Have You Ever Seen a Vision or Spoken In Tongues?

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Have you ever seen a vision or spoken in tongues?

I have never spoken in tongues, though I have asked the Lord for that gift many times. A vision anything like Ezekiel in chapter one I have never had.

Visions are ambiguous. My title at Bethlehem is "Pastor for Preaching and Vision," so I better have one, right? But it's not, probably, what the questioner was asking.

I don't close my eyes and have God show up in some remarkable way that would parallel biblical visions like a ladder going to heaven or wheels within wheels and so on.

But I do see futures. Like this afternoon I have a vision: I'm going to be getting ready real hard to teach 1 Thessalonians tonight. It's a vision. I'm going to clear the deck and work hard. So I've got to plan. I've got a vision for what's coming.

And I've got visions for what I'd like to see my daughter be. If you don't have a vision for your 14-year-old daughter, she's probably just going to coast. I'd like her to be a humble, godly, kind, loving, spirit-filled woman. And then you move towards that vision that you have out there of what you'd like your kids to be and what you'd like your marriage to be.

So vision in that sense, Yes. And everybody should have them.

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John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books, including A Peculiar Glory.

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