Sunday, March 26, 2006

See What He is Saying

You have probably been in a conversation with someone who stopped in the middle and said, “See what I’m saying?” They are asking if you understand. Or perhaps you have been the one who interjects, “Yes, I see what you mean.” You mean that you have just gotten a revelation of what they are talking about. You are experiencing it in a way you did not before. It has suddenly become real to you at a deeper level. You can actually see, in your mind’s eye, exactly what the other person is speaking of. You can imagine it, see an image of it internally.

This is something that happens, not only in human relationships, but also happen in your relationship with God. There are many places in Scripture where God gives a message that begins with the word “Behold!” It is a powerful word that focuses your attention. It is the beginning of a revelation, an invitation to see in the spiritual realm what cannot yet be seen the natural.

There are two realms: the spiritual and the natural. The spiritual realm is the greater, for it is the source of the natural. In the beginning, God, who is Spirit, created the heavens and the earth, the natural realm — and He did it with words.

When God says “behold,” He is about to create something with His Word, and He is calling us to imagine it, to see it in the spirit, to lay hold of it by faith.

Paul said, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). He was, of course, talking about natural, physical sight.” But walking by faith is a matter of spiritual sight. We might paraphrase Paul this way, “For we walk by spiritual sight, not by natural sight,” for that is what faith is about. It is seeing what God has said, seeing it with God in the spiritual realm, and expecting it to come to pass in the natural.

The author of Hebrews said that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). He added, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

These two things comes together: Faith is seeing in the spiritual realm; faith is based on the Word of God.

Perhaps you have had the experience of reading along in your Bible, perhaps reading a passage you have read a hundred times before, but then one day, it seems to come alive, to open up to you in a way it never has before. Suddenly, it is no longer just in your head; it has planted itself in your heart. It has become real to you, and now you can see what God is saying to you.

That is the experience of the rhema word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word [rhema] of God” (Romans 1:17). There are two words for “word” in the Greek New Testament: logos refers to the Scriptures and everything God says; rhema speaks of the acutely spoken word of God, the word God is pressing upon your heart at a given time. It is when we hear this word, pressed in on us by the Holy Spirit, that faith begins to arise in our hearts.

Faith is seeing in the spiritual realm what cannot yet be seen in the natural, and it comes by hearing the Word of God acutely articulated by the Holy Spirit. So faith comes by hearing the Word, and seeing comes by hearing.

The prophet Habakkuk said something very interesting about seeing: “I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me” (Habakkuk 2:1). When God speaks to him, he not only expects to hear it, he expects it to form an image, a vision, inside him. And, indeed, that is what happened, for in the next verse, the LORD answers and says, “Write the vision.” Just as the vision was relayed to Habakkuk by the Word of God, so it would be relayed to others by the words he would write.

Now John says something similar in the Book of Revelation. Jesus has just spoken: “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches” (“Revelation 1:11). John says, “Then I turned around to see the voice that spoke with me” (v. 12). He is referring to Jesus, of course, but he recognizes that what Jesus says to him cause him to see. It is a vision, a revelation in the spiritual realm of things not yet revealed in the natural.

If you will hear the Word of God, you will see what He is saying.