Eyes That See

Eyes That See

And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.”  Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.  And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  (2 Kings 6:17)

We believers need eyes that see.  What does that mean?  My opinion is that God is referring to a gift that all who accept Jesus as Savior have the ability to access.

Eyes that see enabled the author of Colossians 1:15 to state:  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 

Similarly, eyes that see empowered Isaiah to share:  But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God.  You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast.  (Isa 61:6)

Every believer needs the seeing eye of faith conferred upon him/her to discern how well God protects them and provides for them.  With eyes that see we can appreciate all of the blessings and benefits of our salvation that Jesus has purchased for each one of us.  We can recognize and lay hold of spiritual realities.

Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.  (Hab 2:2)  The Lord has given us His Word, the Scriptures, in order that we may read and understand clearly what He has given to each of us.  Read His Word each day, and familiarize yourself with His plentiful and precious promises to you.  As you do, you will begin to see new spiritual truths most clearly.

In this way, you may easily run the race set before you because you will have eyes that see—a spiritual ability accessed by faith!  

Ears to Hear

Ears to Hear

The sower sows the word.  (Mark 4:14)

But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop:  some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  (Matt 13:8-9, emphasis added)

The phrase ears to hear explains the critical need for a teachable, hearing heart if the seed of Kingdom Truth is to be received and become fruitful in each one of our lives.

A teachable, hearing heart is one that is humble and contrite before God.  It’s receptive to the Lord and able to be corrected, so that a complete lifestyle change may result.  It values the Word of God above all else and desires to live in obedience to it.

You know your own heart!  You know if you will listen and receive correction, or if you will get offended and turn away from God.  Only you can make a change in your attitude, if you recognize that a change is necessary.  Only you can say, “Yes, Lord, I hear and obey.”  The choice is yours, alone.  Our loving God will give you the grace and strength to turn your heart around, if that is necessary. 

If you already have a teachable, hearing heart, then God rejoices over you!  He will continue to enable you to fulfill your calling here on earth. (1 Tim 1:12) 

It is by His grace that you are YOU!  (1 Cor 15:10)  Hurrah!