The second step, which could be described as the result of total faith in the Word of God, is to block out all your other senses so that you only see what the eyes of your heart will communicate to you by faith. You can’t have it both ways: you either walk by faith or you walk by sight. These two meanings cannot coexist! This is why Paul said:

For human nature has desires contrary to those of the Spirit, and the Spirit has desires contrary to those of human nature. They are opposed to each other…” Galatians 5.17.

One form of vision will automatically supplant the information perceived by the other. Adam and Eve could not realize the glory of nakedness because their natural vision superseded the information previously delivered by their spiritual vision.
You must block the influence of your natural vision to continue to see the spiritual realm of God. David knew this well when he exclaimed:

Though princes sit and speak against me, your servant meditates on your statutes” Psalm 119.23.

If the external environment was hostile to him, he did not pay attention to it, but he remained focused on the Word of God. He blocked his sensitivity and receptivity to the stimulus of this hostile environment and opened his spiritual eyes to see and receive the divine promises. Elijah adopted the same attitude when he went up the mountain to pray for rain:

As for Elijah, he went up to the top of Mount Carmel and, bending down to the ground, put his face between his knees…” 1 Kings 18.42.

Elie had just learned that it was going to rain. He climbed Mount Carmel having faith in the word of God; he thought it was going to rain and trusted in the Lord. The position he took in prayer reveals what I believe was going on in his mind. It had not rained in this region for three years and six months (James 5:17).

The sun was scorching, the sky an azure blue, the earth parched and arid, without the slightest bit of greenery. This was the awesome scene Elijah saw in the natural world when he went to pray that day. So he decided to block his natural vision by putting his head between his knees. This position involves turning one’s back on the natural landscape to look into the spiritual realm of God to see what He is accomplishing.

With his head between his knees, he could not see the dry landscape, but he focused on the Word he had received from God in order to peer into the divine supernatural realm. His faith in God’s Word and his decision to block his natural sight sharpened his spiritual vision. When his servant told him that he saw a small cloud as big as the palm of his hand rising from the sea, this news did not mean much to this servant, but to Elijah it was the sign of what he had already seen the Lord accomplish in the spiritual world.

This text is an extract from the book “Contemplation (The Revolution of the Lovers of God vol. 3)” written by Samuel KAMUANGA.

We invite you to read the following article “CONTEMPLATE GOD“.


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