“12 For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelationuntil he has more than enough. But those who don’t listen with an open, teachable heart, even the understanding that they think they have will be taken from them. 13 That’s why I teach the people using parables, because they think they’re looking for truth, yet because their hearts are unteachable, they never discover it. Although they will listen to me, they never fully perceive the message I speak. 14 The prophecy of Isaiah describes them perfectly:
Although they listen carefully to everything I speak, they don’t understand a thing I say. They look and pretend to see, but the eyes of their hearts are closed.”
Many of us trudge along through life living by what our eyes can only see in the natural. Without the ability to see spiritually we can not see beyond the natural circumstances of life. Just as Jesus revealed, the Father wants to show you the realities of the Kingdom so that you will flourish in life.
Jesus spoke to the people in parables because they could not see nor could they hear and understand or receive what he was revealing to them about the reality of the Kingdom of God (Matt. 13:12-14).
Throughout Scripture we find that the children of Israel struggled with seeing, hearing and understanding. Their hearts became dull, their ears heavy, and they shut their eyes. They were foolish and could not understand what God was saying and doing. They were a rebellious people (Isa. 6:10; Jer. 5:21; Eze.12:2; Matt. 13:15; Acts 28:27; Rom. 11:8)
Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 6:9: “’You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” We don’t want to be like the children of Israel having an opportunity to hear and understand what the Lord is doing today, and not participate in bringing the gospel message to a fallen world.
The Apostle Paul prayed for the church of Ephesus, “..that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come” (Eph. 1:18-22).
Spiritual sight is seeing beyond the natural world into the realm of the spirit. Paul prayed that they would have eyes to see into the realm of the Spirit. He prayed thatthe light of God would illuminate their eyes of their imagination, flooding them with light. He wanted to open their spiritual eyes until they experienced the full revelation of the hope of Christ’s calling. The wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that he finds in us, his holy ones!
Have some fallen into the same trap. There are many today that are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of ignorance. Their hearts are hardened. They’ve lost sensitivity to the Spirit.
“They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity,they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed” (Eph. 4:18-19).
Father God can see beyond our broken places and the longing of our heart. He can repair the broken place in our lives, but we must be willing to expose where those broken places are. We need to say to Him, “Lord, this is where I’m hurting,” then He can pour the oil and wine to bring healing and open our eyes to the truth.
- God’s love is incomprehensible. There is nothing we can compare with it.
- God is still watching over His Word to perform it.
In a prophetic word given to me I was directed by the Lord to partner with angels to accomplish His purposes regarding the coming justice movement in the earth. I’ve never had the experience of seeing angels, but gladly expect the time when angels will be dispatched to fulfill God’s justice in the earth as they did many times before. Something I have learned is that there is always more to see in God with our spiritual eyes. It doesn’t matter how many supernatural experiences we’ve had in the past, God always wants to show us something new.
I sense that God is moving to restore His righteousness to the land. I will be revealing more in coming posts. He says in Psalm 34:15 “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” His eyes are upon the righteous providentially protecting them. His divine guidance or care.
As believers, we are called to stand for righteousness and truth. In today’s climate that seems difficult, but His eyes watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.
Now, having been born of the Spirit, we don’t want to fall back into a limited material lifestyle. Rather, we want to press on to maturity in our spiritual life. We are called to live by the Spirit, walk by the Spirit, seek the things that are above, look at what is not seen (see Gal. 5:25; Col. 3:2; 2 Cor. 4:18). We are born again to live in and see and hear the spirit realm as normally and naturally as we live in and see and hear the physical world. We are born from above and supernatural living is our birthright.
The mature, through practice, have their senses trained to discern good and evil (see Heb. 5:14). That is how we grow up in spiritual things: we practice. The more we practice interacting with the supernatural, the safer, stronger and wiser we will be, and the easier it will be to distinguish satan’s counterfeit from the divine.
My prayer for you is that the eyes of your heart be wide open and enlightened to be looking to see what God is doing and not get distracted by what we see happening today.
Note: All Scripture is taken from the New International Version unless otherwise noted.