It is so imperative that the eyes of understanding (the eyes of our spirit) be enlightened to the things of God. In these last days, God is sending prophetic messages to His people but only those with keen eyesight will be able to pick it up. How many Christians do we know today in the Body of Christ who don’t know, as the verse states above, the hope of His calling, the riches of our inheritance, or the exceeding power and authority that is rightfully ours? God has designed us with spiritual eyes so that we can see what He sees.
The word “keen” as defined, speaks of sharpness and quickness. It speaks of spiritual insight into natural situations. Spiritual sharpness comes from walking in the power of God. As we continually use the authority and the power that God has given us, we become sharper and sharper in our eyesight. Iron sharpens iron. Wood has not been known to sharpen iron. The Word of God sharpens our eyesight in the spirit. Television does not sharpen us, nor do magazines, movies, or sport venues. Only the Word alone has the power to do this.
The Word of God is full of living power – it is life-changing and dynamic as it works in us. It is sharper than the sharpest surgical knife; cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and motives and exposing things for what they really are. When we have the living Word of God inside of us we become sharp; able to see things that don’t belong or are out of place. When our eyesight is keen and sharp, we are able to discern those things that are not right. This can often be heard of as being referred to as “intuition”
“Intuition” can be defined as having spiritual insight; perception or discernment; second sight.It is the immediate perception or understanding of truth (without reasoning). The world reasons “this and that” according to their natural, limited minds. Have you ever heard people say, “I’m at the end of my rope!” What they’re basically saying is that they’re at the end of their rope of reasoning or clear understanding – they don’t know what to do anymore! But we as believers have limitless access to wisdom through the spirit of God; to perceive and understand immediately what to do in any given situation. Now, this is power!
As children of God, when we get these promptings, they come by way of our spirit. God is trying to send a message to our spirit and He is trusting that our spiritual eyesight is sharp enough to pick it up. The world may refer to this a having a “sixth sense” but it’s simply the eyes of our spirit or our spiritual eyes. What is the difference between our natural eyes and our spiritual eyes?
Both eyes (natural and spiritual) can see the same situation but in different lights. The natural eye is quick to react (or overreact), to judge, and to tear down. The spiritual eye on the other hand, desires to edify, to build up, and to show compassion. The natural eye shows favouritism and is a respecter of persons, whereas the spiritual eye is not partial and holds no man above the other. The natural eye rules in ignorance and judgment but the spiritual eye rules in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. The natural eye looks at a prostitute, a young teen mother, or a man on drugs and sees their past. But when the spiritual eye beholds those same people, it insists on seeing a bright future.
We need to be keen is our spiritual eyesight in order to discern what is happening around us in these last days. The Bible speaks of such a group of people in the Old Testament – the Sons of Issachar.
The sons of Issachar had an insight and an understanding of the climate and temperament of the times. As a result, their spiritual knowledge and judgment provided much help in making the necessary decisions for the nation. And so it is for us today. We need keen eyesight into the spirit realm to know the best course of action for our marriages, our homes, our children, our careers, and our churches. Our spiritual eyes provide us with crucial information in making wise decisions.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears” Isaiah 11:1-3
We are not called to be a people who base our judgments on appearance, eyesight, false evidence, and hearsay (gossip). But we are to be those who judge with fairness and truth, as God governs our heart. A lot of Christians condemn and judge others and yet it is not God who is sitting on the thrones of their heart. God must be on the throne of our hearts for Him to rule His love and wisdom through us. Jesus had the ability to see beyond the natural circumstance, into the spirit, and meet the need (John 4:1-26, Luke 7:36-39, 44-50).
Being keen in the spirit is part of the development of every believer. Although, every believer must be willing to yield themselves to the process of God working in them, or else development will be slow or stunted.
To see people after the spirit and not judge them through natural eyes is a difficult thing to do and takes discipline and maturity. We must always guard our hearts against taking up offence, bitterness, or unforgiveness. The ability to see with a keen eye into the spirit is a powerful thing – something that God has designed each of us to walk in.
– Pastor Tracy Weekes