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Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 5484 Looking at the Eye

Looking At The Eye

The expressive power of the human eye is so great that it determines, in a manner, the expression of the whole countenance. It is almost impossible to disguise it. It is said that gamblers rely more upon the study of the eye, to discover the state of their opponents’ game, than upon any other means. Even animals are susceptible of its power. The dog watches the eye of his master, and discovers from it, before a word is spoken, whether he is to expect a caress or apprehend chastisement. It is said that the lion cannot attack a man so long as the man looks him steadily in the eyes

Our great need as a nation, as a Church, and as individuals is to have our eye’s opened to the presence and reality and might of Spiritual Forces.
Have you ever experience fear, through your human observations?
Have you ever needed the prayer of another when something looked impossible?
Well, I have some good news....
The bible gives us an example of God’s power over the spiritual world,
When?
When we can’t see what he see’s.
If you’ll turn to .
I’ll give you 3 observations so you can see what Elisha’s servant saw, was victory was his.
2 Kings 6:17 KJV 1900
17 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.
The Same young man, the same eye’s, but now his eye’s had been opened. (Servant)
Satan uses the “fear of man”, forces that seemed impossible to defeat, But Elisha prayed his “eye’s would open and see
A man of God is worth more to a nation, more than a battleship, a regiment of soldiers, or even a squadron of bombers.
When the King of the Syrian army planned to invade Isreal, Elisha had been given a word of Knowledge of the details of there attack ahead of time and Elisha would give Israel’s king notice, To when and where to move.
Elisha is a striking demonstration of God’s power over the enemy by opening the servants eye’s and later he blinded the eye’s of the enemy soldiers and then opened them up again to then see the mercy of God.
my first observation today is,

The Nations Spiritual Forces

The nation stood in the past for Christian and Moral values that were the foundation of our beliefs.
Satan’s forces are destroying the moral code written on our hearts and lives as a thief does,
The Bible states in,
John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Here are the results of what we can see?
Crime
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1 Murder every 30.6 sec--1 Violent crime 25.3 seconds—1 Property Crime every 4 Seconds—
1 Burglary 20.9 seconds
Crash
1 Fatality every 14 Minutes— 1 Person injured every 13 seconds— 1 Property damage every 7 seconds — 1 Law-enforcement reported crash every 5 seconds.
The Home is breaking down
The Home is breaking down, We already know 50% of marriages end in divorce but what I saw on Nightline news was Romantic Robots.
The reporter asked a man who had three, Why?
He stated,

God is everywhere, yet sin-blinded eyes see him not. When our eyes are opened, we can see God everywhere

“They never hurt you, they can keep you good company rather than a good fight.”
If only man could see God as that companion that never hurts anybody, God is everywhere, yet sin has blinded the eyes that see him not.
It has stolen away the authority of Man’s power and dominion, like a thief.
God is everywhere, yet sin has blinded eyes that see him not.
But their is hope.....
2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV 1900
14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
They look to political parties or governments but if they would repent and we pray the eyes of the world could see again.
But when they look to political parties or governments rather than repent and pray the eyes of the world grow cataracts.
When our eyes are opened, we can see God everywhere, a person who has restored there relationship with God can see the good around them, good imposing itself on the darkness.
Psalm 91:15 KJV 1900
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
When our eyes are opened, we can see God everywhere, a person who has restored there relationship with God can see the good around them, good imposing itself on the darkness.
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. When our eyes are opened, we can see God everywhere, a person who has restored there relationship with God can see the good around them, good imposing itself on the darkness.
When our eyes are opened, we can see God everywhere, a person who has restored there relationship with God can see the good imposing itself on the darkness.
So let’s observe now...

The Church And Spiritual Forces

Just like this servant of Elisha we look abroad and we see in every direction drawn up against the Church of Christ discounting the Moral Law and the authority of God’s word, so goes some churches who don’t preach against Sin, judgement, redemption in a the specific way of the Apostles doctrine which was taught by Jesus to them.
so goes some churches who don’t preach against Sin, judgement, redemption in a the specific way of the Apostles doctrine
How do we withstand the tide of worldliness and paganism?
The answer is… As long as we see the horses and chariots of fire on our side.
Just like the 7000 that didn’t bow to Baal
Just as “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, recieved up into glory”
The church that proclaims that Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever and he was supernaturally conceived, died, and rose again, saved me and loved me before I knew him.
Tell it…He did miracles in my Life the day he appeared in my stormy Life, peter kept his eyes on Jesus!
Isaiah spoke of the Church ....“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper”
with that said, lets observe our....

Personal life and spiritual powers

John 10:10 KJV 1900
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The Devil
Satan uses a defense mechanism called “projection” which attributes the desires, impulses or ideas onto another that he see’s in oneself.
“FEAR”
Which results in how we react like the young servant did and said...
The young servant saw and said “What shall we do?” but Elisha had prayed for him to see through the Eye of Knowledge which is a gift from God. (Elisha asked God to give him what he had)
What shall we do?”
But Now, Elisha had prayed for him to see through the Eye of Knowledge which is a gift from God. (Elisha asked God to give him what he had)
The Holy Spirit & You Chapter 13: The “Word of Knowledge” and the “Word of Wisdom”

We May Distinguish Four Kinds of Knowledge:

The gift of the “word of knowledge” is not a human “ability” at all, but the sheer gift of God.
The gift of the “word of knowledge” is not a human “ability” at all, but the sheer gift of God.
It is not “developed” but is manifested as a result of staying close to the Lord.
It’s when we think independently that we become spiritually blind, puts us in a dark prison house.
It’s when we
Isaiah 42:7 KJV 1900
7 To open the blind eyes, To bring out the prisoners from the prison, And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
We shall through Faith in Christ of whom it was said, “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!” “And of God be for you, who can be against you!”
To bring out the prisoners from the prison,
And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
Isaiah 42:7 KJV 1900
7 To open the blind eyes, To bring out the prisoners from the prison, And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
We shall through Faith in Christ of whom it was said, “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!” “And of God be for you, who can be against you!”
Acts 26:18 KJV 1900
18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
We shall through Faith in Christ of whom it was said, “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!” “And of God be for you, who can be against you!”
To bring out the prisoners from the prison,
When Paul and Silas were set free because they trusted him.
God will sustain us if we follow the bible in...
Psalm 55:22 KJV 1900
22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
The disciple had trust issues because of fear,
And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. We shall through Faith in Christ of whom it was said, “Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world!” “And of God be for you, who can be against you!”
But, the disciples had trust issues because of fear.
He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. The disciple had trust issues because of fear,
The frightened disciples were on a boat and the storms were raging, Jesus asked
The frightened disciples were on a boat and the storms were raging, Jesus asked
The Holy Spirit & You Chapter 13: The “Word of Knowledge” and the “Word of Wisdom”

First: Natural human knowledge, which certainly is on the increase. The Book of Daniel says of the end times: “… Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4 KJV). Just recently a college professor friend stated, for example, that the increase of knowledge in the area of higher mathematics is so great that in some instances, researchers in two different math fields cannot even communicate with one another. Computers have become a necessity in an attempt to relate and process the tremendous stockpile of facts, since it has gone beyond the human mind to do so in any reasonable length of time. As important as the knowledge of this world is, it often creates so much pride that some people are kept from entering into the knowledge of the Lord. The Epistle to the Corinthians says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV). Again the Scripture says: “Knowledge puffeth up, but love edifieth” (1 Corinthians 8:1).

Second: This fallen world’s supernatural knowledge, which we have mentioned previously, is the natural mind’s attempt to gain information by supernatural means other than through the Holy Spirit. It includes the occult, the psychic, and the “metaphysical” investigations that Satan uses to ensnare an increasing number of people today. So-called religious experiences through drugs, cults, psychic, and occult phenomena are growing in numbers—all one has to do is look at the latest books on public display to see the level of interest in such things. The fallen knowledge of this world is outside the limit of God’s permission. Do not touch it!

Third: True intellectual knowledge, which comes by knowing God personally through Jesus Christ (John 17:3; Philippians 3:10), being filled with the Holy Spirit, and studying the Word of God, which brings the knowledge of God’s will and His ways, for which there is no substitute (Psalms 103:7; Exodus 33:13). With the natural knowledge of this world so intriguing and so much on the increase, it is even more exciting to realize that the knowledge of the Lord is increasing in His people as never before. Isaiah tells us that “… The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9 KJV). Even the Book of Daniel and the companion Book of Revelation have been sealed up from man’s full understanding until the time of the end (Dan. 12:4, 9). There is much in God’s Word that is ready to be revealed to us in the last times. What glorious days we live in! Man’s knowledge will pass away, but the Knowledge of the Lord is permanent and will last through Eternity (Matthew 24:35–36; 1 Pet. 1:25).

Fourth: The gift of “word of knowledge.” In looking at this gift, let us first say what it is not. It is not psychic phenomena or extrasensory perception such as telepathy (the supposed ability to read minds), clairvoyance (the supposed ability to know things that are happening elsewhere), or precognition (the supposed ability to know the future). These “abilities” are forbidden in God’s Word (1 Chronicles 10:13; Deuteronomy 18:9–12). We are not to reach out for such things—or we will open the door to Satan. All activities of this nature are dangerous and wrong. Experimentation with such psychic phenomena is toying with the fallen powers of this world, which are controlled by Satan. There are two sources of spiritual power in the world: God and Satan. Just because something is “supernatural” does not mean that it is good or from God.

The gift of the “word of knowledge” is not a human “ability” at all, but the sheer gift of God. It is not “developed” as the demonic manifestations may be, but is manifested as a result of staying close to the Lord. The Christian has something infinitely better than the counterfeit gifts of this world, for he is tasting the powers of the world to come through Jesus, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 6:5). The Epistle of James says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father …” (James 1:17). God’s gifts are from above, from heavenly places in Christ Jesus where the Christian lives in His Spirit. Paul says to the Ephesians, “God hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus …” (Ephesians 2:6 KJV). The Christian should not use the terminology of the world to describe supernatural experiences. If a believer suddenly became aware, without receiving the knowledge through any natural channels, that a friend was in trouble and needed his prayers and help, that would not be “extrasensory perception,” but rather God manifesting the gift of the “word of knowledge.” The gifts of the Holy Spirit come from and through the Holy Spirit to our spirit, and not from or through the soul or physical senses.

Paul says to the Christians at Corinth, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” (1 Corinthians 12:7 KJV). These gifts are given to profit and benefit one another. They must not be misused. When God chooses to share His knowledge with us, it is for a purpose. It is not given just to make us feel “spiritual” or clever!

Some examples of a “word of knowledge” as given in the Bible:

It was used to recover lost persons or property, as in the case of Saul and the lost donkeys (1 Sam. 9:15–20; 10:21–23). (Note that the “word of knowledge” can give information in seemingly very prosaic matters. God is concerned about every human need.) A “word of knowledge” was given to Nathan regarding the affair between King David and Bathsheba. Nathan was also given wisdom to deal with the King (2 Samuel 12:7–13).

It was used to expose a hypocrite, Gehazi (2 Kings 5:20–27). Elisha, by miraculous revelation, knew the location of the Syrian army camp, thereby saving Israel from battle (2 Kings 6:8–23).

The Lord Jesus used the gift of the “word of knowledge.” When He laid aside His glory, He accepted the limitations of a human intellect. While on earth, He was not omniscient—“all-knowing”—but all the knowledge He needed to meet any given situation was available to Him through the Holy Spirit just as, in Him, such knowledge is available to us today.

When Jesus healed the man sick of the palsy, He also forgave his sins. This made the scribes think evil in their hearts against Him. Jesus knew by a “word of knowledge” (not by “mind reading”) the condition of their hearts and openly said so (Matthew 9:2–6).

By this gift of revelation (not by “clairvoyance”), Jesus “saw” Nathanael long before He met him, standing under the fig tree, and Jesus also knew what kind of person he was. We see that “word of knowledge” may reveal the whereabouts of a man and the nature of his heart or thoughts (John 1:47–50).

It was used to convince the woman at the well of her sin and of the need to accept Jesus as Messiah. “Come see a man, which told me all things that ever I did …” (John 4: 17–18, 29 KJV).

We see the continuing manifestation of this supernatural knowledge in the days of the early Church.

It was used to reveal corruption in the Church—Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:3).

A different Ananias, an otherwise unknown Christian, received in a vision the knowledge of Saul’s conversion, the name of the street (Straight), and the name of the man in whose house he was staying (Judas), whom he was to look for (Saul of Tarsus), what Saul was doing (praying), his attitude (he was repentant), and his needs (healing and the baptism with the Holy Spirit) (Acts 9:11–12, 17).

The Holy Spirit revealed to Peter by the “word of knowledge” that three men were at the gate of his house in Joppa looking for him, and that he was to go with them without having any doubts (Acts 10:17–23).

For a present-day example, we’ll share something that happened in Spokane, while Rita was teaching a class on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. They were not only studying this subject intellectually, but praying and expecting that the gifts would be manifested. Faith grows by hearing God’s Word, and as the class studied the Scriptures, the atmosphere of faith increased to a point in which the miraculous could happen. At the end of the class, as they prayed, Rita had a strong impression, an unusual feeling in her right ear. Not knowing at first where the impression was coming from, she asked God’s protection. Then the thought came to her, “Maybe God is trying to show me that someone here has something wrong with his right ear!” Being among friends, she decided to ask. A young woman named Fran responded immediately, and said she had been deaf in her right ear for over twenty years. Of late, her deafness had begun to trouble her so much that she had been praying earnestly for God to heal her. “The ‘word of knowledge’ had never come to me in this way before,” said Rita, “and I knew without a doubt that God was going to heal her.” The prayer group gathered around as they laid hands on Fran, but petitionary prayer wasn’t necessary, for God had already revealed what He was going to do. In simple faith, Rita commanded Fran’s ear to be healed in Jesus’ Name. Fran said that she knew something happened, but did not fully testify to her healing until she had been examined by her doctor. Later she said that when she was prayed for, her ear “popped,” and her hearing was restored. The doctor confirmed that the ear had been completely healed. It has remained so ever since. This account shows a combination of three gifts—beginning with a “word of knowledge,” which brought a gift of faith, which in turn brought a gift of healing.

As wonderful as it is to have God speak and tell us what He is going to do and what part we will play in His plans (knowledge), it is equally important to have Him show us how to do our tasks (wisdom). If a mother showed and instructed a child about all the ingredients and measurements that go into making a cake, but didn’t share wisdom as to how they were to be put together—the knowledge would be to no avail. In fact, the result would be a mess. So we see that knowledge and wisdom are companion gifts; it is important to have both. The Book of Proverbs tells us, “The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright” (Prov. 15:2 KJV).

Why are ye so fearful?”
Fear is an entity not a emotion that God gave us, because Perfect love cast out fear.
So, once the.....The young servant “Eyes were opened”.... “He Saw” ... “Horses“Chariots of Fire
when?
after a second look he saw...
The young servant saw “Chariots of Fire
Chariots, an Ancient two-wheeled vehicle pulled by animals, usually horses, and normally thought of as an instrument of war.
Psalm 34:7 KJV 1900
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Chariots were also used as a means of transportation for persons of rank or wealth, and for hunting.
Ancient two-wheeled vehicle pulled by animals, usually horses, and normally thought of as an instrument of war. Chariots were also used as a means of transportation for persons of rank or wealth, and for hunting.
The eye of faith sees the reality of the divine presence and protection
So in.... The eye of faith, sees itself of rank and is hunting for the reality of the divine presence and protection of God.
Christians rely on God fighting battles for us (“The horses and chariots”) They were symbols of the divine power (see on );
. The eye of faith sees the reality of the divine presence and protection
Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
7 To open the blind eyes,
The eye of faith sees the reality of the divine presence and protection
Christians rely on God fighting battles for us (“The horses and chariots”) were symbols of the divine power (see on );
The horses and chariots” were symbols of the divine power (see on );
To bring out the prisoners from the prison,
Psalm 34:7 KJV 1900
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
Psalm 34:7 KJV 1900
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
The scripture states
Round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
The scripture states
And them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
We are compassed about by a cloud of witnesses that went before us, who in Jesus name were victorious.....
So why not us?
In my conclusion,
I want us to come pray for each other that our eyes of faith be opened and our power over the fear of what our natural eyes see.
This week ask God to open your eyes that we may know the power of “prayer”
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