Sight Unseen!

June 8, 2008 – 3:00 pm

What we see with our eyes may not be the same as we see with our soul.  I just read a book called, “When Goliath Doesn’t Fall” by Jody Conrad.  It was suggested to me by her agent Les Stobbe.  Parts can bring a tear to your eye, but it is well worth reading.  

One of the many things that caught my interest had to do with the private and personal level of spiritual contact available to us with The Trinity (God, Jesus and The Holy Spirit).  More precisely, communication through the Holy Spirit that involves you or me and the Trinity.  No one else is privy to the communication or act generated from the personal and private relationship we each can enjoy with our God.

In the Book of Joshua (Joshua 3:13Joshua 3:13
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13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.  

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), we are shown how the priests of the twelve tribes of Israel brought forth the Ark of the Covenant to the edge of the Jordan river.  God told Joshua to tell the priests to carry the Ark to the other side of the Jordan.  The moment the sole of the first priest’s foot touched the water of the Jordan river, God dried the water up.  The priests carried the Ark safely across a dry river bed.  

God told Joshua to choose a man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel (Joshua 4:1-2Joshua 4:1-2
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4 1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, 2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,  

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).  Further, God instructed to have these twelve men to enter the dry river bed and each select one stone and carry it to the other side of the Jordan (Joshua 4:3Joshua 4:3
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3 And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.  

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).  God went on to instruct Joshua to have the twelve men build an altar on the other side of the Jordan.  “…And these stones will be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever (Joshua 4:7Joshua 4:7
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7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.  

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Then Joshua did something that God did not ask him to do.  Joshua selected twelve stones for the twelve tribes of Israel and placed them where the feet of the priest carrying the Ark of the Covenant had stood in the dry river bed (Joshua 4:9Joshua 4:9
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9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.  

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).  Spiritually moved that the God of the children of Israel would dry up the Jordan as He did the Red Sea when they were led out of Egypt by Moses and himself, Joshua wanted to honor His God that day by building an altar no one else but God would ever see.  For when the Israelite priest had moved the ark to the over side of the Jordan, immediately the water began to flow again (Joshua 4:18Joshua 4:18
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18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before. lifted...: Heb. plucked up flowed: Heb. went  

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).  So Joshua’s personal honoring of his God with the altar in the middle of the dry river bed, now became covered with water.  Joshua’s twelve stones placed to honor his God, “…are there to this day.” (Joshua 4:9Joshua 4:9
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9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.  

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Is it necessary for each of us to wait until God does something as equally miraculous as drying up the Jordan in our personal lives before we privately honor Him with an act of our grateful love?  We should hope not.  If that were so, each and every little miracle He works in our lives daily would take on less of a meaning to us.  We must never forget that it is the multitude of little miracles that get us to the few big ones in our lives!

So how do we recognize and honor these daily miracles?  The alarm goes off in the morning and you are able to open your eyes and begin a, hopefully, fruitful day – that is a small, or large miracle – according to how you want to look at it.  You did not die during the night and you have all the opportunities of a brand new day.  You get to work safely – another miracle.  Maybe it is Saturday and you get to have quality time with your family – certainly a miracle.  I know we take all of these things for granted and probably never considered them as miracles.  Yet, this past week I heard of a horrible wreck of a family driving somewhere in their van – only the mother lived and was in critical condition the last I heard.  The world and Satan collected their toll that morning.  

Could God have stopped the person who ran the red light and killed four of the five members of that family?  No.

“Well why not,” we would all ask?  

As hard as it must have been for God to let that family be destroyed, we must remember two critical points about our lives in this world: 1.) God gave men and women total free will to make or not make decisions regarding their lives and their affect on others through their decisions or non-decisions.  This “gift” from God was given in the Garden of Eden at the beginning of time as we know it.  God cannot go back on his Word or He would not be God.  To be God, He is “Perfect” (Psalm 18:32Psalm 18:32
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32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.  

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) – (2 Samuel 22:312 Samuel 22:31
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31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. tried: or, refined  

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).  2.) Since Adam and Eve gave Satan certain power over them by allowing themselves to be deceived by him rather than honor God’s Will for them, Satan gained access to powers he would have otherwise not had.  In (John 12:31John 12:31
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31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  

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) we learn that he (Satan) is Biblically labeled “prince of the world” and, further, in (Ephesians 2:2Ephesians 2:2
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2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  

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) Satan is called “prince of the power of the air.”

So since our ancestor’s Adam and Eve sublet the world to Satan in the Garden of Eden, we, therefore, are at the mercy of the prince of the earth and air.  Even though Satan must use deception and selfish human desires to work his despicable plans on and through us, we have been left with our “Comforter” (The Holy Ghost) (John 14:26John 14:26
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26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  

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) by our Savior Jesus.  

The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit (the same Being) is our connection to God Almighty.  The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with God (Romans 8:26-27Romans 8:26-27
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26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. because: or, that  

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).  Rather than allow our “self” control our lives and actions/inactions, we must let our spirit have complete possession of our soul.  That way our spirit speaks directly to the Holy Spirit for God’s guidance.  

Whoever was driving the vehicle that hit the family in the van, might have made the decision to drink and drive, maybe talk on the cell phone while driving or any other of numerous “self-centered” decisions that could have caused he or she to run that light with these terrible consequences.  So could the Trinity of God stopped it?  No, and not remain the perfect God, Jesus and Holy Spirit that we can trust to be the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8Hebrews 13:8
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8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.  

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So making it to work or the movies or home for Christmas safely are miracles.  What do we do to show God, personally, our overwhelming gratitude?  It could be a quiet little prayer between you and Him.  It could be a smile to someone you walk past that looks as if they could use a smile at that moment.  It could be a “God Bless you!”. at the end of a conversation with a person that you really have no idea what their spiritual preferences are.  It could be a quiet moment away from all the world’s many distractions where you simply be open to “hearing” Him.  Sometime, He just wants to “sit” with us – no conversation, just enjoying the nearness of each other.  What a Blessed opportunity!  He IS your God and He IS my God, so why not let Him know quietly and personally how we feel about Him, as did Joshua.

May your week be Blessed by the personal contact with our God!  Stay safe and well.  Register and let me hear from you through BlessedBooks.com.

In Christ’s Love,

edd

 

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