Being Obedient to the Heavenly Vision.

“Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” Acts 26:19

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Four visions surrounded Paul’s conversion in Acts: Stephen’s stoning (Acts 7:55; 58, 59), Paul’s experience near Damascus (9:3), Paul’s vision in prayer (9:11, 12), and Ananias’s vision (9:10-17). Each time, Paul testified that the Lord spoke to him in a vision.
His defense against those who thought him to be a heretic, was that he “was not disobedient to the heavenly vision” Acts 26:19.
As Charles Spurgeon said, “We must take care that we do not neglect heavenly monitions (warning, caution) through fear of being considered visionary; we must not be staggered even by the dread of being styled fanatical, or out of our minds. For to stifle a thought from God is no small sin.”
God guides through supernatural means (the heavenly vision), but all such special guidance must be grounded in the unchanging revelation of the Bible.

Tomorrow: False Prophets. This will conclude the series Dreams and Visions.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Jul 09, 2013 @ 20:53:49

    The sections of scripture you have quoted, Manny, speak directly to the subject of Visions.

    You know how much I respect the “Prince of Preachers.” It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks, “to stifle a thought from God is no small sin.”

    I wish to be like Stephen if/when persecution comes. It is a tall order but God is capable, through His Holy Spirit, to see us through.

    God’s blessings my friend…

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    • Mannyr
      Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:59:25

      Yes, and amen to that Chris. If and when it comes anyone not relying on the Holy Spirits help will not make it. I for one do not look forward to the horror we all know will come,but as you say Lord help us to stand strong in you. “For in Him we live and move, and have our being.”

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