By Phillip A. Dugas
For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory:
While we look not at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (KJV) 2 Corinthians 4:15-18
The most important thing in our lives is that we make it to heaven. There are a lot of obstacles, but we must overcome them. It is easy to get weary in well doing. It’s hard to keep praying for certain things when we don’t see the answer come. Many have fallen back into the world because the going was just to difficult, or so they thought.
The answer to our doubts and fears and frustrations is to not lose our spiritual vision. The afflictions we are required to go through here are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us when Jesus comes.
Jacob had spiritual vision, and Esau had temporal vision. Esau was concerned more about his flesh and appetite than he was about his spiritual birthright. Jacob realized the value of the birthright of the first born which Esau had, and he sought after it and obtained it by giving hungry Esau some red pottage.
lt seems so unbelievable that Esau would do such a thing, yet how many Apostolics today are giving up their spiritual birthright, which is eternal, for the love of this world., “And Esau said Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?…”and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.” (Gen 25:32-34) Esau was thinking only about the present.
The Apostle Paul said. “For Demos hath forsaken me, having loved this present world ” 2 Tim 4:10.
How was Moses able to overcome the temptations of Egypt (type of the world), and become the great leader of Israel? The answer is that he had spiritual vision.
Heb 11:24-27 states: “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the kind: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
How can we today make such choices? By keeping our spiritual eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ. We must keep in remembrance what God has done for us in bringing us out of this evil world and the great future that awaits us.
One of the several warnings from the Lord to the lukewarm church at Laodicea was “anoint thine eyes wits eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
The eye salve of the anointing of the Holy Ghost, the word of God, prayer and fasting, along with looking for His coining at any moment will keep our spiritual vision clear in this evil day.
Article “How Is Your Spiritual Vision” excerpted from the “Apostolic Accent”. Article written by Philip A. Dugas.