In exploring what God has provided for us in the blessings of Abraham, we’ve talked about salvation by faith, the inheritance of God’s bounty, and we’ve also talked about prosperity and kingship.
You can “know” all about God’s blessings for you, and believe everything the Bible says about it, but without Godly vision, you’ll never receive very much of what God has provided for you.
Abraham was given a “vision” of a way of living by faith. He moved his family and went to the place God revealed to him. Later, when through walking by faith he had become wealthy and prosperous, in Genesis 13:14-15, God told Abraham, “Look from the place where you are and lift up your eyes: North, South, East and West. All the land that you see, I will give you and to thy seed forever.”
In other words, receiving from God begins with faith and obedience and is then dependent on vision. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:18, “where there is no vision, the people perish.” Where you can’t see God’s plan to bless you, to help you, to touch your life, to move in your situation, you give up, you lose hope, you throw in the towel, you call it quits, you expire. But, when you CAN see that God has a plan to bless you, help you, touch your life, move in your situation, you get excited, you come alive, you keep on, you get fired up, you get inspired!
Without vision, you expire. With vision you get inspired.
Actually, everybody DOES have vision. Some have godly, inspired, faith-filled vision and some have carnal, doubt-filled and negative vision. In Matthew 6:22, Jesus put it like this: “The light of the body is the eye. (How you see) If therefore, your eye is single your whole body will be full of light.”
How you look at things, what you have eyes for, will affect you in your body, in your spirit man, and in the material realm of your life.
But, Jesus said in verse 23, “if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness, and how great is that darkness!” If you have eyes for what’s wrong, what’s evil, what’s missing, what you don’t like about people, about church, about your job, the country, etc., you’ll be filled up with what’s wrong and rotten!
The Bible teaches that we get changed into the image of what we have eyes for. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “For we all… beholding Him, are changed into the same image… ” So, if you’re looking for Jesus, focused on the Lord, it will change your life towards His image. Whatever you look at, and feed on will change your life into that image. That’s why Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” What you look at, what you let into your heart will direct how your life goes and what it will be about.
Some people have an eye, or look for, criticism, insults and hurts! Out of an hour’s conversation, they will come away with the one sentence that wasn’t exactly what they wanted to hear, and say that they spent the whole hour being insulted and criticized!
Jesus said that “Everyone who seeks shall find.” If you seek insults, hurt, pain, and rejection, you’ll find them! At the same time, if you seek, look for, have eyes and ears for compliments, comforting words and support, YOU’LL FIND IT!
Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of! Part of the blessing of Abraham is to receive God’s “eye salve” (Rev.3:18) So you can see with godly vision. “Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
Proverbs 22:9 says, “He that hath bountiful eye shall be blessed, for he giveth… ” The person who has eyes of faith that look for blessings, opportunity, chances to give and help people out, will be blessed, prospered, filled with joy!
See, in 2 Kings 6:16 when Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the enemy forces, his servant was filled with fear. Then, Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes. Suddenly, his servant got godly vision and saw that the forces that were WITH them were greater than the forces that were AGAINST them! “Fear not for they that are with us are more then they that be with them.” That’s what you’ll see when you get God’s word filling your heart, and faith begins to come! You start seeing what CAN happen instead of what CAN’T happen! You start seeing how it is to have God with you rather than how it is if you’re left all on your own!
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “we walk by faith, not by sight.” We don’t go by how things look on the outside, we go by what God is showing us on the inside by the light of faith.
Proverbs 20:7 says, “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord searching the innermost parts of the belly.” What this means is that God gives you light inside (if your eye is single, like Jesus said), and you begin to have inner vision. You’re walking in the light even as He (Jesus) on the inside of you is in the light!
Do you believe that, when you prayed that prayer asking Jesus into your life that He actually came in? l do! And, if He’s in there, do you believe He’s in the dark? Of course not! He is in the light! God lights your candle, giving you vision, so you can walk with Jesus, in the Spirit, and you are walking in the light of faith!
Your eyes are open! You’re receiving honey from above, like Jonathan and his armor bearer did in 1 Samuel 14:27, and you’re tasting that the Lord is good, and SEEING! (Psalm 34:8) And, like Jonathan, you can say, “I’ve had just a LITTLE of this honey and look how my eyes have become enlightened!
Jonathan and his armor bearer had been in battle and they were weary, losing their strength. Then, as they were walking in the woods, they saw honey dripping down from above them, from a beehive in a tree. Jonathan touched the tip of his rod into the honey and put it to his lips. The Bible says that immediately, his eyes were enlightened! He got his strength back! He got his zeal back! He got his power back! He got his vision back!
Can’t you see why God is wanting to get these truths, these Bible truths down into your spirit? He wants you to see from Heaven’s viewpoint! He wants you to not be walking around in the dark, not even knowing where you are going! He wants you to have a bountiful eye and be blessed! He wants you to see Him at work in your life and be able to receive it!
God has a blessing for you. He has an answer for you. He has a supply for you! It’s a matter of tilling you heart with the Word of God and then guarding your heart from sin, doubt and unbelief.
We talked last time about the fruitful Believer is like a tree planted by the water, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The Bible talks about the throne of God, and how the waters coming out from it keep increasing and getting deeper and deeper, and that all it touches, all that is touched by that water flowing from the throne of God, shall live. It shall have life, it shall become alive and fruitful!
Jesus came to earth to save people who had been blinded by the devil. The god of this world, the devil, the Bible says has blinded peoples’ minds. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t believe God cares about them. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t see things getting any better. He blinds peoples’ minds so they can’t see that they are lost and headed for hell, when all they have to do is turn to Jesus and be saved.
Jesus touched peoples’ eyes so they could have vision. That was part of His anointing, to bring sight to the blind. And, He has sent me to you today, to bring you this word from God, so Jesus can touch you and give you vision!
“Dear God, I thank You for sending Jesus to save me. Jesus, I ask You to open my eyes to Your goodness in my life. Give me eyes that see! I want to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Jesus, You are my Savior. I look to You today, for salvation for healing, for blessings, for that new job, for the things that I have need of. By faith, I receive Jesus, the Vision Giver in my life, and I thank You for hearing this prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen!”