can find an individual believer faced with "do I
believe what I see (and hear)" or "do I seek out
(and to hear) what I believe"? The question may
sound rhetorical, yet Christ in John 9:39-40 sought
to pose the dilemma outright. Never before has the
vulnerability been so strong to have a 'medium
vehicle' for the presentation of the gospel become
the 'message', whether it is in the religious television
arena, popularized illustrated sermon venue and/or
the mega-crusade circuit. The local church seems
to be challenged like never before to compete, as it
were, with other 'medium vehicles' for sharing the
gospel message. If the 'medium' becomes the
'message', then the essence of the gospel becomes
greatly corrupted and even, at times, lost.
There are those who say "seeing is believing" and then
there are those who preach "believing leads to
a
seeing". The seeing in the first instance is in the natural
and in the latter the spiritual (knowing). We read in
John 9:39-40 "Jesus said, "For judgment I have come
into this world, so that the blind will see and those
who see will become blind." Some Pharisees who
were with him heard him say this and asked, "What?
Are we blind also?"
"It never occurred to the Pharisees that they could
possibly be willfully, spiritually blind, but because of
their claim to sight, to selfenlighten-ment, and to
spiritual knowledge, Christ indicts them for not acting
upon the revelation given according to their
knowledge. Acting upon their knowledge would have
necessitated their belief. Because they did not believe,
they remained in sin."[BSB]
As we enter the coming holiday season it becomes
paramount that we remind ourselves why we
celebrate a day set aside for
Thanksgiving and that
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life"(Jhn 3:16).
 During this season many secular based and
popularized
Christmas-type messages will inundate
our senses as to why the birth of Christ is celebrated,
why you should believe on His name and what we
should 'see in Him'. Know
why you believe what
you 'believe', let others see Christ operating in and
through you and stand on the promises of God vs.
the rhetoric of men. This is not a time or season to be
swept up or diverted in our 'celebrated worship' of
Christ by commercialized religious symbolism,
millennial craze or highly allegorized pageantry. The
coming "radiance of God's glory and the exact
representation of His being ..."(Heb. 1:3) is more
priceless to you than any sign or wonder others may
attempt to convince you to 'believe' in. The enemy
"knows his time is short" (Rev. 12:12) and he will
attempt to steal your joy, peace, faith and inheritance,
no matter the cost to you! Remember, 'know in
whom you have believed, and be persuaded that He
is able to keep that which you have committed
(entrusted) to Him for that day'.(2 Tim. 1:12)             
                                                                    
  JDH/AMA
As this writer visits various churches and worship
centers, it is painfully obvious that some are dwelling
only in the
natural realm and seldom seek to
experience the
spiritual presence of the Holy Spirit.
On the other end of the continuum there are those
who overly seek
signs and physical manifestations as
a means of demonstrating and/or 'experiencing' their
spirituality.
We seem to be at a juncture in certain religious
environs
where the pursuit of a spiritual high, at
times, replaces the seeking of the Son our Savior.
The apparent need for some to see themselves as
being ultra
spiritual or religious almost always takes
the focus away from the Church and emphasizes the
individual vs. the corporate unity and "unity of the
faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God
..."(Eph. 4:13). Considering certain
Christian-type
broadcast productions, some various internet
spiritual pundits, and highly personality-centered
ministries abounding today, it is no surprise we
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