Healing of physical and spiritual vision

Men walking as trees

Opening eyes in stages

“I see men walking as trees”

Patterns and exceptions in healing ministry: I have been privileged to see God opening blind eyes several times. The first was in Zimbabwe in 2016 when the Lord opened the eyes of Evermore. Since then, we have seen this miracle happen again and again, as can be seen most recently in our two Called+Empowered documentaries.

Miracles seem to follow certain patterns: I have noticed that usually there is someone called and empowered, who is preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God clearly and then agreeing with God expectantly. The atmosphere is usually charged. People have made sacrifices or travelled far to be there and there is no time pressure. One cannot approach the almighty God who dwells in eternity in a hurry. However, healing is not just about approaching God. Often it involves using our authority to deal with spiritual blockages. I usually rebuke a spirit of blindness before praying for restoration of vision.

Sometimes the exceptions to these patterns reveal interesting insights. So read on to see what we can learn from the time when Jesus seemed to struggle to open the eyes of a blind man. I also share a testimony from Germany which shows an interesting link between spiritual and natural vision.

An exceptional miracle of Jesus: Once Jesus healed a blind man in an exceptional way. He took the man by the hand out of the village, and touched the man’s eyes with his spit. At first, the man could not see clearly. He said, “I see men walking as trees!” So Jesus touched him a second time. Then his vision was completely restored and Jesus sent him straight home with orders not to go into the village. (Mark 8:22-25). Notice that:

  1. This blind man had to trust someone he could not see and follow him to an unfamiliar place. He had to leave his comfort zone. That was the key to his healing.
  2. We see that the Lord didn’t always get instant results. This encourages us when the healing does not happen instantly. Margret, in our “Called+Empowered 2” film had a blind eye that was healed, not instantly, but over a number of days.
  3. In the Bible, trees often represent the human spirit. Thus, it seems that his spiritual vision was activated before his natural vision was restored. Vision is more than eyeballs and brain cells and the Bible is more than poetry. It is packed with clues to the unseen world which will help us to understand how we can collaborate with God to see people get free and healed.

Anyone who has ever sung ‘Amazing Grace’ understands the metaphor of spiritual blindness. But this passage shows us that spiritual vision is more than a metaphor, it is the underlying reality that supports natural vision. So when we see someone with natural vision problems, we need to deal with problems of the spiritual eye first. Jesus put it like this. In Luke 11:34 (ESV) Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Clearly he cannot be talking about natural eyes – otherwise it would say “when you eyes are healthy”. 

The following example shows how this can work in practice.

Judith’s testimony

Recently, we were praying for a lady. We prayed that her spiritual vision into the occult realm be shut down. This led to the restoration of natural vision and mental clarity which had been impaired for 14 years.

Judith* attended a free+healed weekend in autumn in Germany. She was very confused and facing countless challenges. After that initial weekend, she was so full of hope that she was ready to drive a total 300 km round trip weekly to our 6 week Called+Empowered course.

Like a child, she needed constant reassurance and was evidently quite confused. She was plagued by a heightened awareness of the demonic realm and she was also afraid of making mistakes. She sincerely wanted to know and do God’s will even in the tiniest daily details of daily life.

One evening, after Judith had already had some deliverance ministry, I proposed that we close her ‘third eye’. This is the esoteric term for the ability to see in the spirit realm. It corresponds to the biblical seer gifting or the discerning of Spirits. Judith derived a lot hope from having this unusual gift. But having seen our genuine concern for her welfare and the progress so far, she agreed to trust us and let it go.

Judith reported that when prayed that her spiritual eye into the realm of darkness be closed, her natural vision improved immediately. For 14 years she had found it hard to see and think clearly. But now she said she could see and think clearly again. Over the next few weeks, different members of our team stayed in close contact to support her as she began to establish new patterns in daily life. It was wonderful to see the return of her natural, intelligent personality.

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