My wife’s sister who still lives in Yakima, Washington, the hometown Sue and I were born and raised in posted the following picture just the other day, taken by a mutual Facebook friend. It reminded me of the story of the Prophet Elisha, his servant and the King of Syria.
2 Kings 6:
14, Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city.
15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
*Most of us determine reality by our physical senses. If we can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste it, it must be real. I’m sure that for Elisha’s servant, reality was thousands of soldiers, mounted on powerful war horses, who could wipe out the whole town of Dothan before nightfall. But for Elisha, that wasn’t reality. For him, reality was the even greater and more powerful army of angels surrounding the city. These angels were there all along. The problem was, Elisha’s servant didn’t have eyes to see them. But his not seeing them didn’t make them unreal or non-existent. Elisha’s prayer opened his eyes to see spiritual reality. And spiritual reality is the ultimate reality, superseding the reality of what we perceive with our physical senses.
The Apostle Paul knew how to see the unseen. He was suffering terrible persecution on behalf of the gospel, but he said that this momentary, light affliction wasn’t the real thing. The real thing was the eternal glory that awaited him in heaven (2 Cor. 4:16-18)! He also said that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Remember, he was chained to a very real Roman guard as he wrote that! But, he said, that isn’t where our struggle takes place. Our real struggle is against these unseen forces of darkness in the heavenly places. And the way we combat these forces is through prayer (Eph. 6:10-20). Prayer opens our eyes to spiritual reality and links us with God’s winning majority.
*Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2002, All Rights Reserved.
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The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
More and more we are seeing signs in the heavens around us to remind us of this very thing; and even though Jesus Himself stated as recorded by His Disciple Matthew:
1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven.
2 But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’
3 “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
4 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.
We must remember two things, the religious leaders of Jesus’ day DEMANDED to be shown a sign because of their doubt and unbelief and generations of evil will continue to SEEK or want signs again, because of their doubt and unbelief. This however, does NOT apply to God’s children, for God Himself, the Creator of the very nature that awaits our redemption is a sign.
19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;
13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
14 “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,
15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Remember this; what God Almighty in His Sovereignty will NOT do for evil generations, He will DO for His children and heirs! I have heard too many preachers tell their congregations that God will NOT allow signs and wonders in the skies because He will not go against His Word. Yet, I tell you, when you read His Word, His LIVING Word in context, you see that to those who already believe, there are remembrances of His Covenant with us all the time!
Now psychology aside, what makes us as God’s children see the things we do from time to time, like images in the clouds, etc.? It is because of the hope that rests deep within our spirit and the reminder to us individually of God’s intimate promises to us, His children! When we walk with God, Who IS Spirit and we develop a spiritual intimacy with Him (John 4:24), than what the world calls “reality” fades and the true reality, the spiritual realm becomes more alive!
The writer of the Book of Acts recorded this:
17 ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;
18 EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.
19a ‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, . . .
So, as a word of encouragement; you do not have to SEEK for signs and wonders, but do NOT be amazed when you see them for creation itself is reminding God’s children of the wonderful promises and covenant that is even now binding between God, our Heavenly Father and we, His children and heirs!
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. – Revelation 22:20.