Church Revival Part 2

Church Revival Part 2


Is it possible to see the invisible God?
Absolutely! The Lord Jesus Christ Himself has said so in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (NKJV)

We see when we look. If we don’t look at Him then we cannot see Him. Another word for seeing is gaze which means to look steadily and intently especially in admiration, surprise or thought according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

Webster’s Dictionary 1828
GAZE, verb intransitive: To fix the eyes and look steadily and earnestly; to look with eagerness or curiosity; as in admiration, astonishment, or in study.
GAZE, verb transitive: To view with fixed attention.
GAZE, noun: A fixed look; a look of eagerness, wonder or admiration; a continued look of attention.
The word see here is not a casual look but to look or stare at Him steadily and intently especially in admiration, surprise and thought. It is to gaze upon Him. And we can do it when we worship Him in spirit and truth. We need to look at Him steadily and intentionally with the eyes of our hearts while we are offering the sacrifice of praise to God continually which is the fruit of our lips.

Heb. 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.          (KJV)

 

Whenever we are worshiping God it is an opportunity to look at His beauty, His glory, to see Him according to what His word says about Him. There are no time frame or limited visiting hours to see Him. As children of God we have access to His presence all the time. It is not about only seeing Him on the throne of heaven but also in our hearts. We need to be able to see Him in a very personal level in our lives.

 

Hebrews 12:14 

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (NKJV)

It is the purity or innocence of heart that is required to be able to see the invisible God. Peace is the result of purity. And purity is only possible by the love of God. When your heart is pure you will want to live a peaceful life with everyone. It is the ulterior motives and negative attitude of the heart toward others that causes the bad effects in relationships. And these things will hindrance us seeing God. So in order to see God we must have a pure heart which the Lord gives us.

Psalm 17:15 The Passion Translation (TPT)
15 As for me, because I am innocent I will see your face
    until I see you for who you really are.
    Then I will awaken with your form and be fully satisfied,
    fulfilled in the revelation of your glory in me!

Psalm 15:1-2

Lord, who dares to dwell with you?
    Who presumes the privilege of being close to you,
    living next to you in your shining place of glory?
    Who are those who daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit?
They are passionate and wholehearted,
    always sincere and always speaking the truth—
    for their hearts are trustworthy. (TPT)

 

 

Psalm 24:3-6

Who, then, ascends into the presence of the Lord?
    And who has the privilege of entering into God’s Holy Place?
Those who are clean—whose works and ways are pure,
    whose hearts are true and sealed by the truth,
    those who never deceive, whose words are sure.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing
    and righteousness given by the Savior-God.
They will stand before God,
    for they seek the pleasure of God’s face, the God of Jacob. (TPT)

By the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit has created a new heart and a new spirit within us when He baptized us into Christ and made us new creations. Actually God fulfilled what He had promised through Prophet Ezekiel.

 

Ezekiel 36:25-27

25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. (NLT)

The word of God is clean water that cleanses us. Our own human righteousness is filth in the sight of God, so He has washed it away and we no longer worship idols. Now He has given us a new heart and a new spirit. We are born again in the spirit. We are new creations in our spirit in Christ. And He has filled us with His Holy Spirit to follow His instructions and be obedient to Him. Hallelujah!
God has given us a new heart and a new spirit so that we may love Him by obeying His command to love one another. When we do that our hearts remain pure and we live in peace with others which enables us to see God.

John 14:15, 21

15 “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments.
21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].” (AMP)

1 John 4:7-8

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NKJV)
1 John 4:12-13, 16
12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. 13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.
16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (NLT)
The only proof that we love Jesus is that we obey His commandments. He has promised that when we obey Him He will make Himself real to us or in other words He will reveal Himself to us in a very personal way so that we may know Him personally and intimately. Loving each other as He has loved us guarantees His presence and glory in our lives. It opens up our eyes to see who He really is.  
It is impossible to know God intimately if we don’t love. It is the only way. God lives in us through the person of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not like what is not of love. It is through the love that we get to live in God and He in us. Love is the oxygen of spiritual life. No one can live without it in the spirit. Loving each other as God has loved us provides assurance of His presence and full expression of His love in our lives.

How do we see Him?


We see Him through His written and spoken Word. The revelation of His written Word paints a picture of Him in our minds. Without His written Word we really don’t know Him at all. He reveals Himself to us through His written Word. And the Holy Spirit is the One who gives us the revelation of that written Word about God. Without the Holy Spirit we cannot understand the written Word of God because He is the One who inspired and used people to write it for Him. So today we have His written Word with us through which we can see the invisible God in the spirit.
In the Old Covenant we see God showing Himself to people in different ways. In between the Old and New Covenant God showed Himself to the world through His Son, Jesus. In the New Covenant God the Holy Spirit reveals both God the Father and God the Son to us. It is by the help of the Holy Spirit through the written Word we can see Him. The Word of God shows us the exact image and likeness of God. We can see Him as He is.

The Examples of Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus


There are many people who saw God and experienced Him in a lot of different ways in the Bible. But let’s see few examples of them so that we may also know and experience God in more intimate way.

Abraham
Genesis 12:1
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. (NLT)
Here we see the Lord (Jehovah) speaking to Abraham (previously Abram) but we don’t know exactly how He communicated with him. But Abraham obeyed Him and followed His instruction and then the LORD appeared to him.
Genesis 12:7
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him. (NLT)
The LORD appeared to Abraham most probably in human form.

Genesis 15:1
Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” (NLT)
This time the Scripture mentions that the LORD spoke to him in a vision.
Genesis 18:1-2
The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. (NLT)

The LORD appeared to him as three men here. Abraham had a lot of visitation from the LORD. He saw Him in human form through his physical eyes and he also had vision. Abraham saw God in different ways and had communications with Him during his lifetime and followed His instruction. Though it was not an everyday experience for him he was still faithful to God and walked with Him by faith.

Moses
Exodus 3:1-6
Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”
And he said, “Here I am.”
Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. (NKJV)

Here we see the encounter Moses had of God. It was the beginning of heavenly encounters that he had throughout his life. He saw and walked in God’s glory. And finally he was gone to eternity. Nobody found his dead body.

Hebrews 11:27

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. (NLT)
Moses kept his eyes on the invisible God. We can also keep our eyes on the invisible God. It is like staring at God with our spiritual eyes intently especially in admiration of who He is.

David

Acts 2:25 Amplified Bible (AMP)

25 For David says of Him,
I saw the Lord constantly before me;
For He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken [from my state of security].

Psalm 16:8 New King James Version (NKJV)

I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Psalm 16:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

I know the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

Psalm 16:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Because you are close to me and always available,
            my confidence will never be shaken,
            for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment.

Psalm 16:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

David loved God. He was a worshiper. He was God’s man after His own heart. He was God’s beloved. In fact the meaning of David is beloved. He always thought, believed and kept God to be by his side even though he was in the Old Covenant. How much more can we act it out in the New Covenant where the Holy Spirit is given to us to be in, with and upon us.

Jesus

 

John 5:19-20

19 So Jesus said, “I speak to you timeless truth. The Son is not able to do anything from himself or through my own initiative. I only do the works that I see the Father doing, for the Son does the same works as his Father.
20 “Because the Father loves his Son so much, he always reveals to me everything that he is about to do. And you will all be amazed when he shows me even greater works than what you’ve seen so far! (TPT)

In His own words Jesus has made it crystal clear to us that He did not do anything on His own but was completely dependent on God the Father even though He was His beloved Son. He did His ministry by seeing and hearing His Father. Oh what a lovely example He has set for us! We are to follow our Lord’s footsteps. We are to live by seeing and hearing our heavenly Father.

In conclusion, our spiritual eyes need to be always flooded with the light of life to see God and follow Him loving our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

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