The goal of this message is to show our readers how their spiritual eyes function and how they can properly use them to receive directions from the Lord.
By Gregory Toussaint
We are going to look at the various ways in which your spiritual eyes function. Let us establish at the forefront hat we have spiritual eyes. Paul prays in the book of Ephesians:
“I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him,–since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened” (Ephesians 1:17–18 NET)
The best way to illustrate spiritual eyes is the story of Elisha’s servant. The house of the prophet was surrounded by a multitude of soldiers of the Syrian army and the servant of Elisha was trembling with fear. Then the prophet tried to reassure him by saying, “Fear not, for they that are with us are more than they that are with them.” However, the servant could not see what the prophet was talking about. So Elisha asked God to open his servant’s eyes so that he could see the legion of angels protecting Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).
God had opened the spiritual eyes of Elisha’s servant so that he could see the invisible army surrounding the prophet. I pray that he will do the same for you in the name of Jesus.
In this study, we are going to focus on 3 functions: Images, Visions and Perceptions.
We established in a previous sermon that God speaks to us through a still small voice (1 Kings 19:10). However, most people miss it because it is a very faint voice. It requires silence to hear it. The same goes for our spiritual sight. Most of the time when the Lord communicates with us visually, it is going not going through 3-D motion pictures with full surround sound. Rather, it will be through a faint glimpse of an image that has a symbolic meaning. Look at what Scripture has to say about this matter,
“I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.” (Hosea 12:10 NKJV)
Jonathan Ferguson in Experiencing God in a Supernatural Way explains, “At times visions come in the glimpses, almost like a camera snap shot. It’s there for a moment and before you know it, it’s gone. We should understand that although our conscious awareness of the vision was brief, our spirits have the capacity to process information faster than our brains. Therefore, as we tune in by simply focusing on what we remember of the vision, God will allow us to retrieve the information that was branded on our spirits when delivered by way of the vision.”
Most of the time, the visions that we see are symbolic in nature. Listen to another verse in that regards,
I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old (Ps 78:2 NKJ)
Symbolic images, dark sayings, parables are among God’s preferred means of communication.
In the book of Jeremiah, we see a great example of God’s interaction prophet Jeremiah to see in the spirit realm.
[“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
(Jeremiah 1:11–12 NKJV)]
The Lord said to Jeremiah: What do you see? First, let’s pay attention to the question. Why did the Lord ask Jeremiah what he saw? He was teaching him to open his spiritual eyes and to pay attention the faint images that were flashing across his mind. In other words, the Lord was teaching him to see in the spirit realm.
Jeremiah answered and said, “I see a branch of almond tree”. Notice that all Jeremiah was seeing was an image of an almond tree. There was nothing more than that. That was the entire prophetic word. This observation is critical because most of the time when we see simple image flash in our minds, we don’t make much of them. We simply say our imagination is active.
So, when Jeremiah said he saw an almond tree, the Lord said “You have seen well. Then, the Lord interprets for Jeremiah the simple image that he had seen “for I am ready to perform my word”. In Palestine, the almond tree was one of the first trees to blossom. While other plants usually blossom in April, the almond tree will put its blossoms in February, sometimes in even January. It other words, it will not wait for the spring to blossom, it does in the middle of winter that’s how quickly. It comes to fruition. In other words, the Lord was saying that the same way the almond tree comes to fruition every quickly, so my words will also come to fruition very quickly. In fact, Darby’s translation of Hosea 12:10 reads like this:
“And I have spoken to the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and by means of the prophets have I used similitudes.” (Hosea 12:10–11 DRBY)”
The Bible in Basic English gives the same idea, it writes,
“My word came to the ears of the prophets and I gave them visions in great number, and by the mouths of the prophets I made use of comparisons. “(Hosea 12:10–11 BBE)
So often the Lord will communicate to us by flashing across our minds a natural image that has similarity with spiritual truth.
To be Continued…