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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2 Kings 5:11 Mad At God’s Methods

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But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy.” 2 Kings 5:11 

Every person has an idea on how something should be done. The method that they think that something should be done is based off of past experience, what they have seen in the past, or preconceived ideas as to how it should happen.

Having these ideas are not necessarily good or bad ideas, but may not always be the best idea on how things should occur. Often the person does not have the bigger, longer term picture in mind.

Naaman was the head commander of the army for the king of Aram. He had developed leprosy and sought to be cured. He had went to Elisha to be cured by God. Elisha told him to go and dip seven times in the muddy waters of the Jordan River. Naaman was very angry. He wanted Elisha to call on God and do some miraculous sudden healing. Elisha was just doing what God had showed him to do.

It is very common for believers to have a preconceived idea on how God should do something or have them do something. When God does it differently or points them in a different direction, many get upset. They cannot understand how God would do it the way He did.

God has His own reasons for choosing the path that He does for each believer. He sees the grand picture from beginning to end and knows what is best for each individual and the group as a whole. He is able to do great things through very simple methods or very complex and grand methods. Either way the work is done.

There will be times God will work in your life in ways that are not ‘normal’. Do not be alarmed, but know that God is doing what is best in your life. God is bigger than you or anyone in this world. He knows what is best.

Be willing to step forward in the method God has set before you, trusting His Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Do not allow yourself to get angry or disappointed because God did not do it your way. It is not about you, but God, and God is about taking care of you in the best way.

Today I pray that you will accept God’s path for your life; that you will trust God’s methods in your life; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that God will do great things in and through you.

2 Kings 4:43 God Of Provision

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“How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’ ” 2 Kings 4:43 

One thing every person needs is food. Food is one of the basic necessities of this life that no one can do without. People work to have food set on their table.

Along with working for food, people also worry about having their needs met. Some people work extra hard, putting away money all the time for retirement. This is often done out of fear of provision during retirement.

A man had come with just twenty loaves of bread and had to feed at least one hundred men. He did not know how he was going to feed all them and satisfy their hunger. Elisha told him to give it to them and trust God to provide what was needed.

After giving the bread out to the men, they ate and still had some left over. Years later, Jesus would feed 5,000 men plus women and children on less food than what that man had.

God knows what people need. He knows that every person needs food to survive. God created people to need to eat, so He understands that. Yet people often live in fear of not getting what they need.

It is easy to look at what little one has and not see how it can provide for the needs. Yet, God created the entire universe out of nothing except His voice. If God can create, even just this world, out of nothing, He can provide for each and every need of each and every person. Look at how small one person is compared to just this earth, then take into consideration the entire universe.

There will be times that you will have only a little of something. You will have some large need that is greater than what you can provide. Trust God for that provision.

You already are trusting Jesus for forgiveness of sins and salvation. If you can trust Him with something that large, you can trust Him to provide food or anything else you need.

It is ok to work for what you need, but don’t worry about it. Go to God in prayer and trust Him. He will always provide what you need, when you need it and in His time. He is the God of provision, always has been and always will be.

I pray today that you will see God’s provision in your life; that you will trust God for His provision; that you will not live or work out of fear; and that you will know the abundant life God has for you.

1 Kings 19:9 Running In Fear

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There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9 

Fear is something that grips most people at some point or another. It does not matter who the person is, there is usually something that they are afraid of. How each person deals with the fear is also very different from person to person.

When there is fear, there is usually the feeling that something very bad is about to happen. It could be something physical or emotional, but either way it will be bad, or at least expected to be very bad. As this happens, most people try to run from what they fear. They do not want to have anything bad happen.

During a miraculous display of God’s power, Elijah brought the drought to an end. When that occurred, the queen of Israel vowed to kill Elijah. He ran away. Up on a mountain, God came to him and asked him why he was there. Elijah basically said that he feared for his life.

Knowing God and His great power, love and mercy, one should never have to fear. Elijah had known the great power of God personally. He saw God work in ways most people had never seen. Yet, when threatened, he ran in fear.

Every believer has a power living in them that the world cannot overcome. There is no reason to fear. The worst that can happen to a person is death, which then becomes the best thing, because they are then in heaven with God for eternity.

Many believers, however, run in fear of the pain or suffering that may occur in the process. When they run in fear, often they run out of God’s will. God will then ask why they are where they are.

God can be asking you why you are where you are right now. Are you located in the center of His will and desires?

Or are you running in fear from something?

Know that God is the one who is in absolute control. You have nothing to fear. Even if you were the last believer on the earth, God is still with you and in control. And you will not be the last believer on this earth. There are believers every where in this world.

The enemy may be out to kill you, but God is still on your side. Trust Him today and don’t run in fear.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s control and power; that you will not run in fear; that you will always run to God; and that you will trust God in every situation.

1 Kings 17:15 Acting In Faith

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She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 1 Kings 17:15 

To do something people like to know what the outcome will be. They want to have a favorable outcome with the actions that they do. Most people will look at what the different possibilities are and weigh the differences.

The primary way most people will act, is if the possibility of a favorable outcome is very high, will they do the act. If the possibility of a favorable outcome is very low, then the only way that they will do the action is if the favorable outcome will be very high, such as in playing the lottery.

During the time of a proclaimed drought, Elijah went to a woman for some food. The lady said that all she had was enough food for one more meal, and then she and her child would die. Elijah told her He would provide for her needs, so she made him a meal. God did provide and they had food every day during the drought.

Acting in faith takes some courage and faith in God. One has to know that God is full of love and is faithful to His word. Throughout the Bible, over and over, God says that He will provide.

Nearly every believer in God has heard this said or read the verses, yet, many are afraid to act in faith. They are afraid to give their last bit of food for a stranger, trusting God for more. They are afraid to give to a missionary in need or give the tithe plus some more in generosity. They are afraid to go up to someone and tell them about Jesus. These things are all not done out of lack of faith in God.

If you can trust God to save your soul from sin, then you should be able to trust Him with everything else. Trust God when He directs you to do some thing.

Doing what God asks of you may look like you are stepping off a cliff and will die, unless He does something, but do it anyways. God has a reason for you to take that step. It may be for you, or it may be for someone else, but do it.

God has never been unfaithful, nor will He ever be unfaithful.

Act in faith today!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God is faithful; that you will trust God’s word to you; that you will have faith in God’s promises; and that you will always act in faith towards God. 

1 Samuel 26:23 Turning Down Revenge

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The LORD rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The LORD delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed. 1 Samuel 26:23 

Revenge is what a lot of people want and will take if given the opportunity. They will strive to get back at a person who has done wrong to them. Often people think it is their right to be able to strike back at the enemy or any person who has done some wrong to them.

This revenge is often covered up by calling it justice or giving the person what he deserves.

David was being chased by King Saul to be destroyed, even though David had never did anything against the king. At one point, David and his men come upon Saul during the night, while he was sleeping, and had the opportunity to kill Saul. According to the normal customs at the time, he had that right. Yet, David does not want to even touch Saul. He chooses to turn down the opportunity for revenge and trusts God for His deliverance.

It is easy to think that God had given David the opportunity to kill Saul, yet, David would not. He was looking at something greater, God’s love for all people. David would let God deal with His enemies in His way and in His time.

Every believer will have days where the opportunity to strike back physically against his enemy will arise. He will have to make a choice as to what he will do at that time.

Following the ways of the world and striking the enemy is easy. Yet, God’s ways are to show mercy, grace, and love–refusing to strike or get revenge. Jesus later stated that the believer is to turn the cheek and forgive many times.

As a believer, there was a time when you had been an enemy of God. He could have chosen to strike and kill you many times. Yet, God did not, but chose to show you love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.

In the same way God has shown you mercy and grace, you must also show that same mercy and grace towards those who are your enemy. Allow God to be the one who will strike your enemies in His time and way.

Chose to turn down the opportunity for revenge and allow God to work through you to show His love and mercy. It can change the hearts of people.

I pray today that you will know God’s love and mercy in your life; that you will show His love and mercy to your enemies; and that you will trust God to deliver you from your enemies in His way and time.

Joshua 6:5 Put God In The Front With Worship

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So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.” Joshua 6:5

Every person has times of battles in his life. There are some that are small battles and others that are major battles. Some will face those battles head on, while many will attempt to run from the battles in fear.

Joshua and all the Israelites had just crossed over the Jordan into the new land of Canaan. They had come upon the city of Jericho, which was to be their first major take over in the new land. It was a large city that was very well fortified.

At the time, the Israelites did not have any large battering rams or bombs to take out the large walls of the city. All they had was a few small weapons and God’s word. God had told Joshua that he would take that city.

To get ready to take the city, Joshua had the priests, holding the ark of the covenant, go in front with some men blowing trumpets. The priests with the ark of the covenant and the trumpeters would lead all the Israelites in a march around the city for seven days.

The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence among the people. They would allow God to go first. Then along side of His presence were the trumpeters blowing the trumpets in worship of God. With God and worship, the Israelites met their enemy and God removed that large wall from before them. The obstacle of the take over was removed.

As a believer, there will be times in your life that you will meet up with large walls that stand in your way or you will meet up with a large enemy that must be removed. God can and will be with you, if you allow Him to be in front. Allow God to lead the way into the battle. Don’t do the battle on your own.

As you move forward in the battle, be willing to blow the trumpet of worship to God. Allow God to fight your battle for you. God is strong enough to take down walls that are before you. Trust that He knows how to do it. Give Him all the worship as you move forward into battle.

I pray today that you will have God’s presence with you at all times; that you will allow God to fight your battles; that you will give God worship as you march forward; and that God will show Himself faithful and strong to you.