faith

  • Seeing The Invisible

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    George Warnock in his great book “The Feast of Tabernacles” describes believers in Jesus, members of the new creation, sons and daughters of the Kingdom of God as those who:

    “See the invisible, hear the inaudible, hold the intangible, declare the unspeakable, explore the unsearchable and do the impossible.”

    In Isaiah 35, starting at verse 8 the prophet writes:

    “And a highway shall be there and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.”

    The apostle Paul found himself in all sorts of perilous predicaments. He did not have a comfortable life in the natural. Yet, he counted it all joy. How could he do that? Because he saw the invisible. Paul realized that there was a deeper reality that transcended the physical realm. It’s not that the physical realm is not real, it’s just that the spiritual reality is “real-er!”

    How does that relate to you and me today? Jesus Christ didn’t die just to give His life for us, but to give His life to us! Those who have, by faith, received the life that Jesus gives us, live in two realities simultaneously. We live in the natural, physical world and relate to it by our senses- touch, taste, sight, sound and smell. We also live in the spiritual realm, the invisible and we relate to that realm by faith, prayer, worship, delighting in the God Who delights in us, imagination, hearing the voice of God, grounded in the written scripture, led by the Holy Spirit.

    “For all who are led by the Spirit are sons of God.” (Romans 8:14)

    Even as kingdoms and nations and systems are being shaken we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. I want to have my eyes wide open- in the natural and the spiritual. Even in the midst of tough circumstances, we receive the peace that passes understanding, that transcends natural circumstances. There were troubles, conflicts, dangerous and horrific things happening in the days of the early church, yet people were filled with joy because God gave (and gives) grace to see the invisible. There is a God Who loves, full of truth and grace, Who reigns!

    Hebrews 12:28,29: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”