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Seeing Clearly

  
A group of people brought a blind man to Jesus to be healed. Jesus took the blind man away from the crowd. There he spit upon his eyes, put his hands on him and asked the man if he saw. 

The man replied “I see men walking as trees.”   

Jesus put his hands upon him a second time. After that he saw every man clearly.

What an honest plea the healed man gave when Jesus asked him what he saw. He could have said “Yes, I can see. Thank you.” But he wanted Jesus to perform more than just a physical healing. He wanted Jesus to heal the hardness of his heart. He no longer wanted to view man as unimportant, as useless beings–as trees…he wanted to see them as God had created them to be: a creation made in his image, a people of value. 

If you’ve reached the point where things are seemingly fine on the outside (the blind man could see –how else could he have given that description?) but inward you’re a mess, call out to Jesus. Ask him to heal your spiritual vision. He didn’t turn this man away. He won’t deny you either. 

Scripture taken from:

Mark 8:22-25

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Ordained 

  
During the night Jacob had a vision that showed him he was favored by God and chosen to multiply in name and wealth. 
He awoke and treated the land he had slept on completely differently. He realized that it just wasn’t an ordinary land but a house of God; a gateway to heaven. So he worshipped there. Offered sacrifice. He gave it a name: no longer would the place be called Luz, but now it had become Bethel. 
When God calls us out he expects change. Our physical appearance won’t change necessarily but the way we view ourselves should. No longer are we just another person. We actually become a temple of the Lord, housing the Spirit of God. We become a gate, opened up to shine heaven’s glory here on earth. 
We honor the Lord’s vision for our life by offering ourselves as a sacrifice, worshipping in Spirit and truth and allowing the name of Jesus to define us.

A Blessed Vision

Psalm 5:11

Numbers 24:1-9

Have you ever just paused and looked around at all The Lord has done in your life? Have you ever just taken a moment to ask The Lord to give you spiritual vision so that you can see how He has worked?

What a blessing it is to just look, through spiritual eyes, at God’s presence in your life.

Balaam, a prophet of our Lord received that type of spiritual vision as he overlooked the tents of Israel. He was reminded of all that God had done for them. He drew strength from that. And then he was encouraged by all that God would continue to do for them.

Just step back and ask The Lord to open your eyes to the blessings all around you. And then praise Jesus for it.

Thrive

Proverbs 29:18

Jeremiah 29:4-14

The Israelites could’ve died out in Babylon. They could’ve seen their captivity as the end of them. They could’ve given up all hope.

Instead they chose to listen to their God and grow.

They built houses, they grew gardens, they expanded their families. They made the best of the situation because The Lord told them that this wasn’t their end. He told them to multiply….to become strong because in seventy years they wouldn’t be captive any longer.

God gave them something to work toward.

Sometimes we feel misplaced. But God knows exactly where we are. He can use your situation for good. Look at it as an opportunity for growth. Ask for a vision to get you through the difficult period. Ask God to give you a goal to reach for.

Make the best of every season of life.

Mundane Marvels

II Corinthians 4:18

Matthew 13:34-35

Gardening, fishing, friendship, citizenship, farming, celebrations, weddings, family, architecture, baking, sewing…Some of these are hobbies. Some of them are careers. Others are relationships. All of them are experienced daily by millions of people. They are your everyday mundane type of things.

They are also the basis of parables that Jesus uses to teach his people.

Our savior wants us to be so focused on Him that He chose to teach on the things we do. He knew that in doing this that we would be reminded of Him. He knew that we would grasp the concept if we understood the subject.

Jesus wants us to gain the knowledge He is teaching so that we can apply their realities to our life.

Pray that your eyes will be open to the teachings of Christ all around you. And then allow the Spirit to deal with your heart. You’ll be amazed at what you learn.

20/20

Proverbs 29:18

Matthew 6:22-23

We are going to leave a legacy behind when we die. What kind of legacy would you like yours to be?

One of a great faith, a life lived in dedication to Jesus? Or would you rather be remembered as successful in your career, having plenty of money and fame?

If we are looking to The Lord, looking to glorify Him, looking for His return then our lives are a beacon of light.

However, if we are only looking to get ahead in this world, to see ourselves lifted up we are full of darkness.

Our vision is the indicator of our walk with Christ.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Checkpoints

Proverbs 29:18

What do you look for to happen in your future?

Do your goals line up with the life you’re living now?

Are you running toward that end? Are you fighting to obtain the hope that you have?

Live a life that’ll lead to your vision.

Focus

II Kings 6:16

The servant of Elisha thought the Israelites were doomed. The entire camp of Israel was surrounded by the Syrian army. Worried, he went to Elisha and explained the situation as he saw it. Elisha prayed to God asking Him to open the eyes of the servant. The servant’s eyes were opened and he saw the army of The Lord surrounding them.

But The Lord didn’t give the victory to the Israelites through a battle with Syria. Instead he blinded the Syrians and had the Israelites to take them captive and lead them into Samaria. The Syrians’ eyes were opened in Samaria. Instead of destroying them the Israelites fed them. The Syrians realized the power of the Israelites and their God. They never came back to the land of Israel again. The Israelites had obtained victory.

When the servant of Elisha received his spiritual vision he was comforted. He knew the power of God was on their side. He also probably thought he knew how The Lord would give them the victory, through battle. But he was following The Lord’s lead and was now strengthened by the fact that he could see that God was with them. Seeing that the presence of God surrounded them gave him the courage to go on and defeat the Syrians.

Rarely do we get the details in the plans that God has for us. We make plans of our own to try and line up with what we think God might want. This isn’t a bad thing if we are flexible to when God shows us a different path. Because spiritual vision isn’t seeing every detail of the outcome in a situation. Spiritual vision is focusing on the fact that God is with you and allowing Him to lead.

Visualize

Psalm 27:1-4

Close out the world. Get quiet. Envision The Lord sitting on His throne in His kingdom looking directly into your eyes listening to you speak to Him.

That’s powerful. The Lord we serve is high above all else, using the earth as His footstool. Yet He cares enough about you to look into your eyes and to listen to what you are saying. As you imagined The Almighty God focusing on you notice that you weren’t seeing the trials or tribulations that you may be going through. You were completely focused on God alone.

David acknowledged The Lord as God. He was aware of all the turmoil that faced him. Yet David chose to focus on God. His desire to worship Him, seek Him and talk with Him took precedence over everything else that surrounded him. David’s spirit was made confident and peace prevailed when he sought The Lord that was hearing his prayers.

Ask The Lord to bring a vision like this to your mind when you become bogged down by the world or pursued by the devil. Focusing on God and the relationship that he offers you can bring you confidence and peace. Because it isn’t just our imagination. It’s reality.

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