Those of you who follow this blog know that I am very aware that there are a great many events transpiring in the supernatural realm (or dimension) that surrounds us. How can I be so sure of this? Because the Bible is very specific about it! But, as always, we have a choice. We can go through life seeing with only our physical eyes; or, we can look at life through “eyes” that “see” what God tells us is true.
And, like most decisions God gives us, it’s a “one or the other” proposition. But know this, while we cannot see (with our eyes) what is going on, we can be impacted by these events. Thus, I’m afraid that picking and choosing when we will use our “Kingdom Eyes” and when we won’t, is not going to serve us very well. In 2 Cor 4:18, we are told, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” [NIV]
Consider, God is with you right now. There are, very likely, angels in the same room, as well. Every person you know, every person you talk to, is an eternal being. And, these are truths we ignore at our peril.
Yes, I agree, we will seldom, if ever, know exactly what is going on at any given moment. However, just knowing there is this huge unseen war going on around us actually allows us to better cope with the dimension in which we live … here on earth. How so? Well, suppose you are going through an extremely difficult period. You decide that it’s just part of life and start working on solutions (based entirely on your own devices and skills). Things start to improve; and about the time you are thinking you’ve got the situation in hand, the bottom falls out. Now you are in real trouble and since you’ve already tried to resolve the situation and failed, you simply don’t know where to turn. (Yes, I’ve, “… been there, done that, and have the T-shirt.”)
You might want to try thinking about it this way. Ask yourself, “OK. God lives in me. He sees everything that has, and is, happening. What does this situation look like to Him?” Well, I can think of at least three possibilities. Maybe this is an attack by Satan. Satan could be trying to hurt God through me. Or, this could be a consequence of my own actions. Something I’ve earned and need to use as a learning experience. Or, maybe God is growing me and tempering me for a future “assignment”.
So, what is truly going on? We may never know for sure. But there are things we can still do. Start thinking about what we know about God. For instance, God is love. All those ‘facets of love’ found in 1 Cor 13:4-8 – well, they show us an awful lot about who our God is, and how He operates His Kingdom. Here is another list of ways to look at things with Kingdom eyes. Paul is writing, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, what-ever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” [Phi 4:8 NIV] Grace and faithfulness are a couple of other characteristics. The point is, look at what matches up to God – and fight everything else! Having second thoughts about yourself (or your salvation)? Satan at work! Want to get even with the person whose lie started all the trouble? Satan at work! Having inappropriate thoughts about that super-hot girl who was just transferred into your department? Satan at work!
Talking to God, and reading scripture are the absolute two best things we can do. Prayer puts spiritual forces at work through the authority Jesus has given us. And, reading the inspired Word of God does the same thing. Remember, God lives in us. When we engage God through prayer and scripture, super-natural powers go to work for us. Rom 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Did you catch that “…all things,” thing? I’m sorry to have to say this; but, what that really means is that we will still experience both easy things and difficult things; good things and bad things. But, the difference for Christians is that all of it can be used by God to benefit us. Yes! What Satan intends for evil can be turned – by God – into, maybe not pleasurable experiences; but, experiences that move God’s plans for us forward! And, can’t you just imagine how it must affect Satan, when something he intended to cause us harm – and thus hurt the God who loves us – is, instead, accepted by us as an opportunity to learn, to grow our faith, and strengthen our walk with God?
Remember, having “eyes to see”, means not just seeing into (or having an under-standing of) the spiritual dimension. It also means seeing events, people, our culture, – all things in the physical dimension here on planet Earth – through God’s eyes. If we can do that, we will become vessels, the warriors, the servants, and the friends that God can truly use to grow His Kingdom right here, right now. …Let’s get started.