21 September 2013

Seeing Him Who is Invisible! 

“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.”
Hebrews 11:27 (NLT)

Like Moses, Christians look past the physical to a kingdom that is not of this world, a kingdom of great power, glory, and authority, wherein dwells hosts of shining angels, and of course God himself. 

We communicate with the Holy One who “sits above the circle of the earth” in great majesty (Isaiah 40:22). This has also been called “Practising the presence of God” by Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth century French monk who, like Moses of old, kept a spiritual gaze on God who is invisible!  We are meant to walk and talk with God on a daily basis, and we accomplish this through the Spirit of God who reveals to us the glory and majesty of the Father! He is actually called “the Spirit of adoption” by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8:15 (NKJV). 

There is a beautiful section of scripture in Paul’s second letter to the Church at Corinth, and I would like to quote it from one of my favourite translations, the Phillips Translation.  Notice how Paul begins this section:  “This is the reason why we never lose heart. The outward man does indeed suffer wear and tear, but every day the inward man receives fresh strength. These little troubles (which are really so transitory) are winning for us a permanent, glorious and solid reward out of all proportion to our pain. For we are looking all the time not at the visible things but at the invisible. The visible things are transitory: it is the invisible things that are really permanent.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Italics mine). 

There is another realm that is more substantial than anything we can see, hear, taste, touch or smell. These five physical senses are the means by which we cope with the physical, but Faith is the means by which we gain access to the spiritual world and indeed see him who is invisible!  Paul’s message in the scripture we read above is to keep your eyes on the invisible and you will never lose heart! 

This sounds like a wonderful piece of advice to me! 

Almighty and ever living God, thank you for the faith that gives us the eyes to see you and perceive your glory. Please also give us the wisdom to listen to your servant Paul as he encourages us to practice this on a daily basis.

Study by Cliff Neill


cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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One Response to “21 September 2013”

  1. Ian Woodley on September 21st, 2013 5:02 pm

    Hi Cliff
    Thank you for today’s really encouraging message!
    God Bless

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