2 Corinthians 4:18 – “… While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
If we are to fulfill God’s will for us as His children, we must learn to see. Seeing is central to everything that the kingdom of God has to offer. There is a reason why the first thing God created was light (Gen 1:2-3). The just (that is, the Christian) shall live by faith (Romans 1:17), faith being the evidence of things not (physically) seen. The way faith works is that we must first see what is unseen, and develop confidence in it, and then it manifests (Gen 15:5-6). One of the greatest gifts we have been given as believers is the ability to see. But too often, we do not use it.
Why Do We Need To See First?
That is how our Father works. We are sons of God, created in His image (Gen 1:26-27, Ps 82:6, 1 John 4:17). The bible says our Father knows everything that He’s going to do before He does it (Acts 15:18, Isa 46:10). We are to see and imitate what our Father does (John 5:19).
In fact, we would not exist if not for our Father’s imagination, and we could never have been saved if not for His imagination. The bible says He knew us long before we were born (Jer 1:5). Not only that, He had predestined us to be like Jesus (Romans 8:29). You are not an accident. God made you on purpose, and He designed you to be like Him and create things on purpose.
It is critical to our spiritual survival. Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is no vision, the people perish. There is nothing that we can accomplish spiritually if we do not see. God has many great things for us, but if we can’t see them, we cannot get them (Isaiah 6:10). The devil’s key tactic to keeping people in bondage is to blind their eyes (2 Cor 4:4, Eph 4:17-18). How unfortunate it is that many have had their eyes opened, but refuse to look upon what God has in store for them!
It is the key to our spiritual growth. The bible tells us that for us to be transformed into the glory of God, we must first look upon that glory, and as we continually do so, we are changed into it. (2 Cor 3:18). We cannot be transformed if we do not see. Every step in the spiritual walk of a believer begins with seeing. John 3:3 says that we are born again so that we can see the kingdom of God. If we do not see it, how shall we experience its benefits? Eph 1:17-20 teaches us that it is by seeing that we are able to know and experience God’s riches, glory and amazing power.
It is the key to accomplishing great things. When the people built the tower of Babel, God had to scatter them not because He was worried about what they could do with the tower, but because He realized how much they could accomplish even without Him (Genesis 11:6). The people had a singular vision in their hearts, and that vision was contrary to what God wanted. Imagine how much we could do if we used that same imagination in tandem with God’s will! That’s why Jesus said we would do greater works than He did (John 14:12).
We need to “unsee” first.
We must reject ungodly images. The devil knows the power of imagination, and he tries to blind us by giving us pictures of failure, death, sickness, rejection, poverty and so on. Our response is to cast down those imaginations and expel them from our minds (2 Cor 10:4-5). The bible says that this is our spiritual warfare – and that every thought that does not conform to Christ is the enemy. We must bring all these into obedience and take charge of our minds.
We must reject images of the past. In Christ, old things have passed away and all has become new (2 Cor 5:17). God does not remember your sin, so why do you keep focusing on it? (Hebrews 8:10). God wants us to stop looking at what has happened before (Isaiah 43:18) and start looking at the new things He is doing in our lives (v19).
Start seeing what God sees.
Meditate on the word of God. The bible teaches us that the word of God is a mirror that we look into and see what we are – that is, what God has created us to be (James 1:23, 2 Cor 3:18). Do not just read the word – focus on it, think upon it, imagine it and see yourself in its image until you become it! That is the key to success in life (Joshua 1:8).
Fix your mind on positive things. If we want to see the fruit of the Spirit, we must focus on those fruits. Set your mind on positive, pure, virtuous, praiseworthy things (Phil 4:8).
Pray with imagination. The creative power of God’s spirit is activated by the speaking forth of godly imagination. God imagined the earth, then he spoke forth his imagination, and it was so. It is God’s will that we pray the same way – visualizing the image of His word and speaking it into existence. We should call forth those things that do not exist as though they did (Rom 4:17). Then the words we speak become “spirit and life” (John 6:63, 2 Cor 3:6). Learn to continually confess who you are (Heb 4:14, 10:23). There is great power in the words you speak – use it!