Wednesday, January 08 2020
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries (secrets or hidden truths) of the kingdom of Heaven, but to them it has not been given." Matthew 13:10,11
2020 Vision is about as good as it gets for those who desire to see without glasses! I can appreciate good vision having lost some of the sight in my left eye because of shingles. Without good vision, we stumble in darkness not knowing where we are going.
A few years ago, my pastor, friend, and mentor, David Hardy lost his sight to macular degeneration and is totally blind. He has taken it in stride and doesn't complain because he knows God is sharpening his spiritual sight! We as the body of Christ must have eyes to see in the Spirit to discern the revelation that God gives us as His people. In the past few decades, the spiritual sight of the modern-day church has drifted from the things of the Spirit to walk after the lusts of the flesh!
Jesus asked His disciples who men said that He was and they didn't have a clue, even though they lived with Him, seeing the miracles every day. Peter announced to them all that Jesus was the Christ, (anointed One) the Son of the living God and they all marveled at this divine revelation! Jesus told Peter that flesh and blood did not reveal this but His Father in Heaven.
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:13
EYES TO SEE
"And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: "Hearing you will hear and not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive; for the hearts of this people have grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them." Matthew 13:14,15
Darkness is covering the earth as we approach the eminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the beginning of the end! The spirit of anti-Christ is already hovering over the people who have allowed its deadly influence to deceive them! Jesus warned us that even the elect of God could be deceived in the last days!
As we traverse this toxic landscape of a world gone mad as the people of God, we need spiritual night vision goggles to see in the Spirit that which the Lord wants us to see. We are stewards of the mysteries of the kingdom, only visible to those who have spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying.
We are called to do the greater works of the kingdom as Jesus promised we would do, but unless we have our eyes opened we will walk in total darkness never knowing His perfect will for our lives and ministry! Now is the time to apply the spiritual ointment brought about by Holy Spirit conviction to turn away from everything that would distract us from our mission to bring Heaven to earth!
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside," Matthew 13:19
THE KEYS TO SEE
"But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; "for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see, and did not see, what you see, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." Matthew 13: 16,17
Jesus told us the different conditions of the heart that would keep us from seeing in the Spirit and many today have given in to the lusts of the world and all that comes to seduce the unsuspecting!
The heart of stone allows no seed to be planted nor take root, even those who received the word like so many today, but they only endure for a little while and when affliction comes they immediately fall away! Those who received the seed among the thorns is he who hears the word and the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word and they become unfruitful.
But he who received the word in a good heart is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears good fruit! The keys to see are to repent of that which holds you captive, such as the lusts and cares of this world, give your heart totally to the will of God and receive the vision He has for you in order for you to fulfill your divine destiny!
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the anti-Christ is coming, even now many anti-Christs have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. I John 2:15-18
RECEIVE YOUR VISION
I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart (fortification) and watch to see what He will say to me. Habakkuk 2:1
Without a vision people perish and this is why we must know our divine destiny to fulfill that which the Lord has given us to do while we are on this earth! If you are born again you have within you a divine destiny given by the Lord and if the Holy Spirit resides in you a vision will develop for you to see!
After my salvation experience 40 years ago and receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit I begin to see what my life's work for Him would be. Sitting in church one day the Lord spoke and said to go out into the streets which I did and through many trials I saw hundreds of miracles, signs and wonders and the transformation of many who came to the Lord! If Peter had not have gotten out of the boat when Jesus said, "Come to Me!" He would never have walked on water.
Ask and you will receive, but don't ask if you are not willing to obey what He gives you to do. I have known many who had a vision but were not able to give up their life to fulfill it! 2020 can be your year to step out of the proverbial boat and fulfill your divine destiny. So, ask and you will receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door to your destiny will open!
"Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2:2,3
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin