When we go for our annual eye exams our silent mantra is “eyes don’t fail me now.” Hopefully, your optometrist will say your vision is 20/20. You are then elated because you do not have to wear glasses. And this good news not only means your eyes are healthy. But your visual acuity is normal. At a distance of twenty feet you can see clearly.
But how is your spiritual acuity through the eyes of faith? Can you see clearly in that test?
As we stepped into 2020, did you see yourself going into your season of destiny? Or did you see yourself in Episode Two of Season 2019?
Perhaps your spiritual acuity is like that of the blind man Jesus healed. He took the man outside town for his miracle. (Mark 8:23) Sometimes we have to get away from who we know and what we think we know, for God to revive our spiritual acuity. Simply put. We must be removed from all negativity, controversial opinions and especially our own comfort zones. Sometimes in comfortable surroundings we have the proclivity to settle. When settling becomes your reality, you have just stepped on dangerous ground. Because in that place you will never know what God had for you. In order to get anything from God you cannot settle for the ordinary. You must seek the extraordinary with faithful anticipation. This requires perseverance and a willingness to follow the Lord’s lead. The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
“God is not a respecter of persons.”
It is imperative to note the scriptures do not say whether the man Jesus healed was a holy man or not. He was brought to the Lord and asked Him to touch him. (Mark 8:22) God is not a respecter of persons. If He healed that blind man surely He can do the same for you. It all depends on your spiritual acuity. Do you see yourself as being healed or not healed still wallowing in that same condition? Sometimes we have not because we believe not. Although we asked—we asked in unbelief. In other words, do not allow your spiritual vision to be blinded by the glare of what your physical eyes see.
After touching his eyes the first time, Jesus asked him if he could see anything. To which the blind man looking up replied, “I see men as trees walking.” (Mark 8:24)
Is that how you see your destiny at first glance? It is somewhat blurry, but at least now your situation is starting to look up. Through the eyes of faith your spiritual acuity sees some possibilities. Before you could see nothing at all. Just total darkness wherein lied hopelessness, depression, self-condemnation and guilt. Yet now the darkness of impossibilities is beginning to dissipate. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
After Jesus laid his hands upon his eyes a second time and made him look up, and he was restored and saw every man clearly. (Mark 8:25) Your spiritual acuity is fully restored to see, through the eyes of faith, the destiny God has designed for your life. You no longer have to hang your head down in the blindness of life’s disappointments and self-condemnation. Because you kept going over and over in your mind what was wrong with your life. Instead of meditating on the many ‘rights’ and thanking God for them. No matter how small they might seem to you. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin” (Zechariah 4:10)
For those of you who are determined to carry a new episode into the same season. May I say resoundingly, “Stop rehearsing your failures and start rehearsing the victories you’ve had!” You see, God knew where you were going to be before you got there. Your steps are ordered in the word by Him. (Psalm 37:23) And the thing you seem to keep forgetting is the enemy has already been overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Here you must set you mind on spiritual truths and the goodness of God. Just keep your relationship with God. And if you do not have one—please learn of Him. He is not slack concerning His promises. (2 Peter 3:9) So don’t you be slack in studying, fasting, praying and worshipping Him. As you diligently seek Him— His destiny will be fulfilled in your life.
“Never underestimate the power of your testimony.”
It is all in perception. Let me ask you a question. What are you speaking? Are you testifying to the glory of God? Or complaining which is another way of giving the devil praise. In other words, are you testifying about the things God has already brought you through? Or are you still complaining about those same circumstances. Even though you should be praising Him for sustaining you while you were in them. Never underestimate the power of your testimony. You might be surprised at what you could find. Although you may have been in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. You are going through it, not taking up residency! If God brought you to it, He will surely bring you through it. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 1:6)
And if you desire a new season and not a rerun of Nightmare on Elm Street. Please take the Psalmist’s advice: “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear.” (Psalm 34: 1-2)
If you are always praising God you are never out of His presence. Therefore, you are always in His timing. And just like that blind man. When you meet Jesus, in your spiritual blindness; He will take the scales from your eyes of faith and revive your spiritual acuity. Then you can lift your head to see your destiny in a better and brighter light for 2020!
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