We spent our days seeing whatever we want and wanting everything we see. We have been given new eyes to see with. God wants us to see we are blind in sin. To look behind the veil and see that the outward experience is not everything.
Thoughts: Samson and his for eyes of lust. Can we see what God sees? We have the mind of Christ. How can we have new eyes of faith? No eye has seen what God has prepared for us.
But to this day the LORD has not given you minds that understand, nor eyes that see, nor ears that hear! Duet 29:4
When you realize God is holy you start to realize your sin and need for a Savior. The Gospel.
Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’” So Aaron held his peace.
So much of our faith is seeing with new perspective.
Desire to be in Gods presence his holiness is there and hones His Spirit in us.
Eph 6 put on the spiritual armor and helmet avoid the veil and hardness of the heart.
Miracles became common to Israel. The things of God become common to us if we lose our holy reverence for God.
Everything is permissible but not beneficial.
[Isa 29:5-7 NLT] 5 "But suddenly, your ruthless enemies will be crushed like the finest of dust. Your many attackers will be driven away like chaff before the wind. Suddenly, in an instant, 6 I, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, will act for you with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire. 7 All the nations fighting against Jerusalem will vanish like a dream! Those who are attacking her walls will vanish like a vision in the night.
[2Pe 2:6-9 NIV] 6 if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-- 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment.
In his epistle to the Romans, Paul underscores Israel's spiritual blindness and clearly identifies who was and is responsible for it:
What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.” (Romans 11:7-8)
He uses somewhat different terminology, but the essence of his words unmistakably matches II Corinthians 4:3-4:
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the [G]od of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
For those who are perishing, the gospel of the Kingdom of God is veiled. They can understand some aspects of it, for which God will hold them accountable, but He has equipped only the elect with the Holy Spirit to understand the deep things (I Corinthians 2:10). Even with what His elect do understand, they still see dimly and await being face to face (see I Corinthians 13:12).
Everybody else will have his or her chance in the resurrection. God holds them responsible for much less than He does the elect. He has consigned them to disobedience so that He may show mercy. When the time is right, He will open the eyes of those whom He has blinded for now.
Believers are ones who believe by faith that the spirit of Christ reigns within them. They do not let doubts and skepticism cloud their spiritual vision like the people of Jesus’ day. Nor do they allow spiritual blindness to set in by selfishly or stubbornly ignoring the truth as the Pharisees did.
As our spiritual eyes are opened, Jesus will become clearer to us. We will see Him as who He is… Messiah, Savior, Lord. As we remain open to hearing His words and heeding them… open to following His plan for our lives… He will reveal Himself more and more to us through divine revelation and spiritual insight. His path before us will become visible through our eyes of faith.
Our faith rests in our Redeemer enthroned in Heaven. One day we will see Him face to face. We will receive our promised crown of life… and live and reign with Him for all eternity. Our lives are lived trusting in these unseen realities which can only be spiritually discerned. As we keep our eyes of faith focused on our Lord, we will see with spiritual clarity.
Thank you for another great day of Zoom Battle Prayer.