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Having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints. - Ephesians 1:18

Paul wrote this blessing to the Ephesians, that they would know the hope of their calling as they understood it with the eyes of their hearts. It begs the question: what exactly are the eyes of your heart?

Whenever we teach about healing and wholeness we refer to the three realms of a human’s personality. There is the physical realm that we see, feel, touch. This is the realm studied by the physical sciences and conforms to objective analysis. Then there is the emotional realm of feeling and responding. This is the realm of psychologists and counselors that is more subjective and personal. Finally, there is the spiritual realm, often ignored by the non-religious, that reaches out to the unseen and unfelt. We do not find a specific reference to “eyes of your heart” in any of these realms.

The goal of listening prayer is to get a response from God, to be enlightened with His truth. We want to know what God thinks, desires, feels, and commands; in fact we cannot be in real relationship with Him unless we do. So we must learn to be enlightened. We must learn to see and hear with the eyes of our hearts.

Spirit of Stupor

As it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day." - Romans 11:8

It is one thing for people to be oblivious to God. We accept the idea that some in far off countries or remote parts of the earth have never heard about Him. They could be excused for their ignorance, except that God has made Himself clear even to them through creation. It is not just the hardened person that has turned his back on God; it is the sinful condition of mankind that ignoring Him is the natural course of things.

Yet God is revealing and speaking to all people at all times. Why then do some not get it?

A few people have heard me say it is because they have the spirit of stupid. This phrase is not original to me. I must give credit to Cal Pierce of the International Healing Rooms for sharing this Anglicized version of Romans 11:8. They have eyes that will not see and ears that will not hear because of this spirit that keeps them from seeing and hearing. No one goes about trying to develop a spirit of stupid, rather it is put on them.

God, Himself, takes the responsibility for giving this spirit. He describes through the prophets that this condition is a necessary outcome for all the people that have rejected Him. In their selfishness and pride, they wanted nothing to do with God. In their sin and shame they hid themselves from His presence. Because they broke fellowship with Him, they have lost the ability to see and hear Him.

I met with a man that had rejected God. We had a wonderful chat on many subjects, but when the conversation turned toward God he quickly lost interest. He did not believe in God because he accepted no evidence of His existence. He had never seen God, nor heard from Him. He had the spirit of stupid.

The antidote is clear. Recognize that God is love and will respond with compassion to all that turn to Him. Be humble toward God and He will lift you up. Call to Him and He will answer you. This is His promise.

It Has Been Given

He said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' - Luke 8:10

Jesus spoke to the disciples about the dramatic change in communication that happens when they seek God. It is true for people today, just as it was two thousand years ago. Instead of being given a spirit of stupid, we have been given the ability to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God.

It was God that said in the beginning “Let there be light,” and He created it out of nothing. Certainly this same God can shed light on the secrets of the kingdom to the eyes of your heart. You are no longer stuck in a stupor, wandering around in darkness, hearing parables but not understanding them. Instead, God has given you the ability.

You may be wondering about this. If it is true, why are there so many people wandering around without a clue about the Kingdom of God? How about the people that got saved as a child, or those that have been going to church for years?

The gift has to be activated. We have to learn to see with the eyes of our heart.

Be Still

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" - Psalms 46:10

The heart refers to the core or center of the personality. It is the place of convergence of the three realms: physical, emotional and spiritual. To see with the eyes of your heart, you must look through this grid which is equally influenced by each of the three realms.

One frame of reference puts a great deal of emphasis on the physical realm. It employs the scientific method and determines truth through analytical treatment of measurable events. These events are skewed toward things that can be observed through the five senses. Anything outside of the physical realm is rejected.

For instance, a friend of mine with a background in the physical sciences explained that he does not hear from God. He hasn’t heard an audible voice. He hasn’t felt God’s presence, at least in any way that changed temperatures or created a physical sensation. He needed to accept input from the emotional and spiritual realms.

Another frame of reference puts primary emphasis on the emotional realm. Things are measured by response levels and the feelings that come from it. The risk is that information is ignored because it doesn’t cause an emotional response, or discounted because of a weak response. Anything outside the emotional realm is rejected or treated as suspect.

For example, an acquaintance described a time of prayer in which he had remembered several scriptures and drew some interesting conclusions from them. But he treated it lightly because it did not come with an emotional rush of joy or excitement. He believed it could be true, but was uncommitted because it didn’t feel true. He needed to accept input from the spiritual and physical realms.

Another frame of reference puts primary emphasis on the spiritual realm. Things are valued by their miraculous or mystical power. It is almost as if their credibility comes from the distance by which they are separated from the physical realm. Visions, dreams, prophecies, miracles and signs are given great credence, while anything outside the spiritual realm is rejected or treated lightly.

King Saul was an example of this kind of person. He relied on the prophets and seers to give him knowledge, and he required signs and omens to verify the truth. King David was the opposite. While he accepted prophecy, he also listened with his eyes, ears, emotions, and heart.

Practice the Presence

And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" - 1 Kings 19:12-13

Remember the lesson from Elijah. God was not in the storm, earthquake or fire, but in the low whisper. God had spoken to him in the past through fire and storms, but this time He wanted Elijah to hear the low whisper. God is intentional when He enlightens, so learn to use the eye of your heart. Take some time to listen to God through the eyes of your heart. Be still in His presence and wait for Him. As you do, pay attention to your heart: the convergence among the three realms.

Architects will tell you that a triangle is the strongest geometric shape, and that is why the illustration of a three-legged stool has been around for so long. Balance and stability require at least three points, and each is improved when there is equal load between the points.

If you know you tend toward the emotional (feelings and response), then be extra attentive to the physical (measurable and tangible) and spiritual (miraculous and eternal). If you tend toward the physical, concentrate on the emotional and spiritual. Learn to be multilingual with God and He will speak to you.

The goal of listening prayer is to get a response from God, to be enlightened with His truth. We want to know what God thinks, desires, feels, and commands; in fact we cannot be in real relationship with Him unless we do. So we must learn to be enlightened. We must learn to see and hear with the eyes of our hearts.

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