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You Aren’t Surrounded

In 1845, in the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia, the Southern Baptist Convention was organized. As a tribute to the faith of the founding fathers, the church placed this inscription in the building: “Men who see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable!”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could live a life of faith embodied in that quote. 

In 2nd Kings chapter 6:8-23, Elisha finds himself in just a situation. The king of Syria and Israel were at war. As Elisha emerged one morning he found that they had been surrounded by the opposing army. 

15 When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 

In life we may find ourselves surrounded, and like Elisha’s servant ask “what shall we do.” Elisha did not panic nor lose faith; nor should we. Elisha simply stated:

“Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

The servant had a narrow vision and could not see what Elisha saw. Sometimes, we are the servant who cannot see. But if we had faith we could see what Elisha saw.

Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 

Elisha was a great man of faith, and he knew that he had nothing to fear because he could see the army of God protecting him.

In law enforcement there is a term called“tunnel vision.” Simply put it means that we get so narrowly focused on one thing or person that we lose sight or perception of everything else. 

There was a young man at Nashville Rescue Mission who once told me that he was playing in the minor league championship in town. It was the last inning and the last out and the ball was sent to center field where he was playing. He said, and I’ll never forget it, “Jeff, I tried so hard to catch it that I missed it.”

This young man had tunnel vision. He focused so hard on the baseball that he missed it and they lost the big game. What he needed was an extended vision. The ability to see beyond what he was looking at.

Elisha changed what and who he was looking at and gained a new line of sight. He went from a human perspective to a God perspective. When we have faith and we place our faith in God we too can have a change of perspective. When we have faith in God we can see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable. 

When we do this we can live out what Elisha did in seeing that he indeed was not surrounded but his enemy was the one surrounded. 

So it doesn’t matter the doctor’s report that says you are surrounded. Change your view and get a God perspective. Got trouble in your marriage, get a God perspective, need a financial miracle, get a God perspective. 

Lastly, need a salvation miracle. Get a Jesus perspective. Jesus went to the cross and had a view of the world that only he could see. But he gave up his life because he knew that humanity couldn’t see what he saw. The weight of the world’s sins, and the love of his father and our Heavenly Father. 

So today, I want to encourage you to take your eyes off of your troubles and get a new line of sight. Get a God perspective and see how your life and your faith change. 

Remember that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too. 
Jeff Houdyshelt

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Jeff and his wife Brenda have been married for 28 years and are part time missionaries in the nation of Mexico and in town of Matamoros, Mexico. They both attend Generation Changers church, in Nashville, Tennessee. Jeff is a licensed minister and pastoral counselor. He has spent the past several years of his life dedicated to ministering to and the counseling of those facing addiction. He also counsels and meets weekly with the families of those in addiction. His pursuits are to help set those struggling free with the love and message of Jesus Christ.

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