by Steve Wagers

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What You See Is not Always What You Get!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Numbers 13:28

1. Years ago, a man was taking his small girl on a cruise out to California's Catalina Island. It was one of the most beautiful days of the year, and one of those days when you could see for miles and miles.

2. His little girl looked out, and suddenly exclaimed, "Daddy, I can look farther than my eyes can see!" 1

3. When I read that, I thought, how well it would be to implement that mentality into ministries and churches abroad.

4. I am told that the part of our mind that plays the greatest in achievement is that part that imagines and visualizes.

5. God created the human brain in two distinct parts, each having different functions. The left side of the brain is basically concerned with logic and speech. It thinks.

6. The right side of the brain is related to intuition and creativity. It knows. It is visual in orientation.

7. We now know that we tend to cultivate the left of the brain. We spend years developing the part of the mind that reasons, memorizes, and learns, but almost no time is given to developing the immense potential of that part of the mind that gives birth to vision. 2

8. Thus, I believe that Helen Keller was right when she said, "The greatest tragedy in life is sight without vision.

9. Someone has well said that, "Vision is essential for survival. It is spawned by faith, sustained by hope, sparked by imagination, and strengthened by enthusiasm. It is greater than sight, deeper than a dream, and broader than an idea. It encompasses vistas outside the realm of the predictable, the safe, and the expected. No wonder we perish without it. 3

10. One need not examine the pages of the Word of God to see what a vision is to the spiritual life. In fact, we're emphatically told, in Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish."

11. We often take that to mean that where God's people have no vis ...

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