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Day 5 – Corrective Lenses

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

—Isaiah 11:2

The greatest challenge the disciples faced was only being able to see through their own eyes. While they walked with Jesus, they didn’t yet have the power to see things His way. Occasionally they got it; there was that time the Father revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Messiah. Other times they experienced life as Jesus lived it—able to do the things He did as part of His mission to set the captives free.

They struggled to grasp the hard thing: His plan to die on the cross and be raised again in three days. Yet, they stayed with Him even after the infamous statement of, “You will have to eat my flesh and drink my blood” (see John 6:53–58). However, God’s plan requires more than just dogged devotion. Logic and reason are not enough to sort it out because it completely defies the natural order.

The Spirit explains these unsearchable, unknowable, and make-no-earthly-sense kinds of things. Without the Holy Spirit empowering Him to obedience, Jesus might have ended up like a skittish horse at the starting gate. He could have balked or never run. He wouldn’t have finished or won His race. If that had happened, we would be worse off than when we started.

The Holy Spirit comes to us so we, too, can do things that defy the natural order. Faith in Christ itself defies logic, but once you are there, you know there is no other truth that will make sense of this life.

Jesus stated in John 10:10 that He came so we could live in abundance. But we can’t do that unless our vision is perfected. Our sin (past and present), lies we believe, and wounds inflicted upon us cloud how we see. We might be wise in our own eyes, but that ends up making us pretty nearsighted. The Holy Spirit has been sent to rest in us because we need to see differently than we used to, as well as beyond what others see and believe. The Holy Spirit has to give us God’s vision, which is long-term. We need Him to clear out the splinters and logs so we can see things His way. He fills us with Himself—full to the brim of knowledge’so we can learn to see things through His eyes.

With the Holy Spirit counseling us, teaching us day by day, moment by moment, He elevates our mental capacity. Our ability to process thoughts and to discern what is happening is enhanced. The more we ask Him, and the more we lean into Him as the Spirit of Wisdom, the more He renews and transforms our minds to be like Christ’s. We will see what others can’t or won’t. We won’t just see problems. With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we will see the solutions spheres of influence need.

The victorious life in Christ is the Holy Spirit guiding, teaching, and correcting us so we may walk the path Jesus paved. It is a lifelong journey, but He cheers each baby step on because, truly, each baby step starts to add up. He gives us the insight to see where we are going so we will reach a point one day where He can stop us to take a breath, then He lifts our heads to see just how far we’ve come.

Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, and show me how far I’ve come from who I was before You came into my heart. Teach me Your ways and guide me in all Your truth. Give me Your strength to keep walking. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought

What could the Holy Spirit be trying to clear out of your heart, mind, or life to be able to see through His eyes?

Band Discussion

  • Have you ever experienced someone in the church who had a lack of insight? What was the result?
  • Have you ever had a lack of insight? How did it affect others?
  • How have you seen the transformation of mind-sets by the power of the Holy Spirit? What were the results?