Today I want to ask the question, “what really are you looking at”?
You wonder, why do I ask this question? Because what we choose to look at determines what we see, what we hear, and consequently the experience and outcome of our lives.
I was praying this morning and the phrase “Come up hither” flashed in my mind. I went to search the scripture to find where it was, so I could read it properly. I found it in the book of Revelation 4:1, it says;
After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
Two things struck me here. The first was John “looked”. It wasn’t until he looked that he saw the open door. And the second thing he heard the voice. So first he looked and then he heard. So we can deduce to say we need to look first to hear what the Lord is saying concerning our lives.
This reminds me of Habakkuk 2:1, where the Prophet said;
I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.
Prophet Habakkuk positioned himself to look properly, so that he will hear what God wanted to say to him
Many of us are seeking different things in this time and season of life. But the question is;
- Are you looking?
- What are you even looking at?
You ask, why is what I look at important? I’d say it again-
because what we choose to look at determines what we see, what we hear and consequently the outcome of our lives.
And the truth we are constantly being fed information on a daily basis, every second of the day. Meaning our eyes are always looking whether we know it or not, or are conscious of it or not. So are minds continuously receive sensory input that is forming the direction of our lives consciously and more importantly subconsciously.
Remember the story of Moses in the book of Exodus Chapter 3;
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.
3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
In this story we see that Moses consciously chose to look. The bible says in verse 3;
Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this and then in verse 4; when God saw that Moses turned aside to look, the God spoke and the Moses heard…
This is exactly what happened to John in Revelation, when he looked at the open door, then the angel spoke.
So once again why is this important to us today,
because the quality of our lives, our experiences and the outcomes we have, flow from what we look at, and that looking is a choice.
There are so many things going on around us in today’s world. Many things fighting for our attention. We cannot be passive onlookers, like Moses and John we need to be active, conscious lookers.
So it’s not even just about looking, but about looking at and seeing the right things, that will cause the word of God to flow into our lives and there by give us light, hope, instruction and revelation.
So what should we or shouldn’t we look at?
-We shouldn’t get sucked up in looking at our problems, focusing on that only creates worrying and more problems.
-We shouldn’t get sucked up looking into other people’s lives. Social Media can be a great distraction in this regard. Sometimes we get lost spending hours on end on Instagram, snapchat etc, all to no positive output. Sometimes it’s a fight to consciously put the phone away and say, “I am shutting all this down”. Many times we need to be very firm with ourselves and the decisions we make in this day and age.
-Also, we shouldn’t look to people that will give us the wrong advice (and you know what I mean). When in a trying or tempting situation, there are some people we need to avoid, because they will lead us more astray. And sometimes the people we should turn to are the very ones we don’t want to go to because we know they will speak the “hard truths” we need to hear. But we need run to them, humble ourselves, deflate our ego, and seek good, godly counsel.
-We should instead look at, and focus on the word of God, first as our primary assignment. This is where the source of our lives flow from. To hear God like Moses and John, we need to look at His word. As we spend time in the word, reading, praying and confessing it, the life and light of Jesus will begin to shine in our hearts. Remember what it says in Psalm 119:130;
The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple
Also we need to be conscious about every other thing we give our time and attention to. The sermons we hear, the books we read, the things we watch, the people we spend time with, the places we go etc. These are all of utmost importance.
Life shouldn’t just happen to us. We should not be “go with the flow” people. We need to be active participants in our own lives and also “conscious consumers” of everything we give our minds to.
Being a conscious consumer means understanding that every thing is sending us a message. First there is the direct message and then there is the subtle message. We must strive to be aware of both and be sure that we are receiving only the right information we require. If not, then we shut down that flow immediately!
When our minds are tuned to decode information this way, then like Moses we can see a burning bush and not disregard it but actually pay attention. Like John, we see an open door and decide to look at it. We should be looking out for Revelation, Direction and Instruction in the everyday mundane things of life.
It was Dr Oral Roberts that said;
“A miracle is either walking towards you or going past you everyday”!
The only way we can see them, is if we are looking and focusing on the right things. I’d end with this scripture; 2nd Corinthinans 4:17-18
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
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.
Look right, See right, hear right and act right and nothing will stop us from birthing the supernatural in our lives.
This takes effort, a whole lot of effort, and yes sometimes we would slip. But once we catch ourselves slipping, we immediately pull back.
May God help us all give us understanding as He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure in Jesus name, Amen.
God bless you.