SEEC Magazine Volume 21 Issue 5
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May our Lord’s mercy, Word and Spirit remove scales from our eyes. “Scales were representative of Saul’s ignorance… and unbelief.” (Gill) How do “scales” form? They come from past paradigms, from traditions of our environment, opinions, and personal preferences. Persons of significance whom we have given place in our lives, in our development may, in their views, expressions, and theology be instrumental in helping to form the ignorance and unbelief that prevents our seeing readily and clearly the truths of the Kingdom of God. It takes the Holy Spirit to enable us to realize that those blocking, hindering scales are actually there and are actually preventing our seeing even Scriptural truths. (Acts 9:18, NKJV) ”Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.” And, may I add, Paul then became a powerful instrument in advancing the Kingdom of God—as vehemently as he had opposed it.
I was ministering in a Sunday morning service. I was talking about things that we just simply receive in our lives and we don’t even think to oppose them. Then I said that believers need to learn how to say, “I don’t receive that”. There was a young boy sitting on the third row back who had been expressing suicidal tendencies because of bullies at school. I said, “Let’s practice that right now and say it like we mean it.” That young boy jumped to his feet and yelled louder than anyone else, “I don’t receive that!” On Monday, when kids at school began to bully him and call him names and tell him what they were going to do to him, he would respond each time with, “I don’t receive that.” Those bullies were dumbfounded and did not know what to do and just walked away. His mother said that it turned his life around. (Excerpt four from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)
Tomorrows that have already become check marks on the calendar of history were declared by God. “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them…” (Isa 48:3) God has declared. “Declared”: to be conspicuous, to tell, to make known; to avow. God not only makes known what is to come but He guarantees it. “And I shewed them” actually means that God has made “them” plainly heard. Now the question is: who is asking and who is listening?
We can deflect what the enemy sends against us. DEFLECT: “to change direction by interposing something”. How do we interpose one of these God-provided tools? When the enemy launches an attack, whether it is physical, verbal, mental or spiritual, we can “change the direction” of that attack (deflect) by speaking out the Word of God, or praising God, or by making the opposite declaration of what the enemy is bringing against us. Don’t let your mind go where the attack wants it to go. Keep your mind on those things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, good report and things that have virtue (Phil.4:8). (Excerpt three from Marty’s article “Deflecting Attacks and Seeing the Intervener”.)
As the people of God assemble today, may they worship and hear the Word of God that shows them that their God is preparing things for them, to supply and equip them, that they have not yet even imagined; that Almighty God is working behind the veil that our doubt, fear and the obstacles of this age have formed. (1Cor.2:9, CEV) ”But it is just as the Scriptures say, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!”