by: Nicole Huffman Hollins
"Write the Vision and Make it Plain"
I was recently conducting some unrelated, online research when I happened upon a message board asking whether vision boards were demonic. Given what I have observed among Christian entrepreneurs lately, I was surprised that there were people on both sides of this issue. I thought everyone was in love with attracting and envisioning material wealth. After reading the message board and reading other articles on this topic, I have concluded that the problem is not the vision board. The problem is what people put on the vision board and the Scriptures they use to back-up the activity.
My primary concern is whether people are actually reading these Scriptures they are quoting to support what they are doing. If they are reading them, are they reading the entire verse? Are they reading the verses around it? Have they read other Scriptures addressing the topic, because Scripture verifies Scripture? In other words, are they studying the Scriptures are merely proof-texting and taking verses out of context to justify their choices? Moreover, if they have read the Scripture, did they seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom and understanding? If you are going to make a vision board or follow the Law of Attraction, that is your free will choice, just do not misuse Scripture to support it.
The following are a few of the most popular verses I have heard used by Christian entrepreneurs regarding this issue.
And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
The vision (prophesy) was first and foremost about Jesus. It was not about a Ferrari, exotic vacation or a McMansion. Secondly, a simple reading of the Scripture shows that the vision that was to be written was not meant for the prophet but was meant as a warning to others. Third, were verses one, three, and four read before deciding this was Scripture to use to support creating a vision board with visions of everything but Jesus? Is your vision board about warning others of what’s to come or is it only about what you want or think you need? If it’s the latter, you should not be using Habakkuk to support your position. Moreover, all prophetic books are about telling people what is to come- Jesus- so they may repent. The vision in Habakkuk was about warning people so they could repent. It is problematic when this Scripture is watered down to say that the vision entails putting glossy pictures of material items on a piece of cardboard.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
This Scripture says that God will give us the desires He wants us to have. It does not say He will give us our heart's desire. These are two very different things. The desires we receive are God’s, they are not our own. In light of Jeremiah 17:9 telling us, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?," we should be glad that He does not give us everything our heart wants.
...and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
First, the beginning of this verse is often left out. In its entirety, it reads, “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” This verse is about God and how He is the creator of all who spoke things into existence. It is not about man being the creator.
We are not little gods and therein lies the issue with most vision boards and The Law of Attraction.
People are being led to believe that we are co-creators, and in some forums that we are the creators. This is simply false. He is the potter. We are the clay. We will never be on His level, and this was the thinking held by Adam and Eve that led to them eating the forbidden fruit. Do not be led astray by the smooth words. Test the spirit by the Spirit so that in your quest to be super entrepreneur you do not fall prey to the same heart that caused Adam and Eve to fall. If your vision board is about anything other than your Christian walk, it is time to re-evaluate your heart. An alternative you may want to consider is to do a "Scripture Board" that has Scriptures upon which you meditate that are in line with the Holy Spirit's guidance.
Part two of this topic will look at Scriptures addressing the attitude followers of Christ should have regarding material matters.