‘In wide eyed wonder’ – and teaching about hunger for God and wonder

This is a song about renewing your love for the Lord, rekindling hunger for God and coming to God with an attitude of expectation that you won’t leave empty handed when you spend time with Him. I have received it from God last week and it’s about the attitude that I like to take when I approach God in prayer. You can read more details about that attitude below. Here is the song (forgive me for scratching your ears with my imperfect voice ;-):

 

It’s the attitude I want to have when I approach God in prayer. I know that He is the maker of all things, incredible, all knowing, all powerful God. There are so many facets to Him and I want to get at least a glimpse of each one of them.

I come with an attitude of wanting to behold Him, and like a child is waiting for a present to be unwrapped I wait to see what God unwraps for me of Himself. I go into prayer like into a mysterious adventure where anything is possible – cause anything IS possible.

In the Bible it says that:

“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 Corinthians 3:18

There is a principle here, whatever you behold you become, it works in the pozitive as well as the negative. If you behold Him, you will be transformed into being like Him.

I observed it says, from glory to glory – your image will be changed to be like Him, from glory to glory. It means you are seeing more and more glory in your times of beholding, or you can’t be transformed into the same image, from glory to glory. The image must be glory upon glory of the wonder and beauty of God … how exciting! As He unveils Himself, and show you each glorious side of Himself, each layer of glory, you will also be transformed into the same image, from glory to glory.

The greek mirrors in the time of the apostle Paul were not like our mirrors now. They were made out of bronze and were not very clear, you saw only a dim reflection of yourself in it, the same way it would look if you tried to see your reflection in a spoon made out of bronze. You can see the general contour of your face and some of the features, but the details of  your features will not be clear.

In the Bible it tells us more about how this beholding as in a mirror looks like:

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

So, we are basically told, if we put both Scriptures together:

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding AS IN A MIRROR, (DIMLY), 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 Corinthians 3:18

This is very encouraging to me. It tells me that even if I have prayer times when I might not seem to receive much revelation, don’t seem to experience God as much, I am still being transformed, even if I just got only one small glimpse of God. Even if I can only see Him dimly, I am still being transformed. This encourages me to know that I cannot loose or waste my time if I see God with a pure heart. I will never return empty handed, even if I can’t see the manifestation of the change. It’s just like a child who grows taller and stronger, but can’t tell you when it happened. We don’t always know when it happens, we might not be aware of the change, but change is assured based on God’s word, if we behold Him, even dimly.

I encourage you to carry this attitude of wonder, of faith that anything is possible and of faith knowing you will not come out of a time with God empty handed, even if you can’t see the change.

Go into it with hunger, ready to behold the God of the universe unveil Himself before you, glorious bit by glorious bit and enjoy this incredible adventure! You will never find times with God boring or discouraging – He can unveil Himself by His Spirit or through His Word, so carry this same attitude when you read the Bible and your times of devotion will be exciting, glorious and you will receive something that you need during those times, something that will take you from glory to glory.

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  1. Ian Williams says:

    From Isaiah 28, the concept of line upon line has been spewed forth – but if the whole chapter is read in context it is clearly about apostasy and the priests being affected by booze such that they cannot rightly function, and to the people is it is all “vomit upon vomit and apostasy on apostasy” as is recorded in the Ancient Aramaic Texts. Paul said that “we beheld the glory and WERE transformed – as in past tense. Spiritual maturity does not come when we die, it comes when and as we see things from God’s perspective, from the Right of Majesty on High, far above all Principality and all Power. To be made perfect even as your Father in heaven is perfect is to become conformed to the image and gentle demands of Love, the foundational or principle facet of God’s character and Being.

    The darkened mirror is the flesh, but we are not to know anyone according to the flesh, theirs or ours, but according to the Spirit. We either see a darkened image, or we behold the Glory as with unveiled faces – if the veil is still on your face, you still do not see the Glory, you just kind of know the story in an OT sense. How do I know? Been there, done that. And BTW, True Prayer is the communication OF God’s will, as in heaven, so in the earth. If you get the prayer from God, knowing and in the assurance that he has already provided everything that you will ever need in Christ, in you, and that His grace is all sufficiency; then you can get on with the important things of being a loving, caring and kind lamb of God, one of His sheep, His flock…and obeying His single Law to Love, even as He loved…from the beginning, when He wrote our names in the Lamb’s Ledger of Love.

  2. Ian Williams says:

    In 2 Cor 3, Paul is comparing the Law with the Hope of Christ. It is important to read the text in context.
    1. Shall we begin again from the beginning to tell you who we are? Or, what, we need like the others a letter of introduction or that you should write one inviting us? 2. For our letter [of invitation] is you, that is written in our heart, and it is known and is readable by every human being. 3. For you know that you are the letter of the Messiah, whom we served, written not in ink, except by the Spirit of the Living Allaha, not on a tablet of clay, except on the tablet of a heart of flesh. 4. Such then is the advocacy that we have through the Messiah toward Allaha, 5. Though we may exhaust ourselves in recommending something like it is from ourselves, however our power is from Allaha.

    6. He that made us worthy of being ministers of the New Covenant, not through Scripture, except through Spirit. For Scripture kills (terminates), the Spirit, however, resurrects. 7. If then the service of death was marked in writing on stone [tablets] and contained glory, whereas the children of Israel were not able to gaze at the visage of Moses because of the glory of his face, that which would be relieved, 8. How then is the ministry of the Spirit thus not more glorious? 9. For if there is glory in the ministration of accountability, how much greater is the glory in the ministration of holiness. 10. For as He also glorified that which was not glorified, through the [ministration of holiness] this glory is further increased.

    11 If that which will be nullified had glory, so much more the glory of that which is permanent. 12. Because as we have this Hope, indeed our Creator will be that much more revealed to us. 13. And not like Moses who cast the cowl over their eyes, so that the children of Israel should not gaze upon the fading [phenomenon] that was going to be nullified, 14. Except [he did it so] that they would not [even] be aware of it. For even until this day, when the Old Testament is read, that same cowl descends over them and so that it is [still] not revealed to them that it is the Messiah who nullifies it. 15. And until this day, when Moses is read, the cowl is cast over their hearts. 16. And when one of them returns to Maryah, the cowl is removed from that person. 17. Maryah then gives them the Spirit and the effect of the Spirit is liberation. 18. We, however, all of us with uncovered faces, we saw the glory of Maryah like a vision, and we became transformed to his likeness, from glory to glory, like the Spirit from Maryah.

    With unveiled faces, we (should) see the GLORY of GOD as in a vision and are transformed into that same image, from glory, to glory, but instead we seem to mainly see as in a darkened reflection as we perceive each other and the reflections of ourselves in them. So we either learn or proceed as with a darkened mirror, or we see with unvelied faces the Glory of God – to wit, we see ourselves reflected in others (whether that be “the good or the evil”) and we judge thereby OR we see with unveiled faces.

    OK, so now look at 1 Cor 13 from the Aramaic. I donlt like Greek mirrors, to hard to see yourself in them…lol…

    1. If I speak in every human language and that of the angels, and yet I have no love in me, it is as though I were like bronze that reverberates or cymbals that make noise. 2. And if there is in me prophecy and I know all the sermons and have all knowledge, and if there was in me all the faith, whereas I could move a mountain, and yet there was no love in me, I would be nothing. 3. And if I fed everything to the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, and yet there was no love in me, I would again be nothing. 4.

    Love transforms the spirit and fulfills it. Love is not bigoted. Love does not burden, nor curry favor. 5. And [love] does not set conditions and does not act selfishly, and it does not find fault (stare at evil), 6. And [love] does not rejoice in abomination, except delights in sincerity. 7. [Love] ministers to everything, trusts in everything, wherever there is hope, wherever there is sacrifice. 8. Love never fails.

    For prophecy comes to pass (is voided), and tongues are silenced, and knowledge comes to naught. 9. For we learn so little of the whole [picture] and prophesy so little of the whole [matter.] 10. When maturity comes, however, then that little part becomes insignificant.

    11. When you were a boy, you spoke as a boy and you perceived as a boy, and you thought as a boy. Then when you became a man, you set aside childish things. 12. Now, however, we see as in a vision, like a reflection, where we stand face to face with ourselves (whereas our faces are before our faces). Now we know the small from the great, whereas now I know what you know.

    13. These three [things] are what binds us together: faith, hope and love. The greater of which is love.

    When maturity comes, when we are made perfect in and by Love, then we no longer see though a veil, but face to face. This is the scary part of prayer, when we come boldly before the throne of Grace, and face to face, ask for what we will, as it is the will of God.

    As to God’s facets, the prophet tells us that He has Seven Spirits or eyes which go about the whole world seeing everything. Israel is referred to as the Iris of God’s Eye – where the light gets in…

    The Seven Spirits of God are, for the sake of brevity and without lengthy explanations, are Father, Word, Spirit, Faith, Hope, Love and the centrality or core of His Being, the Ancient of Days. The early followers of The Way knew God as The Seven. The Trinity thing was cooked up by the Catholics to syncretise their Roman Pantheon, which in turn derived originally from the Phoenician/Babylonian El, Asherah and Ba’al model.

    God is SEVEN! Ask Him!

    Zechariah 3:9 Amplified Bible
    For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon that one stone are seven eyes or facets [the all-embracing providence of God and the sevenfold radiations of the Spirit of God]. Behold, I will carve upon it its inscription, says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity and guilt of this land in a single day.

    Revelation 1:4 Amplified
    John to the seven assemblies (churches) that are in Asia: May grace (God’s unmerited favor) be granted to you and spiritual peace (the peace of Christ’s kingdom) from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven Spirits [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] before His throne,

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