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Seven Footsteps to Answered Prayer – See It

See it – Dreams and Visions

Last week we spoke about that which we believe to be true as revealed to us in the spirit. As speaking what we believe confirms the substance of our faith seeing it also makes it more real in our hearts. It is not with our physical eyes that we see, yet we believe that someday we will. But we are not fanaticizing as what we see, we see with our spiritual eyes. As we walk by faith in the unseen so shall we see through faith the unseen. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The Apostles Paul tells us in his letter to the Corinthian Church that the things which can be seen by the eye are temporal so the things that we can see with the spiritual eye are eternal. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) Our walk in the Christian faith is a walk of faith. We hold fast to the things that are not see believing that they are there.

The best example for the point that I am trying to make is when Elisha was faced with the army of the king of Aram. The king’s forces had surrounded Elisha with a mighty force. Elisha’s servant went out in the morning and saw the mighty army that was arrayed against them. He asked Elisha what they should do. Elisha prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant so that he could see the host with them was greater that the army that was against them. “Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)

Elisha had the faith to see that which was unseen. He prayed that his servant could see the Host of the Lord also. This is a great example of the point the writer of Hebrews was saying. By our faith in God’s Word we are able to see that which the faithless are unable to see. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) It is our faith that brings substance to that which is unseen.

When Moses left Egypt he had the wrath of an angry Pharaoh behind him. There are many times in life where we wish that we had a strong rear guard. Always I am hearing people say “I got your back.” That may be a good thing and it may be not so good. People are people and there have been many times I have discovered that in spite of the confirmation of a friend my back was not covered. Moses was a man of great faith in God and his trust and walk of faith with the Lord carried him through the hard times. Moses believed God and knew that God had his back. “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.” (Hebrews 11:27)

Our perception of what we believe is the formation of our spiritual sight that we are walking towards. Perceive is to see. A good perception fixes our vision upon the goal we are striving to achieve. We cannot always rely on experience, as it often says that it won’t happen. Sometimes knowledge can be of little help as it says in cannot happen. Facts may get in the way as facts say it won’t happen. But our faith will tell us that what we believe is reality. Faith is the needed tool to bring what cannot be seen into our vision.

We have to first see it by faith. Our faith gives that which we desire an assurance that it will come into being. This assurance that our desire is a reality to come brings the conviction in our heart that it is truth. This truth sets our path to work our vision into the reality that we are seeking.

Envision that inside your mind there is a large screen in which life as you would have it is played out. We could call this daydreaming or we could call it a vision depending on the seriousness of our true desires. I believe that for each of us there are three screens. The one on the throne of our life will determine the vision upon the screen. If the devil is in control of the vision we will see visions of destruction, defeat, a theft of joy and happiness, and ultimately death. If we are in control of the vision we will see a life of success, fortune and fame, glory and popularity, and victory in every endeavor we set off to accomplish. If God is in control of the vision it is preset with a wonderful destiny as the main attraction. We see the eternal home that we are walking towards though faith. As we enter into praise and worship of our Lord He will form His vision within our thinking. By our prayers in faith the vision of God’s plan for our lives come in to view and we gain His perception.

This is the example given us by our Lord Jesus. Jesus gained His faith through the visions of what He saw His Father doing. “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.” (John 5:19) On our walk with Jesus we have to use our faith sight and not our natural sight.

Sometimes I think we ask to little. By our small thoughts we limit the possibilities that God may have for us. We of finite minds cannot begin to see all that God has prepared for us if we would only surrender our wills unto His. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” (Ephesians 3:20) If we would but place a firm grip upon the plow of God’s vision for our lives. We would have the perception that He has given us and live through the vision that He has given us.

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, April 5, 2015

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