Are your natural circumstances blinding you today? Do you feel like you’re constantly surrounded by difficulties and disappointment? Maybe the enemy’s armies seem to have an overwhelming advantage over you. Have you asked God to help you see the victory?
As we celebrate the resurrection victory of Jesus this month, I think it’s a good time to read the story of Gehazi, a servant of Elisha in the book of 2 Kings 6:11-19 (NASB). Do you remember this passage? The king of Aram was intent on capturing Elisha, so he sent “horses and chariots and a great army” to surround the city where the prophet Elisha lived (v. 14).
Elisha’s servant was terrified by the spectacle of this mighty force. “Alas, my master!” he said in alarm. “What shall we do?” (v. 15).
Based on human understanding, it was a perfectly logical question. They were clearly outnumbered. Yet Elisha saw an entirely different picture – made possible by his faith-filled perspective. “Do not fear,” he told his servant, “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v. 16). Then Elisha looked to God and prayed:
“O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (v. 17).
Can you imagine this moment? God opened the servant’s eyes so that He could see the true reality of His protection and blessings … so he could be encouraged in that overwhelming situation. God knew that unless Gehazi had a new perspective of victory and faith, he would allow fear and hopelessness to take root in His heart.
God wants to give you that same perspective as well. Remember, only the Spirit of God and the Word of God can open the eyes of faith. God wants you to see the all-surpassing greatness of His power available on your behalf. He wants to open your spiritual eyes, so you can trust Him in every situation.
When you look through the eyes of faith, God is always bigger than your problems. And when you have the confidence of His victory in your heart, all fear, anxiety, and hopelessness must melt away.
While the world says, “Seeing is believing,” the Bible says just the opposite. We must make a choice to believe God’s Word and reject the lies of the enemy. Then – and only then – will our eyes of faith see what is going on in the spiritual realm.
That’s why Jesus pointed out to those standing at Lazarus’ gravesite: “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40 NASB). Yes, in God’s Kingdom, believing always precedes seeing.
Paul prayed a powerful prayer for the Ephesian Christians – a prayer I encourage you to pray for yourself and your loved ones:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling … and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19 NASB).
There’s an important principle here, for in order for faith to arise in your life, you need to have the eyes of your heart enlightened to God’s calling and “the surpassing greatness of His power.”
When your spiritual eyes are opened, you will recognize that you’re not alone. God is with you, and He has a massive spiritual arsenal at your disposal. You are His child, and His Spirit is alive within you.
Look through eyes of faith – and let faith rise up within you, enabling you to advance God’s Kingdom and overthrow the power of the enemy. The glory of God will manifest in your life when you look through His reality instead of your own.
Ben Cerullo has been named by Charisma Magazine as one of the “30 Emerging Voices” who will lead the church in the next decade. His ministry carries a powerful anointing and prophetic message. Traveling extensively, both domestically and internationally, he has spoken in more than 27 nations. God continues to use him to reach people with the Gospel, confirming His Word with signs following.
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