Between Lovers #4: Whatchu Lookin’ At??

Alright ladies! Welcome back! After a brief hiatus I’m  back with what I feel is a dynamite word that the Lord has given to me. You know how to know when you’re hearing directly from God? It’s when He speaks the same word through two very different sources that He told you previously. He moves fast! So I pray that what He has given to me takes root into you and springs up to produce much fruit in your life and the lives of those around you. Amen

Numbers 13:26-33

26 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

27 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.
28 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.
29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan.
30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.
31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.#

men…: Heb. men of statures
33 And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Judges 16:21-

21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house

Romans 12: 2-3

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Without any further ado, let’s jump right into this bad boy. All three of the above mentioned scriptures are pretty familiar to those of use who’ve been in the church. For those of you who are new I’ll give a quick back story for Numbers and Judges.
First off, in Numbers this is the Children of Israel who have just come out of Egypt and have in been in the wilderness for quite some time. They’ve finally made it to the area God has set aside for them and sent our spies to scout out the land. Above is the discourse that took place once the spies returned. Ten spies went out, and of the ten only two, Caleb and Joshua, returned with a good report.
Judges 16 is the story of Samson and Delilah. Here Samson has been tricked for the fourth and final time by his lover Delilah into telling her the secret of his strength and she’s turned him over to his enemies, the Phillistines. Upon catching him, they gouge out his eyes and arrest him.
Now that that’s out the way, we can get into the meat. Many times when preachers use the story of Samson of Delilah the topics of discussion range from the “beguiling nature or women” (which I ain’t here for at all) to Samson’s inability to keep his urges in check. However the emphasis I would like to draw your attention to is the verse listed above. After being deceived twice by two different women on two different occasions, I believe the passage begs the question “what was he looking at?” Because it would seem that anyone in their right mind would have been able to spot the lying and deceitful nature of the women in question from a mile off. I mean come on, asking a man where his strength lies four times and all four times end with the phrase “Samson the Phillistines are upon you!” one would think he’d put two and two together and get four…lol. And although many want to attribute the happening to the lust Samson had for Delilah, I beg to differ.
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. Of the many tactics he uses to carry our this mission, distraction is one of the most effective. Chapter 16 begins with Samson going in to see a harlot and then takes an entire city gate off its hinges, post and all. This, as my study Bible points out is the first time Samson has performed a great feat with no mention of God.
Both of these passages are so pertinent to us believers today because they highlight the importance of having your senses in check. When the Phillistines caught Samson, they could have done anything they wanted to do to him, but instead they chose to gouge out his eyes. Why? Samson’s view was already skewed. Instead of seeing the might of God working in him, he’d started seeing himself as the source of his strength, not seeing or even choosing not to see his own flaws. The downfall of Samson wasn’t what was below his belt, or even his own lust; it was his sight. The lust was a byproduct of the distraction the enemy provided in the form of the women he wanted. James 1: 14 says “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
The children of Israel never made it into the Promised Land because they couldn’t see it. They were distracted by the size of the men who were living there (and who were really storing it up for them). Caleb and Joshua made it in because instead of seeing a problem, they saw an opporutnity for the same God who parted the Red Sea to do a mighty work through them.
Why is it that God in all his infinite wisdom and understanding chose to place our most valued assets, our senses, right next to our Central Command Center (Brain)? I mean come on He’s Master and Creator of the universe; He could have put our eyes on our knees and over time we would have developed stronger eyelids…or kneelids…or whatever.
More than creating us in His image and likeness, He chose to give our sight, hearing, smelling, and tasting direct access to the brain. Pain in your foot takes a longer time to signal the brain, and is easily trumped by pain in your thumb. Or think about the fact that in accidents or serious injuries, many people don’t have a reaction or feel the pain until they see the injury. Why? Because seeing is believing.
My bishop, Bishop Lester Love has been teaching us on visualizing our success because a) without a vision the people parish and b) if you can see yourself on your throne you can have it. Both my bishop and Bishop T.D. Jakes have teaching about going from Transformative Thinking to Transformative Living: how to walk out the vision you see. But it all has to start with your MIND.
Yes, ladies that’s where Romans 12:2-3 comes in. To evaluate this properly, let’s look at two definitions of the word Mind-
(n)- the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel , the faculty of consciousness (analytical awareness) and thought (creation*)
(v) to regard as important; feel concern about
So basically your ‘mind’ is your ability to receive, process, and react to the information around you. So when the Bible talks about renewing your mind, it is a complete transfiguration of not only how and what you process but what it is you are seeing…your perspective. When things go awry is it a problem or a challenge; is everything working for your good like the Word says or is this just another stumbling block? WHATCHU LOOKING AT?
Are you being distracted by  the death under your feet or are your eyes fixed on the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus? Only when Samson’s natural eyes were taken away were the eyes of his faith reopened and he remember who and who’s he was!
Bikers as my Bishop and grandmother both will tell you know that while riding one is never to look at the ground because if you do, you will fall, guaranteed. One has to keep their eyes on the destination because that is the only way to ensure you’ll make it there. The Bible says that “As a man thinketh so is he,” then here in Romans in verse 3 it says for us not to think higher of ourselves than we ought to. Bishop Jakes said it best: “Where you are [in life] right now is a direct result of how you think. So what should you think of yourself you ask? OH, I’m so glad you did because I’ve got the answer.
You are above and not beneath, you are to think you are the chosen of the Living God, Kings and Priests, fearfully (respectfully) and wonderfully made. God can do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ask or think but remember it’s according to the faith that works in you.The children of Israel didn’t have it. Samson almost forgot he had it. So ask yourself: Whatchu looking at?

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