Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Eyes of Faith

By Byron E. Burke

NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see {and} the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

(Hebrews 11:1 from the Amplified Bible)

Many of the problems that believer’s face is going by what they see in the realm of the natural and not SEEING beyond the natural.

Just take a look at this scripture to get an idea of seeing into the realm of the spirit.

Hebrews 11:20 [With eyes of] faith Isaac, looking far into the future, invoked blessings upon Jacob and Esau.

Now let’s use this example of seeing into the realm of the spirit, in the future…

1. If you wanted something to eat now, where would you go?
2. If you are at home now, would you go into another room, or at work, would you leave the building?
3. If you have to leave, would you walk, drive, ride a bike, take the train etc?
4. After you prepare or order your meal, would you eat there, or go back to your current location?

Now many of you may be saying to yourself, why is he asking these entire questions and what’s the point.

If you at Hebrews 11:20, you will notice that Isaac was in the present moment, looking towards the future to send for a blessing upon the lives of Jacob & Esau’s life.

Now look at the questions that I asked. If you answered them, you will notice that you had a vision of the meal, what you would have to do in order to get the meal, including where you would eat.

Another thing to look at is that the spirit of fear or doubt wasn’t there to attack your mind and have you think that it’s impossible to achieve it. Amen

Let’s take a look at something that will blow you away…..

Genesis 1:26 God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image {and} likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.

What’s God’s image?

John 4:24 God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship {Him} in spirit and in truth (reality).

So if God is a spiritual being and they (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) created us in their image, then somewhere in the middle of the realm of the natural and spirit, we are missing something.

You see, Satan’s goal was to keep mankind going by what they see in the natural / material realm and become blind deaf and fearful of the realm of the spirit. If he can keep our eyes and ears to the things of the natural realm, we stay in bondage to the things of the natural.

Are you with me so far….

Just look at this…

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

Now remember that they had the blessing back in Genesis 1:28

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

The power was given to them in the realm of the spirit to command the things of the spirit to manifest into the realm of the natural. So if the enemy can keep the believers looking at the end result (the realm of the natural) and not the root ( the realm of the spirit), then one will not be able to call or see beyond the current situation.

I pray that came out right!! Amen

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.

Matt 13:11 And He replied to them, To you it has been given to know the secrets {and} mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Matt 13:12 For whoever has [spiritual knowledge], to him will more be given {and} he will be furnished richly so that he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Matt 13:13 This is the reason that I speak to them in parables: because having the power of seeing, they do not see; and having the power of hearing, they do not hear, nor do they grasp {and} understand.

Matt 13:14 In them indeed is the process of fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah, which says: You shall indeed hear {and} hear but never grasp {and} understand; and you shall indeed look {and} look but never see {and} perceive.

Matt 13:15 For this nation's heart has grown gross (fat and dull), and their ears heavy {and} difficult of hearing, and their eyes they have tightly closed, lest they see {and} perceive with their eyes, and hear {and} comprehend the sense with their ears, and grasp {and} understand with their heart, and turn {and} I should heal them.

Matt 13:16 But blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear.

Matt 13:17 Truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men [men who were upright and in right standing with God] yearned to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Matt 13:18 Listen then to the [meaning of the] parable of the sower:

Matt 13:19 While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp {and} comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.

Matt 13:20 As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes {and} accepts it with joy;

Matt 13:21 Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction {or} trouble {or} persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] {and} he falls away.

Matt 13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure {and} delight {and} glamour {and} deceitfulness of riches choke {and} suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.

Matt 6:25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat {or what you shall drink;} or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Matt 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?

Matt 6:27 And who of you by worrying {and} being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature {or} to the span of his life?

Matt 6:28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field {and} learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

Matt 6:29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. [I Kings 10:4-7.]

Matt 6:30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive {and} green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matt 6:31 Therefore do not worry {and} be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?

Matt 6:32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for {and} crave {and} diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

Matt 6:33 But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

Matt 6:34 So do not worry {or} be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries {and} anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

God bless

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