Seeing IS Believing

God gave us eyes to see the beauty of His creation. It is easy for us to see physically and to be distracted by the things of this world; to settle for the status quo.  But to see Beyond a Mere Christianity requires three things: light, revelation, and new eyes. And these three come from God through His Son, Jesus Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit.

At the foundation of the world God said, “Let there be light.” Before there was sun or moon, there was light, simply by His Word. Jesus was identified as the Light and the Word from heaven. He opened heaven for us to reveal the Father/Creator and heaven itself in Him.

All this ~ beyond this world ~ is revealed in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.

There was darkness before God said, “Let there be light.” We cannot see in the dark. So, it is with human hearts.
When speaking to Nicodemus, who came to him at night, Jesus knew His real need, and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” John 3:3

This was a reflection of Ezekiel 36:26 regarding the promise that the Lord would give His people a new heart and a new spirit; taking away the heart of stone and rebellion against Him. With the new heart and spirit come eyes of faith to see what others cannot see; to understand the things of God.

Jesus said to His disciples:

 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” Matthew 13:17

To the religious leaders and others who heard him:

 “But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.” John 6:36

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.” John 8:56

 “And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” John 9:39

 “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” John 12:45

“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:40

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

The eyes of faith enable us to endure through the most difficult trials. Stephen spoke of heaven opened to him in his persecution.

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56

“As one looks and discovers that almost everything down here is in confusion, chaos, and ruins, it seems as though Satan were getting the better of the conflict. But as one looks above, instead of around, there is plainly visible to the eye of faith a Throne, a Throne unaffected by the storms of earth, a Throne that is “set,” stable and secure; and upon it is seated One whose name is the Almighty, and who “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11). This then is our confidence-God is on the Throne.Though God’s governing hand is invisible to the eye of sense it is real to faith, that faith which rests with sure confidence upon His Word, and therefore is assured He cannot fail.” The Sovereignty of God ~ A. W. Pink

We find in Hebrews 11 a list of those who saw Jesus and heaven with eyes of faith; who endured to the end. And as spoken of Moses:

“By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27

And these are the promises that the world cannot see.

 “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:17

“But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.” Romans 15:21

Paul prayed for “the eyes of understanding to be enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18).

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18

How we see determines our joy in this life.
To see Christ is to live joyfully in anticipation of eternity with Him, “even in this vale of sin, for he illumines and gives the beauty of grace, forgiveness, and hope. When the curtain of this life drops, it will rise to the sight of his loving gaze, his exalted splendor, his unending, satisfying presence.” The Lord of Glory ~ Chris Strevel

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” 1 Peter 1:8

“and we shall be like him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Gracious Father in heaven, thank you for sending the Great Physician to be your light in our darkness; for birthing us into your kingdom with a new heart, spirit, eyes, and life in Him. Fill us with your Spirit of truth ~ the Spirit of Christ ~ that we may see you and live in light of your glory. This is our joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

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God Is Making His Own Movie

Christian filmakers are gathered in San Antonio this week for the annual Christian Film Festival.  As I think of the creativity of the young men who are making movies that depict the truths of God in real life I remember years ago when I thought that what we are livingimages in this world is but a movie.  At first I considered it a movie of our own making, but since then, in discovering the sovereignty of God, my thoughts have turned to the idea that it is His movie and not ours. (As you read the following, please forgive any of this weak-minded professor’s thoughts with which you may disagree.)

We are but members of the cast that He has planned and created for His own purposes. The plot is His. He is the producer, His Holy Spirit the director, Jesus Christ the lead character.  The script is written around Him.  The script ~ the Scripture ~ is given to those whom He has cast.

The opening scene is darkness in which He shines His own Light.  He arranges the scenery of the heavens and earth, then the characters in their places.  From there the plot is set.  The Light will always be rejected by the darkness.  The prince of darkness will through every episode be at war with the goodness that comes from the prince of Light.   Throughout the Scripture that He has written there is the antithesis.  Every character in his place is with or against the Light revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ.  As all are relegated to the  darkness through the disobedience of the first character Adam, God reveals His plan to deliver some, so as to show His power and His mercy.

The most poignant scene is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ; the suffering that is prophesied and fulfilled in His death is the means of victory over the prince of the darkness (Jesus came to live in the darkness in order to deliver His people from it).  It is the central point of the story; that by His resurrection from the dead He will bring those who believe in Him, and follow Him, to their new home with Him, and to a heavenly Father, who is the unseen power behind all that is happening.

In the remaining scenes we see His people continuing in a warfare with the prince of darkness.  Their Prince of Light has gone on to make preparations for their arrival; but He must prove them as His  “children of light:” so through the wilderness of the world ~ that was depraved when man first sinned against the Creator ~ His people fight the good fight, contending for the faith that was given through His Son, Jesus Christ.  They must go the same way He did, through the trial and tribulation of this world.

We each have our part.  We must know it; study and memorize the Script(ure); and practice it as we are directed by His Holy Spirit.  We must interact with the other characters; gather with them each week for the rehearsal of that great day for the last scene.  What a spectacular ending (or should we say beginning) when all things, both in heaven and earth, shall be gathered together as one, in Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 1:10)

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.
And the dead in Christ will rise first. 
Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them

in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 

 Therefore comfort one another with these words.”  
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18