I Can See Clearly Now



“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”

Hebrews 12:2


Have you considered how important your eyesight is to your spiritual life? I am not talking about our physical eyes as important as they are. I am thinking of our spiritual eyes which are far more significant in determining both what we think and how we act. Our spiritual eyesight is much like our physical eyesight in that there are things that can hinder us from seeing ourselves and God clearly. Physical eyesight is one dimensional in that it can only see things that are visible whereas our spiritual eyes are capable of seeing both the physical and invisible realm. Our physical eyesight is limited to what exists around us whereas our spiritual eyes make it possible to see within ourselves. Physical eyesight is limited to actions but our spiritual eyes allow us to see our motives too. Only a child of God is capable of seeing life through the Fathers eyes. 

Sin, the Bible says is blindness so it makes sense that the unbelieving world around us doesn’t see how to deal with guilt and shame. It takes eyes of faith to give us understanding so that we can experience emotional health, peace and freedom. The only way to heal and overcome the shame of sin is to move the focus from who you are and what you did to who Christ is and what He has done for you. Thats what the writer of the book of Hebrews had in mind when he penned the words we read in Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Are you struggling with the shame and guilt of sin today and don’t like what you see in the mirror? If so, listen to the lyrics of this song by Casting Crowns and let the words speak to your heart like they do mine. Each time I hear the song I am reminded to focus on Jesus and to remember…


Who Am I


Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth

Would care to know my name,

Would care to feel my hurt?

Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star

Would choose to light the way

For my ever wandering heart?

 

Not because of who I am

But because of what You’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done

But because of who You are.

 

CHORUS:

I am a flower quickly fading,

Here today and gone tomorrow.

A wave tossed in the ocean.

A vapor in the wind.

Still You hear me when I’m calling.

Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.

And You’ve told me who I am.

I am Yours, I am Yours.

 

Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin

Would look on me with love and watch me rise again?

Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea

Would call out through the rain

And calm the storm in me?

 

Not because of who I am

But because of what You’ve done.

Not because of what I’ve done

But because of who You are.

 
CHORUS:

I am a flower quickly fading,

Here today and gone tomorrow.

A wave tossed in the ocean.

A vapor in the wind.

Still You hear me when I’m calling.

Lord, You catch me when I’m falling.

And You’ve told me who I am.

I am Yours, I am Yours.” (Song ends)


“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”

Ephesians 1:18


I LOVE YOU!

Michael Osthimer

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