THE STRENGTH OF SEEING

“And when the servant of [Elisha] was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, ‘Alas, my master! How shall we do?’ And he answered, ‘Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them’. And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see’. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (II Kings 6:15-17).

To be an overcomer does not mean that we deny the existence of the enemy. We are not going to overcome by pretending we are not really surrounded. Denying the existence of the adversary will not make him disappear. We acknowledge and admit that there is a real enemy, a real spirit of Antichrist, that is out to destroy the Remnant and hinder the Testimony of Jesus. We also acknowledge and admit that more often than not, this spirit of Antichrist seems to get the advantage over us.

Even so, the issue is not the enemy. We may look at the enemy, study him, and build an entire movement around different ways to fight him. We can write books and hold seminars on “spiritual warfare”. But when we look out from the mountain, what do we really see? Here is the difference between those who overcome and those who are defeated: it is not in their ability to fight, but in their ability to SEE, and this seeing is not of themselves, but is of God.

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3 Comments

  1. Swinging Sammy
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I like Tom’s saying, “courage is fear moving forward.”
    It’s ok to be afraid, but trusting in God, and taking those steps is what marks us as true believers. I can’t always see the help He has sent me, until after the battle though. But I trust He will send the help.

  2. Just Sis
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    So true, so true. Love Sis

  3. Swinging Sammy
    Posted August 2, 2005 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    BTW Bruce, I love the name you gave me!!


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