As I’ve shared many times in my writings, “When you have peace, no matter the circumstances, the warfare ceases.”
The peace of God is a gift that comes to us as we receive the perspective of heaven. There are seasons in our lives of rest and natural abundance and there are seasons that all that we must “strive to enter into His peace and rest.” (Hebrews 4:11)
The one thing that I know as I look back upon my life is that the faithfulness of God is sure and forever true. Often what we see with our eyes is a distortion of what is real, because what is real is not what our eyes can see but what the Lord has said.
Today I saw a short vision of God putting mud upon the eyes of His sons and daughters who were bowed down by the weight caused by what their eyes had seen. It was like the story in John 9 when Jesus spit into dirt to make mud and placed it on the blind man’s eyes. The difference is that in my vision all of these people could see. As I asked the Lord why He was putting mud on the eyes of those who already had their sight, He replied,
“Their physical sight has been what has blinded them from having spiritual sight.”
This mud was opening the eyes of their spirit so that they could see the perspective of heaven and the faithfulness of God. As their spiritual eyes were opened, peace rushed in like a cleansing flood.
We know that the enemy sends great distractions upon the earth in order to gain attention. We must, in faith, fix our gaze on the unseen. We must believe in the impossible and hold fast to what the world calls foolishness.
I want to share a recent personal experience that we are walking through even now.
My husband and I have been a part of a forty-day initiative, that ended on the last night of Hanukkah (December 20) called “The Yielding”. We were the writers for the entire forty day period. The Yielding was embraced by a global representation of the body of Christ and many lives have transformed during this time. It was an honor to serve Him and His people in this way.
Over the forty days we received messages of thanks and gratitude but we also received messages from a number of our monthly supporters saying that due to circumstances beyond their control that they could no longer support our ministry. In forty days we lost $800.00 in monthly support.
BUT THAT IS NOT MY TESTIMONY! My testimony is that throughout this happening we remained (and still remain) in perfect peace. Not only do we have peace but we have such a strong and confident assurance of His faithfulness that there is even an excitement of what He is about to do.
God, in His amazing grace and mercy, has put mud upon our eyes throughout the years that has brought us to this point of peace. It is the peace that surpasses our understanding. The old warfare of “what ifs” and the dread that defiles faith has been washed away and replaced with peace.
I want to declare over you that the peace of God will guard your heart and mind. I hold fast to this verse from Philippians 4:6-7,
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
His peace is a guard and shield against the arrows of fear and anxiety that come through natural circumstances. It is like the helmet for our minds and the breastplate over our hearts.
God is with you at this very moment to put the mud over your eyes so that you might see the unseen, so that you will believe for the unbelievable and so that you might have peace that surpasses understanding.
Philippians 4 goes on to exhort us with these words,
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Do not dwell on negative circumstances or the flying arrows. Do not fix your eyes on the chaos that surrounds you but rather, “Look up!” There is a view that is pure and full of promise. It is the perspective of heaven that pulses with God’s heartbeat of faithfulness. It is the sight that provokes praise and the place where peace flows like a mighty river to wash away the debris of anxious thoughts. He is putting mud upon your eyes today so that you can see again with the eyes of your spirit.
“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”
Today, be blessed with eyes that see and lead you upon the paths of peace.
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