Chickamauga: Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart

via TJC

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”

Ephesian 1:18 (NIV)

“The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” Psalm 19:8

September 18, 1863 – Chickamauga, GA

The scene: Confederate Major General William H.T. Walker’s Reserve Corps, advancing from the south, and Union Colonel John T. Wilder’s mounted infantry brigade, advancing from the north, unknowingly converge upon one another. Their vision was obscured by the dense vegetation that they were surrounded by in the low lying land near Alexander’s Bridge over West Chickamauga Creek, and they could not see their enemy, resulting in surprise and confusion.

Have you ever found yourself in a similar spot in life, where your vision is obscured by the dense problems that surround you, like being trapped in the low ground, unable to see ahead, and then suddenly you are blindsided by a situation in life and left surprised and confused?

The men who were on opposing sides that faced this situation at Alexander’s Bridge that day were not able to see one another on opposite sides of West Chickamauga Creek, however, they had one thing in common. They got up that morning looking at life through the lenses of their eyes and the beating of their hearts as soldiers that knew they were in a war. 

How about you? Are you looking at life, seeing through the eyes of the heart that you are in a war? A war with this world that battles against your mind, your eyes, your heart, your family, your work, your friends, your relationship with God?

There is an action-adventure movie that came out in 2004 called “National Treasure.” If you have not seen it, the plot won’t be given away here to ruin it for you, however, one of the items of importance is a set of glasses with interchangeable lenses that filtered out specific colors to reveal clues about the National Treasure.

God’s Word does this for us, enabling us to see through the different lenses of the heart that filter out the chaos and focus on the truth. 

  • Lens of Warrior: Because the Lord God fought for you when you were His enemy, and now in Christ, you are like Him, you too are a warrior! 

Jeremiah 20:11

  • Lens of King: He is The King, and in Christ, you are His son, and your sight is now Kingdom focused – The Kingdom is at war, and you were made for victory!   1 Cor. 15:57; 1 John 5:4
  • Lens of Teacher: The Holy Spirit is your guide, and in Christ, you are both disciple and discipler (Teacher) of others about the good news of the saving grace of Jesus. John 14:26
  • Lens of Lover: Because He first loved you, you are able to truly love Him and then share that love with others who do not know Him. Romans 5:8-10

Excerpt from August 2, 2020 TJC DBO entitled “King’s Vision”

“For us to have vision like our King of kings we must know where we have been (an enemy of God and dead in our sin; Romans 5:10), where we are now (saved by grace through faith in Christ; Ephesians 2:8), and where we are going (reunion with God in a new Heaven and Earth, and eternal fellowship with Christ; Revelation 21). 

We need the eyes of our hearts enlightened to focus on the things of God and not on the things of this world. It is only with this perspective that we can reign over our kingdoms while still being under the reign of Christ.”…..My kingdom exists for me to serve, not for my kingdom to serve me. I know this because this was Christ’s example to us – the greatest King in the form of a humble servant and minister to God’s people.”

Daily Battle Order:

“Take time today to practice seeing your kingdom through God’s vision and not your own. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the eyes of your heart so that you can see as God sees. Visualize every action you take from the perspective of where you were, where you are now, and where you’re going and God will lead you in paths of righteousness.”

Join us tomorrow as we focus on the role of communication in a victorious life.
Kingdom Men: Join us the weekend of 10 April, on the Chickamauga battlefield in northern Georgia to construct what Victory is for you and your family

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