It is always a challenge to realize that what we see with our own two eyes is often not the way God see things. I must remember often, that God sees completion. Standing at both the beginning and end gives Him the perspective of seeing everything as complete. As Believers in Christ having accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, God sees us as finished, sanctified and justified by the sacrifice made by Christ. He can ONLY see us that way; washed, clean, and Holy.
I sure am thankful for that. My eyes in my mirror see differently. They see a man who struggles, who repents, who repeatedly returns to His Lord to give him strength. They see a man who is not adequate to do what he is called to do on his own strength. I have to see myself differently. I must, through the eyes of my faith see a source of strength in myself, which is not of myself.
I see that promise in God's Word.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.1 john 4:4
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
Finances may be tough. Opportunities on the short side but my faithsight says " my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches" Phil 4:19
You may be seeing yourself as surrounded on every side like Elisha at Dothan whose servant awoke to find them surrounded by an enemy army. Elisha spoke faith to the terrified servant saying "do not fear,for those who are with us are more than those who are with them". And Elisha prayed,"Lord,open his eyes that he may see" and behold the young man saw the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around them, protecting them"2 Kings 6:16-17
We can choose to see our circumstances or we can choose to see our deliverance. As a Church we can look backward or see limitations and lack or loss or we can choose to look up and see a vision of new things, new ministries, and new believers in Christ.
We can see a culture degrading before our eyes and feel it is beyond saving or we can see a new rebirth of faith and hope and love among the people who want to hear the authentic message of the Cross. That message of forgiveness and reconciliation with God and with each other is still available and that God still is omnipotent.
It is faithsight, not eyesight, that sees deliverance and how God is working for us. So when you are feeling surrounded, where does your help come from? Pray, then look up and see things differently, choose to see the chariots of fire surrounding you.