by Michael K. Lake, Th.D. – Chancellor and Founder, Biblical Life College and Seminary
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
The scriptures tell us that where there is no prophetic vision (Strongs # H02377 “chazown”), the people perish (or are made naked – Strongs #H06544 “para”) through a lack of leadership. In this day and hour in which we live, true biblical leadership (based upon prophetic vision given from God) is paramount. The power for prophetic vision for leadership is only released in the same proportion that we prepare ourselves and consistently move toward its fulfillment.
What is the prophetic vision for your life? What new leadership anointing is Heaven waiting to release into your life in 2014? You need it. Your family needs it. Those that you are called to minister to need it. The question that God is asking us as 2013 comes to a close is: “Are you ready to move forward with the vision or are you going to sit on it another year and hope that things will change?”
I want to take a look at two versions of a power verse from Proverbs. Let’s first look at this verse in the Living Bible:
Prov 24:3-4 (TLB)
3-4 Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.
Now here it is in the King James Version:
Proverbs 24:3-4 (KJV)
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: 4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
This scripture deals with building a home, a life, a family, or a ministry – anything worthwhile and for God. To get the job done, it calls for three things:
- · Wise Planning = Wisdom
- · Common Sense = Understanding
- · Facts = Knowledge
Vision is the blueprint (or biblical hope) for your life or ministry. God shows you what He wants you to do or how He wants things to be in your life. To be truthful, when He provides the vision we are usually not even in the vicinity of where He wants us! If we were already there, He would not have to give the vision. We need to realize that He gives the vision because, without it, we would never get there. (In other words, without Him, we would have never envisioned it in the first place!)
To go from where you are to where you need to be requires you to establish several spiritual disciplines in your life:
- · Faith – being obedient to the vision and trusting God to move with you as you work toward the vision’s fulfillment.
- · Prayer and Fasting – the Kingdom only moves with both of these embedded in your life.
- · Study – it is not enough to know that you are supposed to do something; you must learn how to do it so you can move in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
- · Action – you have to put to practice what you are learning. By hearing and doing, you gain understanding and wisdom on both how the Kingdom of God operates as well as how to overcome the Kingdom of Darkness.
Without consistently modeling what is explained in Proverbs 24, you will never move forward to having your life and ministry filled with “all precious and pleasant riches.” So the choice before you in 2014 is: (1) to sit on your vision and hope that one day it will come to pass or (2) put faith and action to your vision to see it established in your life.
With all my heart, I want to see you move forward and for your life and ministry to be filled with “all precious and pleasant riches!” So here is what I want to do to help you move forward toward what God wants to build in your life.
The best way to end out 2013 is to position yourself to move forward immediately in 2014! This enrollment drive special is available to all new students and any current student that would like to prepay for the next program.
Option 1: If you enroll using the Monthly Payment Plan (Plan B), you just need $100.00 to get started ($50.00 enrollment fee and $50.00 toward your tuition). At the time of enrollment, you will receive a $75.00 gift certificate toward resources needed for your studies that BLCS produces. After six months of being faithful in your monthly payments, we will send you a second gift certificate for another $75.00!
Option 2: If you enroll and pay for the entire program with your enrollment (Plan C), we will give you 40% off on your tuition! This is good for any program – from the first year all the way to the doctoral program!
A few weeks ago we began broadcasting the “Biblical Life Deep Waters” Podcast. This podcast is available free online through our BLOG, iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and the Microsoft Market Place. Starting this week, I will begin teaching a new series entitled “Kingdom Productivity.” In this series, I will teach you the Kingdom principles to move forward: from Spiritual Warfare to the power of dynamic action to productivity principles and tools. I also plan on posting the teaching outline at our BLOG. This way, if I make reference to a tool that is available, I will include the link to download it. I want to do everything possible to see the releasing of a new level of your prophetic vision and anointed leadership in your life!
3. The Power of Prayer and Fasting
Throughout December, I will be praying for you and fasting one day a week. I am committed to seeing the roadblocks that the enemy has placed in your life moved out of the way and your vision beginning to be built in your life. (I also ask for you to begin the spiritual discipline of fasting one day a week to add spiritual power to your life and ministry. Here is a link to download the message “A Call to a Life of Fasting” in MP3: http://www.biblicallifeassembly.org/library/mp3/closet/A%20Call%20to%20a%20Life%20of%20Fasting.mp3 )
The Word tells us in Proverbs 13:12:
Proverbs 13:12 (KJV)
12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
It is time to see the vision, the hope, and the desire that God has placed in your heart to come to pass! It is time to move from despair and disappointment to empowerment and victory! Are you ready to work with the Holy Spirit to see if fulfilled?
A Bond Servant of Messiah,
Michael K. Lake,Th.D.
Chancellor and Founder, Biblical Life College and Seminary
1. To receive the special offers on the December Enrollment Drive, just write “Moving Toward My Vision” on the top of your enrollment form.
2. Here are the links to the podcast:
- · iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/biblical-life-deep-waters/id742351884
- · Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/biblical-life-deep-waters?refid=stpr
- · MS Market Place: Just search for “Biblical Life Deep Waters” under Podcasts.
- · BLCS BLOG: https://blcs.wordpress.com
3. Here is the link to download the most current edition of the BLCS catalog and application.