When Jesus began to destroy all preconceived ideas of why he came and what his ministry really meant, he raised a lot of eyebrows. His own disciples, people as close to him as anyone could be, didn’t understand what he was talking about.
Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what this means:
Mark 4:22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
Mark 9:32 But they did not understand what he meant
Luke 18:34 The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what he was talking about.
John 7:36 What did he mean?
John 16:17 “What does he mean?
Daniel 9:7 O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us confusion and shame of face.
If we see the world as all there is, and refuse to look beyond the tangibility of our five senses, we will miss the goodness, joy, love, peace, infinite beauty, and perfectness that is over and behind everything.
Everything is brought together into a harmony of perfect love by our omnipotent God. Love isn’t perfect if it is controlled by arrogance, deception, selfishness, greed, lust, or any number of strongholds in our thoughts or emotions that keep us [human beings living on a cloud, out of the loop, as if nothing else exists] from seeing and understanding the perfect omnipotence of God.
So what can we do to see, know, and understand without confusion?
1. Humble yourself. God has a particular affinity for his children who, not only acknowledge him in all they do, but who humble themselves to him and consider him before they do what they do.
James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
2. Praise him often and daily, throughout all trials, quiet times, victories, gatherings, and in all circumstances.
Psalm 22:3 “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.”
Psalm 47:6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises!
3. Expect God to know more than you do. Don’t translate his words for him into your understanding. He knows what he’s saying. Don’t assume he meant one thing or another just because it’s clearer to you to see it another way.
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
4. Never doubt him at his word. If he said it, he’ll perform it. Why bother doubting? Doubt won’t get you anywhere.
1 Corinthians 2:9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
5. Wait and prepare. There are many times we are expected to wait for the answer. There’s a good reason for that. If you are distracted, God can’t show you until you get quiet with him instead of your own thoughts. If you are unprepared emotionally, physically, in your thought life, or psychologically, God cannot answer until you get ready.
Micah 7:7 As for me, I look to the LORD for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me.
Written by Christian author, Pola Muzyka.
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