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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hearing from God pt 4

This is the fourth post in a series about Hearing from God. You can use these links to read part one  two, and three here.

I'm continuing discussing various ways in which we hear from God. I've already covered through nature, through the Bible, in dreams, and through short term and long term experiential communication.

This next way is less like listening to what someone is saying to you than to learning a whole new language.

And it's not even really like that because a new language can be acquired through hard work and this, like grace, is a gift given by God...

For this post I'm calling it "spiritual eyes".  And just like a baby has to learn to identify what they see as they grow, a lot of Christians have spiritual eyes but can't focus or process what their eyes are taking in...

And I am not trying to say that my eyesight is particularly good.

However, I can say it's better than it used to be!

If someone does not have spiritual sight trying to explain it to them would be explaining physical sight to someone blind from birth. They might theoretically be able to grasp what sight is, but that doesn't mean they have a real understanding of what it means to see.

However, if you are a Christian, God will open your eyes. But just as a baby has to learn to focus and identify objects, our sight spiritually becomes in tune the more we mature in our faith.

So spiritual sight really effects the way we view the entire world. An example of what I'm talking about would be how I view current events. Or suddenly I can see the spiritual battle in celebrities. I see how the longing for God implanted in the hearts of Hollywood directors and screenwriters shows up in movies. I see how attitudes of people around me are really affected by spiritual forces they are entirely unaware of... I also see it in myself a lot. I suddenly realize I'm irritable because I haven't read my Bible or had fellowship in a longer than ordinary time frame.

It also comes in the form of spiritual insights about people around us. It's like suddenly the lightbulb goes out and you just see the HUNGER for God in their life... but they don't see it. And it is so frustrating.

Or they are a brother or sister, and you show them the spiritual insight and the lightbulb goes off for them too, and that is sooo exciting!

It's seeing the way everything is woven together, seeing God's sovereignty in a world that seems senseless and haphazard to those without this way of seeing.

It also aids greatly in increasing faith because even when you don't see the hand of God's sovereignty, your past experience of seeing God work things out makes faith the logical leap in times of trials.

It's amazing and it's absolutely an essential part of listening to God.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Well if you're a Christian, just pray that God shows you. He will.

If you're not a Christian, then shoot me an email and we can talk about it.

Linking up with Faithful Fridays.

3 comments:

  1. I just read this series. Great job, Pam. You can so see God using you (Sorry about the lost Blog follower.. I know how bad it can hurt). I needed this... all of it.

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  2. Thanks so much, Kelly! The series will continue, hopefully next Friday. This part took a while to write, trying to get it right.

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  3. So well put friend! Love it. :)

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