October 28, 2013 by AJ Briones
Whenever I hear the term Mind’s Eye, given the background of being a Filipino where almost everyone believes in superstition and supernatural anomalies, I actually think about ghosts; 3rd eye to be more exact. More like seeing what can’t be usually seen by ordinary men. Well, that’s quite an interesting though but partially I believe in that, not the seeing ghost stuff but in seeing what ordinary men can’t see. What I’m talking about is Vision. So what is Vision?
According to the corporate/business point of view, it is an aspirational description of what an organization or an individual would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid or long-term future. It is intended to serve as a clear guide for choosing current and future courses of action.
When we talk about Omnipotent, it usually talks about potency or strength that can withstand.
The question is this… Can our Vision out-stand the things it face?
We all should have a vision that does not give up. In order to back this up, to create a new flavour to the things I write, I would just like to share with you my notes concerning Hope (Omnipotent Mind’s Eye) that Pastor Sam Carr of New Life Christian Center, Alabang Shared with us last October 27, 2013. I hope you; my readers would get something from it as I did.
Mark 5:25-34 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Mark 5:26 – The woman spent all she had.
“Some people value more of what they had/have than what/who they are.”
“Sometimes we value and hold on to the wrong things and that hinders us from what God planned for us.”
She was looking for an answer…
“Sometimes we want Jesus to come to us when the truth is that we are the ones who need to com to Jesus.”
She pursued what she heard.
Why was she the one? Of all the people that Jesus can heal.
She kept expecting something to happen.
Once she had the answer, she had to operate in faith.
Never give up expecting on God.
2 Kings 5:1-27 New King James Version (NKJV)
Naaman’s Leprosy Healed
5 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.”
5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.”
So he departed and took with him ten talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said,
Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy.
7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
9 Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house. 10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.” 11 But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’ 12 Are not the Abanah[a] and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. 13 And his servants came near and spoke to him, and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” 14 So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; now therefore, please take a gift from your servant.”
16 But he said, “As the Lord lives, before whom I stand, I will receive nothing.” And he urged him to take it, but he refused.
17 So Naaman said, “Then, if not, please let your servant be given two mule-loads of earth; for your servant will no longer offer either burnt offering or sacrifice to other gods, but to the Lord. 18 Yet in this thing may the Lord pardon your servant: when my master goes into the temple of Rimmon to worship there, and he leans on my hand, and I bow down in the temple of Rimmon—when I bow down in the temple of Rimmon, may the Lord please pardon your servant in this thing.”
19 Then he said to him, “Go in peace.” So he departed from him a short distance.
20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, “Look, my master has spared Naaman this Syrian, while not receiving from his hands what he brought; but as the Lord lives, I will run after him and take something from him.” 21 So Gehazi pursued Naaman. When Naaman saw him running after him, he got down from the chariot to meet him, and said, “Is all well?”
22 And he said, “All is well. My master has sent me, saying, ‘Indeed, just now two young men of the sons of the prophets have come to me from the mountains of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two changes of garments.’”
23 So Naaman said, “Please, take two talents.” And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and handed them to two of his servants; and they carried them on ahead of him. 24 When he came to the citadel, he took them from their hand, and stored them away in the house; then he let the men go, and they departed. 25 Now he went in and stood before his master. Elisha said to him, “Where did you go, Gehazi?”
And he said, “Your servant did not go anywhere.”
26 Then he said to him, “Did not my heart go with you when the man turned back from his chariot to meet you? Is it time to receive money and to receive clothing, olive groves and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants? 27 Therefore the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and your descendants forever.” And he went out from his presence leprous, as white as snow.
“Most Christians want to stage what God does in their lives.”
“He got his answer because he did not quit expecting.”
“Many times we lose our answer because we give up.”
Answer → Act → Receive
“You won’t know what He will do if you lose hope.”
2 THINGS THAT WILL HELP US ENERGIZE OUR HOPE:
Background of Lamentations:
The author whining about his life.
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Lamentations 3:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
1) There are new things in the morning.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:11 New King James Version (NKJV)
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, Psalm 33:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
2) Great is His Faithfulness.
My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:81 New King James Version (NKJV)
I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:11 New Living Translation (NLT)
Words from Pastor Paul Chase of New Life Christian Center, Alabang:
Jairus’ Child died while Jesus was on the way and was delayed a bit because of the crowds of people and the bleeding woman. Jesus said to Jairus to come home because his child was alive.
What we are believing God for may appear to be dead but Jesus is able to bring it back to life.