What Can You See?
If you didn’t know it – we are IN the new thing that has been prophesied for so long. All around the earth we see evidence of His hand in the affairs of men. God is shifting and changing the status quo in nations. And we are supposed to be taking up our place in His divine plan. Kingdom assignments are being released. The Ekklesia is being called up higher to participate in strategy meetings and receive blueprints. As the winds of change are blowing, opportunities abound in the Kingdom.
This is the truth of what is happening, but for many of us, we are struggling to see these things. We KNOW in our spirit that God is moving, but we are not sure what we are to do or how we are to play our part. And this is an immense challenge for us. In these days, we need to have eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. We cannot always rely on words published on prophetic lists or wait for a someone to bring us a prophetic word to lay out our next step – we need to be seeing and hearing ourselves. And once we have seen or heard, we need to perceive and understand what Father is saying, so that we can execute His plan.
It all sounds so easy, yet many of us are struggling to do it. Why? I believe it is because our hearts are hard. WHAT???? How can you say that? I am not in sin, I am seeking after Him, I am living righteously. Well – I have discovered that you do not have to be in sin to have a hard heart…
In Mark 6:30-44, we see that Jesus feeds 5000 people. You all know the story, He takes 5 loaves and 2 fish, blesses them and hands out food which keeps multiplying to feed in excess of 5000 people. Note that the disciples make no comment about this miracle. Directly after that we see that Jesus made his disciples (the old King James uses the word ‘constrained’, which basically means ‘forced’) to get into their boat and go to Bethsaida. A great wind comes up and they have to row really hard all night, until Jesus comes to them, walking on the water, and calms the wind. Verse 52 says that they 'were greatly amazed and marveled within themselves.' Now notice, the very next verse says - For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
The bible is drawing our attention to something. These disciples, who had witnessed Jesus multiplying bread and fish to feed thousands of people, did not take note of or consider the miracle that happened right in front of them. Just stop for one moment and think about the fact that 5 loaves and 2 fishes fed 5000 people!!! We hear these stories so often that we sometimes lose the impact of what actually happened. And scripture says that the disciples also missed it because their hearts were hard.
This is why they were so amazed when Jesus walked on the water. They had not meditated on what happened with the bread so they failed to grasp who Jesus was and the authority that He had over the natural realm. If they had considered the miracle of the bread, they would not have been afraid when He came to them on the water – they would have known that He had authority over the elements, over the wind and water.
Their hearts were hard and they could not perceive who Jesus was. But this was not the only time it happened! If you turn over to Mark 8 – Jesus again feeds a multitude. He mutilplies bread to feed 4000 people and, again, the disciples do not consider the miracle. How do I know this? Because right after the story, we see them arguing among themselves because they only have one loaf of bread. I mean, seriously? Seriously!! They have now seen Jesus multiply bread not once, but twice, and they are worried that they will not have enough bread! I think Jesus must have been slightly frustrated with them because He speaks a warning to them, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” Mark 8: 15
They do not understand His words because they are still only seeing with carnal eyes. They think He is talking about the fact that they only have one loaf of bread. But really Jesus is warning them that their hard hearts will cause them to end up like the Pharisees who completely miss Jesus and in fact persecute Him. The very One they have been waiting to see is right in front of them, but the condition of their hearts causes them to miss Him!
Jesus loves His disciples and this is why He then launches into a serious rebuke. He wants them to see the condition of their heart and its effect on their lives.
But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments did you take up?”
They said to Him, “Twelve.”
“Also, when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of fragments did you take up?”
And they said, “Seven.”
So He said to them, “How is it you do not understand?”
Mark 8: 17 - 21
When we are focused on natural things, we cannot see in the spirit. And what we do see, we cannot understand. Jesus said that a hard heart was at the root of this problem. According to Jesus, a hard heart will stop you from perceiving or hearing what God is doing in this season. It will hinder you from seeing Him the fullness of who He is in your life. It will even cause you to completely miss the season of your visitation.
I believe this is the problem we face today. We look at the world around us and react to what the natural eye sees. Our focus is on natural, carnal circumstances because our hearts are hard. We have not considered the miracles that God has done in our lives. We do not take time to meditate and focus on what He is doing. We focus on what He has NOT done. We focus on what is lacking in our lives. This causes our hearts to be hard, instead of being filled with gratitude and awe at what He has done. Our focus needs to change if we want to see the world through our spiritual eyes. We need to consider, ponder and meditate on what He is doing so that we can perceive what He is saying.
In the natural, there is much turmoil and uncertainty because of the shaking that God is releasing across the earth. Yet in the spirit, there is great excitement. If you look around you with spiritual eyes, you will see endless opportunities being offered to those who can perceive them.
We are in the midst of a new thing. God is doing things in a way that many did not expect… and it has only just begun!!!! Beware the leaven of the Pharisees - do not let the enemy steal this time from you. Ponder these things in your heart and let Him soften it, so that you may see and hear on a new level. The windows of heaven are opening and a wealth of opportunity is being released – can you see it?