Visions and Revelations

“I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord” II Cor. 12:1b

Each day we have new experiences some are welcomed others are not; some are chosen others are imposed upon us. Such is the case with the Apostle Paul as seen in preceding and subsequent passages. Nevertheless, in this text Paul talks about a glorious spiritual experience, his vision and revelation. Paul speaks of his glorious vision, a state in which his spirit transcended to God even while his body was still alive. Although Paul’s circumstance remained unchanged, his spiritual experience was so glorious he no longer focused on his situation. Paul understood the power of this vision and of revelation. He wanted the spiritual vision to affect the Corinthians; to open their eyes to the truth.

Not every person may have a vision like Paul’s, but those who are spiritually minded can understand the things of God and are therefore open to receive revelation. Spiritual minds are cultivated by growing near to God through daily prayer, scripture readings and meditation on the word. This has the ability to transform our natural experiences through revelation of the spiritual significance of scripture so that in all experiences we may grasp hold of the manifestation of God who says… “For I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” {Is 41:10} Everyday holds a new experience rather joyful or just an ordinary day and at times when we may even pray, “take this cup away”.  No matter what you experience, may your vision always hold the Lord Jesus Christ before your eyes, because apart from Christ we can do nothing; but with God all things are possible.

 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might for all endurance and patience and joy. {Col 1:11}

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Von Crigler

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