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How to see in the Spirit?

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How do one see in the Spirit?

Imagine Covid 19 social distancing without internet? For many people their only connection to the world, their family and friends is through social media.  Once your mobile phone is connected to a reliable wifi network, it can update software, and apps. You can now also connect to the world with whatsapp, mail, and social media. You can upload and download, and share memories, photos, documents, and valuable information.  The connection is the vital link. 

However, we are also spiritual beings How do one connect in the Spirit? God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (Joh 4:24) Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Cor 3:15-18) “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. (1 Cor 2:9-11

The reality is, in today’s modern world mankind is becoming more and more spiritually disconnected. The result is, that we’re not getting the new divine spiritual updates, and power apps/gifts to enable us cope with the complexity of daily living. God wants to give us divine spiritual direction and a kingdom roadmap to mitigate the obstacles of our times. We need a connection! 

JESUS IS THE CONNECTION! 

The Bible

For me to be spiritually ALIVE I need to busy my mind with spiritual things like regular bible study, prayer, praying in tongues.  Spiritual deep discussions in fellowship. Listening to an audio-bible. Attending bible-school, and my spiritual brother’s input in men’s group. Share kingdom perspectives, defend the faith, read spiritual books. Attend church where we build another up, receiving prophecy, teaching and testimonies. Sharing my faith, discipling others, and being discipled. Intercessory prayer for another, laying on of hands, praying for the sick. Contemplating truths meditate on a sermon perspective. Discuss Kingdom blueprints for the economy, community, education, safety and health of our cities and towns. Serving the poor, being a good samaritan, defend the faith, make peace. Minister counseling, mediating healing in relationships, encouraging someone with a scripture and testimony, caring for someone in need, feeding the poor. Forgive. Listening to discern God’s voice and obeying His instructions! What are you feeding on? 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Rom 8:5-6)

Living With God

We are temple of the Holy Spirit. you are God’s temple and God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Cor. 3:16); the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1 Cor. 3:17); your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19); we are the temple of the living God (2 Cor. 6:16) Be God-inside minded. Christ within the hope of Glory. (Col 1:27) Live a seamless spiritual life, conscious that everything is spiritual. [1]

Talking To God

MATTHEW 6:5–13

Like any conversasion there are many different ways, of communicating your thoughts and heart to someone. The same aplies to prayer, thanksgiving, praise, confession, supplication, petition, intersession, travial etc.  But not prayer is not one-direction. It is simple good manners, to not do all the talking, there should also be listening, reflecting and mirrowing. 

Discovering God in the Bible

Studying the scriptures is like studying the mind of God. We get to know In the scripture we discover His heart, motives and intends, and in obedience we discover His ways. The Word is a light to our path. It teaches us to begin to think like God, so we can begin to act like God. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16) continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine (Acts 2:42) For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:12-14) 

Sensing God in Creation

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made (Rom 1:20) See Ps 19! Nature has an ability to bring me peace in a way nothing else does. Sure I get annoyed by bugs or tired from hiking. But seeing the beauty, creativity, and complexity of what God has made has had a profound effect on my spiritual life.

Recognising God In People

When man decided to rather be filled with the instant gratification of a desirable beautiful experience than remain loyal to divine family; he alienated himself from the only way to acquire godly maturity and divine wisdom.  A team of researchers had “factor analyzed” all of the different treatment outcomes in order to understand what it was that really produced change, growth, and healing in a person. The researchers looked at each technique’s style, interventions on thinking and feelings, dynamics, and the like. While all of that was important, my professor explained, there was something else, some other factor that had really produced the curative force across each of these modalities: it is relationship. Not just any relationship, but the kind of meaningful, constructive, discipling that produce maturity in Christ. [2]

Finding God In Circumstances

GENESIS 45:4–15; 50:19–20

He sent a man before them—Joseph—who was sold as a slave.

They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons.

Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him. God used the famine, and in these circumstances delivered His people.  

Discovering God In Silence

He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. 1 KINGS 19:1–16 “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him” (Ps 62:5).

God Revealed In Visions & Dreams 

(ACTS 2:17, JOEL 2:28)

“Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?” (Numbers 12:6) 

Sensing God’s Presence

Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road Luk 24:31-32) Many times one read of one being in God’s presence and not being aware. Awareness and focus is thus the problem. We need to tune in. 

Encountering His Messengers

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”Rom 10:14-15 paul needed a ananias.

Wrestling With God

“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”

And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.

So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Gen 32:25-28

Walking With God

Genesis 5:24, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah walked with God. (Gen 6:9-22) walking with God entails servanthood obedience.  [3]


[1] https://robbell.com/portfolio/everything-is-spiritual-2016-tour-film/

[2] Excerpt from: “The Power of the Other: The startling effect other people have on you, from the boardroom to the bedroom and beyond-and what to do about it” by Henry Cloud. Read this book on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/308264926

[3] Connecting with God: A spiritual formation guide. (Renovare resource) by Renovare, Lynda L. Graybeal, Julia L. Roller, Richard J. Foster https://a.co/8jbUmf8

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Die geestelike dinamiek van ’n byeenkoms van die Liggaam v Christus

As gelowiges het ons ‘n unieke geestelike band wat ons saambind. “en in verbondenheid met Hom deel julle in Sy volheid. Hy is die hoof oor elke mag en gesag” (Col 2:10) Ons deel dus in Sy volheid!!! Wat ‘n wonderlike verklaring! Ons deel in die volheid van Christus, “die hoof oor elke mag en gesag”!

Ons aanbid ‘n onsigbare God, wat ‘n Gees is. (2 Cor 3:17) Ons is geesvervulde mense wat deur die Heilige Gees die vermoë ontvang het om bonatuurlike dinge te vermag volgens 1 Cor 12 & 14. Die NT gebruik telkens die woorde “vol”, “gevul” “gedoop” met die Heilige Gees, ‘n oorvloedsbegrip om aan te dui dat mense se lewe nou deur die Gees beheer word.

Jesus se lewe was vol bonatuurlike kragtige dade, as ons soos Hy wil wees, hoekom sien sommige gelowiges die bonatuurlike as onnodig, nie vir almal, en nie vir vandag nie?

Ek pleit nie vir vreemde manifestasies waar mense in ‘n staat van vervoering en wegrukking vreemde gedrag toon nie. Alhoewel sekere geestelike ervarings en ontmoetings nie altyd verduidelik kan word nie.  Paulus sien ‘n lig en val op die grond. Acts 9:4 Tydens die uitstorting vd Heilige Gees, beskou die toeskouers hulle as vol soetwyn. Acts 2:13 Die dinge van die gees maak nie sin vir die natuurlike mens nie. “dit is dwaasheid vir hom” 1 Kor 2:14

Die punt is: Ons byeenkomste moet inherent ‘n geestelike dinamiek en karakter hê, waar die oorsprong van wat gebeur nie vooraf bepaal, voorberei, en geoefen kan word nie.

Die teksvers in 1 Cor. 14:26 is die enigste vers in die Nuwe Testament wat ’n uitleg gee van die wyse waarop die program van ’n groep Nuwe-Testamentiese gelowiges se byeenkoms verloop het.

Hoe moet dit dan wees, broers? Elke keer as julle bymekaarkom, het elkeen gewoonlik ’n bydrae om te lewer: ’n psalm, ’n onderwysing, ’n openbaring, ’n ongewone taal of klank, ’n uitleg daarvan. Sorg dan dat alles tot opbou van die gemeente verloop  (1 Cor. 14:26 – NAV).

Let op hoe elke lid vir die byeenkoms moet voorberei: “. . . het elkeen gewoonlik ’n bydrae om te lewer”. ELKEEN HET. Dit beteken dat die vergaderings redelik lank geduur het: “. . . as julle saamkom om nagmaal te vier, wag vir mekaar” (1 Cor. 11:33); daar is getuig en gebid (1 Tim. 2:1, 8); daar is vir siekes gebid (Jam 5:13-16); daar is teenoor mekaar belydenisse gedoen (1 Cor. 11:27-31). Dis baie duidelik; Christenskap in die Nuwe Testament is nie ’n toeskouer-geleentheid nie. Almal neem deel.

Die Engelse woord, “church”, kom van die Latynse woord wat “sirkel” beteken. Ons woord, “sirkus” is afgelei van die woord “sirkel”, ”drie ringe”, soos in “drieringsirkus”. Dalk het hulle aan die begin wanneer hulle vergader het in ’n kring gesit. Soos by ’n ronde tafel. En so het die woord “kerk” ontstaan. Dis heel moontlik, dat die gebruik van die woord sy ontstaan het omdat die eerste kerk se byeenkomste nie in formele geboue of tempels gehou is nie, maar in woonhuise (Hand. 2:46). Dit is so dat by groter byeenkomste raak dit onmoontlik om vir elke lid ’n spreekbeurt te gee, maar tydens byeenkomste in woonhuise behoort een persoon nie die bespreking oorneem nie, maar dit net lei en fasiliteer sodat elkeen ’n kans kry om deel te neem. Dit is wel waar dat in die geval die aantal mense minder as 20 tot 30 mense moet wees. Maar dit is net waar wanneer elkeen ‘n spreekbeurt soek. Ons kan egter baie duidelik aflei uit die bogenoemde skrifte dat gebed, belydenis, bid vir siekes, ‘n groepaktiwiteit was. Vandag in die meeste Westerse kerkprogramme is die liturgie gebou rondom die kansel en die verhoog.

ψαλμός psalmós: ’n Lied: die lied is met musiekbegeleiding gesing. Die jongste betekenis is in die Septuagint aanvaar. Dit verwys na alle waarskynlikheid na die psalms in Efesiërs 5:19 en Kolossense 3:16.  Sien die verskeidenheid met betrekking tot die oorsprong van hierdie liedjies. Psalms – bekende deuntjies en liedjies, Gesange – gewyde, poëtiese toewyding liede, Geestelike liede – waar die woorde vanuit die gees kom sien (1 Cor 14:15) en “making melody in your heart” Waar die deuntjie ook vanuit die hart kom, dus spontaan, en impromptu.

διδαχή didachḗ: Om te onderrig. In ’n praktiese sin beteken dit die handeling van onderwys gee, onderrig, les gee (Mark. 4:2; 1 Kor. 14:6, 26; 2 Tim. 4:2). Heb. 5:11-6:2. Soek ’n “gesonde leerstelling”: 1 Tim. 4:6; 2 Tim. 4:3; Tit. 1:9; 2:1 (vgl 1 Tim. 6:3; 2 Tim. 1:13). Die skrifgeleerdes en fariseërs was kenners en studente van die Woord, maar het ongelukkig geval in die leringe en tradisies van die mens. (Mat 15:1-9) Die woord van God, is soos swem, jy leer nie om te swem op die grond, en in boeke nie. Jy leer om te swem, deur in die water te klim, en die instrukteur na te volg.  Lering is dus nie die oordra van kennis nie, maar om mense te inspireer om te hoor en te doen! Dit gebeur net, as die leraar self ook meedoen.

γλῶσσα glṓssa: Kwalitatief nuut; om nuwe tale te praat wat hulle voorheen nie geken het nie; dit beteken hulle het in tale gepraat wat nie hul moedertaal was nie (Mark. 16:17; Hand. 2:4; 10:46; 19:6; 1 Kor. 12:30; 14:2, 4-6, 13, 18, 23, 27, 39). Dit is betekenisvol dat talespraak en die uitleg daarvan as een van die hoofgebeure by ’n samekoms van Nuwe-Testamentiese gelowiges beskou is. Asof dit daardeur beklemtoon word. Dus, as jy wil deelneem, word gevul met die Heilige Gees deur in tale te praat (1 Kor. 14).

ἀποκάλυψις apokálupsis: om te onthul. Openbaar, blootlê, aan die lig bring, bekend maak. Die openbaring van geheimenisse verwys na Goddelike doelwitte en leerstellings wat voorheen onbekend en bedek was (Rom. 16:25; 1 Kor. 14:6, 26). Openbarings van God die Vader of Christus (2 Kor. 12:1, 7; Gal. 1:12; 2:2; Ef. 3:3). In Ef. 1:17 beteken “die Gees van . . . openbaring”  ’n gees wat die diep geheimenisse van God kan deurgrond en bekend maak. Openbaring is wesenlik vir ons om te weet wat en hoe ons iets moet doen. Mense kan net dit doen wat hulle werklik verstaan.

ἑρμηνεία hermēneía: om te interpreteer. Interpretasie, verduideliking (1 Kor. 14:26); dis ’n metoniem vir die vermoë om te interpreteer, as ’n charisma (1 Kor. 12:10), ’n geskenk. Alhoewel die woord “interpreteer” in hierdie geval spesifiek verwys na die uitleg van tale, is ek van mening dat die meeste van die aktiwiteite ’n vorm van interpretasie is. Die woord “hermeneutiek” word gebruik deur teoloë wat die wetenskap van Bybel-interpretasie beoefen. Visioene, drome en geestelike ervarings moet geïnterpreteer en beoordeel word (1 Kor. 14:29).

Alle dinge is uiteraard geestelik; gebede aan God wat ’n onsigbare Gees is (Joh. 4:24); ons eenheid en band as gelowiges (1 Kor. 12:26); geestelike oorlogvoering (Ef. 6:12). Dit is waarom ’n persoon wat optree vanuit ’n godsdienstige oogpunt, stelle reëls en liturgieë, nie kan funksioneer in ’n Nuwe-Testamentiese kerk wat uit Geesgevulde gelowiges bestaan nie. Dit is twee totaal verskillende bedryfstelsels.

Die belangrikste punt wat mens egter moet onthou, is: dit beteken nie net almal kry ‘n spreekbeurt nie! Dan kan dit ‘n baie lang uitgerekte vervelige byeenkoms word.

Die klem is dit wat die Gees wil!!

“Want waar twee of drie in my Naam vergader, daar is Ek in hulle midde” (Matt. 18:20). Paulus het selfs gesê hy is in die gees teenwoordig, al is hy liggaamlik afwesig (1 Kor. 5:3-4). Dit dui op ’n onsigbare draad, band, verbondenheid, naatlose kleed met die Gees van Christus soos dit in Sy Liggaam met Hom as Hoof  onthul word (Ef. 1:22). Die eenvoudigste manier is om die draad van die byeenkoms op te tel, met die vloei te verbind, na mekaar te luister en te resoneer, te harmoniseer. As die boodskap wat jy voorberei het nie pas nie, los dit – dis nie vir nou nie.  Luister fyn, en maak jouself leeg, sodat die Gees jou kan inspireer met die wat Hy wil sê.

Stel jou in op die Gees van die byeenkoms. Van die eerste lied af skandeer die aanbiddings-leier die gees, die voordansers resoneer met hul liggame dit wat gesing word en terwyl ons almal as liggaam daarop inskakel, ervaar ons ’n oop, hemelse openbaring en geestelike insig. Dan, wanneer ons dit wat ons sien en ervaar bekend maak, word die visioene duideliker en verstaanbaar. Hierdie godspraak te midde van Sy kinders was God se oorspronklike plan, om tussen Sy mense te wees. (Heb 12:18-24). Hy wou op die Sionsberg sy volk ontmoet, en self met hulle praat maar hulle was te bang.  Maar ons het gekom, by die Heilige Berg, ‘n geestelike byeenkoms, waar God deur ons almal praat, nie net deur een mens nie.