February 12, 2010

Would I know it if I found It?

Have you ever been looking for something and you could not find it until someone told you right where it was or exactly what shape, color etc it was. That is the same as seeking God, or the things of God.

Do you remember the U2 Song "I Still Haven't Found What I am Looking For"?  Look at the lyrics below and relate them to what we are speaking of. 
Song writers: Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.


I have climbed hightest mountain
I have run through the fields
Only to be with you
Only to be with you
I have run
I have crawled
I have scaled these city walls
These city walls
Only to be with you
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
I have kissed honey lips
Felt the healing in her fingertips
It burned like fire
This burning desire
I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone
But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
I believe in the kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
Well yes I’m still running
You broke the bonds and you
Loosed the chains
Carried the cross
Of my shame
Of my shame
You know I believe it
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for
But I still haven’t found what I am looking for

Yesterday we were talking about expecting God to show up as we see Him. Sometimes it is hard to see Him in any way other than what we know...we only see what we have experienced. This is why He tells us to see by Faith not by sight. This is why we must read about who He says He is and what His promises for us should look like. He loves us and wants us to see His promises not our past mistakes. This is how to see correctly, look for Him, who He says He is and trust. This is how your faith can save you from your brokenness of past mistakes and the past mistakes of others. That is what seeing things through His eyes and mind "looks like".

I pray that "Today" we look for Him with all our heart, mind and body so that we will find Him, through Christ....in all ways.

I know what I have believed, and I know His words are always true,
With Love,

Candace



Is Your Ability to See God Blinded?


Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things . . . —Isaiah 40:26

The people of God in Isaiah’s time had blinded their minds’ ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades, if we will only begin to use our blinded thinking to visualize it.

The real test of spiritual focus is being able to bring your mind and thoughts under control. Is your mind focused on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Is it your work? Is it your idea of what a servant should be, or maybe your experience of salvation and sanctification? If so, then your ability to see God is blinded. You will be powerless when faced with difficulties and will be forced to endure in darkness. If your power to see has been blinded, don’t look back on your own experiences, but look to God. It is God you need. Go beyond yourself and away from the faces of your idols and away from everything else that has been blinding your thinking. Wake up and accept the ridicule that Isaiah gave to his people, and deliberately turn your thoughts and your eyes to God.

One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize. We can no longer even imagine putting ourselves deliberately before God. It is actually more important to be broken bread and poured-out wine in the area of intercession than in our personal contact with others. The power of visualization is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced.  By Oswald Chambers