Ephesians 1: 15-17
Therefore I also…do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened…
How are you going to survive what you are going through? And not only that but get to a place of strength where you can make a significant contribution to this generation into which you have been born?
Life is designed to wear you out and make you feel small, but there is a giant on the inside of you that is far greater than the natural can subdue.
People live small lives because they see themselves as mere human beings. But you are not just a man or a woman; you are a spirit made in the image of God. You are not just a small being; Heaven recognizes you. God can’t stay away from you because you are so awesome.
And yet the circumstances in which we find ourselves belie this fact every day. How can we possibly overcome and realize our potential?
Let’s see how Jesus ran His race.
Hebrews 12 tells us that, for the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. He literally saw past the cross to the amazing results it would accomplish. Despite his inner conflicts, He was able to decide,” Someone crucify me because I can see the reward and the consequences.”
In other words Jesus saw something that wasn’t revealed to his natural sight and pressed through the challenges of what He faced on a natural plane to achieve something earth shaking.
This is how we do it; just as He did. We keep our eyes on the good things that God has laid out in His Word concerning us.
The fact is that all human beings have two sets of eyes: their natural ones and the eyes of their inner man.
Natural eyes are equipped to handle the natural world, which is one form of reality and supplies one set of facts.
The second set is the eyes of your understanding, where the spirit of wisdom enlightens your sight and causes you to see the reality that God has prepared for you.
The eyes of your understanding are equipped to deal with the supernatural. As Jesus demonstrated, seeing with the eyes of your understanding opens up a whole new array of possibilities, in situations that would otherwise trap you in.
That means there are two ways by which you can live your life: by faith or by sight. Both are feasible, but if you want a higher life, consider whether or not the eyes of your understating will produce better results.
From which perspective are you deriving your decisions? Are you basing them on what you see naturally or on what you understand spiritually?
When you choose to operate with spiritual eyes, people tell you that you must face reality. Just tell them, “I don’t have to face your reality. I choose a different reality because I see beyond what you are seeing.”
Whatever is going on in your life, no one can take away from you the ability to choose to see with the eyes of faith in God’s Word. And the determination to do so, will completely change the outcomes of your life.
They messed up when they told me that I was just a young African child, and therefore I could not amount to much, because what they could not control or take away from me, is the fact that my mind is MY mind; it belongs to me and therefore I can think the Word and choose to believe it over what I see.
People call me lucky in having seen the manifestations I have seen, but I am not more blessed than anyone else – I just have the discipline to believe the Word of God above my critics, and my prognosticators.
And this is what I have learnt: Don’t cry because someone opposed you; the opposition was supposed to propel you. You rise higher against an opposing wind.
God is setting up a table for you in the presence of every enemy, so don’t let their opinions get into your head. Don’t spend your life trying to prove yourself to people who aren’t even here, or who don’t even care about you. We are going somewhere.
You can believe your way through college and graduate debt free. You can believe the report of the Lord over the report of the doctor and see the results of a perfected physician at work in your body. You can get some swagger in your step as you understand that, according to the Word of God, you truly are destined to go to the top.
It’s time to fly!