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Below, please find an excerpt from the newsletter.
What Is It That You See?
It is my utmost desire more than ever before to bring a message of hope and victory to the Body of Christ. If there is anything that I see needed in the church today, it is a message of hope. There was a time I preached a powerful message of hope and another minister said to me, “You have to watch preaching like that because if you get their hopes up too high and nothing happens, you can hurt them.” Well, what if their hopes get high and something great does happens? Let’s consider something. If faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen, then what’s the purpose of needing faith if we don’t have hope? What is hope? Hope is the blueprint to your faith. If there isn’t anything there to see or to picture, then faith has nothing to take a hold of.
Let’s take a look at 2 Corinthians 4:18. The Word says, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
I believe the Lord desires for His church to get a clearer image concerning what His purpose is for them to accomplish the rest of this year. What we see will be very crucial to what we experience. The word I heard in my heart is “If you can see the invisible, you can do the impossible.” This is the way I have been saying it, “If you can see it, you can do it!” Let’s take a moment and look into our hearts and examine what we have been focusing on.
After meditating on this word, I remembered a word that God spoke to me some time back, “If you can hear it, you can have it.” Now, I believe that this picture is getting clearer on what God is trying to communicate to His church. Hearing is just the first part while seeing is the other. It is my prayer that our eyes will be enlightened so that we may see what’s before us now.
The Apostle Paul prayed a special prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. In verse 18 the Apostle Paul prayed this, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.”
Enlightened is defined as: light; illuminated; instructed; informed; furnished with clear views. I like the last part, “with clear views.” God wants us to see with clarity, not with blurred vision. We must be alert, because there are many things that can blur one’s vision.
I love what Jesus said in John 5:19, “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
The first lesson to be learned is; without Him we can’t do anything. Isn’t that a revelation? I believe that many have failed to accomplish certain tasks due to the fact that they hear what someone is trying to tell them, but can’t get the concept on how to do it. We need to know more than what is being said. We need to be able to know how to do it. If we can visualize it, I know we will be able to do it!
You may be wondering, as a faith person, you can’t be moved by what you see. You’re right. As a faith person, you can’t be moved by what you hear either. Not everything you hear or see is going to help you, but hearing thus saith the Lord will cause faith to arise and victories to come. At the same time, seeing with the natural eye can bring discouragement and fear but seeing with the eye of the spirit brings hope and confidence.
It’s so important for us to understand what the Spirit of God is communicating to us concerning seeing in the spirit. You may ask why. We are living in a time where the enemy is going all out to discourage anyone from stepping out and obeying the leading of the Lord. When one makes the decision to step out and to fulfill what God has purposed for them, and it seems as if all is falling apart, this has the potential to mess with one’s faith and confidence. I have often thought about the stand that Moses took when leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses knew that he was up against an impossible situation. The Pharaoh had no intention of releasing the Children of Israel, which made the task even greater. Even through all of the opposition Moses faced, he still was able to do what God told him to do and that was to lead His people out of Egypt. I know what some of you are thinking, he was disobedient and missed the Promised Land. I know he missed the Promise Land but don’t forget he was able to endure for forty years even through all the murmuring. How long would some of us last? After about a year or two, most would have given up on the assignment and go find something else to do. Not Moses, and the reason why is found in Hebrews 11:27 which says, “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
Through all that Moses endured, he was patient, steadfast, and strong until the end. Why? Because Moses saw God who was invisible. In seeing God, he didn’t allow himself to get distracted from the purpose. If we are going to endure, we are going to have to focus our heart and continue to see Him! Remember, if you can see the invisible, you will be able to do the impossible.
President Ken Harbaum
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