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Bible Ballistics: BBs #698  Can You See It NOW???

I would like to share a challenge today—a challenge for us all to examine ourselves to see what we really “see”!

They have not known

 nor understood:

for he hath shut their eyes,

that they cannot see;

and their hearts,

that they cannot understand.”  Isaiah 44:18

Jesus also commented on Isaiah’s message:

But though he had done so many miracles before them,

yet they believed not on him:

38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet

might be fulfilled,

which he spake,

Lord, who hath believed

our report?

and to whom hath the arm of the Lord

been revealed?

39 Therefore they could not believe,

because that Esaias said again,

40 He hath blinded their eyes,

and hardened their heart;

that they should not see with their eyes,

nor understand with their heart,      

and be converted,

and I should heal them.”   John 12:37-40

Have you seen HIM?  Paul also made a reference to the same condition of men.

(According as it is written,

God hath given them the spirit of slumber,

eyes that they should not see,

and ears that they should not hear;

unto this day.”  Romans 11:8

There’s also another message which was a part of Isaiah’s great vision of God, reminding us that without God’s work to open hearts and minds to His truth, there is no hope.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying,

Whom shall I send,

and who will go for us?

Then said I,

Here am I;

send me. 9

And he said,

Go,

and tell this people,

Hear ye indeed,

but understand not;

and see ye indeed,

but perceive not.

10 Make the heart of this people fat,

and make their ears heavy,

and shut their eyes;

lest they see

with their eyes,

and hear

with their ears,

and understand

with their heart,

and convert,

and be healed.”   Isaiah 6:8-10

There are many who will not hear or see anything other than their own way; but we are called to examine ourselves, to judge ourselves (that kind of sinks the notion that we are never to judge!), and to be sure that we have “real faith”—faith that is fixed on Jesus and we are following Him, His Word, and His way!

Examine yourselves,

whether ye be in the faith;

prove your own selves.

Know ye not your own selves,

how that Jesus Christ is in you,

except ye be reprobates?”   2 Corinthians 13:5

And interestingly enough, we all need reminding, just as the Corinthian believers did, to remember that “saying so, doesn’t make it so”!  Even as Paul had already told them in his first letter what faith is—trusting in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for our SIN—and real faith, as James said, is evident by our actions!

Moreover, brethren,

I declare unto you the gospel

which I preached unto you,

which also ye have received,

and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved,

if ye keep in memory what I preached

unto you,

unless ye have believed

in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all

that which I also received,

how that Christ died for our sins

according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried,

and that he rose again the third day

according to the scriptures:

5 And that he was seen of Cephas,

then of the twelve:”  1 Corinthians 15:1-5

We must be willing to allow God to open our eyes that we might see what HE sees; that we might truly be the “wise man” described by Jesus in Matthew 7; a passage that reminds us again that “saying so, doesn’t make it so”!

Not every one that saith unto me,

Lord, Lord,

shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that doeth the will of my Father

which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day,

Lord, Lord,

have we not

prophesied in thy name?

and in thy name

have cast out devils?

and in thy name

done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them,

I never knew you:

depart from me,

ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever

heareth these sayings of mine,

and doeth them,

I will liken him unto a wise man,

which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell not:

for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that

heareth these sayings of mine,

and doeth them not,

shall be likened unto a foolish man,

which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended,

and the floods came,

and the winds blew,

and beat upon that house;

and it fell:

and great was the fall of it.”  Matthew 7:21-27

Rock or sand, the choice is yours?  But choose wisely—there is a test!  So, a couple of verses in closing that remind us that salvation is all about God’s work, not our own, other than to believe and receive the work that Jesus Christ has already done.

Jesus therefore answered and said unto them,

Murmur not among yourselves.

44 No man can come to me,

except the Father

which hath sent me

draw him:

and I will raise him up

at the last day.”  John 6:43-44

Have you seen HIM?  As HE IS?  For WHO HE IS?  You can today!

Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way,

the truth,

and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.  John 14:6

Jesus sees YOU!  HE loves YOU!  I pray that you will hear HIS voice and see HIS love for you and open the door.  And if you are HIS already, I pray that you will truly learn to grow in faith, grace and truth by HIS precious Holy Spirit—use those eyes and ears for Jesus!

Behold,

I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man

hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him,

and will sup with him,

and he with me.

21 To him that overcometh

will I grant to sit with me in my throne,

even as I also overcame,

and am set down with my Father

in his throne.

22 He that hath an ear,

let him hear what the Spirit saith

unto the churches.”  Revelation 3:20-22

Amen and Amen!

May you be blessed with a joyous and blessed New Year full of the “joy of The Lord”, growing in HIS grace and truth.  See you all next year, Lord willing!