Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way… (Numbers 22:31 KJV)
The Lord showed me clearly that a significant aspect of the ministry He has given to me is to open the eyes of His people to see Jesus in the Word. Once Jesus is seen, the believer is transformed into Christlikeness and brought into the experience of His power and presence( 2 Cor. 3:18).
As a result of this ministry directive from the Lord, I have a particular interest in spiritual eyes. If you have not yet done so, please ensure you read the Deshen Daily titled “what are spiritual eyes?”. This devotional examines how God opens our spiritual eyes.
God opens our eyes through His two operational arms—the Holy Spirit and the Word. Opening our eyes means He enables us to perceive or experience spiritual realities; for example, in Numb. 22:31 above Balaam saw an angel standing before him after God opened his eyes.
When God gave us the Spirit, He opened our eyes to see and experience Him. After the Spirit comes into our hearts, He gives us gifts that open our eyes. First, He gives us understanding which is an eye in the Spirit to know God( Eph. 1:18). Second, the Spirit brings the spirit of prophecy, which opens our eyes to see visions as John did in the book of Revelation or Balaam in Num. 22:31 above.
Interestingly, the principal means by which the Spirit opens our spiritual eyes( especially the eye of understanding) is by the Word of God. Let this sink deep in your spirit—the Word of God opens our spiritual eyes(Ps. 119:130).
Therefore God opens our eyes through His Spirit and His Word, and the Spirit, in turn, opens our eyes through spiritual gifts and the Word.
What does it mean for God to open our spiritual eyes?
Apply the Word
Vision or seeing is crucial in the realm of the Spirit. Put this devotional to work. Understand what is written in it, believe it, and press forward with it until it becomes a reality in your life.
Ask the Father to open your eyes right now to bring you into an intimate knowledge and fellowship with Him.