Ephesians 1:16-18
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…
The metaphor of eyes of the heart is supremely powerful, dear friends. Pardon me for stating the obvious, but far as our physical existence is concerned, the ability to see is extremely important. That is how we are able to avoid obstacles on our way as well as recognise opportunities around us. Without the gift of sight we are liable to getting hurt by hurdles and missing out on low hanging fruit we cannot see.
So it is in the spiritual realm. UNLESS the eyes of our hearts are enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we will not enjoy the blessings our Father has prepared for us. To have the eyes of our hearts opened means to be given supernatural understanding. Now, our possession of all that God has in store for us depends on that understanding. Most Christians today struggle with matters our Lord has already made provision for, but of which we are ignorant. We experience loss, defeat and fear because we do not have a sufficient revelation of our spiritual heritage and resources.
Remember the story of Elisha’s assistant who was quite terrified when he saw that the Syrian army with horses and chariots surrounded the city? Thank God, the young man’s fears were allayed when Elisha asked God to open his eyes that he may see. Indeed, the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire all around them (2 Kings 6:15-17).
Likewise, believers today tend to be more aware of the magnitude of the enemy than the greatness of God. Few know that greater is He (Christ) that is within us than he (the devil) that is in the world (1 John 4:4). That is why so many of us are discouraged instead of being upbeat. We are joyless, weak and disillusioned needlessly. But divine revelation will change all that. That’s our prayer today: that the Holy Spirit illuminates our hearts to the amazing heritage, power and glory that belong to all God’s children.
Pastor Josh