Single Eye Seeing Q & A
By Fred Pruitt
(Mat 6:22, 23) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
Q: How do we always see God at work in the world, since so much looks like the opposite and appears the work of Satan?
A: We’ll start with your words: “Teach me to see God at work in the world. I have difficulty seeing God universal, I need specifics in recognizing the work of the Spirit.”
Right here at the outset you have come to the heart of the matter and the sum total of everything: “God at work in the world.” Because you see, even without realizing it you have hit on the total truth of all existence, which is that all you see is God at work in the world. There is nothing which we can identify that we can say that God is not at work there. So we have already arrived at the totality! But let’s go on.
You say you have difficulty seeing God universal. I appreciate your honesty. If you don’t mind, let me share with you some sense of what I think this “universal seeing” is, and how it is we might live in that seeing.
You must understand, there is no trick here. There are no techniques, no good deeds, no right thoughts, nor any other thing imaginable that we could do, be or give, to attain this “universal sight.” Jesus says to see with single vision and we say yes, we should see with a single vision, but the truth be told, it is as impossible for us to do that as it is for us to do anything else ourselves. To see “single,” or with “universal sight” is absolutely beyond us.
Now when I say beyond us, what I am really meaning is that this universal or single sight is not the bailiwick of the redeemed yet continuous self-consciousness in which we walk. The sight which is subject to our five senses is not the sight system we are talking about. The outer sight system, in this sense, says, “Not I, but Christ,” because only the inner sight system, operated in our spirits by the Holy Spirit, is capable of this universal grasp of things. Only in spirit do we see the things of the Spirit.
What is this universal or single sight? It is a continuous recognition by faith of the perfect outworking of God in all things, nothing excepted. And there is then a further recognition, that if what we are seeing is the outworking of God in any given situation, person or event, then it MUST BE love at its top and its bottom, because God is love and can only act in love. Therefore everything, though some of it may be in a state of misuse by the evil one, (whose deception infiltrates everything that is, making the world appear completely askew and out of kilter), is nevertheless working the perfect working of the love of God by which all things are purposed and redeemed into light and glory for the benefit of all of us.
But we must understand this is an inner sight by faith! And by inner, I do not mean of the realm of thoughts and feelings, but of the invisible and imperceptible. In other words, the outer mind does not attain to it except by hints and flashes. The outer mind can only see what it was created to see — the things of this world of appearance. By faith I mean that we enter or dwell in this sight by our word of agreement with God, that what He has revealed to us we stand in as living truth, whether or not we see or perceive it with our outer senses or understanding.
Q: But aren’t people often driven and motivated by the devil to do what they do? And if they do not believe in Jesus, aren’t they actually living as and expressing Satan?
A: While that might be temporally true, it is still not the single-eye sight by which God looks and sees. The one thing certain about looking out and seeing people as Satan, or seeing evil as simply evil, is that they will continue to be that to us. No faith is necessary in that type of sight. We are seeing “at” them, seeing only the flat facade of appearance. They may act a certain way; and we have already decided if people act a certain way, or believe certain things, then they are Satan-filled and in opposition to God. That is only the beginning of the truth, not the whole truth, but if we have stopped there at that partial seeing, then we are failing to walk in the fullness of who we really are.
God has called us into fellowship with Him, where we speak as He in order that we might be the revealers of light in the middle of darkness, but if instead we affirm the darkness which we see in appearance instead of the light which we only see by faith, what have we revealed? We have revealed nothing and only pointed to the obvious. Evil is apparent to everyone. We may correctly see Satan, but do we see God behind Satan? That is my point.
We can be faith for those who oppose us or themselves, instead of joining them in their unbelief, if indeed they are living in unbelief. Ultimately that is not our business (their faith or unbelief), but the Father’s. We can see through any person to the real Person within them, as each are the expression of the Real Person, whether as vessels of honor or dishonor. Nothing can come to us or anyone except it be from the Father, even if at the hands of the enemy. But to have stopped short of seeing that, is to stop short of our own liberation, and if we are not in liberation then we cannot liberate anyone else. Our liberation is only in seeing through the veil of the devil to the Father who works all things after the counsel of His own will. And once we have broken through appearances to our own liberation, our liberation also frees those who are bound by the same appearances.
The devil says, “Hey, I’m here!” (through appearances, events, people’s attitudes and beliefs, etc.), and we say, “Yes, I see you, there you are. Oh, no, what are we going to do? Why did God let this happen?” But what we may not realize is that the devil, by appearing in front of us and affirming his reality and power, is blocking our vision to God Who IS All in all IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT, simply by attracting attention to himself. He is always fracture, strife, tit-for-tat. And in his own realm of hell in which he lives, he is right about what he says. He tells the truth when he lies. Or, his truths are always lies.
But, in heaven, what he says is not so. He is only a puff of wind, a blowhard and a liar. When we live in heaven, (and our conversation/life is in heaven, Phil 3:20), what is the devil to us? He throws his worst at us, at the Father’s behest, and it only backfires on him and proves to be the Father’s perfect plan to “save much people alive.” (Gen 50:20). Here we find our liberation, and therefore the liberation of all around us.
For those whom we might call Satan, we can just as easily turn the same faith toward speaking the truth for them, which perhaps they cannot speak for themselves, that at their true hearts they are Christ, and then we might be able to transfer our faith-sight for them to them. Isn’t that the point of our being Christ in our form? It is not just for our own rescue and comfort, but for the reconciliation of the entire universe! Especially the universe right at our fingertips.
Are there situations, events, persons, in our personal universes in this current moment, who in one way or another seem to be in opposition to God and His truth? Let us then speak truth right at that point, maybe against what it looks like or what it feels like — that even in the middle of the “shadow of the valley of death,” there HE IS.
Q: What about people who actively oppose us when we bring the truths of union and seeing God in all things?
A: My initial response is that you are overly minded of being rejected and opposed.
I don’t know any rules regarding the subject you ask about. I approach it like I approach everything else. I recognize all those things you say, but hardly give them a thought, since they are the Lord’s doing through whatever vessel HE sends. If someone rejects me or persecutes me it’s the Father’s cup, and I go with it as it is given. You seem all worked up about something that is normal and Jesus said would be the case.
Plus I wonder if you automatically interpret all disagreement with you as opposition to God. I hope not. (Don’t take condemnation – I’ve done it too!) You are not Christ in you to have everybody recognize it and bow down to you and say what you say is true and right, but you are Christ in you to give yourself to others and be without reputation among them, to serve them and give them life by being a weak lamb among them. There is nothing in it for you.
Get your mind off Satan in others, and see God in others, even though they oppose you. You will be surprised because often you will find Him there where you thought Satan was.
My first reaction to some of what you have written, (about what evil looks like, how to know the warnings, etc.) is to tell you I don’t spend a nanosecond — ever — thinking about what evil would look like or how to spot false teachers, etc. I only look at the oneness of God in all things and what is not authentic is obvious. “My sheep know my voice.” If I hear His voice, I go, if not, I don’t. There is no describing how evil or the false would look because it would look just like anything else and chances are would sound like anything else. Truth has nothing to do with appearance whatsoever. Truth is spirit. We know truth in spirit and not by the flesh. We are of the truth, and we know truth when we hear it, see it, experience it. The Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, every moment. You recognize “Satan’s devices” because the One in you gives you the necessary awareness at the necessary time. You walk a free life in the Spirit, and you are being kept from the power of the wicked one by the Spirit who lives in you.
Nothing to prove. Nothing to fear. Only one job – dispense the Love of God!
From: Sonnets from the Portuguese
By: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his ancient tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turn had flung,
A shadow across me. Straitway I was ‘ware
So weeping, how a mystic shape did move
Behind me, and drew me by the hair,
And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,
“Guess now who holds thee,” – “Death,” I said.
The Silver answer rang, “Not Death, but Love.”
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:7)