by David Shannon Wooten – February 3, 2018
Day Twenty-Eight: What Do You See?
Matthew 6:22-23, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
July 4, 1951, Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. Her
desire was to be the first woman to swim the 21 miles from the island to the California coast. Florence was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. She set her focus on a new challenge. Challenging it was. She faced bone chilling waters, sharks and dense fog. The fog was so thick she could barely see the boat in front of her. She wanted out, but her mom and trainer kept encouraging her to keep going. The intense cold water, the tormenting thoughts of sharks swimming with her and not being able to see how much further she had to go, Florence stopped ½ mile short. After she was out of the water and realized how close she was to accomplishing her goal, Florence stated, “If I could have seen land. I would have kept on going.”
Florence didn’t let that defeat stop her. In 1952 she crushed her goal by swimming the 21 miles from Catalina Island to California coast. AND broke the men’s record by 2 hours!
What do you keep in front of your eyes?
“If I could have SEEN land.” What we constantly keep in front of our eyes will have our attention.
When we keep our eyes on the negative things people say or do, it will try to “stick” to our heart and affect our attitude.
Psalm 101:3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.
When God opens our eyes to not only see what is in the natural, but what is going on in the supernatural, it will change our perspective.
2 Kings 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
When the Holy Spirit opens our eyes with understanding, our hearts and thoughts will be flooded with confidence and incredible faith.
Ephesians 1:18, I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called–his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
Holy Spirit shine your light.
The key for you to reach your goals, increase your faith and receive what God has for you, is to keep your eyes, mind and heart on the right thing. May the Holy Spirit shine His light on what He desires you to see.
What is God revealing about Himself through this scripture?
What do you hear God saying to you in this scripture?
How does this apply to your life?
Rephrase this scripture to a personal prayer for you. Give God thanks for how He is revealing Himself through this scripture. Request His help.
For further encouragement about prayer and hearing God’s voice, you can listen to Newspring “Frequency” sermon series at newspringlive.com/watch-read/media