See the Unseen – and Endure

Originally written by Tiavi for The First Church of The Living Dead, adapted by Jack Danyá Kemplin.

By faith he[Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he endured because he saw Him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:27

Spiritual sight will give us endurance

Moses’ focus wasn’t on the temporal things that this physical realm had to offer. He knew that the riches of the spirit were of greater value, and he could not be swayed or turned from destiny by the thought of physical treasure, or pleasure, or fear. He endured because he saw Him who is invisible—he saw more than the temporal physical realm, and the things it had to offer him of status, riches, and fame. Just as Satan tried to sway Jesus from destiny by these same things, but he would not be swayed, it says his face was set like flint (on His destiny). Jesus always remembered who He was, from where He came, and why He was here. In the Gospel of Luke chapter 4, it tells us how Jesus fought the temptations of Satan with the Word of God, which Eph 6:17 tells us is the Sword of the Spirit. As warriors we must always keep sight of who we are, what we must do, and always be ready to wield the Sword of the Spirit at any given moment – as David said, “Your word have I held in my heart, that I may not sin against you.” Ps 119:11

If we are to see in the spirit we must hunger for the spirit. The Bible tells us to set our affections, our desires, and our passions on the things above:

“For where your treasures are, there your heart will be also. The eyes are the lamp of the body. So if you have an eye focused towards charitable goodness, your whole body will be full of light.”

Matt. 6:21-22

“Teach me your ways, O YHVH, so that I may live in your truth. Focus my heart on you, that I may revere your name. I will praise you with all my heart, O Adonay my Elohim. I will glorify your name for ever.”

Psalms 86:11-12

There is always an enemy lurking trying to sway you off course to draw you away from destiny, to tempt you with the pleasures and fears of Egypt. We must resolutely scream out, “I will not fall to you. Flesh you will bow, demons I shall slay; that is my vow, my hunger is above and that is where my treasure lay, held with Christ, from hence will never sway. Though reproached as a pilgrim I wonder, though rejected for Christ,  I will not squander, for what price He paid to pave this way, to see His power live in me.”

Don’t let Satan sneak in and steal your heart. Let your heart hunger for the things of God, as it says, look not to that which is seen, but at that which is unseen – for that which is seen is temporal (subject to change), but that which is unseen is eternal. We live in a realm of the temporal, but we must keep our eyes on the eternal.  Even King David called this world dry and thirsty where no water is, and he hungered and longed for God, and to see His glory and power manifest. He was king with all the riches, wives, status, et cetera, but he hungered for more – his heart longed for God.

Flesh and its Affections = an Emotion or Influence

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Colossians 3:1-10

In Colossians 3:2 it says, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” In that verse, the word used for “Set your minds” is “phroneó” which is described in the Strongs Greek Lexicon Concordance entry #5426 as:

Strongs #5426 phroneó: to have understanding, to think. From the root #5424 phrḗn: the midriff or diaphragm, the parts around the heart–from within, as inner-perspective, insight which shows itself in corresponding outward behaviour, fleshing itself out in actions.

Strong’s Greek lexicon concordance

Just as focusing one’s eye on heavenly goodness leads to charitable behaviour, that is the agape love of God; conversely focusing one’s eye on worldly greeds and concerns leads to the works of Satan. For remember Satan is called, “The Deceiver” (Strongs #5423) and comes to steal the word from your heart (Rev. 12:9) (Luke 8:12) (Tit 1:10).

Strongs #5423 Phrenapates: Deceive – to cause to roam from the safety of truth and virtue; to go astray, to be out of the way, to err. Also  seduce. A deceiver, seducer, a mind misleader. From the roots #5424 phrḗn, “outlook from insight” and #538 /apatáō, “deceive” – properly, deceivers, leading others into their delusions – especially exploiting those with a narrow mind. Cognate with #5422 phrenapatáō: from #5424 /phrḗn, “inner-outlook regulating behaviour” and #538 /apatáō, “deceive by distorting” – properly, to act from a distorted perspective, warped sense of reality, which redefines reality (facts) to fit one’s self-deception. Confused inside-out, to become the victim of one’s own confused mind-set which then blames God or makes others the scapegoat. This mind-set is detached from reality and leaves someone in their own fantasy world. Used in Gal 6:3.

Strong’s Greek lexicon concordance

If your mind is set on earthly things, then your god is your greed (Mammon), and your destiny is destruction.

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Philippians 3:19

The battle of the mind leads to your heart – The Enemy will speak to your head to get to your heart. Therefore it is good to keep God’s word held in your heart, let it dwell in you richly, and keep your destiny.

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Col. 3:16

Let our focus be on heaven, our lives dwelt on the heavenly things with Christ, and let us always hold firmly onto the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, so that we may be on guard, unable to be taken by the enemy.

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