¶ Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.15 ¶ And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king’s hands.17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.20 ¶ And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
The only difference between beauty and rust, is the eye of the beholder.
I’ve been taken back, again, just by the simplicity of my every day bible app, to Matthew 6 where Jesus is talking about a single eye.
If you are looking, like I said in the last post, no matter how minuscule the avenue to get to God may seem, He’s always meeting you where you’re at, already seeing where He wants to take you.
A single eye, is a focused one.
It is not easily distracted or given to temptation.
It’s in pursuit of one thing.
Jesus was instructing His followers in the importance of choosing one vision, or the other.
But you can’t have both.
An eye set on the Kingdom, is in pursuit of seeing it manifest in the earth.
The other eye is greed. It only sees what meets its own desires.
Keeping an eye on the Kingdom, means everything filters through that lens.
No matter what you’re doing, your making sure it aligns with the thoughts of Heaven.
You have Heaven’s agenda as your focus.
On the other hand, a non single eye is divided.
It’s looking everywhere for something it fails to believe it already has.
That eye is funded by lust.
The Kingdom eye is funded by Love.
This is how two different people, can see the same object, or circumstances,
But with two different perspectives.
One sees rust and the other sees restoration.
One sees worth in the effort, the other sees a waste of time.
Last Wednesday night, while I jokingly called out my brother for “not paying attention” in church,
He compelled me by what he had been pondering on.
He posed his concern on how Elisha the Prophet, doubly anointed, and a mighty man of God,
had had a man who was thrown into his tomb after his death, come back to life, by simply landing on his bones!
Why then, I asked, Did he die, sick?
If resurrection power was in his bones, why wasn’t healing power?
Or was it?
I found it interesting,
that right before his death, Elisha was angry with the king who stopped short of full potential.
I’m like, really.
Kind of hypocritical don’t you think?
And then as I read through the events leading up to this, I see that Elisha called a curse on some boys for making fun of him and a she Bear came out and devoured them… so I want to make sure I’m not being disrespectful! 😬
And my heart is truly not.
I always said that my Grandma and I were like Elijah and Elisha.
I have much respect for the men and women of God who gave their lives in surrender.
What I do find compelling, is how he was so powerful and yet either failed to know, just how powerful he was to the fullest extent,
or allowed a little pride to cause the hypocrisy in his life.
I want to steer clear of both.
Let’s look at the first possibility.
We know from scripture that resurrection power was in him.
We see that by the man raised to life.
Brothers and sisters, the same is true of us.
Romans 8 says that the same power that raised Jesus from death, LIVES IN US.
I want to see the fullness of my restoration, paid for by Jesus.
Secondly, I want that for you as well.
That’s loving my neighbor as myself.
So, that moves me to point two.
It’s rooted in the double vision.
Which creates a double standard.
Simplest form, religion.
It’s how something affects me.
I want things done for the Kingdom and also for me,
So I’ll call someone else out for doing something that I should be doing.
This happened immediately after the fall in the garden.
Adam and Eve has had a single eye, until they were deceived.
They gave in to double vision and then began to blame each other.
Hypocrisy started right there.
They both had ownership of that garden.
They both had the full potential to reign like God said they should,
But cloudy vision stopped them short.
Literally everything became defiled.
Even their life span was cut short in comparison with the intent of the Father.
Brothers and Sisters, I want to stir your heart along with mine, while we have today.
Set your eye.
Let it be single.
See only restoration-
When you look at a broken situation.
When you look at a seemingly wasted life.
When you get a broken report.
When you’re staring at your rusty marriage, or job.
Tap into your full potential.
Stop blaming others for your falling short.
Trust me, it takes one to know one.
I had a situation of my own this week where cloudy vision caused me to sin.
Yes. I said sin.
And as I told my husband to go for the full potential, in what He felt God was calling him to do, hypocrisy flooded my own heart.
Stubborn to the voice of the Spirit.
But Praise Be to God, I put my heart back into drive and exposed it to light and allowed my eye to clear again.
1 John 1:9 is the Father’s “tear away lenses” for the single eye.
He wipes clean the dirt that life throws at us.
It’s up to us whether we tear it off by confessing and repenting, or we just keep it on there, causing us to drive reckless!
Let today be your U Turn back to the Father, if you identify with this Truth.
Repentance is as simple as that.
The price for Full Restoration Was paid.
So, how will you see things today?
Rusty or Restored?
Tap into your Full Potential.