The Eyes of Your Understanding Enlightened
If there was ever a time for the people of God to have Spiritual insight and see what the enemy is doing all around the world, it is now. How does one begin to explain in the natural realm the high levels of atrocities and wickedness that Christian communities have been experiencing in many parts of the world? There is no other explanation except for that the enemy has been stirred up because the end is drawing near. He has unleashed the hordes of hell against those that the Lord loves. Make no mistake, many “spiritually blind” people have been swept away as either unfortunate victims or as the perpetrators of these actions.
As we become aware of the number of Christian casualties within this past week, we see that wickedness has invented the most strategic methods of fighting the children of God. This fight has come in several fronts. Many have “fallen asleep,” having been slaughtered and killed in several nations, while others have spiritually “gone to sleep” by remaining unaware of the spiritual realities of our time and are fighting the wrong enemy. Those who have “gone to sleep” can be found among many in the world today – the educated, wealthy, poor, undiscerning, deceived, most of the society at large.
Even in the Church, many people unfortunately fall among those who have “gone to sleep.” Such people do not see the events of our day as something to be too concerned or knowledgeable about and that they are called to confront them through strategic prayer. To effectively address the today’s issues, we have to recognize that the arm of flesh will fail us (Jer 17:5) and that victory can only come through the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. We need to position ourselves to stand, be on God’s side, have the eyes of our understanding enlightened, and to see with the eyes of God. This will cause us to rise up, step into the level that God has called us to, and address these matters with spiritual authority, determination and power in order to suppress the tide of evil. This is not just for ourselves, but for the sake of our “brethren” worldwide.
Like David, we should look at these seemingly insurmountable enemies of the Cross with eyes of faith. We are to view our Goliath for who he truly is and not as the bully that threatens and frightens us. We are called to view our Goliath as the uncircumcised Philistine whose god cannot save him.
Like the Israelites, we might see the enemy as giants and see ourselves as grasshoppers but we are called to be like Caleb and Joshua. They saw differently and declared “only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not (Num 14:9).
In like manner, Elisha the Prophet could hear things being discussed in the bed chambers of his enemy, the King of Syria, and reported them to the King of Israel. Elisha subsequently asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant when the Syrian king sent to capture him as a result of his “eavesdropping” from another country. When the Lord opened the eyes of the servant he saw in the spirit what Elisha was seeing for he had told him “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
“And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16-17.
May the Lord open our eyes to the spiritual reality that the Devil has already been conquered and in spite of the noise of the enemy, we are on the side of victory – today and forever. Human beings cannot fight spirits, but because Jesus conquered Satan (a spirit) as a man through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can do the same again and again until the final victory when Jesus returns.