|OPEN YOUR WINDOW AND WIN|
And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD’S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. -2 Kings 13:17
God has sent Elisha to explain to Joash how to get victory over his enemy. They are in a closed room, and the blinds are drawn; the shutters are closed. And, there is this so-called “godly” king whimpering, sniffling, weeping, crying, failing. And, the man of God says, “Open the window!” And, he says, “Open it toward the east.” Why toward the east? Well, if you know your Bible geography, you know that’s where Syria is. That was his enemy; that’s where ole’ Ahaziah was. And, God says, “I want you to face the foe. I want you to let the sunlight come in. I want you to understand what the situation is.” You see, dear friend, if you would be victorious, you must expose the place of your fear, expose the place of your failure, expose the place of your doubts.
There are areas in our lives that we don’t want to face. There are failures that we do not want to honestly deal with. And, we’re failing, and we continue to fail. And, we stay in these dark rooms behind these closed shutters for fear of failure and fear of facing the thing that we need to face. And friend, we’re never going to have victory until we throw open those windows of fear. The devil has intimidated so many of us, and we need to look out into the sunshine of God’s light and understand there is really nothing to be afraid of when it comes to the devil.
And, do you know what fear is? F-E-A-R—False evidence appearing real. The devil is a sinister minister of fear. And, do you know, you can be fooled by false evidence. A man can put his hand in his pocket and say, “Stick ’em up”— scare you to death with his finger. Isn’t that right? False evidence. And, you say, “But, he might have a gun in there.” That’s right, but I want to tell you, dear friend, the devil’s just pointing his finger; he has no real power. “Oh,” you say, “he has power.” Yes, but his power is the power of deception; his power is the power of fear. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of [love], and of [power], and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). And, what God is saying is, “Open the windows to the east. Face your fear- that place of failure, that place of doubt ,discouragement, and depression.” Friend, the arrows of victory cannot be shot through closed windows.