|Activate your vision|
Guardian Lifestyles Intern
Published: Jun 28, 2012
They may be believers, but they were warned that the devil does have the ability to entice them from the passion and purpose that is their predestined path, and which was set by God, at the opening of the Kingdom Global Alliance Network (KGAN) Global Summit.
Apostle Gustavo Melo from Brazil encouraged believers to “activate their vision” to stop the devil in his tracks, so that they can fulfill their destiny and pursue God’s path with enlightened and alert eyes.
Speaking through an interpreter, he said when there is no vision, people’s lives become boring and routine, and that ministry makes no sense, as there is no sense of purpose, at the opening of the three day conference (June 27-29) at the Bahamas Christian Fellowship Centre on Carmichael Road.
"If you don't know your way, you don't know your destiny or where you are going,” he said. "In order to reveal the kingdom of God, we need to have our vision activated. Knowing the kingdom of God is the most important thing a Christian can do, and in order to know the kingdom of God, each person’s unique vision has to be unlocked.”
He told them that their vision is their revelation, or the prophecy of the path their life should take which is essentially their destiny.
The apostle also encouraged them to be aware of opportunities that come their way that may look like blessings, but could be the devil distracting them by placing those things in their path. He reminded them that there is a difference between good things and the right thing.
“Many of us get caught up doing good things, the things that we are seemingly supposed to do, things that benefit others and ourselves, but not the right things.
He recalled trying to continue on the right path during a recent visit to his home country. He told participants at the summit of a business opportunity that had been put in his path to own an import/export company that would distribute material to the country. And that he was blown away by the amount of money he could possibly make for the church. With 120 churches in India and only 34 pastors to oversee those churches, he thought the money could do a lot of good in supporting the churches.
“I was so excited about the opportunity I started to send to China for samples and laid the groundwork for the business to take off, but something told me to pray. Something told me to stop for a second and make sure this was what God wanted for my life. I fasted and prayed on this opportunity and one day I distinctly heard God ask me, ‘What are you doing?’ I answered, ‘what do you mean what am I doing?’ I began to tell God about how great the opportunity for the business was, and how good for His ministry all the money would be, and God stopped me in my tracks. That was not what He wanted for me,” said Apostle Melo.
And it’s with opportunities that look so good that Melo told the participants that the devil can move people from their predestined paths set by God. But he said an activated vision can stop that. He told them that they have to be attentive to what God wants from them. And that they have to listen closely to God’s word so that they are not distracted because he said even people who work closely with the church in ministry can have unactivated visions. He said that believers need to pray and consistently ask that their vision be activated.
"In our daily lives we cannot discern many things — we live in fear of the unknown and this is what happens before your vision is activated," said Apostle Melo. "God has prepared great things for our lives but we cannot see it now because we look at our present circumstances with shuttered vision. But in this summit your eyes will be opened,” he promised.
Apostle Melo’s message set the tone for the conference that concludes on Friday and is being hosted by Apostle Paul Butler. It is at this summit that Apostle Butler said people will experience the supernatural wonder at the multicultural event at which people from more than 10 countries are represented.
"For those people who don't understand or experience the kingdom of God, the experience can be unbelievable,” said Apostle Butler. “But the kingdom of God rules in the hearts of men so they can have dominion on earth."
He said when people succumb to wordly things like drugs and alcohol — he said they are things that exercise dominion over man, but that it is supposed to be the other way around.
"Many good people are bound by these harmful influences, but God can take cravings and withdrawals in an instance versus rehab, which could take months or never work. The summit will show persons how to reveal the glory of the kingdom in different aspects, to unveil how these instantaneous miracles are done.
Apostle Butler said people will experience the power of the apostolic church marked by its signs, wonder and miracles at the summit.
KGAN was founded in 2004. Apostle Butler said it was his response to a calling to establish a network to perfect local churches and ministries, and to raise up new churches that effectively established the kingdom of God nationally, regionally and globally. He said the assignment was to assemble a mature ministerial fellowship from around the world for the sharing of present truths, the unveiling of dominion secrets for the manifestation and advancement of the kingdom of God and to provide structure to the church globally.
More than 100 delegates from around the world are in New Providence to experience the summit. During the day, speakers from around the world will train registered participants about the supernatural school of ministry, and evening sessions will be open to the general public to hear the speakers or experience a miracle themselves.
Ministers from Costa Rica, France, Guatemala, United States of America, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are participating.
And whether you are a minister, a member of the laity, pastor, preacher or just a church member, Butler promises that the day sessions will benefit their particular Christian ministry. And that participants will benefit from teachings on living life by what the word of God says and how to be truly governed by the word of God.
"The conference is not one dimensional but deals with all aspects of life,” he said. “The kingdom of God is like a wind, it comes and goes and people wonder — there is no logical reasoning, only acceptance by faith. At the end of the conference, we hope that everyone who participated will have a thorough knowledge and insight about the kingdom of God which is the central theme in Jesus' teachings. We want everyone to discover the reality of not only who God is, but when God is demonstrating and showing his love," said Butler.