It’s Not What You’re Looking At, It’s What You See

Hebrews 11:13-16

As Christians, we have been given enough faith to manifest the promises of God.  We must remember that God is love and that faith works by Love.  To manifest the promises of God, we must meditate in his Word until we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.  We believe his spoken Word in our hearts and boldly speak that same Word from our hearts to work our faith.  Remember, if you allow fear to enter in, you have negated your faith and it will not work for you.  II Timothy 1:7 tells us that the spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind have been to given to us by God, not the spirit of fear.  By faith, you must believe you receive what you are asking God for when you pray and refuse to be controlled by fear or time until you see in the natural what the Holy Spirit has shown you in the spirit.

Hebrews 11:2 tells us that by faith the elders received a good report.  Verses 13-16 describes how they lived by faith not looking back at the past or at their present circumstances, because as we will see, ‘It’s Not What You’re Looking At, It’s What You See’.

Jesus told his disciples, Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad. (John 8:56) Abraham was looking forward.  He had been taught by God to look forward the moment God said, ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:…and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:1-3)

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Moses and others all obeyed God.  They allowed God to perform the impossible through their lives.  By faith they passed through the Rea Sea by dry land, they saw the walls of Jericho fall down, they subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, and witnessed God’s might and goodness by countless other acts of faith.   Hebrews 11:11 says, Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she counted him faithful who had promised.

Hebrew 11:13 tells us that the elders all died in faith not having received the promises, but they saw them in the spirit (afar off).  Verse 40 explains to us the reason why.  It says, God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.  The better thing was eternal salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Hebrews 5:9 tells us, And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

How then do you say we receive the promises of God by seeing forward?  We take the example of the elders.  Having seen the promises afar off, they were first persuaded of them.  They believed and trusted God that what He told them and showed them was true.  Then they embraced his promises by obeying the Word they were given before the promises actually manifested. For example, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham and called him the father of many nations.  Abram immediately changed his name to Abraham and no longer answered to Abram.  He was persuaded of God’s promise, embraced it and confessed that his name was Abraham.  He agreed with God when he said that he had made him the father of many nations.

The scripture says that he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  (Hebrews 9:8-10) Notice that Isaac was Abraham’s son of promise and Jacob was Isaac’s son.  He dwelled in tabernacles with them before they were born because he believed God.

They loved God with all their heart and soul.  They heard his voice and obeyed it, saw the promises afar off and moved forward trusting and believing that he was able to perform his Word in their lives.

The elders, after this same manner, once they had seen the promises of eternal life through Jesus Christ, were persuaded of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  They declare plainly that they desire a heavenly country and do not allow themselves to look back.  Hebrews 11:16 tells us…wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 12:22 says, But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem… In Christ, we are citizens of that city right now because ‘It’s Not What You’re Looking At, It’s What You See’.

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