April 11, 2009
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (He. 11:1).
Faith is the ability to see into the spiritual realm, that which is unseen. For those who live by faith, it is the reality that anchors them in the spiritual life. True faith has prophetic vision, the eyes to see beyond the limitations of natural sight. It is the vision that enables one to see with the eyes of their heart that which is unseen and by faith, respond to what they realize. The fruit of faith is the natural evidence that others see.
It is with the eyes of our heart that we see and believe for the substance of things hoped for, and by the prayer of faith, bring heaven’s reality to manifest in this world; the evidence of things not seen – the Kingdom of God. The fruit of this is restoration, renewal and redemption. Lives are changed when heaven invades earth.
This is the same faith that a person exercise when they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to receive the gift of salvation, “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness” (Ro. 10:10). With the eyes of their heart they see the need for a savior and believe. In turn, they respond to what they realize and the evidence is a changed life. The evidence seen in the natural by others is the result of that which takes place in the spiritual. It is also this born again experience that enables us to see with the eyes of our heart to live the life of faith. All of God’s gifts and provision is God’s grace that we access by faith.
Thy Kingdom Come
In every Kingdom there is a King. Kingdom means “Kings domain.” Where Christ rules there is His dominion. His dominion is manifested when what happens here on the earth is the same as it is in heaven. It is through the eyes of our heart that we see the Kingdom of God and all of its realities and through the prayer of faith, cause the invisible to become visible. Those who believe in what they see will by the prayer of faith”…call those things which are not as though they were” (Ro. 4:17).
In God’s Kingdom there is no sickness, poverty, illness or disease. There is no jealousy, envy or partiality. When Jesus told us to pray for “Thy Kingdom come” He was not referring to a future point in time such as the second coming of Christ, but that which exists in heaven to be revealed on earth – now. When Jesus came He brought His world with Him revealing the Kingdom of God in power and demonstration, telling us to go and do likewise. True faith grabs a hold of that reality and doesn’t let go until there is an invasion of heaven that changes the circumstances on earth.
There are no demonic influences in heaven because Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth. When the Kingdom of heaven is revealed on earth, the devil is cast out by God’s presence on earth as he was in heaven. The focus however is not to displace Satan and the works of evil, but to reveal the Kingdom of God in power and demonstration. The Kingdom of God comes in the presence of the Spirit of God. This is what cast Satan down to destroy his works, the manifestation of God’s Kingdom. Where Christ rules, there is His domain, whether it is in your church, family, business or your body.
Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore ….” (Mt. 18:18). In other words, Jesus is telling us that because of the victory He obtained at Calvary, He has empowered us to do the same works that He did on the earth. When Jesus said go and proclaim the Kingdom of heaven is at hand, He was saying that by faith, we can access heaven. It is within reach, not only to receive but to give away,
And as you go, preach saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick; raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give (Mt. 10:7-8).
Faith is not intended just to get us saved, but to be a natural way of life. Jesus said that He came that we may have life – His life. The abundant life is found in Christ Jesus in heavenly places – the Kingdom realm. All of our heavenly Fathers resources, provisions, promises and benefits are accessible through faith in God “who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3).
Heaven is not only a place we are going to, but a present place to dwell. To those who live by faith, heaven is their home and the world is their mission. Jesus told us to occupy while we are here. Although our bodies are on the earth our spirit can dwell with Christ for our heavenly Father “Has quickened us with Christ, (for by grace are we saved for it is the gift of God). (6) And has raised us up together and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:5- 6).
Jesus has risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. He has called the church to dwell with Him in heavenly places for fellowship and intimacy. The Lord seeks intimacy with His people, not because He needs it, but because we were created to be recipients of His love. The results of intimacy is anointed ministry with Kingdom authority. It is by faith that we see with his eyes from the place where He sits at the right hand of God. This is not a special gift given to a chosen few, but the ability for all to be seated with Christ where our spiritual life is daily renewed. How else would God’s people know Him in Spirit and in truth?
In the Knowledge of Him
It is with the eyes of our heart that we are “enlightened” in the knowledge of Him. It is for this reason that the apostle Paul prayed for the Church to receive, “The Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened: may know the hope of His calling” (Eph. 1:18).
Jesus expects us to see with the eyes of our heart to know Him in Spirit and in truth and to experience His wondrous love. The clarion call is to know the mind of Christ, His passion, His thoughts and feelings and come into agreement with them. Faith is not the absence of doubt but the presence of belief. When you see the Lord high and lifted up far above all principalities and powers, faith rises in your heart. This is what imparts the courage and boldness for God’s people to do great exploits. This is the faith that comes from seeing Him that is unseen. Consider Moses who, “By faith he forsook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the King, for he endured, as seeing Him that is invisible” (He. 11: 27).
Open Our Eyes Lord!
In 2 Kings 6:8-17, we see a story of great faith that came by vision. The King of Syria declared war against Israel. Every time the King took counsel with His generals in the secret chambers, their battle strategies were made known to Israel. Thus, being forewarned, the armies of Syria were ambushed by Israel’s armies.
The Syrian King was enraged at the continual defeats and became suspicious of a mole in his mist. He thought that a double agent was leaking secret information to the King of Israel. He then asked which one of his trusted servants was the culprit! One of his servants told him, “Hey, it isn’t one of us O King, it’s that prophet Elisha! He is hearing that which is being discussed in the secret chambers. ” In other words, Elisha by faith saw that which is unseen to hear the strategies of Israel’s enemies to glean their battle plans. Such is the power of prophetic vision.
By faith Elisha was able to see into the Kings castle to listen to their private meetings, thus obtaining confidential information. Elisha was God’s undercover agent enlisted in His secret service to gather intelligence that was pertinent to Israel’s national security. The time is coming when God’s people will have the eyes to foresee the enemy’s strategies to set ambushes and win the victory.
The Syrian King decided that it was time to deal with Elisha. Under the cover of darkness, His troops marched at night to surround the city of Dothan, the city where Elisha and his servant lodged. I suppose the Syrian King thought that he could besiege the city and hold it captive until the people handed Elisha over to them.
Elisha of course, knew what was taking place. He quietly rose out of bed early in the morning and from his panoramic view on the roof top, drank his Starbucks coffee while watching the entire scene unfold before Him. Elisha was amused at the ignorance of a King who thought that He could secretly formulate another plan without Elisha knowing them. Elisha had seen by prophetic vision their intentions to capture him. He also trusted in the Lord’s ability to deliver him knowing that faith rest. God’s peace is found in His rest and it is the peace of God that will crush Satan under your feet.
His servant however freaked out when the dawn revealed the host of the Syrian army surrounding the city. He cried out with despair “Elisha, what on earth shall we do? While the perspective of Elisha’s servant was from that which he saw in the natural, Elisha was seeing from the perspective of heaven- the spiritual. Elisha understood that the supernatural realm is always superior to the natural “And He answered, “Fear not: for they that are with us are more than those that are with them” (Verse 16).
His servant did a quick mental calculation! How can this be he thought? The armies of Israel are still in their barracks sleeping, and besides, this was a small city with a small army. The main army was stationed in Israel. Elisha, seeing the fearful frown on his servants face from the natural assumption that “all is lost” prayed and said,
I pray Lord that you open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw, and behold, the mountains was full of horses and chariots of fire about Elisha (verse 17).
We need not to worry in the midst of a crisis for the Kingdom of God can never be shaken. We stand on solid ground – THE ROCK, Jesus Christ. There are far more for us than those who are against us. Only 1/3 of all the angels in heaven fell to the earth which leaves 2/3rds of God’s army left to fight on our behalf! And that’s not all! We have our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who lives within us that are for us. There is no weapon formed against you that will prosper and He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world.
A Prayer to Open Eyes
Heavenly Father, I pray that you open our eyes that we may see the heavenly realm with clear prophetic vision. We ask for the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to open the eyes of our heart that we may be enlightened in the knowledge of Jesus. Our desire is to see you, know you, and come into a deeper place of fellowship with you. Give us the grace to live by faith to see that which is unseen in the spiritual to bring forth eternal fruit that is visible in the natural; for your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus name we pray- Amen.
In His Heart with love