Thursday, August 6, 2015

Perception, Part 2

And becoming aware of it, Jesus said to them, “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes, and fail to see? Do you have ears, and fail to hear? And do you not remember? -- Mark 8: 17-18

While at worship at Word Alive this past Sunday, we took communion.  As Kent spoke over the bread and cup, April kept hearing him say the word covenant.  I didn't notice.  She did because earlier in worship she saw in the Spirit rainbows, the sign of covenant.  She believes it was meant to be a reminder to her God has made promises to us.

Earlier in Kent's morning message, he said we should all get passports because we're to go to the nations.  In comparing notes, April and I both had the thought, on Sand Mountain, the nations will come to us.  This is a promise made to us (God's Salvation On This Holy Mountain, posted 7/20/15).  

Jesus' words to the disciples in Mark 8 challenged them to perceive and understand what was going on.  Are they paying attention or are their hearts hard?  Are their senses not functioning?  Are they not remembering?  

The gospel lesson in the Daily Office this past Sunday was from John 1:

Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  -- John 1: 50-51

I have a history with these verses that I've documented (Greater Things, posted 11/26/13).  We've tasted like an appetizer of the greater things, but the fullness hasn't manifested yet.  Due to the tasting, I perceive what the greater things could be.  I will not forget my encounter with the Holy when I read verse 50 ten or so years ago as if I'd never read it before.   Verse 51, angels ascending and descending, rings of what the portal on the farm will be.  I perceive what all this may mean while I accept the mystery incorporated.  Just the same, I trust God.

In worship Sunday morning at Word Alive, I was reminded in my spirit of 1 Timothy 1: 18-19 -  

I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

These verses were given to me while attending Forest Lake UMC in Tuscaloosa, 15 years ago (These Hallelujahs Be Multiplied (100th Post), posted 1/5/15).  These verses aid my perception of myself.  I've been given promises and prophecies.  While 15 years ago, I couldn't put my finger on any prophecies spoken over me, I couldn't say with certainty I'd been in any serious spiritual warfare, either.  Today, both are true.  I understand what these verses mean to me personally.  They were given to me 15 years ago by the Spirit as a promise I could trust.  The Lord sees the end from the beginning.  Selah.

Like King David in 2 Samuel 5, we may not catch all that we've experienced or heard when it occurred or spoken to us.  Like the disciples in the boat wondering if they had enough bread while they were sitting with the One who turns a kid's lunch into a feast for thousands, we can trust what we've experienced in the presence of our heavenly Father.  He's teaching us to perceive, understand what he's told us, what the Spirit has shared with us and what we've experienced that's revealed to us from his Kingdom in a snapshot.  

What we've heard and seen, experienced and understood from the Lord is never wasted.  All of it is setting us up for our destiny to bring heaven to earth, light into darkness, healing where there's only sickness, and life where only death is trusted.  The world is waiting for the revelation of the children of God stepping into their destinies.  I may not perceive everything he's shared with me, just the same, I can trust the Lord!  Alleluia!

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