We learnt in our previous studies about vision and faith, natural sight and supernatural sight, faith and Spirituality relationship as well as the sight of unbelievers.
Faith is the audacity to pursue vision and makes sure it comes to pass. It is the extra eyes that God gives us at new birth. Vision is foresight of which a godly one comes with the currency to accomplish it. When your faith is grounded vision is also grounded.
The believer has both the natural and the supernatural sights. The natural sight can make you see to a certain extent but the supernatural sight has no limitation. For the believer to walk by faith, and not by sight means that the believer walks by the supernatural and not by his physical senses.
There is a strong relationship between faith and spirituality; Spirituality is what makes the believer’s faith work.
The unbeliever is an unbeliever because he is not seeing what God is saying. It is because his supernatural sight has been blinded by Satan. (See 2 Cor. 4:3&4)
FAITH, VISION AND LIGHT
“I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower and will watch to see what he will say unto me and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it; For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry … but the just shall live by faith” (Hab. 2:1-4 KJV)
Faith and vision relationship:
Faith and Vision illustrated in the analogy of a stick: A stick has two ends; faith is at one end and vision is on the other end. When you pick faith, then you have picked vision. The birth of vision comes with faith (the audacity to pursue). So then, faith and vision are related and the two are also related to light. Faith is a supernatural sight that makes the believer to see what God says. In other words, when God speaks we see. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Roman 10:17 KJV) Faith is seeing eye to eye with God, so that, if you see what God is saying, you will get what God is giving you. (See Gen 15)
God spoke to Abraham and that was the first hearing that created the vision. ”And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and will make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2) “And he brought him forth abroad, and said, look now towards heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15:5&6 KJV) Abraham was able to visualize what God said and so he got what God had for him. For Abraham’s faith, God counted it to him as righteousness.
The place of light:
There is a strong relationship between light, faith and vision. There is light in God’s Word. ”… lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ; who is the image of God should shine unto them”. (2 Cor.:4 KJV) The mind has an eye which receives light from the gospel. “The entrance of thy word giveth light… “ (Ps. 119:130 KJV). The believer is called believer because his mind’s eye opened at his new birth. That is to say, he was enlightened. “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 KJV)
“For the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is in the hope of his calling … of his inheritance in the saints” (Eph. 1:18) The light of God’s Word produces “enlightenment” (in-side light or inner-light) which produces insight or understanding and insight in turns produces foresight (faith-vision). Thus, enlightenment is the mother of insight or understanding and understanding is the mother of faith for vision. This is the relationship; light begets understanding and understanding begets faith for vision. The baseline for this relationship is light from God’s word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17KJV. See also Ps. 119:130 & 2Cor.4:3-4)
Food for thought: You can never be a star until you see and conceive it.
1. Use the analogy of a stick to explain the relationship between faith and vision?
2. Does faith produce vision or it is vision that produces faith?
3. How is faith and vision related to light?
4. In the context of our lesson which of the 3, faith, vision and light gives understanding to the believer? Why?
CONCLUSION: When faith is disturbed, vision is also affected. Beyond that, if your light is affected, faith is affected and vision is grounded.