Our ears and eyes are powerful. They are working directly or indirectly for our benefit or for our harm on a daily basis. We hear and see so much that it can be seem nonstop; therefore, it can be daunting to filter these two senses.
Think about all the things we come into contact with: TV shows, radio, signs, direct conversations, hearing the conversations of others, news articles and our phones. It’s a daily grind as our ears and eyes are processing so much, and while it’s a blessing to be able to see and hear, they can, at times, feel like a burden. In truth, our greatest experiences and challenges steam from these senses. A compliment can give confidence, and a harsh critic can say something that lingers for a lifetime. A picture is worth a thousand words, and yet an elicit picture or disturbing event can replay in our mind daily leaving us afraid or frustrated. It seems impossible in our culture to hear no evil and see no evil. In fact, the dichotomy of our ears and eyes can be complex regarding our faith.
Some of our greatest moments are linked to hearing from God and seeing what He has for us. We can be propelled into a new stratosphere in His potential and promise when He speaks and shows His heart to us. This is where a transformed life happens, and there is nothing that can compare to Him moving within us. However, walking this out daily is one of the greatest challenges in our lives. Filtering our ears and eyes is a nonstop job that can leave us exhausted and frustrated as we struggle to keep what He said and what He shows us in the forefront of our hearts. But struggle does not mean impossible. It does not mean we are beyond healing, but it does mean that we need Jesus daily!
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a Godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.”2 Peter 1:3
Notice that we have everything we need to live a Godly life. This includes our ears and eyes! We have His power to protect ourselves so that we hear no evil and see no evil. This is possible in Jesus as He gives us His marvelous grace and excellence to walk this out through the ups and downs of life. We are able to brush off words and pictures, and, more importantly, guard ourselves with a relational filter that protects what we hear and see. This is not supposed to produce a boring life, but rather a free life that is liberated into the purpose and peace of God!
What we hear produces faith or doubt, and what we see produces the pictures we see in our minds. From these two aspects of our lives come so many things that affect both the big and small details. Are you hearing and seeing evil today?
I encourage you to run to Jesus! Let your relationship with Him produce healthy boundaries that empower you to hear no evil and see no evil. These boundaries should not be legalistic but personal based on where you have been and what triggers you have. This is not a blanket conviction for everyone in your life, but this pertains to you and should be walked out as such. Sometimes people make their own conviction the standard for everyone, and that’s a mistake. We all have to walk out our salvation where He personally connects with us.
This is possible,and this is for you! No matter what you hear, what you have heard, what you have seen or are seeing now, God can do miracles and take you to a place where you hear no evil and see no evil.
Have a great week, and the best is yet to come!