Monday, May 30, 2016

The Management of Invisibles

UV 1768/10000 The Management of the Invisible and the Intangible
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear
Hebrews 11 v 3
Faith enables us to understand what even scientists or philosophers or scholars or thinkers cannot understand. We understand the primacy of the invisible world. We understand that the visible world or universe was created by the invisible God, that His word is law and it is the law governing our universe. We understand that everything visible was created out of the invisible, that God is the Author and creator, that He alone has the power both to judge and to save. The more fundamental laws of the universe that govern our relationship with the Lord and with each other are derived from His Word.
If all the worlds, the visible and the invisible, the known and the unknown are framed or under-girded or founded on the Word of the Lord, how much more should our lives, our relationships be surrounded or covered or founded on His Word. Our invisibles and intangibles are more significant than our visible and tangible bodies and possessions. In His Word there is no separation of the two but a beautiful integration, of harmony between the visible and the invisible. It is due to the violation or disbelief of God’s Word that the dichotomy or disharmony between the visible and the invisible came into being. The invisible enemy of man became visible and audible to man and deceived him to believe that the visible had more significance and credibility than the invisible and intangible. Man began to live thereafter by sight and not faith, by the grasp of the physical rather than the spiritual, invisible and intangible. Jesus, the Son of God became the visible expression of the invisible God and sought to redeem mankind from this state of blindness, disharmony, lack of faith and true vision. He became the visible expression of the invisible Word. We who were spiritually naked were clothed in the invisible clothes of salvation, given the invisible ring of His sovereign authority and given the invisible shoes to go places for Him and proclaim the majesty of His Word, the greatness of His being, the liberty of the gospel of grace.
We now realize that we are not in subjection to the kingdoms of darkness, the kingdoms of this world. Our kingdom is an invisible and eternal one. Our laws are found in His Word. Our goals are blessed by Him. He enables us to achieve our goals for His glory. The focus of our lives is not the tangible happiness, the tangible wealth, the tangible pleasures, the tangible privileges of this world. These may follow us as part of the goodness and mercy of the Lord but we do not get entranced or obsessed or distracted by such. We live in the physical and visible world but we are not of it. We obey the rules and regulations of this visible world so long as it does not violate the higher principles and precepts of the Word. We learn the principles and precepts set in His Word, precept by precept, line by line, day by day. As scientists experiment with different substances in their experiments, we test these spiritual principles in our experiences of life. We are both subjects and objects in the experiences to prove the Word is true, genuine, authentic. Our lives are dominated by the supernatural and miraculous. In the interface between the visible and the invisible, miracles or experiences transcending the ordinary, the scientific, the natural take place in accordance with our faith and His Word. Signs and wonders are secondary evidences of the Lord, the primary evidence, the substance of our faith is His Word. It is so fundamental and significant that Sovereign God and the invisibles also subject themselves to the Word. We eat of the invisible tree of the fruit of wisdom and of the abundant and eternal life, when we eat every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. The Word is the frame of reference for our invisible and visible world: It determines and guides us on how do we view wealth and money in the context of our lives. It frames our thoughts, words, emotions, actions, reactions, relationships, goals, priorities, desires. All our invisibles are guided by the invisible influence and power of the Word and all our visibles are blessed by it.
Prateep V Philip

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