They looked across the street and saw her laughing like a lunatic. Who was this wretched woman? She laughed when those around her cried. She jumped high when those around her fell flat to dodge the stray bullets. She said "Yes" when others said "No," and then said "No" when they were in the affirmative. She was an unusual woman. Yes, it was a different world to her. There could not be any sensible earthly explanation for the way she viewed the world. She saw alien forms and unfamiliar expressions. She saw lights at the end of several dark tunnels, and she saw destruction in places where people saw pleasure. How could these things be?
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But there are three kinds of eyes...
But there are three kinds of eyes...
The Eyes That Can't See:
They are not physically blind. They sparkle like the stars, brightly seen even in far distances. They are the first ones to get on a crime scene, and the last ones to leave. They can see everything under the sun, both those that are open and those that are secret. But they lack one thing, they cannot see the things of God. They cannot fathom anything beyond the human imagination. They are eyes that can see, but yet cannot really see. They fulfill scripture which says, "they have eyes but cannot see."
The Lustful Eyes:
These are eyes that have been given spiritual understanding, but yet lust after those things that are opposing to God's nature. I was reading 1 John 2:15-16 today, and it said, "Do not love the world or the things in the world...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." But immediately, my mind did not go to things we lust after, like lusting after another woman or man other than your spouse...instead my mind took me to eyes that lust after things that have no spiritual background. See, we were born to overcome all limitations. We were born to take the kingdom of God by force. Before mankind, the earth was without form or void, destroyed by the forces of darkness. But then, God in His infinite wisdom created man in His own image to have dominion over the whole earth. But if we're not careful, our eyes may start lusting after those things that we're supposed to have dominion over. Rather, if our eyes are focused on the kingdom of God, then those things will run after us.
Eyes That See Differently: Eyes of Understanding
We all need eyes of understanding. For this very reason, Paul prayed for the people that the "eyes of their understanding be enlightened," (Ephesians 1:18). Our eyes are not merely for physical sight, but they are for spiritual sight. Have you ever wondered why when you close your eyes to pray, you can still see...but then you see the things of God and not physical things? It is because at that moment your eyes of spiritual understanding are being enlightened.
Eyes that see differently can see calmness in a storm. They can see a king in a pauper, food in a famine, shelter in the storm, and peace in the time of war. Eyes that see differently can never accept fate, given by human discretion. They can never accept the economy of present situations. Rather these eyes look back at the valley of dry bones, and immediately they know any valley can be restored back to life. Oh, if you have eyes that see differently you will know what I mean. You can only see differently if you truly KNOW who you are. A prince who has not yet been crowned will only act like a slave child. But when that crown is on his head, he begins to see things differently. If you don't know that you are the child of a king, you will never be a storm stopper or a wind-breaker! You cannot know the extent of your power until you begin to see things differently from how the world sees things.
Today, may your eyes of understanding be enlightened. May you begin to comprehend what others don't understand. May you see your present situation as nothing compared to the good plans God has for you. May your eyes be open to see how God enlarged the territory of Jabez, how He raised the dry bones in the valley, how He provided manna for food, and milk and honey for drink.
I'm delighted to be done with final exams and be back on the Lamp. I personally want my eyes of understanding, of every aspect of God's word, to be enlightened more and more each day, from now henceforth. I don't want a mediocre visualization of the Word. There's LIFE awaiting those who need it. I need LIFE, I need understanding, and so do you...let the film start rolling now...are you ready?