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July 26, 2018

Yesterday we passed this Amishman on an interesting looking stand up cart.

"Seeing The Unseen"

Message summary: Fellow believer, may your eyes of faith be open today. May Christ fill you with hope and assurance as you realize the protecting might of the heavenly hosts who are truly gathered around all of us.

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"When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 'Oh, my lord, what shall we do?' the servant asked. 'Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.'  And Elisha prayed, 'O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6:15-17).

Today's message is a follow-up to yesterday's message "The Unseen Eternal" which was a reminder that all we presently see is temporary. We need to fix our eyes on the unseen, which is eternal.

A vital spiritual principle is this: It's so easy to see the earthly reality but far more difficult to see the equally valid spiritual reality. Let us desire to have the spiritual discernment of the men of Issachar, "who understood the times and knew what Israel should do" (1 Chronicles 12:32).

A powerful apocalyptic verse at the end of Daniel states, "Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand" (Daniel 12:10). I want to be wise and see and understand the spiritual!

Today's Scripture portion is set about 2,800 years ago. Elisha was a faith-filled prophet who had enraged the king of Aram with his accurate prophetical pronouncements that were in essence divinely given intelligence. In anger the king sent an army to the city to find Elisha. In the dark night they quietly surrounded the city in their attempt to capture Elisha.

Elisha's servant woke up early and saw the vast army surrounding the city. He went to Elisha in panic and despair and asked, 'Oh, my lord, what shall we do?' With his physical eyes he could easily see the army and the situation looked altogether hopeless.

"Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." Elisha, as a man of great faith, saw a reality his servant was unable to see. As I consider this passage I have wondered if Elisha lived in a state of faith where he could always see that which was invisible to others?

I realize I sure am a lot more like the servant than Elisha. I have no trouble seeing the enemy's army. Sometimes they seem so massive and poised for attack. I can feel moments of despair as I struggle to see in faith the unseen spiritual reality.

Elisha didn't rebuke his servant but rather prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see."

Elisha's prayer was answered immediately in a remarkable way. "Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha." The servant's eyes were opened to see the spiritual realm, the protecting might of the heavenly hosts. And conversely, the Arameans who relied on their physical eyes to do battle, were blinded so that they were restrained from harming God's servant (II Kings 6:18).

I firmly believe that this isn't just an historical record of God's help in ages past, but a powerful encouragement for all ages and all believers concerning the unseen reality of the spiritual forces surrounding us, for God does not change. A wonderful New Testament promise that we need to hide deep in our hearts is from I John 4:4, "You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world."

Fellow believer, may your eyes of faith be open today. May Christ fill you with hope and assurance as you realize the protecting might of the heavenly hosts who are truly gathered around all of us.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, help us to walk by faith and not by sight. Give us divinely prescribed vision to see the hosts of the heavenly army who stand guard to protect us or engage in warfare against our enemy in the heavenly realms. We clothe ourselves in Your armor so that we can take our stand against the devil's schemes. We stand against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. May we walk in confidence rather than fear as we trust You to protect and guide us in all our ways. Amen.

We are at that time of year when people enjoy sharing their vacation photos with us!

Myrtle Breach sunrise (Dave Comp)
Myrtle Beach sunrise
(Photo by Dave Comp)

Assateague beach pony (Rick Benedick)
Assateague Island is a national seashore off the coast of Maryland where the ponies roam freely. Visitors are welcome to use the beach but are not to shoo away curious ponies since the beach belongs to them! This pony wanted to get his fill of veggies and, since no one was offering him a carrot, he decided to help himself to a visitor's bag of veggie sticks.
(Photo by Rick Benedick)

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

SIRDS image (click to enlarge)
Yesterday I shared a photo of a SIRDS I had created using an online generator. Although I knew what it is supposed to say I still can't see it myself! Kudos to readers who responded with the correct answer, which is "bejoyful" (the generator limits the number of letters and I had to delete the space). Of course the message is "Be Joyful"

"The Battle Belongs to the Lord"  Video   Maranatha Singers

A Rain Update: We began measuring rainfall on Saturday at the beginning of our deluge of rain for western Lancaster County over the past five days. We now have an accumulation of 17" with rain pouring down even as we checked the gauge tonight. Overnight last night we got 6" so you can just imagine the flooded creeks and houses in our area. Sadly one young lady, age 19, was swept away by a surge of water from a flooded creek and her body has not yet been recovered.

Finally today:
Val-Co field of dreams 7/25/18
The Val-Co Field Of Dreams
Each weekday several of the employees at Val-Co have a pickup Whiffle ball game at lunch.

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