What we envision, what we set our sights on and remain focused on, determines our course. Our vision is either aligned with God, or it is not. Proper visual alignment requires spiritual knowledge of God’s word, which is to say that that it requires progressive revelation of Christ to our spirit by God Himself.
It is God’s great love and purpose to reveal His Son to and in His beloved children: Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:27b). Yet it is incumbent upon us to seek the Lord with all our inmost being, to keep our sights on Him, and repent when we do otherwise. In His great wisdom, God has given us free will; He is glorified through our willful determination to habitually put off our old selves and put on our new selves. Pressing into Him through study and meditation on His word, prayer, worship, and fellowship, God graciously brings us blessed revelation of Christ, the embodiment of Truth.
First the Word became flesh. Now we, the members of His Body, are flesh becoming the Word – God’s Word is expressed through our very lives. We are living epistles: our very lives testify of the Word Himself. We are not just hearers of the Word – He is brought to fruition through our words and actions; we embody Christ.
Where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov.29:18, KJV), meaning the people go unrestrained, walking in circles, having no certain destiny. For example, without effectual knowledge of God’s word we are literally sick and need a doctor. Knowing and apprehending His Word, however, we see that Christ is our Righteousness, so we are healthy, and we do not need a doctor, for He bore that curse on the tree 2,000 years ago, and by His wounds we have been healed (see Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31-32; Matt. 9:12-13; Gal. 3:13; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). Praise God, the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits (Daniel 11:32, NKJV); we know Him via our spirit, which is one with His, and we see with our spiritual eyes, the eyes of our hearts.
It is by knowing His Word, that is, seeing Christ in all matters, that we walk by faith, undeterred by the plethora of contradictions that we see and encounter in the physical realm. Knowing God’s Word is Truth, we literally speak Truth to such lies as sickness and unbelief and poverty. Knowing and believing His Word, we speak it forth just as He does, calling it into being (see 2 Cor. 4:13; Heb. 11:3). Note that this Glory already exists in the spiritual realm – our knowledge, spiritual vision, faith, and actions cause Truth and His Kingdom to manifest on earth as they are already in heaven. Hallelujah!
As we persevere, speaking and acting in faith, faith makes the eternal spiritual things become real in our temporal earthly experience. Faith is the substantiating of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1a, Darby). The Greek word in this verse commonly translated as “substance” has an action component to it, as translated by Darby in 1890 as “substantiating.” Put in the simplest terms, this means that our faith causes God’s Word to manifest!
The glory of God is thus revealed in and through His children here on earth (see Romans 8:18-21) We know, see, and believe Truth, Christ Himself, despite the lies we see and experience in the natural realm; fixing our spiritual eyes on the heavenly visions, we speak them forth and walk them out in all circumstances, in accordance with His Spirit, which works so powerfully in humility and weakness! Praise be to God!
Did I not tell you that if your believed, you would see the glory of God? (John 11:40).
Knowing, seeing, believing, and speaking truth with you in Christ, your sister deanna