Eyes Like Elisha, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Kings 6:17, “And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha”

Remember driving down the road on a hot day and seeing the illusion of water on the road created by the heat? Many times our eyes are not actually the reality of truth and if we can be fooled physically, how much more can we be fooled in our spiritual eyesight? Read 2Kings 6:8-18 for the full picture.

The first component to having eyesight like Elisha is to have a reputation of having godly insight. (see v. 11-12) Elisha had a reputation of godly insight among both the godly (King of Israel) & the ungodly (the servant of the Aramean king). How did Elisha gain this reputation? It wasn’t through bragging about his spirituality but through spending time with God as prophets had to do if they were to prophesy God’s word. The only way to obtain a reputation of having godly insight is by spending time with God. Look at how our thoughts (mindset) lead to our destinies: “Whoever sows a thought, reaps an action; Whoever sows an action; reaps a habit;, Whoever sows a habit; reaps a lifestyle; Whoever sows a lifestyle; reaps a destiny.” If the prophet was not 100% accurate he would be stoned to death as a false prophet. We cannot cease spending time with God and expect to have a true godly & spiritual reputation.

The second component to having eyesight like Elisha is to not to have fear and unbelief, but trust and have faith in the Lord (see v. 14-16) The Armean king sent an army to capture Elisha by a surprise NIGHT ATTACK! However, Elisha received revelation from God about the attack. You see the eyesight of the ungodly is warped, because they can never see as God sees and what He shows to His servants. Elisha’s servant was nervous as he saw the city surrounded by army of horses and chariots, and therefore asked, “What shall we do?” The situation did not look promising and the young disciple I can imagine had “I’m gonna die” in his head. Elisha’s responded by saying “Do not fear…,” because Elisha could see the fear pent up inside his disciple. Elisha was saying you’re not to respond to the great army outside in fear.

1Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”, KJV. Fear is cousins with unbelief, it is the manifestation of unbelief. Many times because WE magnify our situation or problem that it looks bigger than God. Yes the army (problem) was big but the angelic host (God) was bigger!

The third component to having eyesight like Elisha is seek the Lord in prayer to gain God’s perspective (v. 16). Elisha saw God’s revelation, but his young disciple didn’t see it. Elisha interceded that his disciple might see. His prayer was short, specific, and in faith. Elisha saw the angelic host of horses and chariots of fire that his disciple didn’t see, yet it was certainly there! Through prayer, the young disciple gained Elisha’s perspective on things and turned to God’s perspective. The Lord opened his eyes, and he saw the angelic army surrounding them. He saw what Elisha had said, …those that are who are with us are more than those who are with them.” As the Scripture says, “If God is for us who can be against us,” therefore “walk by faith and not by sight.”

Application:

Maybe you realize you don’t have a reputation of spiritual insight because you’ve not been spending time in God’s presence. Or perhaps you have been spending time with the Lord, but fear and unbelief have been shrouding your vision and you desire to trust and have faith in the Lord’s provision and protection to gain God’s perspective. Spend time with the Lord as He is the truth, a refuge, and a mighty warrior. By Pastor Phil

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