January 28, 2013

Choosing to Really See

Being mindful of the things of Christ is to look past the obvious and see into the supernatural realm. The realm where the purposes of heaven take shape and reign. It is to make the choice to truly see, to take the time to look up to see farther than natural eyes can see. From the scripture passage we see that Peter chose to look through both supernatural eyes as well as physical eyes which resulted in two completely different responses from Jesus. The Lover of our soul is both pleased and blessed when we take the time to see outside the natural realm. To peer into the realm of heaven always brings a blessing. (vs. 17) However, to allow satan to use you and look with eyes of flesh is offensive to Christ thus resulting in a rebuke. (vs. 23).
While we are on earth we are always to be observing and responding not only to things we see in the natural but also using our eyes of faith to look past into the supernatural things of God. Jesus always did this when he lived on earth. We see examples of this many times in scripture. A quick glance at one chapter of Luke shows several examples. (Luke 8:27-33; 8:43-48; 8:51-56). Jesus was so accustomed to looking in the supernatural realm that we find He is talking to both Peter as well as Satan, who is using Peter, in Matt 16. Notice that when Jesus pronounced blessing on Peter for perceiving correctly, Jesus addresses him by his name, Peter. (vs.17) A little while later when Peter comes into agreement with the enemy and speaks the purposes of darkness, Jesus then addresses Satan, not Peter. So was Jesus pronouncing curse upon Peter and changing his name to Satan now? Of course not. I believe that Jesus was once again looking into the supernatural realm and seeing who was the real initiator of the offensive comment concerning Jesus upcoming death and resurrection that we see Peter making in vs. 22.
Jesus looked right past the natural, right past Peter and saw straight into the spirit realm to identify the source of the comment, then He addressed the being responsible for the comment. When Peter responded correctly by looking in to the supernatural realm of truth, Jesus addressed him by his name because this was the real Peter talking. Jesus saw the real Peter. The Peter, who is the born of God, walks with Jesus and sees truly. Later Jesus addresses satan, not Peter, because Jesus recognizes that the real Peter has stopped talking and because of fear has allowed the enemy to speak through him.
Clear precise seeing, knowing and perception!
Our Lord has left us with this same clear perception and ability to see into the supernatural realm. We see evidence of the things of this world ever fading and falling away into nothing. No matter how well-meaning our intensions may be, if we are not looking at Jesus and staying mindful of the things of God we have become mindful of the things of the enemy, satan. As we continue to travel with Jesus in this dark world let us ask Holy Spirit to keep our spiritual eyes open, our spiritual senses sharp and our spiritual perception unclouded.
It is the Lords great desire for His people that we will stay rightly connected to Him and not allow the things of earth to cloud us resulting in poor perception.

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