Have you ever played this game? Where you have to look at some picture or seemingly random words and guess the well known phrase or saying? My husband is ridiculously good at this. He is ridiculously good at any puzzle that requires lateral thinking. I can give it a good go, but it’s a little more challenging for me. And frustrating, when I hear the “helpful” advice: “just say what you see!” Ha!
As I have been sitting down to write this week and pressing into the presence of the Lord, I keep hearing: “Say what you see.” And I have been thinking about this phrase, as I have been on the hunt for toilet paper, pasta, rice and some other products that are sold out all across the North West of England. (For future readers, I am writing in the context of the corona virus outbreak in 2020. Search #toiletpapergate for details).
Seeing isle upon isle of empty shelves has a sobering effect on the mind. Suddenly you start to remember scenes from every movie you have watched in the apocalyptic genre. The imagination is a powerful thing. It can be our downfall or our greatest weapon. And I was reminded of this, as the Spirit kept whispering to me: “Say what you see.”
Can I look beyond this seemingly random picture to see what God wants to say? Just like the game, there might be a different message behind what I am seeing right in front of me? Can I look beyond empty supermarket shelves or kitchen cupboards? Can see beyond symptoms or a diagnosis given? Beyond my news feed and global statistics reported hour by hour?
It reminded me of Elisha’s servant, who was greatly alarmed at the sight of the mighty Syrian army that encircled them at Dothan. An enormous army, coming to capture one man. Not particularly great odds in the natural. But Elisha saw beyond the natural and he said what he saw:
“[Elisha] answered, Fear not; for those with us are more than those with them.”
2 Kings 6:16 AMPC
Really? What army? The servant could only respond to what he saw in the natural realm. There was no escaping from the clutches of this enemy. But Elisha prayed for the servant’s eyes to be opened.
Suddenly, the servant could see beyond the limitations of this imminent disaster. He saw the great army that was on their side. A mountain full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha. God was not going to let the enemy have his marvelous mouthpiece.
The miracle that followed was astonishing. Not only for Elisha and his servant, but even for this entire Syrian army who found grace and mercy at a time when they were at their most vulnerable. Elisha asked God to make the army blind, then he lead them to their enemy (the Israelites) and asked God to open their eyes. The odds had shifted. The ones who surrounded their enemy, now found themselves surrounded by their enemy! But God showcased the incredible depth of his mercy and allowed them to feast with the ones they determined to destroy.
Looking at the natural realm right now, can be disheartening and even unnerving, if we can’t see beyond what is in front of us. We need to ask our Father to open the eyes of our heart. Help us to see the Truth when the odds doesn’t seem to be going in our favour. When we feel surrounded, we can see with the eyes of our heart and say: ” Greater is the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, that is living in me, than any virus that has ever existed on this planet!”
“Little children, you can be certain that you belong to God and have conquered them, for the One who is living in you is far greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4
May we have the wisdom to see beyond the picture of empty supermarkets and worrying news updates. May we look into realm of the Kingdom and declare the limitless possibilities we see. May we determine to enter into the presence of the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and ask him to help us see as he sees. And humble ourselves to let go of what we see in the natural. Let’s refuse to speak in line with lack and disease. We speak only what our Father is showing us.
That is the very essence of the prophetic; to see in the realm of the Spirit and to say what you see. Elisha was an epic prophet, and he carried a heavily anointed mantle. And there are many prophetic voices in the world who are called to the office of the prophet. But each child of God has been given a gift. Their own prophetic voice. What if every child of God had the passion to run into the presence of our loving, all-powerful Father? What if every Kingdom-child released faith-filled words straight from Heaven upon the Earth?
I pray that we all will be challenged to ask for open eyes and open ears. That we, in wisdom, will seek the face of our Father. A Father who is eager to stretch out his hand upon the Earth and bring justice, healing and deliverance. He needs us to be his mouthpiece of Truth, Hope and Love.
You were created to see with the eyes of your heart.
You were created to release Faith through what you speak.
You were created for such a time as this.
It’s time to say what you see!
Today, I hear the Father say: “Glorious Child! Come and sit with me and let me show you what I am dreaming about. My dreams for you are magnificent. My dreams for the Earth is incredible. And it is good. Nothing is impossible, when you partner with me. Let me show you what I see. Let me show you what to say. You make my dreams come true, as you say what you see. For you were created for such a time as this. And you are wonderful. Just like me.” ❤