Meeting Uncertainty with Fiery Eyes
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“I’ve got a fire in my eyes.” “Feeling solid…got my feet on the ground.” “I’m awake…alive.” “You ignite the Fire.” (Listen here: Fire in My Eyes by Fireflight)
Remember the phrase, spoken as a warning or accusation, often accompanied by narrowed eyes and pointing finger, “You’re playing with fire!” and “Don’t play with fire!”
I say, it depends on the fire.
There were definitely times in my past when I needed to heed that warning. The times right before I made poor decisions. Dating the wrong kind of guy. Flirting with rebellion. Saying something I shouldn’t.
What if we changed our thinking? From a negatively infused fire, to the positively infused Fire.
With some of us, there’s nothing anyone can say–once our mind is made up, we are going to do what we are going to do! But what if the influences we surrounded ourselves with gave us a different kind of spurring on. Instead of “Stop playing with fire,” what if people said, “Get the Fire in your eyes!”
Matthew 6:22 (NIV) says, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”
I Samuel 16:7 (ESV) says, “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Too often, we focus on the outward appearance of a situation. We don’t look or speak into the heart of a person often enough.
Psalm 101 really kicks me in the butt–that guy has some serious fire. The Psalmist talks about the things that are opposite of integrity – and how he will ‘stand against’, ‘destroy’ not let them ‘cling’ to him. Despite his shortcomings, he made a decision to not set his sights on anything that is worthless (verse 3).
If we used Psalm 101 as a guide for our hearts, maybe it would change how we encourage people. To ignite them towards finding the one and only thing that can spark enough passion in their spirit to keep them focused on the things of real importance. Eternal things. A heart that’s in the right place with God leads to wise actions.
Whether in a situation of uncertainty or acting out of plain defiance, the circumstance does not dictate the action. The heart, the spirit does. When our heart is consumed by our holy Father’s all-consuming fire, our behaviors and actions reflect it. We think with an eternal perspective. We step out of our selfish, tainted perceptions and process circumstances with a conviction that is more than just our own.
We have a undistinguishable Fire in our eyes.
What does that mean? What can having the Fire in our eyes do?
- It gives us courage.
- It gives us passion.
- It gives us fuel.
- It gives us strength.
- It gives us wisdom.
- It gives us direction.
- It gives us purpose.
It seeks to shine the light on truth. It seeks to extinguish lies, selfish ambition, and twisted misconceptions–all the things put in play by Satan, the Devourer.
With the fire of Christ fueling our soul and spirit and lighting up our eyes, there’s no stopping us! Enemies of Heaven, beware! “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29). Where there is light, darkness cannot hide (1 John 1: 5-10, John 1:5, 8:12, 12:46, Jeremiah 23:24, Matthew 10:26, Mark 4:22).
How to get the Fire:
1. The first action is to believe.
Believe the words of the Bible, accept Christ as Savior, give Him authority over you, and invite the Holy Spirit into your life. (If this is where you are, any of the gals from this blog are standing by to help you through this exciting transition! Contact us!)
2. Ask God for some Fire!
“O Lord my God; light up my eyes.” (Psalm 13:3) “Keep on asking, and you will receive.” (Luke 11:9)
3. Read about the Fire. Listen to encouraging words that spark its flames.
“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Proverbs 16:1-3)
What to do with the Fire:
1. Watch and see what God will do.
“Wait on the Lord…” (Psalm 27:14) “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD.” (Micah 7:7)
2. Be Obedient (Acts 5:29, 1 Peter 1:14).
When you sense a nudge (and it lines up with the words of the Bible), act on it. “For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:20). “You know him [the Holy Spirit] because He abides with you, and will be in you.” (John 14:17) So “speak the truth in love,” (Ephesians 4:15), and be full of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
3. Find your own bible scriptures.
Search the Scriptures for those that ignite that deep, fiery passion inside you, so that come what may, you are equipped to meet any uncertainty.
The verses that put the Fire in my eyes:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” (Luke 4:18)
“Whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I am doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12)
and He will send the fire of the Holy Spirit
(John 14:26, Acts 1:1-5, Acts 2:2-4).
I can do anything the Lord gives me strength to do!
I pray this over you:
“…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” (Ephesians 1:15-23)
Do you want to re-stoke the ‘Fire in our eyes’ together?