“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—
who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?” Amos 3:7-8
In the Prophet Habakkuk’s day he complained asking God “Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?” God answered him saying, ““Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.–Habakkuk 1:1-5
God is the one who sets the boundaries and ultimately judges nations. All authority is ultimately under His control. (Ps. 75:7; Acts 17:26; Romans 13:1) His is not oblivious to what is taking place in every nation. Old Testament prophets were deeply afflicted by seeing ungodliness and violence prevail; especially among those who profess the truth. I can’t began to imagine how the would react today.
This post was originally written in February 2020. It seems fitting to update and repost at this time because we are delving into feeding on the Word of God as a staple for living an authentic Christian life, and being able to hear and perceive what God is doing at this present time. Early this year the Lord said to me, “My people do not know my ways. They do not have a solid foundation of the Word.” So I did a 4 part series, Building On A Solid Foundation Series: Wise Or Foolish Builders which you can read on my website. Now is the time for God’s people to strengthen their foundation in the Word of God.
“12 For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelation until 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:” — Matt. 13:12-14
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.” This is a crucial time for the Body of Christ. 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.
It’s important to properly discern the times and seasons we are living in. The men of Issachar were able to understand the times and knew what Israel should do. They understood the sign of the times — 1 Chr.12:32
The Apostle Paul prayed for the church of Ephesus that the eyes of their heart would be enlightened in order that they would know the hope to which God had called them, 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 God 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. 1:18-2
Having spiritual sight is seeing beyond the natural world into the realm of the Spirit. Paul prayed that the light of God would illuminate the 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!
Sadly, 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 Holy Spirit. Scripture reveals that their understanding had been darkened because of ignorance of spiritual truth. They had lost all sensitivity and given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they were full of greed.” Eph. 4:18-19
Much of American culture has fallen beneath God’s standard of righteous. God is moving to restore His righteousness to the land. He says in Psalm 34:15, “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;” 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 what is right; His ears are open to their cries for help.
We must press on to a new level of maturity in our spiritual life. We are called to live by the Spirit, walk by the Spirit, seek the things that are above, and look at what is not seen (see Gal. 5:25; Col. 3:2; 2 Cor. 4:18). We are born again to live, see and hear in 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.
Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.