Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lord, Open His Eyes That He May See!

14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 
2 Kings 6:14-17
This is a tremendous story relating the spiritual and the physical realm, the seen and the unseen. The king of Syria has kept attempting to attack Israel but his plans were continually foiled because Elisha, through prophecy, would tell the king of Israel what his plans were. When the king of Syria found this out he sent his entire army to go and take Elisha as prisoner. Naturally when the servant wakes up and sees that the city is surrounded by an enemy army he is afraid but of course God had a spiritual army much greater filling the hills, the servant just needed his eyes opened to the spiritual realm so he could see!

Paul talks about this same principle when he says,  
"we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18
There are two realms, the physical and the spiritual. Our society tends to ignore the spiritual realm. We need scientific evidence to believe, something we can see, feel, taste, smell, or hear. But what we don't realize is the spiritual realm is even more real than the physical. Paul says what we see, or perceive with our senses, is temporary, it's going to pass away, but the spiritual realm, what we can't perceive with our senses, is eternal. It is what we don't see that will last forever and therefore it is what we don't see that we should be trusting. 

However just because you can't see it doesn't mean you can't see it!
This probably seems like a contradiction but through the Holy Spirit and through our faith we have the ability to see into the spirit realm. That is why the writer of Hebrews says,
"Now faith is ... the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1
You could say that faith is our scientific proof of the spiritual realm. 
As people of God we are called to see into the spiritual realm with our faith! 
In what area do you need God to open your eyes? 
Do you feel surrounded like Elisha's servant? 
Do you feel that the enemy has been attacking you from all sides? 
Do you feel that there is no hope left? 
It is time to activate your faith!
In faith cry out to God and ask Him to open your eyes to the spiritual realm! Ask Him to show you how He is on your side. Ask Him to remind you that He is inside of you and that He is greater than the enemy (1 John 4:4).
If your faith isn't strong enough then start speaking the Word!
Speak the Word loud enough that you can hear it! Romans 10:17 says " comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.
Build your faith and ask God to open your eyes!

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