Eyes to See BEYOND Your Circumstances
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight... Ephesians 1:3-4 NIV
How are you living through the pressures of these ever-changing days in which we live? Are you stressed out? Filled with feelings of failure? Hopelessness? Joylessness? Apathy? Heartache? Fear? Are you discouraged? Is it one battle after another with no victory in sight? The Lord wants to give you fresh vision in this season that will give insight to advance in your purpose.
It is vital now for every Spirit-filled Believer to start exercising the spiritual senses, particularly the eyes, to see what God has for you! There has never been a better time in the history of the universe to see than now. This is my heart for all of us. It may be dark in the world, but the Light of the World will make darkness light to you if you allow Him to open your spiritual eyes (the eyes of your heart) to the truth of the reality of Himself in the existing and coming challenging days. As a result, at daybreak, your path will shine ever brighter until the perfect day; signs and wonders will be abundant as the Heavens open and His glory arises in your midst.
Your salvation is a wonderful example: The eyes of your heart opened to see (and receive by faith) what existed in the spiritual realm of God – Jesus who had already died for you, defeating death, by His resurrection, and our eternity with God as a result. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see..." (see Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV). You can be sure of what you hope for when you realize that it already exists with God in the heavenly realm, which you have access to through Christ Jesus (see Colossians 1:12-14, 27; 3:3-4).
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
These are Paul's uplifting words written while he endured prison. His spirit soared through manifold trials because he looked at what he could not see and saw the splendor and glory of God. He beheld glories that were his from the God who made him. This is how Paul could be joyful and positive, how in his suffering, yet he drank of the fullness of God, and effervescently spread the word of God's sufficiency.
If you are in a battle, your spiritual eyes will help you to see victory, as Joshua saw his prayers answered in the Spirit as he pondered in anguish the conquest of Jericho, which to the natural eye, spelled d-e-f-e-a-t. In scanning the heavenlies – that is, opening his spiritual eyes – Joshua saw the Angel of the Lord with a sword, who said, "I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor" (see Joshua 5:13; 6:2). Again, at the conquest of Ai, the Angel of the Lord said, "See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land" (Joshua 8:1). See! See! If you can see what God has promised, even in light of your circumstances, and receive it as truth by faith, you have the reality of Heaven's answer for you.
See Beyond Limitation
Healthy spiritual vision will help you to see beyond limitations. Such godly vision is insight into how to move into purpose. Every Believer has a God-ordained calling and purpose, a destiny in Him. His desire for you is to anoint, equip, and mature you to fully walk in the fullness of your purpose in a manner that impacts and transforms your life, your family, your community, your city, the world around you. Imagine seeing that impact beyond the gigantic "Jerichoical" walls of limitation that in the natural seem to preclude the possibility of Promised Land possession (purpose). You may face huge barriers of impossibilities in the natural, but the Lord can show and give you heavenly blueprints for the tearing down of those limitations. I pray that you be willing for your spiritual eyes to fully open in this season of your life, seeing by the eyes of the Spirit of the Lord for direction and guidance.
Spiritual Eyes, a God-Given Advantage
Our natural eyes see rejection, lack, and roadblocks. Our spiritual eyes see favor, provision, and new ways. The eyes of understanding are our advantage in these days – a God-given advantage to see by the Spirit of the Lord, to understand what the world cannot, to pull on Heaven, on joy, on our future hope, that we might glorify Him, break through, break out, become victors and not the victimized, and bring His light to the world. Yes, we can pull on the hope of the future, the future's accomplishment, and bring it into the present; even in our sadness for lack or despair over our barren state, we can be glad! Isaiah told the barren woman to break forth into singing, to rejoice over her barrenness as though she had many children: "Sing...break forth into singing."
Why do you suppose Isaiah counseled her this? Because God wanted her and us to see the promise, to experience the thrill of victory now, the joy of salvation now, contentment in our calling now, on earth as it is in Heaven now. Rejoicing rends the Heavens for major breakthrough. With spiritual eyes open we can see what should, could, and will be, and by faith bring it forth into the here and now. The precious Holy Spirit illumines our eyes to see into this realm of yes and amen. Unlike our natural eyes, which tend to be near or far-sighted and limited peripherally, our spiritual eyes can see unlimited scope – whatever the Father chooses us to see.
I know what I see with the eyes of my heart, and I ask God every day, "Show me more!" Hundreds of thousands of souls saved in Texas, in our great nation, and beyond the scope of our ministry's tent pegs, stadiums, fields – oh yes, cities filled with people hungry for the Truth, ready to be set free, healed, and delivered.
You might have a son or a daughter drowning in addiction. Ask the Lord to show you how to remove the shackles, or better yet, to see the shackles falling off. Ask Him to show you which key opens the prison doors. Ask Him to show you the day of their deliverance and salvation, and rejoice. Your eyes can see these things, solutions to your circumstances, challenges, or impossible odds!
In the healing of the ten lepers (see Luke 17:11-19), Jesus must have been aware that their healings were a done deal which is why He sent them to show themselves to the high priest. If Jesus had not been certain that their healings existed, He would not have sent them... Can you imagine had they not been healed? Jesus saw the provision of the healing of their natural bodies in the unseen, and by faith the lepers went to the high priest, and were healed. Jesus knew how to proceed in so many instances because of what He saw the Father doing, of what existed, and what was truth. How else could He see just a few pieces of food feeding over 5,000 people?
Get ready to see your child's healing as a done deal! Get ready to see your finances coming in! Get ready to see your loved one come to the Lord. He loves to show what He has prepared for those who love Him, something we cannot see with our natural ability because His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours. We would settle for good when He wants the very best for us.
Improve your spiritual eyesight by way of studying what the Holy Spirit has revealed of God and of His promises in and throughout the Word, by diligently staying in fellowship with God, by turning away from sin, and praying specifically for God to illuminate your own heart to His truths.
Let this year be the year that you see, believe, and relish the truth! The truth will set you free, and transform your life! Ask God for more of what you cannot see. Reach out in faith, and take hold of it!
Richest blessings to you,
Stand Firm World Ministries
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