How is your vision?Bro. Philip Catlett
11/12/2000 11:00 AM
What is our spiritual vision as far as our own life is concerned? Even in the physical, we sometimes have need for corrective measures with our vision. If we don't correct our physical vision, we stumble and fall. The same goes for the spiritual. If we can't see where we are going, we will get lost.
Spiritual Eye Checkup:
In spite of all they went through in Egypt, these viewed Egypt as a good land.
This doesn't look like a pleasant life. In the wilderness, God was supplying all the needs the Israelites had - food, clothing, etc. We aren't able to walk out the door and get the day's food. God supplied them food and water without much effort on their part. These, though were looking at their life in Egypt and thinking it was good. Are you longing for your life in sin? We humans tend to forget how bad things were. Our memory dims (which has its advantages) but if we allow it to happen spiritually, we will become discontent with our salvation and forget how bad the life of sin was. (verses 15 & 16) Sin is a hard taskmaster. When we begin to forget how bad sin is, just look around. The world has more problems than we do. Look back at your experience in sin. It will help you to press on for God.
Sin doesn't get easier, but progressively worse. The devil makes life harder and harder. The sinner doesn't have it easy. God forgets our sins and iniquities, but we need to remember where God brought us from, and what he brought us to.
We need to see sin as something dreadful. We can't let sin in any form become any less dangerous to us. Sin is something we should stay away from. People today treat sin lightly. Children need to be raised to see sin as "really bad." We need to look at sin as it really is, "exceeding sinful."
Numbers 11:4-6, 10
These people were standing around pouting because they were tired of what God had provided for them. How do we treat the word of God? If we are where we are supposed to be spiritually, the word will stay fresh and satisfying. We should always hunger and thirst after righteousness. Some have trouble with the messenger. If our vision dims, we will lose sight of where we were and become tired of what God provides. We can't become dissatisfied with something God gives us. We shouldn't become careless with our salvation. Our vision grows dim when we lose our respect for the things of God. Treat your salvation with care, as though it were fragile. It is easier to keep our salvation than to try to regain it once it has been destroyed. We should grow in the things of God. None of us quit growing or learning.
1 Thessalonians 3:12, 13
God wants us to increase and abound. How do we see one another?
1 Peter 2:9
Do we see one another as special people? If our vision grows dim, we will lack respect and care for one another.
2 Peter 1:5-9
Add these things to your life. Some of these things don't come naturally to all of us. Having good vision is needed and these things are how it will stay sharp.