THE EYES OF FAITH - PART 1
The eyes of faith is the lens through which we see the unseen. It grants us access to deeper things of the Spirit. By exercising our eyes of faith, we can attain a spiritual stature or grow in faith through the experiences. The eyes of faith has nothing to do with age, since it's possible to remain an immature Christian for long. Rather, it involves developing the ability to see the unseen and convert it to reality.
Reference: 2 Corinthians 4:18 New International Version (NIV) "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
The eyes of faith come from the light of knowing Christ as Saviour and Lord. This is not the eyes of the physical sense, which means that its realities are not communicated by natural perceptions. The eyes of faith is important because they help us to seize spiritual realities and use them to redefine what we don't like or want in our lives. For instance, if you have a challenging situation, and you want to see it change in your favour, you can focus on what God has said concerning the situation by fixing your eyes of faith on His Word. You may even start painting the picture of the Scripture you want to see in your life as an image in your mind so you can believe it more and speak it forth. This is an experiential path of the knowledge of the Word in another realm of reality.
There is another way God reveals to us about the unseen through our eyes of faith. By this, I mean that we can use the eyes of faith to look into the future and view images from the spirit realm. However, we must study the images to understand and know the mind of God behind them. Once we pick the signals with the eyes of faith, we must analyse them by the Spirit and weigh them on the scale of the Word, to evaluate if the images are consistent with God's will for our lives. These images are potential realities that no one will ever see but you, and they can become your absolute reality if you permit them.
To explain this further, there are images or pictures of events that God can show or reveal to you about the future through dreams, visions or trance. The pictures can be revealed when your body is at rest, asleep or when you are mentally or emotionally relaxed, and they have the capacity to develop into your reality in the future. When you are asleep, your physical eyes are closed, but you still grasp those images or pictures, and see all that emerge. With what eyes? With the eyes of your spirit, which is the eyes of faith. Remember Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) reads: "Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen."
God can speak to you through those images or pictures you see in your sleep, if you are in tune with the Spirit and they can become a proof, conviction or evidence of the things you do not yet see, according to Hebrews 11:1. So you can wake up, thank God for them and then believe God for their physical manifestations by fixing your eyes on the images (which are things unseen). More so, the eyes of faith helps your spiritual discernment to become strong, clear and decisive when trained. By decisive, I mean that you can always allow the images you see or nullify their manifestation if you don't want to accept them.
Fixing our eyes on things that are unseen is a spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect or the natural realm. As Christians, we must discipline ourselves to see the unseen by training and exercising our spiritual senses. In other words, don't remain a spiritual babe. The Bible says, "For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Then watch this: The next verse, Hebrews 5:14 (KJV) says, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Did you notice the phrase, "by reason of use have their senses exercised"? Here the Bible isn't talking about physical senses, but spiritual senses which include the eyes of faith.
Seeing the unseen is not for those who are spiritually immature. These are for those who have trained their spiritual senses to transact wisely in spiritual matters. Stay tuned for part two of this wonderful topic. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Isaiah 5:21; Psalm 119:18; Matthew 6:22; Hebrews 11:27.
Exuberant Declaration: The eyes of my faith is the medium and faculty through which spiritual realities find their expression and manifestation in my life. They position me to hold on to God's Word and give substance to everything the Word says concerning me. I look to the unseen through the eyes of faith and I convert the unseen from uncertainty to reality in a comprehensive way that leads me to fulfilment and unspeakable joy. I filter every figment of my imagination and dream through the lens of the Word and I judge their interpretations by the Spirit, thereby yielding excellent sense. Thus I'm guided by the divine to receive my blessings and walk in them with full conviction. Hallelujah!