from our Senior Pastor, Richard Peoples Sr.
“It’s Time to Raise Your Sight!” Lift up your eyes to look and see, not with your natural eyes but with your spiritual eyes, see what the LORD is doing in the earth!
So often we miss the manifestation of the Glory of God, because we are only looking with our natural eyes. In Hebrew, the phrase “lift your eyes” means, “seek out, look outwardly; look with care.” It is time for God’s people to seek out what He is doing, to seek outwardly, looking with care at the glory of His wonderful works!
God told Abram in Genesis 13:14-17 (NLT) “After Lot had gone, the Lord said to Abram, “Look as far as you can see in every direction—north and south, east and west. I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants as a permanent possession. And I will give you so many descendants that, like the dust of the earth, they cannot be counted!” Then in Genesis 22:4 Scripture further tells us, “Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.” God instructed Abram to raise his sights. Why did his sights need adjusting?
If we look back we see that God told Abram in the beginning not to take any of his family on the journey, but Lot, his nephew, went with him anyway; this additional traveler caused major problems. For thirteen years, God never spoke to Abram, did not provide him with any instruction about his future.
How many of you know that familiarity is dangerous; it breeds unbelief, dishonor, and causes those who have become familiar to treat other as “nothing remarkable”. Further, familiarity breeds contempt, contempt breeds offense, and offense shuts down the flow of the life-giving, life-changing anointing of Holy Spirit. Lot represents familiarity and it was not until Abram separated himself from Lot that God was able to begin sharing the future with him. So often we want to hold on to what we are familiar and comfortable with, even when God tell us to do something different. Remember, faith sees beyond what we can see through the natural eyes.
David gives us some insight to this in Psalms 27:13 (NKJV), “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” Notice, he didn’t say, “see to believe” instead David said “believe to see.” You should be “believing to see” what God has promised you in His Word – daily, through your faith.
We are living in a time when God is looking for people that will take Him at His Word, willing to look beyond obstructions to see His plan. People who will raise their sights and believe God for the big things He wants to do in this generation. Ephesians 3:20 (AMP) “Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].” The Message version of that same Scripture reads, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
It is time for us to raise our sights! My assignment is to challenges you to think bigger, dream larger, and expect more than you’re in the habit of expecting. When you respond to such a challenge, I call it “raising your sights.”
What do you see? It is time for you to start looking through the eyes of faith. The Apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” Helen Keller was asked once if she thought there was anything worse than being blind. Her reply was, “Yes, having eyes to see and still being blind”. It is importance that we see what God says, when He says it. People who will raise their sights and believe God for the big things He wants to do in this generation will see and experience amazing and wonderful things.
Raising your sights comes as a result of spending time in God’s Word, which in turn will cause His vision to be developed in you. God is in the habit of issuing challenges that cause us to look beyond what we can see in the natural. Knowing how to respond to those challenges is a major key to walking in the victory and blessings Jesus died to bring you.
“Lift up your eyes,” Abram was told. In other words, “Raise your sights! You’re thinking too small.” You see, God wanted to do great things for and through Abram. Abram was just looking for a plot of land to pasture his flocks, but God wanted to give him all the land stretching out beyond the four points of the compass. Abraham wanted a single heir, but God wanted to make his descendants as innumerable as the dust of the earth.
Small thinking and small expectations can limit God’s ability to work on your behalf. That’s why He often asks His people to raise their sights right before He does something remarkable. Before Abraham could see God’s promise come into manifestation, he had to “lift up his eyes.” He had to expand his vision, and he had to believe God for bigger things. The same is true for you and I right now.
Men and Women of God, it’s time to grow bold enough to take God at His Word. It’s time to walk in the fullness of your inheritance. It’s time for you to lift up your eyes and raise your sights. This is how Janice and I are living our lives and this is how we are teaching those God has given us to lead to do the same.
IT IS HARVEST TIME!
Pastor Richard B. Peoples, Sr.