Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of hearing an anointed young minister by the name of Christopher J. Harris from Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Paul S. Morton. He was a guest speaker at our youth conference (New Faith MBC Int'l), and he ministered to us from Mark 10:46-52. These scriptures cover the story of a beggar named blind Bartimaeus.
As he explained to us how Jesus restored Bartimaeus' sight, he made a profound statement that confirmed what I'd always felt in my heart, but had never heard expressed in words. He said, "The greatest gift you can receive from God, is the ability to see." The ability to see Him. To see the hand of God moving and working in our lives. It's important that we see through the eyes of faith; that which is not always obvious to the natural eye.
Through the eyes of faith we can see the door God closed to keep us from dangers unseen.
Through the eyes of faith we can see the door God opens to opportunities we didn't even know existed. Through the eyes of faith we can see God's unmerited favor when people are loosing their jobs all around us yet our job is spared. Through the eyes of faith we can see God's mercy when the doctor's report shows cancer, but God's report shows none. Through the eyes of faith we can see God's covering and protection when we walked away from that crash, that should have killed us.
It's important that we see the hand of God moving and working in our lives. When we can't see God our problems will overwhelm us, the enemy will over take us, our faith will fail us, and hope will elude us. When that happens some of us give up...and when that happens...satan wins. It's so very important that we see the hand of God moving and working in our lives, because we can't allow satan to win!
It is only through the eyes of faith that we can see and recognize that it's not of our own doing but only through the Grace of God that we live and breath. It's God who saved us, it's God who covers us and guides us. It's God who heals us. It's God who loves us and forgives us, even when we don't deserve it. The gift of spiritual, supernatural sight is God's greatest gift. We should not be afraid to ask for it, and we should let nothing and no one get in the way of our receiving it! Can you see the hand of God in your life?
For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Eph. 2:8-10)