [work]. When you invoke purpose the next thing that happens is you cause a Stirring for others to get involved. The S in Vision is Stirring. Your purpose can cause others to be stirred to build with you. We are called as priests and kings on the earth to exercise influence in our environments. Let your vision and different view stir others to become purposeful. The success of any good leader is measured by how successful his followers are. Have a different view, invoke purpose and stir others to find their purpose in life. Remember the sowing and reaping principle dos not only work for money. As you stir others you will also be stirred to complete what God has placed in you just like Nehemiah. David stirred all Israel after Goliath was slain and they pursued the Philistines. His view on the situation led to an action that caused a stirring. 2Co 9:2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many. In the above verse Paul makes mention that the zeal of the Corinthians “hath provoked many” – let your zeal and passion cause the majority to be stirred.

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2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in [both] which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Many times we are fond of stirring situations for the wrong reasons this time be a stirrer to invoke purpose in others. Korah Num 16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: Num 16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? Demetrius Act 19:24 For a certain [man] named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Act 19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Neh 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer. When you see things differently, purpose is invoked and others around you become stirred then your Itinerary changes. The 2nd I in VISION is Itinerary Change Once you receive a mandate from God your plans in life sometimes takes a drastic change. Nehemiah held a prestigious position as the Kings cupbearer. This means that he was very close to the king. He had to ensure that the king’s drink was not poisoned. He had to taste the wine first before serving it. He had to leave all this because he was invoked with purpose to build the walls of Jerusalem. The plans in his life took serious adjustment. When God places something in your heart your itinerary will change. You will have to make adjustments to your lifestyle to fulfill that call. Many sacrifices have to be made, risks have to be taken and plans have to be changed to complete the assignment God has invoked in you. Don’t let your itinerary in life dictate to God’s vision for you. You have to learn to be flexible like clay in the potters hand so that the potter who is Father God (Ish 64v8) can shape you with water which the Word of God (Eph 5v26) which is Jesus (Jhn 1v1) Peter, James and John Luk 5:11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. Paul Act 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: Elisha 1Ki 19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who [was] plowing [with] twelve yoke [of oxen] before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.

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1Ki 19:20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and [then] I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee? Neh 2:19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us. And they said, What is this that you do? Will you rebel against the king? Vision always has opposition. The O in VISION stands for Opposition. Sharing dreams brings opposition. The way in which you handle opposition will determine the outcome of the vision. Joseph handled his brothers with love. David handled his brothers by ignoring them. David also handled Saul with respect and kindness. Nehemiah faces the same opposition from Sanballat and Tobiah. To many the vision that God has placed in your heart is despised and laughed at. Only the fruit will discard all scorning and laughter. If you honestly believe that God has placed a dream in your heart learn to ignore and treat the opposition will love and kindness. Opposition is an indication that you are on the right path. Caleb and Joshua did not heed to the opposition and they inherited Canaan. Moses faced opposition in the form of Korah (Num 16). Korah means “ice” – there are many in your circle that can freeze what God wants to do through you. Don’t heed to the voice of opposition, let it propel you to fulfill God’s purpose in your life. Opposition is God’s method of building character in you to complete His plan for your life. - David’s opposition was Saul - Joseph’s opposition was his brothers - Moses’s opposition was his family - Daniels opposition was the princes and governors of Babylon - Pauls opposition was the Jews - Jesus’s opposition was the Pharisees Neh 2:20 Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem. When you face opposition to God’s plan for your life Never Give Up and allow opposition to damage God’s destiny for you. The N in VISION is Never Give Up. We have to know who our source is when faced with opposition. Nothing can be achieved in your own strength and opposition reminds you that God is the giver of the vision. Many times in our lives because of circumstances and trials we sometimes want to give up on God’s ministerial call on our lives and fall into the routine of daily living rather then purposeful kingdom existence. Know today that God will prosper you and He will only prosper you when YOU decide to “Arise and build” in the face of opposition. God is waiting for the 5 loaves and 2 fish so that He can multiply it, He is waiting for the 6 water pots to be filled with water so that He can turn it into wine, He is waiting for Isaac to plant the seed in a famine ground so that He can cause a harvest, He is waiting for you to go to the pool of Siloam so that your sight can be restored. Don’t give up on His plan for you. Arise and build and God will do the rest! V - View is different I - Invokes purpose S - Stirring others I - Itinerary Change O - Opposition N - Never Give Up

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