It’s probably impossible to overemphasize the fact that the revelation we receive depends greatly on where we focus our gaze. We tend to see where we look to see. God gives us an incredible amount of power and responsibility over what we see. Therefore, we must seek with our whole heart (Psa. 119:2).
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Matt. 5:8 ESV
The more you walk in the confidence and unashamed determination of a pure heart, the more you will perceive God, His plans, and His desires in the lives of others. The more you corrupt your heart, the more you will see your own corruption in others.
With that said, Jesus states emphatically that you will find what you are looking for when you look with a determined heart (Matt. 7:7-8). This reveals two powerful prophetic principles:
- First, you will see what you look at with an intentional focus to see.
- And second, you can break through your own shortcomings if you look with your whole heart.
In addition to these principles, it is clear that we tend to see things in the way we expect. We have a tendency to lock ourselves into seeing based on how we think things should appear. For this reason, we often miss much of what we should have perceived simply because it doesn’t look the way we expect it to. This is the foundation behind optical illusions. We trick ourselves into seeing what isn’t there or not seeing what is there simply because of our expectations.
This is not to say that the things that we see spiritually are make-believe. The Holy Spirit reveals truth to us through our spirit. What we expect to see should be founded on the book of trustworthy and experiential testimonies, the Bible, which teaches us to expect the things that God expects.
James says that we do not have because we do not ask (Jam. 4:2). I have found that we often do not have because we do not ask believing (Mark 11:24). When we ask God to awaken us to see in the spirit, believing that He will do it, He answers by leading us into truth. By awakening us to truth, we begin to develop expectations that are in agreement with God and His nature. Then what we are expecting to see becomes increasingly clear to us.
As we begin to perceive things in the spirit, we often disregard what we see because it doesn't align with our personal preferences. The enemy likes to take advantage of this immaturity by providing something that appeals to us in hopes that when it doesn’t deliver what we expect, we lose faith in God. In this case, we are filtering what we expect through what we prefer.
The good news is that you can you look beyond your biases by posturing your heart with an investigative attitude. Ask questions looking for answers, but with the attitude that you never know what the response may be. Expect to get a response, and then expect the unexpected. In other words, you must learn to intentionally turn off your preconceptions. Determine only to investigate and then see what is there; to look without deciding what it is that you will find.
This is probably the single most powerful principle that I use regularly to access the word of knowledge. I do not know what I will see, but I know that I will see wherever I look to see. Although I see in part, I know I will see something in the area that I look into with the intention of seeing.
So ask believing, embrace the truth you perceive, and expect to see more, "having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know…" (Eph. 1:18). Look with your whole heart!