Terry Casales - May 12, 2020
God sees you! God sees everything about you! God sees everything that you have endured! God sees everything that you are facing right now! God sees your heart! Nothing about you and nothing that concerns you escapes His notice! Nothing you have done or faced and nothing you will ever do and face is ever a surprise to God!
Whenever our circumstances seem to be overwhelming, it is easy to begin to feel alone and that God is either not present, distant or that He does not see or care about what you are going through. The enemy whispers to you, “God has forgotten you.” “God doesn’t care about you.” “God has abandoned you.”
Jesus sees you! Jesus saw everyone He encountered. Jesus took notice of each person He ever met. Jesus saw the woman with the issue of blood and He healed her!
But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour. - Matthew 9:22 (NKJV)
Zaccheus climbed up on a tree where he could get a view of Jesus:
2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up [a]and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, [b]make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he [c]made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. Luke 19:2-6 (NKJV)
Jesus not only saw Zacchaeus, He saw what was in his heart and He saw how others saw him and He did not reject him. On the contrary, not only did Jesus see Zacchaeus and accepted him, He wanted to visit with him at his house! Jesus, like our Heavenly Father, met Zacchaeus where he was and wanted to fellowship and dine with him! Jesus did not care what others thought about it. He acted out of His heart of love! Jesus saw past Zacchaeus’ societal status and saw that he was spiritually hungry! Jesus knew that he wanted to be spiritually fed!
It is so interesting to see Zaccheus’ reaction to Jesus, telling Him about his works. I love how Jesus reminded Zacchaeus of who he really was in front of everyone! Jesus revealed to him and to everyone else that He is the Redeemer of the lost!
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” - Luke 19:8-10 (NKV)
It is so amazing to think that as Zacchaeus showed Jesus hospitality in his home, feeding Him and ministering to Him, Jesus was ministering and feeding Zaccheus with Himself! The Bread of Life was in his house and he and those who attended were being fed by the Word of God Himself!
This is why we can see wherever Jesus’ feet tread, change happened — hearts were healed and souls were saved!
Beloved, you are never beyond God’s reach! It is so easy to see yourself as invisible or insignificant, especially when it seems like no one else pays any attention to you, overlooks you and does not even care about you. The Truth is, not only does Abba see you, He will cause others to see you in His perfect timing:
And the child Samuel grew in stature, and in favor both with the Lord and men. - 1 Samuel 2:26 (NKJV)
In the case of David, he was doing things behind the scenes, seemingly unimportant or insignificant in the eyes of his family — David was just a shepherd boy, after all. It is important to remember, beloved, that it is often those that others overlook that God calls to a greater assignment, even if everything in your life has looked the opposite for a long time. Beloved, God is not a Respecter of persons and He will give you favor with others whom He will use to help you to step into His Kingdom assignment for you. Beloved, remember that you are a giant in My Kingdom! You are a giant-slayer in My Kingdom as David was! Beloved, David was seen by his own father as the least of his brothers — forgotten for most of his life. But God told the prophet Samuel to see David as He saw him:
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have [c]refused him. For[d] the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” — 1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)
8 So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9 Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.”
And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not [e]sit down till he comes here.” 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with [f]bright eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!” — 1 Samuel 16:8-12 (NKJV)
David could have chosen to see himself as others saw him — as small and insignificant. However, David chose not to see himself through his family’s lenses. He chose to see himself as God saw him! David chose to see himself as the promised King of Israel that he was anointed to be! David chose to believe what God had to say about him! David chose to believe how God saw him, as the anointed King of Israel and no longer an overlooked, under valued and under appreciated shepherd boy!
13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. — 1 Samuel 16:13 (NKJV)
David had the faith to believe and to see the promise of God for his life which gave him the confidence to know that he would be able to defeat Goliath with God’s help that day because he knew that God was with him. When Goliath first saw David, he repeated what the others had spoken over David previously from their natural perspective. However, David knew deep in his heart that he still possessed the authority given to him by God to defeat this giant, regardless of how others saw him:
42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained[d] him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” - 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NKJV)
Beloved, choose today to believe that God sees you and that He wants you to see yourself the way He sees you, as His child and the righteousness of God in Christ, His chosen, anointed and appointed one — with all of His authority!! You are not a victim beloved! You are a new creation in Christ and you have the victory in Him!
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. - 1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
Beloved, refuse to see yourself through the enemy’s dark lenses of lies and throw away those faulty glasses!! Refuse to believe and agree with what the Goliaths in your life have been telling you about who you are! Beloved, choose to see yourself as the overcomer that you really are in Jesus! Ask your Abba today to give you eyes to see yourself how He sees you beloved! And, as He gives you fresh eyes to see, the reality of your true stature in Christ will become your Kingdom reality! There is a God-sized giant living on the inside of you that is Greater than any giant you have faced, are facing or will ever face! As you begin to come into agreement with this Truth, you shall see yourself as the giant killer that you were created to be beloved!!
You ARE significant and you were created and called for a greater Kingdom purpose! Beloved, you are more significant in the eyes of God than you can every possibly imagine! You are significant enough for Jesus to come down to earth and to die on the Cross for you to save you so that you could be reconciled to God our Father!! That is how much you matter to God, so begin to see yourself as He sees you beloved and rejoice in who you are!
13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-[a]the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here [b]seen Him who sees me?” — Genesis 16:13 (NKJV)
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. — Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 (NKJV)
12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. - John 14:12 (NKJV)