“I was having problems in a relationship, but things turned for the better when I saw her in a new light. Now I’m filled with hope.”
Stephen Covey said, “The way we see the problem is the problem.” This resonates as true with me. How about you?
You need more than natural light to live a truly successful life
If we can just see things in a new light … in an elevated way … I believe it will make all the difference. More than we can know.
In a real sense, seeing is interpreting …
Think about it in the natural sense of sight. Light reflects off an object or person and enters your retina. The visual information is transmitted to your brain which then interprets what is seen.
What this means is that seeing actually happens in the mind … your eyes are the gateway.
Obviously, light is required to see in the natural. Can we take it a step further though? Seeing things in a new light will give us the opportunity to understand and interpret something in a new, fresh way:
- seeing a relationship in a new light
- seeing a challenge or opportunity in a new light
- seeing a project in a new light
- seeing yourself in a new light
What if we were to see things in an extraordinary light?
You need more than natural light to live a truly, successful life—you need extraordinary light. That light is accessible …
How does the light of God come to us? God’s Son said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 1:2 NLT).
The New Testament says that Jesus Christ is the “radiance of His (the Father’s) glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3 NASB).
I love the the Amplified translation of this verse: “He Christ) is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine].”
Walk in true light
The earth at the outset of creation was formless and void—a Hebrew expression which means chaotic, sterile, uninhabitable, a wasteland.
Consider this with me … when God said, “Let there be light!” on DAY 1 of creation, it was the light of the Son of God that shone over a darkened, chaotic earth. It was the light of the glory of God. (We know that the sun and the lights of the heavens were not created until DAY 4.)
God then releases his creativity and design through the process of creation. But first he turns the light on … the glory of his presence through his Son.
All things came into being by Him (Christ) … In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend (or overpower) it” (John 1:3-5).
How does this apply to me?
This is vital because this is how God creates and restores in our lives. Does something seem chaotic, a wasteland …? It’s really not a challenge at all when you think about it. Just as he did at creation, Jesus can release brilliant light over that situation … then the Father’s re-designing Word is released to create and renew!
Pause and think—what are those one or two top areas in which you want to see the creativity of God active ? We all have them …
Here’s the opportunity. Articulate those areas before the Creator in prayer. Invite heaven to come into those areas and transform them into something new, something beyond even what we are hoping for.
Seeing with the “eyes of your heart”
One of the main things Jesus does in our lives is to wean us away from merely seeing with our natural sight, and to see with the eyes of our heart.
The apostle Paul prayed that the Father would give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ, and that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
This is the capacity to see from our inner being and not just through our natural eyes.
A child may be struggling with ineptitude and a bad attitude. But a good father does not merely see with his natural eyes. He sees beyond and deeper. He sees who the child really is and what their destiny will be. He becomes a powerful ally to empower the child to develop and reach their potential.
How we see things is vital. Jesus said, “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear (healthy), your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Jesus was referring to our inner capacity to see all things.
Word power—scriptures for meditation and proclamation
Inspired scripture transforms things. Meditate on these verses. Begin to speak them aloud in prayer and proclamation. The most powerful weapon in the universe is the sword of the Spirit, the word of God in your mouth (Ephesians 6:17, see Ephesians 6:10-18). You can use the print button below to print the post including these verses.(All scriptures are from the NASB translation.)
And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light … And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Genesis 1:2-3
For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all( 1 John 5:5). “I am the light of the world” (Jesus in John 8:12).
For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Psalm 36:9
You will also decree a thing, and it will be established for you; And light will shine on your ways. Job 22:28, see Job 22:23-30
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened … Ephesians 1:17-18
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