What Do You See?
…See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept my word, and have not denied my name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Revelations 3:8-9
A common story is told in business circles. It is of two sales men who were sent to a developing country to scout for market opportunities for a new shoe company. The first man, after looking around for a few days, sent word back to his employers: Research complete, unmitigated disaster, nobody here wears shoes! The second man, after conducting the same research in the same environment, sent feedback as well: Research complete, glorious opportunity, nobody here wears shoes! Saddled with the same circumstance, one man saw a buoyant opportunity, while the other could only see perceived or assumed roadblocks.
Interestingly, history has always rewarded visionaries; men and women, who have looked beyond the obvious, and chosen instead to see the potential in a situation.
A similar incident to the one above occurred thousands of years ago. Twelve spies from the camp of the children of Israel were sent into Canaan to gather intelligence for a possible invasion. Interestingly, these were men already guaranteed possession of the land by God. The spies went as instructed but ten of them reported that their military strategy was not enough to take down the anticipated opposition. It was only two men, Joshua and Caleb, who, looking beyond the giants and obstacles, chose to see the possibility of victory. The implication of the negative report of the ten spies was a defeat so thorough that, in reality, it was only Joshua and Caleb, the men who originally saw opportunities, who survived.
The truth is, in the kingdom of God, seeing is the only prerequisite for accomplishment. Invariably, your expectation is defined by what you see of any situation.
Our opening scripture is emphatic with the instruction to see. It is one thing for God to set an open door before us, but we cannot shirk the responsibility of seeing it for ourselves. It is up to us, not only to see the promises in His Word, but also the potential for victory even in the most daunting situations. This is what it means to focus on the finished works of Christ through the eyes of faith. And this happens by actively renewing the mind, assimilating what God has said concerning a situation and declaring it until it forms a clear picture in your mind.
There are many prevailing circumstances today that seek to arrest our attention; there are legitimate global economic, security and leadership concerns. But God says: “See, I have set before you an open door.” Why not align yourself with His Word and choose to see the possibilities in your situations?
This month, and all through the year, God will cause doors of possibilities to open to you. All your hindrances, that is, everything that has posed a setback in your health, relationships or finances, will be removed. He is making a way where there seemed to be none. Expect breakthroughs in areas you had long given up on. The grace of God is present to lift you and walk you into your high places. You will do exploits in Jesus’ name.
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-Pastor Taiwo Odukoya