Our focus is to be on the Lord in all seasons. Problems come to the surface trying to make us focus our attention on the problems, instead of on the promises of God. As we walk by faith our ability to focus on Christ, and our determination to keep that focus, increases.
We consider the problem but keep our focus on God. Not looking at the things which are seen, but looking at the things which are not seen, doesn’t mean we ignore what should be handled. It’s being able to see a condition from an eternal perspective. The more our heart is directed to the things of God, the more our affliction is seen as trivial and temporary. What we focus on often becomes clearer than what surrounds it. When we go to a movie theater and sit too close to the screen, we do not see the whole picture correctly. We step back and then it becomes clear. In order to keep our focus on the Lord, we sometimes need to step back to regain clear insight.
As we magnify the Lord, all else is minimized. We keep our eyes on God; His person, His promises, His purposes and His principles. We exalt the Lord. We magnify His holy name and all that is not of Him is brought low, from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 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.
When adversity places us in a fiery furnace, how do we handle the heat? How do we have the faith to face the fire? One of the keys is to look upon the Lord, our Deliverer, trusting that He is with us in the fire. We cannot handle the heat without Him. He is upholding us with His eyes fixed on every detail in our lives.
We have different choices during trying times. We can look at what caused the fire; look at the fire itself; look at ourselves in that fire; or, look at the Lord who is with us in the fire. The more we look at the cause, the fire or ourselves–the more we will feel defeated and fearful. It doesn’t mean that we ignore the fire we are in. It means that we come face to face with the Lord first, focus on Him and then look at the situation as He leads. As the Lord is magnified, all else diminishes.
We can serve the Lord and stand against all pressure to bow down to the enemy’s ways, because we belong to our God and have been delivered from the hands of the enemy. When all we see is the Lord, we can walk with His peace guarding our hearts and minds. Though we walk in the shadow of death, we fear no evil because God is with us. The enemy looks at the way we walk in the fire, and when he sees that the Lord is with us he knows he cannot win. He knows he has lost and the Lord is watching over us, from glory to glory!
Daniel 3:16-17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.’
When we are dealing with things that appear to be stuck, issues and problems that keep recurring with a firm grip, we should move with boldness and perseverance and command them to move in Jesus’ name.
Stumbling blocks are placed in our way by our adversary to cause us to trip and give up the good fight of faith. With the authority we have in Christ, we can order mountains to move out of our paths, and mulberry trees to be pulled up by the roots and planted in the sea. It means that we can order spiritual wickedness, harassing spirits, deeply rooted stumbling blocks, and every hindrance to the works of Christ to go where it can never grow again. It’s more than rebuking it; it’s bringing its life to nothing because it cannot be planted anywhere else. What seems immovable can be moved, in Jesus’ name! What appears to be stuck can be unstuck, in Jesus’ name! What looks impossible is possible, in Jesus name!
As we move in Jesus’ name, hindrances have to obey us and be gone. We then can be taken to our destination quickly and in full victory. We should never let the wrong things have control of our wellbeing. We shall not be moved, but it shall be moved and be gone forever. We declare and decree; we command and mend, from glory to glory!
Luke 17:6 “So the Lord said, ‘If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.’ ”