Importance of Spiritual Sight
By Rick Arnold
June 24, 2007
I. Faith is not Blind
- (2 Cor 5:7) I hear many talking about blind faith, but real faith is not blind. Real faith is when we trust in what we see by the spirit. The Bible says to walk by faith and not by sight, but this does not mean that faith is blind. It means that faith is not limited to physical sight.
- (Heb 11:24-27) I’ve heard young people say, “How can you expect me to believe in something I can’ see but Hebrews 11: 24-27 says that Moses endured as seeing Him who is invisible. If you can’t see Him who is invisible you will never forsake the world like Moses did. But if you could get even a faint glimpse of New Jerusalem and the King who sits upon the throne of that city. If you could see your place there among the heavenly beings what hold would this world have on us?
- There are many scriptures that talk about spiritual sight. We will read just a few.
- (John 3:3) Unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God
- (John 12:40) Quote from Isaiah, “
- (Acts 26:15-18) Called to open the eyes of the lost
- (Eph 1:15-19) Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him
- (Eph 4:17-18) Spiritual Blindness
- (1 Cor 2:6-16)
- (Heb 11:6; Deut 4:29) If you can’t see God it is because you are not looking. Or you are not looking with a repentant heart of faith. We will only see whatever it is that we are looking for
- 1. Look
- To direct your eyes for the purpose of seeing something
- To observe with the eyes while keeping them directed
- To seek, to search
- To expect
- To perceive by the eye
- To have knowledge of the existence of and apparent qualities of the object beheld
- To perceive by mental vision, to form an idea or conception of, to note with the mind
- To observe, discern, or understand
- Spiritual sight – What do we mean when we are talking about spiritual sight? We are not talking about the use of the physical eye although what we behold with our natural eyes can effect what we see with our spiritual eyes. We are not just talking about our minds eye or our imagination although that can be a part of spiritual sight. Spiritual sight is compared to physical sight because the results are the same for each. When we see something in the natural it is a result of light shining on an object. Our eyes see the reflected light and sends a signal to our brains. Our brains can interpret the signal and it produces a knowing or perceiving in our consciousness. We become aware of something. Through sight we can perceive the existence of an object and come to know something about its characteristics. The greater the amount of light the more we will be able to tell about the object we are seeing. The impression of knowing we get from perceiving is quite compelling. Though we may acknowledge the possibility that are eyes can be deceived we generally hold fast to the idea that “seeing is believing”. Now let’s look at spiritual sight. Spiritual things are not perceived by natural man with his natural sight. But we compare revelation or spiritual perception to the act of seeing because of their similarities and because the results of the two are the same, namely a coming into the experience of knowing something beyond the shadow of a doubt. Natural man is in darkness regarding spiritual things, that is he can’t perceive them unaided. Without light we can not directly perceive God or His kingdom though we have the testimony of creation and the inward testimony of our conscience. When the Holy Spirit comes bearing His influence on the soul of man it has the same effect as light has upon the natural eyes of man. His influence causes man to perceive the things of the spirit. Like light the greater the influence the greater the level of perception. The result of a man receiving the light of the Spirit is perception and he becomes absolutely convinced of the truth of the object he saw as if he had seen it with his natural eyes. (not all light is good light. the devil appears as an angel of light. That is why we have the spirit and the truth. We compare what perceive with the written word of God. we do not become arrogant about our revelation)
III. Importance of Spiritual sight
- (Rev 3:17-19) It is possible for our spiritual sight to grow dim. We could even become blind. Unlike natural blindness which is obvious to all, the spiritually blind are often deceived and think they see. The people of laodicia could not see their true condition. They thought they were rich and in need of nothing which was the exact opposite of the truth.
- (Proverbs 29:18) My people perish for lack of vision. They cast off restraint. Backsliding always starts with a lack of spiritual sight. Revelation begins to grow dim. When the vision fades, the feeling fades, the passion fades, the fire goes out. When we see something it effects us in many ways. What we see can stir up desire, it can inspire us, it arouse great emotion, etc. We must continue to behold a thing if it is to continue to effect us in such a strong manner. That is why must continually look upon the Word of God. Many times we get out our wedding albums and find those feelings of love stirred up. Or we look back at one of our missions trips and feels those thrills that we had previously experienced. Also when I was a boy after watching superman I would zoom around the house. Those images had a great influence upon my emotions, desires, etc. We must not ask ourselves whether or not we know a certain truth but rather that truth burns in our hearts as revelation and effects our lives and the lives of those around us.
- (1 John 3:2; )We become whatever we look at. If we behold Christ we become partakes of the divine nature, but if we bring idols into our house and look upon them we will begin to take on the nature of those demons behind the idols.
- (Luke 12:45-46) If we are not looking the judgment of God will take us by surprise
- (John 5:19-20) Spiritual sight vital to effective ministry. Jesus said that He only did what he saw the Father doing
IV. How can we see spiritually?
- (Rev 3:18) Anoint your eyes with eye salve (Cultivate the presence of the Lord through worship, prayer, obedience)
- (Phil 4:8) Position ourselves to see. Stop looking at the wrong things and start looking at the right things. Resist the distractions.
V. Things not to look at
- Do not look back at the world
- (Gen 19:26) Lot’s Wife
- (Luke 9:62) Hand to the plow and no looking back
- Do not look at your circumstances with fear
- (Mat 14: 29-31) Peter on the water
- Do not look at the enemy only
- (2 Kings 6:15-17) Elisha opening the eyes of his servant
- Do not focus on the faults of others
- (Mat 7:3) Log in your eye
VI. Things to look at
- (Jude 20-23) Look for mercy for the lost
- (John 4:35) The Harvest
- (Hebrews 12:1-3) Look to Jesus lest we become weary and faint in our minds
- (Num 21:8) Keep looking to the cross for healing and deliverance
- (Rev 4:1-2) Look to the one seated on the throne
- (Mat 6:26) Look at the birds of the air to see God’s provision
- (2 Cor 4:17-18) Look at the eternal things
- (Heb 11:24-26)Reward
- (Luke 21:28)Redemption
- (Titus 2:13) Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
- (2 Peter 3:12-13) New heaven and new earth