"What 'Lenses' Are You Wearing?"
By Betty King
This is the year of seeing through fixed and focused frames. The Lord illustrated to me the problem many of us have in not adequately seeing how God is diagnosing our issues, but instead hiding
behind our ability to almost plaster over long-standing issues by simply replacing one broken thing with a seemingly viable replacement.
This illustration came from me continually buying or using myriads
of glasses that had been bought for me, rather than going to check which lenses and prescriptions I actually needed. It was my immediate need that preceded the patience required to inquire and investigate for the best. This was my mode and it became my normal!
In spiritual terms, we've stopped going to the Author Himself to fully understand the changes within us and around us. There's a great need to go to Him to get our eyes tested so there's clarity, for short and long
vision. As the Lord started to unfold this to me, I asked for a Scripture to accompany it and He duly gave me Exodus 20:20-21:
"And Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear; for God has come to test you,
and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.' So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was."
An Invitation and a Choice
An example of this was captured after Moses had come down with the two tablet stones of God's holy commandments. The Lord had given, in essence, the prescription to see in the form of the commandments. To get clarity of the prescription, the people
went to Moses to vicariously seek understanding on their behalf, as he would approach the presence. This shouldn't have been the case. The "prescription" was, in actual fact, an invitation for depth in communion. It was there to ensure that each would "work
out their salvation with fear and trembling" by pursuing the presence, which is love, and is built on vulnerability before the Lord.
Moses was a friend of God, so he would always seek and pursue Him, but
God wanted to be a friend and lover to all so they could also see and inherit, but they settled for the normal and what is known, what is easy and what doesn't cost.
True love and relationship will cost
something. What that is will always be revealed in the pursuit. What we must do is remove any and every type and kind of 'middle man' which invariably would ensure what we hear and see is filtered and not the original. Too many hands touching what we see will
invariably compromise how we see.
Moses was a man who was also after God's own heart; he would always go beyond the prescription and to the Healer Himself. This was always the intention of God's heart
for the children of God in Moses' time and throughout history, and it certainly is for us in 2020.
In the above Scripture, the conjunction in 'but' being written before Moses chose to seek the presence,
highlights the fact that it was a choice for the people not to seek for themselves, but Moses did. Again, in the previous chapter, in verse 17, "...Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain."
They were brought near and given access for communion with the Creator of Heaven and Earth, yet, they chose distance so they could hide, or perhaps conceal, choosing vicarious worship through Moses.
= Clarity of Vision
This CANNOT be our disposition this year! We need to break the broken and compensatory frames and glasses and go for a thorough, precise eye test – this is intimacy; this is evidenced
by brokenness. The need for clear vision this year and decade is an acute one. It shall heal and ensure we don't make immature mistakes with misalignment, presumptions, and mistakes with our speech and actions. We can't afford this in this period. The rubber
has indeed hit the road as our many man-made prescriptions haven't worked.
Apostle Peter's exhortation found in his second epistle is apt for this year as he says, "For if these things are yours and abound,
you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins' (2 Peter 1:8-9). Shortsightedness and blindness
are byproducts of barrenness and unfruitfulness in our knowledge of God and His ways in our day! We cannot afford for these to haunt and control our narrative in 2020!
This is the year of the roaring lion!
It belongs to those who know their God will do exploits. This will only happen and be sustained from His PRESENCE. The ability to navigate the difficulties, distractions and challenges to get to His presence is what will be an integral ingredient in ensuring
His presence always works for you this year, as we get the keys and clarity to inherit and occupy until He comes in every sphere the Ekklesia. This needs to be done as a corporate Body and as individuals. Another byproduct of this is us knowing instinctively
what to pray for and seeing answers littered all around us.
By Reverend Betty King
Betty King Ministries
528 Ellsworth St. SW
Albany, OR 97321