A Key To Miracles
Jesus once called a group of onlookers hypocrites because they could
discern the weather but couldn't discern the times. It's apparent why
Jesus would prefer people to recognize the times (spiritual climate and
seasons) over natural weather conditions--but it's not quite so apparent
why He would consider them hypocrites if they didn't.
Many of us have thought that the ability to see into the spiritual realm
is more the result of a special gift than a personal responsibility for
everyone. Jesus addressed this charge to the Pharisees and Sadducees. The
very fact that they, of all people, were required to see is evidence
enough that everyone has been given this ability. They became blind to His
domain because of their own corrupted heart, and were judged for their
The born again experience enables us to see from the heart. A heart that
doesn't see is considered a hard heart. Faith was never intended to simply
get us into the family. It is what makes the life in this family
enjoyable. Faith sees. It brings His Kingdom and it's resources into
focus, and the Kingdom and it's resources are accessible by faith.
Jesus Commanded Us To, "Seek First the Kingdom of God...."
Paul said, "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." He
also stated, "For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things
which are not seen are eternal." The Bible clearly instructs us to turn
our attention towards the invisible. This theme is repeated enough in
scripture to make most of us from this Western culture quite nervous. We
tend to prefer the material world.
Yet, herein lies the secret to much of the supernatural realm that we want
restored to the church. Jesus told us that He only did what He saw His
Father do. Such an insight is vital for those who want more. The power of
His actions (i.e. the mud in the eye of the blind) is rooted in His
ability to see.
God is very committed to teaching us how to see. To make this possible He
gave us the Holy Spirit as a tutor. The curriculum that He uses is quite
varied. But the one class we all qualify for is the greatest of all
Christian privileges--worship. Learning how to see is not the purpose for
our worship, but it a wonderful byproduct.
Those Who Worship In Spirit and Truth Learn to Follow the Holy Spirits
His realm is called the Kingdom of God. The throne of God, which becomes
established upon the praises of His people, is the center of that Kingdom.
It's in the environment of worship that we learn things that go way beyond
what our intellect can embrace.
David was so affected by worship that all His other exploits pale in
comparison to his abandoned heart for God. We know that he learned to see
into God's realm because of statements like, "I have set the LORD always
before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved." (Psalms
16:8). The Presence of God affected his seeing. He constantly practiced
recognizing God's Presence. He saw God daily, not with the natural eyes,
but with the eyes of the heart.
The privilege of worship is a good beginning place for those unaccustomed
to addressing some of these kinds of themes found in scripture. In
worship, we can learn to pay attention to this God given gift--the ability
to see with the heart.
As we learn to worship with purity of heart, our eyes will continue to
open. And we can expect to see what He wants us to see.