The Bible says that we are a spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) As you know, we are created a spirit that lives in a body. Our body is designed to live in this world. It has eyes to see, ears to hear, and senses that help us determine to make wise decisions. In the same way, our spirit has eyes that see, ears that hear, etc... Our spiritual eyes are created, allowing us to see into the realm of heaven. Our spiritual ears are also created, allowing us to hear the voice of God.
The fact is, we were created a spirit to be able to see, to hear, to feel, and sense the spiritual.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please God," Faith is a spiritual term.(Hebrews 11:1) God is Spirit and therefore communicates with mankind through our spirits. Hebrews 6:12b says, through faith and patience inherit the promises.
One of my favorite promises in scripture is Psalms 103:1-5. It says, 1-Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His Holy Name. 2-Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. 3-He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4-He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5-He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles! His Promises are our inheritance. It is through Faith & Patience that we inherit His Promises. Through Faith, we are given the ability to imagine what the fulfilled Promise looks like. We use our spiritual eyes to see the Promise: “He forgives all my sins” and through faith we are able to visualize the Promise in the reality that it is.
We know that every Promise is a done deal.
There is no negotiating, every Promise is complete in Christ Jesus and is our inheritance.
Now we have the ability to use the faith He gave us to visualize the finished work. With our natural eyes we see the result of fallen man, but through faith we are able to see the result of the finished work of Jesus. We can close our eyes, and through faith, SEE the Promise fulfilled in our lives. This is what pleases our heavenly Father, seeing what He sees and believing what He says.
We See Ourselves Forgiven
Faith is used to believe and see the finished work. Through faith, we can close our natural eyes and open our spiritual eyes to see the reality of the Promise: “He forgives our sins”. Through faith we visualize ourselves forgiven. We see ourselves standing before Him totally forgiven, made pure, holy and without blame. We see ourselves standing before him unashamed, all because of what Jesus did for us. Using our spiritual eyes through faith, we can see the reality of what Jesus did for us. We can see the finished work and the result of the finished work in our lives. This gives us great joy because we see the work done. We never have to doubt that we are forgiven. We see ourselves forgiven, truly resting in His faithfulness.
Visualize the Finished Work
Another Promise in Psalms 103 is, “He heals all our diseases, He redeems me from death”. Another translation reads, “He redeems our life from destruction”. It is through faith and patience that we inherit these promises. Faith allows us to visualize the finished work. Patience is the perseverance to continue using faith until the finished work manifests in the natural. Through faith, we see Jesus taking our sicknesses on the cross. We see Him in Isaiah 53, beaten so we could be whole and whipped so we could be healed. We see him put in the tomb and being raised from the dead. We see him raised in power, victorious over every work of the devil, conquering death and hell. Through faith, we can now see our new identity with Him. He is the head and we are His body. Through faith, we see ourselves seated with Him in heavenly places. We see that we truly are God’s masterpiece (Eph. 2:6-10). Faith sees the reality of the prayer Jesus prayed, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
Faith is more than simply believing. It is embracing & visualizing the reality of the Promise.
There is a story I love to share. There was a man living on the streets that was literally starving to death. Someone saw him, had compassion and brought him a meal to eat. The kind man extended the plate lunch in front of the starving man and said, “Take it and eat”. The starving man just looked at him. The kind man said, “sir, don't you believe that if you eat this food, you will live and not die?” The starving man replied, “I believe if I eat this food, I will live and not die”. The kind man again said, “sir, don't you know that if you eat this food, you will live and not die?” Once again, the starving man replied, “I know if I eat this food, I will live and not die”. Immediately after the starving man said that, he died. He died believing, yet would not accept what was being offered. Faith is a gift from God that enables us not only to believe, but to partake of the Promises He has made available to His children. Faith enables us to visualize the Promise fulfilled in our lives and patience enables us to continue seeing with perseverance until the Promise is a reality in the natural.
Faith sees what can be.
Faith sees the Promise fulfilled.
Faith enables us to rejoice in what we see.
Faith looks beyond the natural and says, “That is who I am, I am redeemed from poverty, sickness and death.
I am more than a conqueror through Christ.
I do have abundant life as Jesus said.
Faith allows our spiritual eyes to see the reality of what Jesus has promised.
When Jesus was faced with a person living in sin, He was not overwhelmed; He knew He had the forgiveness for their problem. When Jesus was faced with the violent storm, He was not in fear because He knew He was the Prince of Peace. Jesus came to show mankind how to live by heavens principles here on the earth. Jesus came to teach us how to see as heaven sees. This was totally foreign to mankind. We have been trained to think “naturally” and not "spiritually". Faith enables us to see possibilities in place of impossibilities. Faith sees the ability and power of God manifested in every situation. Faith sees the opportunity and rejoices in the Promise fulfilled. Through faith, we can rest in His faithfulness because we are united with Him. Free from worry! Free from anxiety! Natural eyes see natural things; spiritual eyes see it through Gods’ perspective. It is natural for us to be spiritual. We are a New Creation in Christ. We are created to be spiritual, not religious, be spiritual. God wants us to see through the eyes of faith, His perspective in every area of our lives. This changes how we view everything! We must open our spiritual eyes and see. Keep seeing it until it becomes a reality in our life. What we continuously look at will grow and dominate our thinking. The more we see the fulfilled Promise, the more we will rejoice in His faithfulness. We can “count it all joy”, knowing He is giving us the opportunity to Trust Him.(James 1:2-4) This is why we are instructed to take every thought captive. (2 Corinthians 10:5) God wants us renewing our minds, seeing the way He sees things.
What we choose to see is of utmost importance.
Dear friends, can you see the Promise in Psalms 103 fulfilled in you? Can you see yourself crowned with loving kindness and tender mercies? Can you see yourself rejoicing in the goodness of God? Can you see your life filled with good and your strength renewed as the eagles? Can you see yourself sharing your testimony of God’s faithfulness?
It is through faith and patience we inherit the Promises.
Look beyond the natural and see the Promise fulfilled in you.
<pre>Jesus is still saying: Do Not Fear - Take Courage - I Am With You.</pre>