“What Do You See?” Time To Act by Steve Martin
“And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” 1 Kings 18:42-43, NKJV
What we see in the natural is not always what is actually there in the spiritual. When we use our natural eyes to try and see what the Lord is doing in the spiritual, we will not get it. We will not see the full picture.
Elijah had just witnessed the Lord’s fire from heaven come down and consume the sacrifice of the prophets of Baal upon Mount Carmel. He then seized them and had them slaughtered. A drought had covered the land, and the evil King Ahab and his Queen Jezebel, whom he had stood opposed to, were trying to kill him. They wanted him out of the way so that they could perform their evil witchcraft and rule over Israel.
But Elijah was looking with spiritual eyes, seeking to be watching what the Lord was doing on his behalf. Elijah also wanted his servant to see the hand of the Lord and told him to be watching toward the sea.
‘Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain.’ 1 Kings 18:45, NKJV
In time the servant would have seen the clouds coming with his natural eyes. It was Elijah who was trained and had walked long enough with the God of Israel to see ahead of time with his spiritual eyes what was coming.
“And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” 1 Kings 18:42-44, NKJV
Elijah’s faith permitted him to see what the Lord was going to do, before the Lord was going to let others see it. As for the servant, he had to check seven times before he saw it – the clouds bringing the rain, the Lord’s provision to break the drought that had been upon the land. The drought which had been in place due to the wickedness of the people, under Queen Jezebel’s witchcraft control.
Elijah knew of the evil in the Land, spoke the Word of the Lord to the “powers that be”, stood his ground when the opposition came, and then saw the Lord consume the enemy’s altars of evil. Finally, he watched the delivery of salvation brought from the Lord’s hand, showing the nation Who really was in control.
What do you see? The evil empire overtaking our nations? Are you watching in fear and unbelief as the “powers that be” seem to be in full control, doing their planned schemes of destruction, full of witchcraft?
What do you see? Do you see the hand of God moving in and on the earth, continuing relentlessly onward with the eternal plan that He has had all along, His eternal outworking of His prophesied Word, bringing the culmination of His redemption strategy and thus the restoration of mankind back to Himself?
Start looking with spiritual eyes, rather than natural ones only. When your eyes are opened to see Him, and the Holy Spirit’s actions, our faith arises, and the battle cry in our mouth overtakes the screams of the evil ones.
It is time to act on that which you have been told by the Lord.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Founder/President
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Time To Act #32 – in the year of our Lord 08.01.2020 – “What Do You See?” Saturday, 6:30 am in Lakeland, Florida USA
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