Looking is important. But what are we looking at? How do we not look at what we see, when what we see is visible? We must focus on the invisible. We must begin to set our gaze on what is unseen. This can be challenging because Satan wants us to be experts in the obvious. Yet, the things of God are not always obvious. It is imperative that we transition from the seen to the unseen realm and never stop looking. As we are looking, we must also listen. God does not take pleasure is us being blind. God reveals and enables us to see in the unseen realm.
Consider Elisha's servant in 2 Kings 6. When it appeared that the Syrian army was closing in on Elisha and surrounding the city of Dothan, Elisha's servant panicked. He was shaken by what he saw in the visible/seen realm--horses and chariots and a great army. Understanding that his servant was afraid, Elisha prayed to God. Elisha knew how to activate the unseen realm. He prayed at a level that brought balance to the life of the young man and immediately settled him. The servant was then able to see in the supernatural realm. When Elisha prayed that the young man's eyes be opened--to the unseen realm--they were! The LORD opened his spiritual eyes to see that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha!
Like Elisha's servant, many of us panic and spend our lives making decisions based upon what we see--"fear-based decisions". Fear from what we see in the seen can keep us from being able to see in the unseen realm. The enemy wants us to focus on what we see in the natural and become so fixated on it, that it becomes all we see. When this happens, we cannot hear God. In the realm of the Spirit we are able to see what is invisible. We begin to have eyes of understanding that are enlightened (Ephesians 1:18).
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