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Eyes Wide Shut

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If we could see all that Christ accomplished for us through His death and resurrection, our lives would be forever changed.

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and long-suffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:9-14 NKJV)

If we could comprehend the mysteries of Christ in us, we would no longer be fearful and powerless.

Faith would never again yield to doubt or unbelief.

If we could see.

If our eyes could be opened.

But we seem to be satisfied with knowing our position in Christ, but not allowing it to alter our condition.

With eyes wide shut we declare our place in Christ; but not with the power that affects our circumstances.

With eyes wide shut our mental facilities have ascribed to the truth of God’s word, but our heart has yet to understand the meaning of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

With eyes wide shut there’s a disconnect between what Christ’s resurrection has secured and the low life we live.

With eyes wide shut we relegate all we can’t comprehend to the future, and miss seeing “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in Heaven.”

With eyes wide shut we fold our hands politely in prayer, but fail to fight the good fight of faith.

With eyes wide shut the divine nature of God is kept stored away in our “doctrinal cupboard”, unopened; its affixed label, “taste and see that the Lord is good”, having never been read, much less understood.

With eyes wide shut the world looks hopelessly for evidence of God living in the midst of His people; in the midst of us.

With eyes wide shut the fragrance of Jesus is nothing more than stale dogma.

With eyes wide shut believers quarrel, ministries quit, and the devil quickly pounces on all those who begin to hear a fresh and vital Word from God.

With eyes wide shut, that which Christ purchased for mankind goes unclaimed.

With eyes wide shut, the “glass darkly” we look through never becomes clearer, the promises never seem nearer, and the Word of God is never more than just a good book.

May God open the eyes of our understanding to behold His truth, experience His power, display His glory, and demonstrate His kingdom.

You see, in truth Jesus “spoiled principalities and powers of darkness”. In truth Jesus has been given ALL power in Heaven and earth. In truth Jesus delivered ALL of mankind from the authority of the devil and transferred them to the Kingdom of God. In truth we shall receive power when the Holy Spirit “comes on us”, and we’ll be His witnesses-declaring and demonstrating the Kingdom of God through the Name of Jesus.

With eyes wide OPEN, we will know the hope of His calling, partake of His divine nature, and go about doing the deeds of our Father.

With eyes wide OPEN, we will run and not be weary, stand in the face of adversity, and declare the Lordship of Jesus over every situation.

With eyes wide OPEN, the path of the just becomes brighter, our burden lighter, and our faith bolder.

With eyes wide OPEN, no weapon formed against us shall prosper and no fear overtake us as we relentlessly pursue the knowledge of His will and the honor due His Name.

“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all.” (Ephesians 1:15-23 NKJV)

Open our eyes, Lord. Open them wide!

I Don’t Know…

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I don’t know more than I do know. Do you know what I mean?

I mean, the more I think I know, the more I realize I know less, not more.

It’s not like I’m trying to be stupid, or remain ignorant; no, not at all. I attempt to learn something new each day. And usually I do, in some way or another.

But at the end of the day I must admit: I have still not learned it all!

I’ll give you a few examples of things I don’t know. Of course, there are a number of scientific, mathematical, and physics type stuff I don’t know. That’s a given (for most people). So the examples I’ll use are things many people claim to know, especially about God, Church, The Hereafter, and this wonderful thing called life.

Things I DON’T know…

I don’t know when my life on earth will end.

I don’t know where Heaven is, geographically.

I don’t know why God created us, even when He knew the mess we’d make.

I don’t know how the Church expects to get along in Heaven, when they don’t like each other here on earth.

I don’t know why everyone isn’t healed by the power of God.

I don’t know why some people are born into a communist nation, and others are allowed to grow up in a democratic one.

I don’t know who the antichrist is, though I believe he’s living today.

I don’t know how the great catching away of the church will take place, or when.

I don’t know my own heart as well as I think.

I definitely don’t know yours!

I don’t know when the next Great Awakening will take place; I hope and pray there will be one.

I don’t know how God can be everywhere, know everything, and keep everything together like He does.

I don’t know why!

I don’t know where Cain found his wife.

I don’t know why Lot’s wife looked back.

I don’t know when the Last Trumpet will blow.

I don’t know who will be the last person to get saved.

I don’t know how people can believe in evolution.

I don’t know how miracles happen.

I don’t know when the dead in Christ shall rise, other than they’ll precede those who are alive when Jesus comes again.

I don’t know where the wind comes from, even though I listen to the weather reports.

I don’t know everything the Spirit of God does, or says.

Actually, I know very little of what He does.

I don’t know why I was born when I was, or into the family God placed me.

I don’t know how some people can continually reject God.

I don’t know why some people are not satisfied unless they find a way to hurt someone else.

I don’t know why some folks always seem to be the targets of hurtful people!

I don’t understand why others act like they are victims of life. Always!

I don’t know why people look different.

I don’t know, can’t explain, why the majority of people can’t get along with each other.

I don’t know why man seems to think he’s smarter than God!

I don’t know why man thinks he’s God!

Okay, you get the idea. And though there is much I don’t know, there are a few things I definitely know!

I know there is a God in Heaven!

I know there is a devil.

I know I am an eternal being, and will spend eternity in either Heaven, with God, or in the Lake of Fire which was prepared for the devil and his cohorts.

I know when I die I will go to Heaven, because of faith in Jesus and His Word.

I know God’s Word is true. It is Truth!

I know in Whom I believe, and I’m persuaded He is able to guard what I have committed to Him.

I know Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and that He lives in me by the power of the Holy Spirit.

I know God. I believe God.

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25 NLT)

How much do you NOT KNOW? And WHO DO YOU KNOW?

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