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Empowering Grace Teaching

"Seeing things through the lens of grace, part 2"

These lessons that I am sharing with you are about your spiritual growth and maturity in Christ— that is, growing up into Christ in every way, see Eph 4:14-15. These lessons also explain the reason why many believers seem to be stuck in a spiritual rut of doing the same things, over and over, without really never experiencing anything different in their lives. Look at what we read in Heb 5:12 — “For though by this time you ought to be teachers (being able to teach others the message of God’s grace), you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God (or, God’s word); and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” Notice the words again of this verse, “by this time” ... “teach you again the first principles of (understanding) God’s word” ... “come to need milk and not solid food”. These words reveal a few things to us about the spiritual immaturity of these believers. One, that it’s been a period of time since they came to Christ Second, that they needed to be taught again the Pauline revelation of grace in understanding God’s word. Third, they became to where they were once again dependent on milk and not solid food— that is, being dependent on man and to what he says about God’s word, instead of being able to receive the revelation of Christ from within, see what Paul said in Eph 4:20-24, which is the earmark of one’s maturity in Christ. 

Look at v.14 — “But solid food (being able to receive His revelation of grace from within) belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their (2 heart) senses (of seeing and hearing) exercised to discern both good and evil.” This describes the matured believer, who’s able to see things through the lens of grace. This is the one “who by reason of use”, have his perceptions trained for the discernment of both good and evil. He gives us the REASON for one being able to feed on solid food— he uses his senses. How can one use something that he doesn’t know about? On the other hand, the more someone knows about something, the more that he can use it. I can hear someone thinking, “Gene, are my perceptions really that important in this?” Our perceptions explain the reason why we look at things the way that we do. Our perceptions explain the approach that we take to things, because it’s our awareness of spiritual things. For instance, if I perceive that I God only gives me blessings as I deserve them, then I’ll be busy at trying to become worthy of Him giving them to me. On the other hand if I perceive that Jesus has already done all of the work to make me worthy of God’s blessings, then by His grace, I’ll keep believing and resting in Him.

Our perceptions determine what our realities are and those realities determine our spiritual experiences with Him. 

God’s truth in Christ never changes, it’s the same yesterday, today and forever. But our realities of His truth change all of the time, and they are ever changing according to our perceptions of them. It’s like when you are reading your Bible and suddenly, something that you’re reading seems to leap off the page and you think, “Wow Lord! I’ve never seen that before!” That truth has always been there, but your awareness made it real to you. These are the kind of realities that I’m referring to that determine our spiritual experiences (And we love to have these “SUDDENLIES” in our lives!) 

At this point, I want to share these words of the Lord with you.

“Be assured that I am leading and guiding you in My plan. I am leading you with My seeing eye and all you need do is keep believing— keep responding— keep looking— for the things that I have orchestrated for your life will work out in a supernatural way. Keep walking in the path of My life that is coursing through your veins and be firmly established in My power and My strength. Feel My strength in your inner man, causing you to embrace and accept what I have promised— even though things don’t seem like they are working out the way that they should. Keep listening to My voice— for your outcome is not bleak. The enemy does not have the upper hand. For My power is being unleashed, even now, in this situation and everything is changing for My glory and your incredible story, even by the might of My power!”


having spiritual 20/20 vision

Look at this prayer that Paul prayed for believers in Phil 1:9-11 and it is regarding our spiritual discernment — “(9) And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, (10) that you may approve (know for certain) the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (11) being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Notice the results of God’s love abounding in our lives— “in knowledge and ALL discernment”, and that, knowing beyond doubt, the things that are excellent (the word EXCELLENT is the same as the words, “discerning both good and evil” in Heb 5:14)! This is the knowledge that gives you, “ALL discernment”— not just some discernment, but every bit of it! God wants you to have all discernment when it comes to the spiritual matters of His grace (Because that is what’s excellent)! This describes one seeing things through the lens of grace. Professionals have a phrase for one who has the clarity or sharpness of their vision in seeing things called, “20/20 vision”

Having all discernment in spiritual things (being able to see them through the lens of grace) is having spiritual 20/20 vision. 

Just a note about Paul and his message of grace that’s important to know. He mentioned the word “GRACE” about 150 times in his writings, not to mention the times that he referred to it without mentioning the word. In a nutshell, Paul called his gospel, “GRACE”, and reprimanded anyone who didn’t preach it to be disregarded, see Gal 1:8-9 for details to this (Sadly most people in the Church, have not heeded this warning by Paul, and have not seen the message of grace as the standard of preaching. Because of it, the Church has been splintered into over 37,000 denominations)! 

Look at what he taught us in 1 Cor 2:9-12, specifically regarding the eyes and ears of our hearts in receiving the things of the Spirit (which is our 20/20 spiritual vision of having all discernment) — "(9) But as it is written: '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.' (10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (11) 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. (12) 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." Notice how in v.9, Paul mentions 3 important words: “eye”, “ear”, and “heart”. Paul is not referring to our physical sense of sight or hearing, just like he’s not referring to the physical blood-pump in our chest. He’s referring to our spiritual senses of seeing and hearing and how our perceptions cause those things to enter into our spiritual blood-pump, the heart. Notice how we God has given us a spirit that unfolds and reveals these spiritual things to our inner eyes and ears (this is “enlighten”), in order for them to enter into our hearts for us to know and understand them. 

Then notice in v.16, where Paul brings this out to us calling this, “the mind of Christ”"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." I’ll say it again, because we can have the mind of Christ with our perceptions (2 spiritual senses) enlightened by the Spirit, we can be instructed by Him to think like Him in the situations of life (Hence the old phrase, “What would Jesus do?”). So once again, this is being able to see things through the lens of grace!

This leads us into what Paul said in Col 3:1-3 — “If (since) then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. (2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (3) For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” With the 2 senses of your heart trained for discernment, nobody has to tell you what to do, because you will be seeking those things which are above and that’s because your mind will be set on those things— hence, the mind of Christ. This is how you are instructed by Him— for you are seeing things through the lens of grace!

Next time that we come together, we will further investigate this matter of seeing things through the lens of grace. Please stay tuned!


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