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Seeing Through God's Eyes
by Fenny West
3/17/2007 / Bible Studies
Seeing Through God's Eyes
God's ways are not our ways; the way He speaks is often unconventional, because He sees everything and knows everything He declares the end from the beginning and gives us a preview of what will be before they come into being. He 'calls those things that be not as though they were.'
Subsequently, He tells us 'I have given you I have delivered into your hands, It is yours ' when from the natural stand point it is not yours; it is in the hands of your enemies. But you have to takes sides with God, see through His eyes, obey His bidding, seek and obtain the strategy He has in store for you to possess your possession. You have live the dream, speak the dream; thank God for His promises, His faithfulness, His integrity, His ability and sovereignty before it manifests.
1 Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.
2 Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.
March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. 4 Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. 5 When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."
Passing the Test of Obedience
There will always be a test of obedience because God wants to shape our character on our journey not the Promised Land.
The red sea will show up as we advance into the Land of milk and honey. Pharaoh will pursue us. Often there will be famine in the Land like it happened to Abraham. Goliath will rear his ugly head and taunt us day and night, 'Where is your God? The well around us may dry up. We may see the children of Anak who will look like men eating giants, breathing fire and brimstone through their mouths. These are just a few symbols barriers you and I will face before the breakthrough. Whether or not we make it through depends on how acquainted we are with the scriptures and how determined we are to hold on to the Lord and His promises.
The battle is His not ours and as we obey Him, He goes before us to make very crooked path straight.
Faith and Corresponding Action
God wants to see faith not fear. This was why He told Joshua several times, 'Fear not! I will be with you wherever you go.' 'Be strong and be of good courage.'
So when you see the challenges, that is the time to speak God's word- His promises to you. Faith must be evidenced by a corresponding action. Faith without a corresponding action is dead. (Jam. 2:14, 20, 26) We walk by faith and not by sight,(2Cor 5:7). Without faith, is it impossible to please God.' (Heb.11:6) So use what God has given you. Moses had to use the rod- a symbol of the authority God had given him. Use the word; use prayer, use positive confession. Obey God's clear instructions.
Speaking God's language
"Shout! For the LORD has given you the city! Start declaring God's promises. Pray it back to Him. Thank and praise Him for the victory in advance. Declare His Goodness, His love His power
The Result of obedience
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times. 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!
When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city. 21 They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in itmen and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys. ( Josh 6:15-21)
If you obey the Lord, you will eat the best of the Land; you will live your days in pleasure; God will make you prosper and subdue your enemies. You will be the head and not the tail. Those who come against you in one way will flee in seven ways. The glory of the Lord will be your rearguard. You will not go out in flight. His peace which transcends all understanding will mount guard over your heart and mind like an umpire, determining with divine finality, the mind of God.
The ridiculous before the miraculous
God will often tell you to do the ridiculous before He gives you the miraculous. This was the case when they had to march round a heavily fortified and secured city with wall that seemed impenetrable and what more? They to march round the city six times in silence for six days. Logic would have questioned the importance or wisdom of doing such a 'foolish' thing. They obeyed God and He turned the hopeless situation around.
Besides, they had to shout the shout of victory before the prize was in their hands.
So when God says ' Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you' (Josh1:3), you better believe Him, enquire of His strategy for making the dream a reality.
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