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The Power of Vision
by Dwayne Harris
3/11/2011 / Christian Living
"But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear." Matthew 13:16
Many people think vision is simply allowing your eyes to focus on what is before you. However, vision for the believer is much greater than this. It is the ability to see beyond the present and into the potential of tomorrow.
I went into an eye-glass store a while back and put on a pair of polarized sun glasses at one of those cheesy displays that read, "Try me." Putting on the glasses I looked at the display and was amazed as images that I had not seen just moments before, began to materialize. These simple images were there the whole time, yet without the effects of the lenses I was completely unaware. "Wow! Can you see that?" I asked my son, "No" he replied. I continued to lift the glasses up and down on my face. I was amazed at how quickly the pictures would disappear without the power of the polarized vision.
Walking away from the store display, the Holy Spirit began showing me the same comparison between our physical and spiritual vision. He softly reminded me that if we are not careful, we will simply look at life's situations through the eyes of the flesh and miss all that is truly present and at work in the Spirit. Much like responding to the advertisement, God desires that we heed his invitation to "Try me." Only when we spend time in his presence will our eyes begin to focus on those things that only moments before were unseen and overlooked.
Is life wearing you down? Has its trials and troubles stolen your joy and sense of purpose? If so, maybe the greatest need is not an immediate solution to your present situation, but the ability to see beyond it. If standing one minute in front of a store display can improve physical vision, what could a minute standing in God's presence do? Why not spend the next moment reflecting on who God is and watch how quickly your vision for life comes back.
Dwayne Harris is the founder of Fresh Outpouring Ministries. He is an emerging voice in the cause of evangelism and has been featured on Christian talk-radio, Christian television, and is a published devotional writer. For more info. visit www.freshoupouring.com.
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