2 Kings 6:17 Open Eyes To Really See

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And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:17

There is a difference between seeing and really seeing. People see with their eyes all the time what is physically happening in front or around them. Yet, they do not see what is happening underneath the surface of things. They do not see the mental or spiritual battles that are occurring.

On the surface a person may be looking like he is doing one thing, but underneath the surface, at the real heart, the actions are something totally different. Organizations in this world claim to love people and are doing good for women, yet are committing murders all the time against people. There is a different spirit at work.

The Arameans were surrounding Elisha and his servant to kill them. The servant was scared, because they appeared to be surrounded by the enemy and all alone. Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes to see the real picture of what was occurring. When his eyes were opened, he saw the hillsides filled with chariots of fire. God had His spiritual army fighting for Elisha against the enemy.

Individual believers often feel like they are all alone, no other believers or help anywhere. Yet, God is with them. Along with God is all of His great host of angels to help. God alone with someone is more than all the rest of the world without God. Then add in the number of angels with God and the number with the believer is astronomical.

A believer does not need to ever fear the enemy when God is on his side. Yet, in order to see that, the believer must have spiritually opened eyes to see what God is doing.

God is also in control of your life. If you open your spiritual eyes you will be able to see God at work in every area of your life. Life may look like you are on the losing side and are about to be destroyed, yet, God is with you.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to open your spiritual eyes to reveal who is with you and how small the enemy really is in comparison to God and His host with Him. Know that God has everything under control and there is nothing to fear.

I pray today that God will open your spiritual eyes; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that God will remove all fear of the enemy; and that God will use you to touch this world. 

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Psalm 121:7-8 Keeping You From Harm

The LORD will keep you from all harm–he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8

This is one of the verses that people love to be able to quote. They love the idea that God is watching over them and will not allow any harm to come to them.

Throughout the years, however, many people have walked away from God because of being disillusioned. They are told that God will never allow them to be harmed, then something painful happens in their life, a sickness, or death, or accident, and they are now confused. They were under the belief that nothing bad could happen in their life that would appear to harm them, then something did.

The challenge is in how a person views what harm is. Most people view the temporary things of this life as things that can harm them. While sickness, pain and death are painful to the body in this life, none of them can harm the soul for eternity.

Jesus went through an extremely excruciating painful torture as He was placed upon the cross. His physical body was in extreme pain. It appeared as if He were being harmed. Yet, His soul was untouched, it was only the temporary, physical body that was harmed.

Paul had stated that all things work together for those who love God. This means all things, both comforting and painful.

The physical ‘harm’ that you may be going through today is not really harming you, it is helping to mold and shape you. It is working to mold and shape you into the person God wants you to be. That harm is not to destroy, but to build you up in Jesus. It is working to make you more like Jesus.

God is watching over your life so that you will not be harmed. All you have to do is allow God to use whatever it takes to keep you from being harmed. The real harm you must be concerned with is harming your soul with sin. That is the only harm that can damage you for all eternity. Everything else is just a temporary training ground.

I pray today that you will see God’s work in your life; that you will know that God is watching over you; that you will not be harmed by the things of this world; and that your life will be sold out to God.

Psalm 118:6 No Fear Of Men

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 118:6

Fear is one of the most common feelings that people have. The range of what people fear is nearly endless. It is common to hear about how people fear things like: spiders, heights, closed spaces, bugs, and other things.

It is not so common to hear people talk about fear of other people. The only fear of people that is heard about, is fear of terrorists. In some countries, that may be a reality of actually happening. In America, the reality of getting hit by a terrorist is extremely slim, yet people fear them.

What is not talked about is the fear of what other people think or say. In that line of thought, many fear what others may think or say about them.

The Psalmist says that since God is with him, he has nothing to fear. The question he asks is what can mere mortals do to him.

Those that fear men, are fearing something that has no real basis. As a believer in the Lord Jesus, one, must take a reality look at what a person can really do.

Just like Satan, no person can do anything to you without God’s approval. The worst that a person can really do to another person is kill him, if God allows it. For those who believe in Jesus, that is actually the best thing to happen. When you die, you get to go to heaven and be with Jesus for all eternity with no suffering or pain any more.

The other things that people can do to you while on this earth can make you feel pain, both physical and emotional. Although feeling pain is hard and painful, it is not the end of the world. The pain being felt is only temporary.

You are told that God uses suffering to build you up. It can cause you to turn to God and draw closer to Him. It also allows you to show His true love to those who are against you and hate you.

Do not fear what a person may do to you. Trust God to protect you or be with you through the situation. Man cannot really do anything bad to you, God will use it all for your good and His glory.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will know God’s love for you; and that God will remove all fear of men in your life.

Psalm 110:5 At Your Side

The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. Psalm 110:5

As David wrote this psalm, he was speaking prophetically forward about Jesus. About two thousand years later, Jesus would come and begin the leading of God’s people. Further on, which as yet to have fully occurred, Jesus will return in power and destroy all the enemy for all eternity. God was and is on Jesus’ side in power and strength.

Often people feel alone in this world. They feel as though no one is on their side and everyone and everything is against them. The battles and struggles of life are huge and daunting. Some may feel as though they are fighting a whole army by themselves.

With this kind of pressure, the fear is very high. Fear of failure and loss weighs on the heart. No one is giving any real support. Many commit suicide because of this loneliness and fear.

There are times when those who believe in God feel the same way. They feel as though they are all alone and God has abandoned them.

As Jesus was getting ready to go into heaven He told the disciples that He would always be with them till the end of time. This statement was not only to the disciples, but also to every person who believes in Him and follows Him.

If you are believing in Jesus and following Him, you may know that He is right there beside you. He is at your right side supporting you through whatever you may be going through. At the moment it may appear as if the enemy is winning the battle, but God is getting ready to bring about a victory in your life. You just have to wait for His timing.

As with David and Jesus, neither saw complete victory right away. Both had enemies that appeared to have won the battle. The enemy may have won the short battle, but they did not win the war. God will win the war in the end. He will crush all your enemies in the end.

The greatest enemy is sin. Trust God to destroy sin in your life. When the time is right, it will happen. God is right there by your side through it all.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will not fear any enemy; that you will know God’s power; and that you will trust God’s protection in the battle.

Ezra 8:22 Acting In Trust

I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” Ezra 8:22

The king of Persia gave Ezra money and permission to take some people with him to go and build the temple of God. The journey home would take them on long deserted roads, where many bandits would be found. He chose not to ask the king for protection on the road, because he had already told him that God would protect them. Ezra stepped out in faith trusting God.

It is very easy for people to believe something, but it is more difficult to actually act out in that belief. There was a story told about a tightrope walker who walked across a rope high off the ground with a wheel barrow several times. All the people loved seeing it and saw that he was good. Then he asked if anyone would be willing to ride in the wheel barrow with him going across the rope. No one would do it.

Many believers say that they trust God and believe all of His words. However, very few will actually step out and act in faith upon those words. Most will have some type of back-up plan available, or a ‘just in case’ plan set up.

As you are going through life, there will come times when your faith in God will be challenged. You will have to choose to either follow God by stepping out in faith, or you will have to back down and do things your own way or the way of the world.

Ezra could have easily asked the king for protection, and would have been seen as wise in doing so. He did not, because he already made a statement of trusting God for protection.

Who are you trusting today? God? Or this world?

Now are you willing to step out in faith, trusting God and His word to you?

I pray today that you will know God’s words to you; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will act upon what you believe in God; and that you will seek God and His protection for your life.