AYIN is the Hebrew letter associated with the month we entered last week--Tevet (the 10th month). It pictures a spring or well and an eye. It is important that we see with spiritual eyes in order for new life to flow like a fresh spring. We must be aware of the enemy's schemes to discourage us by trying to get us to focus on the evil that surrounds us. The 10th month is an ideal time to break the power of evil by declaring the truth as God reveals it to us through His Spirit.
This is a time to develop a spiritual hunger for the Lord that transcends physical circumstances. Our relationship with the Lord can be enhanced by dedicating time with Him. Fasting is a discipline that cleanses the body and clears the way for us to focus on the Lord. The desire is to develop a single vision toward the Lord that will bring us into a higher realm of relationship with Him. The Lord wants to have first place in our lives. This is a time to realign our priorities as we begin the New Year.
How do we see things from God's perspective? I would suggest that we ask Him to give us eyes to see what the Spirit of the Lord is doing. We will not receive unless we ask. (Matthews 7:8) Paul gives us direction on this in Ephesians 1:18-19. "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe..."
The word "know" in this Scripture means to see and understand. God wants us to understand the hope of our calling and the riches and power available to us. The Holy Spirit living within us gives us the ability to see from a heavenly perspective. We must learn to focus on Jesus, the one who is the source of our spiritual vision and who sheds light on heaven's point of view. When we see with the eyes of our heart we see things from God's perspective and we see what He can do with situations on earth.
As our vision begins to develop, the Lord will give us increasing revelation. Then it is our job to pursue the vision. On December 25 John Belt, founder and leader of Overflow Global Ministries, wrote about how the wise men, because they knew the times and seasons, went on a "treasure hunt pursuit of the Lord." They had a revelation of the need to worship Jesus and laid everything else aside to seek the King of the Jews. John says, "When God shows us things it is an invitation to come and seek Him with greater intensity..."
As we begin the New Year let us be mindful of what the Spirit is saying. We are already into the Hebrew year 5777. The picture that corresponds with this number is of a sword. There is no doubt that we are in a battle! Yet, as we cleanse and rededicate our temples, respond to the invitation to pursue Him, see and declare things as He sees them using the sword of the Lord (His Word), and stand for our inheritances, we will see victory. In fact, I believe there is potential for great victories in this season.
Remember, as we are watching for God's perspective, He will be watching over His Word to perform it. He promises us that "It will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He desires." (Isaiah 55:11) The eighth day of Hanukkah, the time of increasing light, is today--January 1, 2017. Eight is the number of resurrection life and new beginnings. In this season, let us follow the exhortation of Jeremiah: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)
Joan E. Mathias