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7 more winks that say “You’ll see what I mean 😉” or “This one’s for you, my precious child 😉”
Wouldn’t we like those carnal weapons at times. Maybe when that ignorant driver cut us off? How about when a criminal gets away with murder? The deeper battle spreads its ranks along the field of a man’s soul. There we ought to employ the sword of the spirit, the guided missile of prayer, or the bunker of God’s protection. God, who sees all hearts, can melt the hearts of stone.
9) 2 cor 12: 1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth
This verse has Paul speaking about himself in the third person. And only God knows whether it was vision or the long-distance trip to Heaven itself. The rest of us are left wondering beneath the wink of God’s omniscient eye.
God reminds us where we came from and the only hope for our eternal salvation. “What you could not do, I could and I did for you, child.”
Here’s the litmus test of whether I allow the Spirit to overtake each area of my life. Do my actions fall under the categories of beneficial, obedient, and transparent? The reality has singled me out; the once-orphaned child now stands in the shadow of a faithful Father. The wink says, “Yes, I’m talking to you. Your fruit better not be fruity, if you know what I mean.”
There’s a promise with this commandment. You’ll see what I mean later on.
This one pretty much speaks for itself. Guess who promised? You know. If you don’t know, just read the whole chapter. Or, better yet, read the whole New Testament.
John speaks to the disciples and other witnesses of his time who partook of that privileged encounter with God in the flesh. Their special secret was about to spill over across space and time. We may not have seen his physical profile, sat down to sup with crumbling loaf of bread, watched in hopeless terror as they nailed his hands, nor leapt in utter excitement at the resurrected man. And yet we touch all these things with heart, mind, and soul. Though they be spiritual things; nonetheless, these encounters with Christ fully satisfy. Somehow the reader doesn’t feel like the outcast, peeking in on a huddled circle of exclusive members. Something prevents us from being different from those who touched the pierced hand of their master. That something is the power of faith.
“For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us… You know what I mean, right?”
“By faith, I do.”
Did God intentionally send out emoticons to a future, technologically advanced generation? Yes and no. No if you think His emoticons are all wrapped up in colons and other punctuation marks. Yes if you realize that any divine act of intervention, act of providence, act of grace, act of sacrifice, act of love, no matter how great or how small, is trademarked by God’s expressive smile. Bits and pieces of shattered dreams will come together under His watchful eye toward a beautiful plan. Start seeing that and you’ll see Him smiling everywhere.