Proverbs 1 5-1-20

Ever get the feeling that there’s more going on around you than you can see? It’s because it’s true!

17 How useless to spread a net
    where every bird can see it!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood;
    they ambush only themselves!

For Easter this year, we were singing and preaching to the tech crew because of COVID19. We had a living room set on the stage with a backdrop on the stage-right side for the singers. Bryan and Luann sat around the “living room” instead of having the traditional podium and choir. As I was standing by the fireplace, it dawned on me that those watching via internet would not see anything else but the living room and backdrop. They wouldn’t see the cords and lights, the speakers and cameras, or even the musicians, and certainly not the techs. Yet, we and they were all part of the set and the events for the morning.

The perception created by the camera for the viewers made me realize that our physical bodies keep us from seeing the spiritual realm that is happening all around us. Perception is NOT truth. God’s Word is truth John 17:17. JESUS is truth John 1:14, John 14:6. There have been a few people that have had the veil lifted so that they could see the heavenly realm around us:

Elisha 2 Kings 6:17-18

Isaiah Isaiah 6:1-8

Ezekiel Ezekiel 1:4-28 and continuing prophetic visions

Daniel Daniel 7:9-10 and surrounding prophetic visions

Sometimes we are afraid of life’s circumstances. We needn’t be. God’s angels surround us and protect us. “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation [us]?” Hebrews 1:14.

Sometimes we are afraid of demonic activity. If it’s physical, we get away from it. If it’s personal, we resist it. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:7-8a.

Sometimes we are afraid of the future, especially death. Again, we needn’t be. Paradise awaits us! “Jesus answered him, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:43. “But our citizenship is in heaven.And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” Philippians 3:20-21

The other image given in Scripture is of an arena of which we are the runners on the track, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off  everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1. We are on the field and in the race. We can only see the track, the hurdles, and the runners beside us. This analogy is particularly poignant to me as a track runner in high school. I have vivid memories of being on the track and being focused on that first hurdle! And just like my narrow focus, our little view of all that is going on around us is just that: LITTLE. NARROW. LIMITED. INCOMPLETE. Our faith is in the LORD. In the Philippians 3:20-21 passage, it mentions Christ’s power that enables Him to bring everything under His control. If we willingly submit to His control, we have absolutely nothing to worry about.

The next verse of the Hebrews 12:1 passage tells us on what to focus: “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” JESUS is the One on which for us to keep our eyes fixed. The best way to do that is to read and pray: Read His Word daily–or even more often–and converse with Him constantly. Remember, READING IS PRAYING. He talks to us through His Word and we listen. Then we respond in prayer, praise and worship!

If you feel like you were made for more than what’s in this world, just know that you are! And, we will get to it eventually. Jesus IS bringing everything under His control in HIS time and in HIS way. We can trust Him on that.

Abba, I can hardly wait! In the meantime, use me as You see fit. By the time I die, I want to be used up and frayed like an old, used tennis racquet, or a chipped sword. Dare I say that I want to go out in a blaze of glory? I love Zig Ziglar’s attitude, Lord: I don’t want to slip into the grave gently; I want to slide into that grave sideways, have that casket pop open and I exclaim, “Hotdog! What a ride! What a ride!” May I have the faith and the opportunity to live that kind of life and die that kind of death, O Lord, for Your glory! Amen.

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