X Ray vision

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I saw a posting on social media that showed pictures about the gimmick and novelty items one could buy from ads in magazines and such in the past. One item was X ray glasses. Well, thinking on that, how they supposedly would allow the user to see through things and how if they actually believed the ad they were being deceived but people will buy a lot of things. X ray glasses got me to thinking about X rays. I look at quite a few X rays at work and unlike the glasses, they do allow me to see through things and inside a person. I am able to see bones and organs. Depending on the type of X ray or imaging study such as ultrasound or MRI used, I can see some pretty amazing detail inside the body. I can see fractures in bones, a lot of diseases of the lungs, heart, kidneys, intestines, brain, blood vessels and the list goes on. It truly amazes me how man has developed all the different technology we have in order to see inside the body.

One technology we do not have is something that allows us to see inside the minds, hearts and souls of others. I have had people tell me they can get to know someone and know their nature, whether they have a good or bad heart, if they are honest, if they are lying, and many other things about the person’s character. Well, I have tried, I thought I could understand people but nope, not so much. I have been misled often and as I reflect on such experiences I realize that I bear a lot of the blame for convincing myself that someone was what I wanted them to be and I didn’t keep my mind open to other possibilities about the character of an individual.

God can see into the heart, mind, soul and see the intention of others. He gives the gift of discernment to some. My mother had that gift. I think I have that gift, but other times I am not so sure; maybe I do, but maybe I fail to use it allowing my human thoughts and emotions to interfere with what God is wanting me to see or know about a situation or a person. There have been times that I felt that God was showing me something about a situation and I have tried to help others and I did help them see things that they needed to see. With very rare exceptions it has been when a person was talking to me about something and asked for my thoughts and after a little time to try to process the information and say a little prayer asking for God’s help in the matter I have been able to give them some things to consider. At times the things I thought were, well soft thoughts, vague impressions but not in my mind certainties, but well, I don’t know sort of impressions, sort of like some art that if one looks from a distance they can see something but if you look too closely it all becomes a little blurry. Other times I have seen things that were very clear. I find myself at times wondering if it is just me and my thoughts or if it is from God. When that occurs, is it me trying to impose my personal thoughts? Is it God truly showing me something? When I doubt what I feel about something is it because it isn’t from God or is it from God and Satan is trying to cause me the doubt so I won’t use what God is showing me? Well, THAT is what I am going to need to pray about. If it is a spiritual gift from God then I want to use it to help others so will need to ask to be better able to know it is from Him and to not have the doubt present. If it is not from God, then I hope He will show me that He has another gift for me.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  Hebrews 5:14

 

For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.  1 Corinthians 2:14

 

There are a lot more scriptures that speak to discernment but I think these pretty much cover what He is trying to help me know. That I need to look harder at situations, people, myself, and ask for His help in knowing the truth of the matter.

 

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and am so grateful for the gift of salvation that I was given. You are truly a great and awesome God. I pray in the name of Jesus that I am quicker to seek You for the wisdom and knowledge about things and that I do not allow myself to interfere with what You would have me see. If You are showing me things to help others, then I pray that You also give me the knowledge on how to share what You want them to know so that they receive the message they need. I ask that You help me know Your will and Your desire for me that I not push my way into things that are not from You. I also pray for loved ones that You draw them to You and show them the love, mercy and forgiveness that is waiting for them which You paid for by sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sins. Thank You for bringing me to You.

Amen

 

Thank you all for your time. I hope something I said blesses someone and that all are able to be a blessing to someone else today.

Hear the word!

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Hearing is important for a lot of things, conversations, sermons, music, and in my job it is critical. I don’t mean just processing the sounds and words, but truly HEARING the intended message. Many more times than I wish I have heard the words, but not what the person saying them meant. That applies to both spoken and written word. In the context of this particular verse and the overall messages of Christ’s ministry and the Bible; hearing, COMPREHENDING and BELIEVING the truth of those messages is vital so one may have that life eternal that Jesus promises us. Many, many times I sat in church as a child and an adult, hearing the words but not truly understanding. Oh, I believed, but often as I read the Bible now, I find that I am better understanding what God wants to tell us and not just the superficial messages that are derived from a quick read and minimal thought. I also see now that we must not only understand and believe the true messages behind things, but we must incorporate the teachings into our daily life. I am working to be better at that, I am better at it than I was, but still have a long way to go. I praise Him for His patience and understanding as I work through scripture to learn what He is teaching me and LIVE what He is teaching me. Every day He makes me a better person, a better Christian and I am far from where He wants me to finally be in my Christian walk but I’ll get there, one step at a time.

Lord, I praise You for the message, mercy, forgiveness, redemption and salvation I have been given. I thank Jesus for His sacrifice on the cross, that He freely accepted the suffering He went through because of my sins. In the name of Jesus I pray that You continue to work in my heart to show me the true message You are trying to tell me, the real lesson You want me to learn and how to incorporate those lessons in my life. I pray You continue to work with me to show me Your plan for my life, help me learn to put myself aside so that I don’t seek what I want for myself, but what You want for me. Teach as all Your true plan and remove those things in our minds that cause us to not see your plans, remove the obstacles, selfishness and worldly mindset that clouds our judgement and teach us to see with the eyes of Christ. Draw us all closer to You and Your perfect plans. Bring my loved ones close to You and give them the desire to know You and seek Your forgiveness so they may have the salvation You offer.

 

Amen

I hope all are having a blessed weekend and that you are able to be a blessing to someone else as well.