|"Our victory begins in the spirit where we can't see it."|
THE DEVIL CAN’T GET TO THE HEART of a child of God. That is where the Holy Spirit resides. But if the enemy can draw us away through our behavior, if he can cause us to focus on the physical, then we will miss the spiritual entirely.
What is larger in our view? Is God mighty and magnificent, or are we focused on the minutiae? Are we preoccupied with that person’s hatred, the negative news cycle, or our children’s strident voices? Do we see Jesus as our Healer or nothing but the sickness itself? And do we confess it? What do our words call for? “My back hurts.” “My blood pressure is always too high.” “I can never get ahead.” We speak our limitations instead of God’s promises, or we speak God’s promises, believing they are possible, but when they don’t appear instantly, we sit down. Weariness creeps in, and we listen to the enemy in our ear. “You’re just too tired. This won’t work out.”
Our strength is found in God, who is in our innermost being. Our victory begins in the spirit where we can’t necessarily see it. We walk by faith, a spiritual progression. When John the Baptizer spoke and the valleys were filled, the mountains and hills brought low, the crooked places made straight, these were actions in the hearts of the people. Many generations had passed since there had been a prophet of His stature, and the truths about the Messiah had become convoluted and inaccurate. We see this in the people’s reactions to Jesus. Some believed and some didn’t. Some crucified Him and some mourned Him. Some rejoiced at His Resurrection and others made excuses for why His body was missing. What was the difference? That person’s point of view.
To follow the Spirit of God, we must look in the spirit. In the natural, this circumstance we face seems impossible but with God, we know, nothing truly is. In the natural, nothing seems to have changed, but God’s Word says, “Faith and patience inherit the promises.” Faith, our view of what’s happening in the spiritual atmosphere, and patience, joyful endurance to wait for its manifestation, always come to a moment when we hold the promise. But it began in the spirit, where our physical eyesight cannot control the view, but the eyes of our heart are enlightened to the wonders of our amazing God.
“As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Luke 3:4-6)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author