Open My Eyes That I May See

I was reading yesterday morning out of my interlinear Hebrew Bible and this verse stood out to me

Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law. ~ Psalm 119:18

Next I was doing my New Testament reading for the day and this was one of the verses.

...And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. ~ Luke 24:45

I also have a daily verse on my Google home page from Bible Gateway and this was also the verse of the day:

The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant. ~ Psalm 25:14

I like to take cues like these as the Lord wanting to show me something which is the topic of the hub.

The first thing that came to mind concerning these verses is that it is the ultimate privilege to have access to His written Word and more importantly His Holy Spirit to teach and reveal to us the depths of its meaning to us.

...the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. ~ John 14:26

I don't think many of us think about the fact that the truth is hidden to us apart from the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Without His work in us we cannot understand the truth which is why I think His Word seems like foolishness to the rest of the world.

...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~ I Corinthians 2:14

In reading John chapter 15 where Jesus is discussing with His disciples the importance of abiding in Him. He begins to tell them the secret of how to obtain this spiritual discernment.

You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. ~John 15:14-15

Revelation is a result of having an abiding relationship with God that is evidenced by our submission of obedience to His will and His ways. When we do His commands by loving (being loyal) to God and loving people we are in a position to "see".

After Jesus death His loyal followers were walking on the road on there way to Emmaus and they were talking with Jesus and didn't know it and when they realized who they had been talking to they said this...

“Did not our hearts burn within us while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:32"

We also see this confirmed in the previous verse I shared about the secret of the Lord being with those who fear Him.

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Another portion of scripture that shows us this in the book of Acts

Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. ~ Acts 16:14

I noticed in this verse that the Lord opens the heart of one who is worshiping Him. Could this be a key to receiving revelation?

The second thing I notice in all of these verses is that God has secrets.

Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. ~ Amos 3:7

God's truth is like a hidden treasure.

...the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. ~ Matthew 13:44

In previous hubs I described a revelation by Brad Scott from Wild Branch Ministries called Agri-Bio-Linguistics where God uses simple things such as Agriculture, Biology, and Language to communicate His truths in ways we can comprehend. He uses the natural things we do understand to communicate spiritual truths. This method is seen in many of the parables that Jesus uses. It also is embedded into the language itself.

The Hebrew word for "open" used in Psalm 119 and 25 (above verses) is galah. Gesenius' Lexicon defines this word to make naked, used of the ear by taking away the hair, or of the face by taking away the veil.

...when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. ~ II Corinthians 3:13

Another Word study help tool on the Blue Letter Bible website describes it to mean to open thoroughly. Strong's adds to reveal and expose disclose, uncover, show, reveal, lay bare.

He uncovers deep things out of darkness,
And brings the shadow of death to light. ~ Job 12:22

We see from these definitions that the word "open" here is alluding to something that is hidden and needs to be opened and revealed.

He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. ~ Daniel 2:22

It is interesting to note how much of Christs ministry centered around opening eyes and ears.

back to agri-bio-linguistics. The word galah is also used for a spring or a fountain. When one word is used for two things. The one being the object many times describes something about the other word. In this case Springs or fountains describe the word "open". In another hub"Waterfalls" I wrote about the water coming down from above representing Jesus who came down from heaven and poured out His life for us. this time the description lends to fountains or springs revealing an underground water source which agree and support the above definitions.

...the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” ~ John 4:14

"His love to us is a stream whose source is hidden in eternity" ~ C. H. Spurgeon

John 7 reveals to us that this underground water source is the Holy Spirit dwelling in us.

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit" ~ John 7:38-39

What a revelation! The Holy Spirit sent from Jesus the "Living Water" that came down from heaven living in us and opening our understanding teaching us all things.

...you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things ~ I John 2:27

A fitting quote from Ray C. Stedman from an online article titled "True Human Potential" (1)

"being a Christian means we have an extra dimension to life. There is a hidden resource, an invisible reality, which the world does not have and cannot see. This is not referring to Christ being "up in heaven," lost in space somewhere! Rather, this refers to what Paul has talked about earlier in this letter, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." This extra dimension is not far removed in the reaches of space; it is right within the heart, an untouchable, invisible dimension within us. This is the glory of the Christian life and the secret of its power, joy and courage...Set your hearts" on this hidden resource"

The third thing I see is that God is willing to reveal His secrets.

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which arerevealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. ~ Deuteronomy 29:29
...there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets ~ Daniel 2:28

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The pictograph for galah (open) confirms and supports these concepts

The first letter of galah is a picture of a camel. I did a study on the camel in another hub titled Bless and Knee explaining this concept. The camel can symbolize a bearer of blessing through humility. I believe in context of the word "open" we can see that there are hidden benefits and blessings to be opened and revealed.

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places,... ~ Isaiah 45:3

Gimel is also the third letter of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet representing the bearer of all blessings, the third person of the God-head the Holy Spirit showing us the first necessary element to understanding is the work of the Holy Spirit.

The second letter of the word of open "galah" is a lamed and is a picture of a staff symbolizing instruction, teaching, and correction. To receive revelation we need all three of these elements.

He also opens their ear to instruction, And commands that they turn from iniquity.~ Job 36:10

Our eyes are opened when we are instructed, taught and corrected.

Lastly is the letter hey and can be a picture of a window symbolizing revelation. Also Hey at the end of the word makes the word female and alludes to what comes from. So we could say Revelation is what comes from being instructed and learning of hidden blessings and treasures God has for us.

“ 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.”

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:10

The Psalmist cries out as do I

Make me understand the way of Your precepts; So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. ~ Psalm 119:27

Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. ~ Psalm 143:8

It is comforting to note that Paul prayed many prayers for us concerning this. He prayed...

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe ~ Ephesians 1:17-19

He prayed that we...

may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge ~ Ephesians 3:18-19

He asked ...

that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God ~ Colossians 1:9-10

In conclusion I am excited to know that God has secrets and hidden treasures He wishes to reveal to us. And as seen in this study He will show them to those who worship, seek, and fear Him. What an indescribable privilege that He would let us in on His secrets.

(1) http://www.raystedman.org/new-testament/colossians/true-human-potential

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for the inspirational hub-It was a lovely way to feels God's love for us.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Minnetonka Twin glad you found the hub inspirational. And yes there is nothing more satisfying then comprehending His awesome love.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.


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ithabise 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

Nice inspirational study. Psalm 119:18 has been a memory verse for me for years. Psalm 119 in its entirety is a magnificent survey of the Word of God in its essence. Thank you and God bless you.


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Timlove 5 years ago from upstate New York

I really liked this hub.Many people fear the thought of secrets being revealed from Gods word. Maybe its fear of the unknown,maybe its fear of finding out something they have believed for so long is not true.Maybe its fear of change,and God never changes its that there is so much to God that we have not yet seen,and I believe its all in his word waiting to be revealed by his spirit to us.This hub clearly exspresses that.Good job!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Ithabise I agree that Psalm 119 expresses the greatness and value of His Word. I am glad that you found the hub inspirational

Thank you for your visit and your comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Timlove Glad you liked the hub. I like how you pointed out that there is so much to God that we have not seen which reminds me of that verse in Ephesians where it talks about knowing how long wide deep and high His love is. Its as if to say we have only captured a mere glimpse or minuscule portion of it.

Blessed to have you stop by and comment


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Tamarajo: Thank you for this has opened up many different avenues of thought and learning for me. Indeed God is allowing me a glimmer into the vastness of His deep knowledge allowing me to submerge myself in Him.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

When one of those glimpses into the secret mysteries of God is revealed to me, I am humbled and awed. Them ore I learn, the more I desire to know. Thanks for this Hub Tamarajo. It is a devotional to study on all day long.


Eddie-Perkins 5 years ago

This is very instructive Tamara. Thank you for sharing. I feel the same way as you do on this; “I think His Word seems like foolishness to the rest of the world” and that explains so much of the conflict online. We must ask the Author of His Word to interpret His Word. Blessings ~ eddie


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Dave, glad to hear that the revelation has inspired deeper thought it sure has in me as well. I so desperately want to draw near to Him that He might whisper to me those secrets.

Bless you Dave for stopping by and commenting.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hyphenbird, The same with me. I get so excited with what He would allow me to see and am deeply humbled because what I see in this revelation that it is totally by His good graces that we see anything at all. And also like you the more I learn the hungrier I get for more of His truth and knowledge of His goodness.

My ears are perked waiting to hear more.

Thank you so much for visiting my hub and for your thoughtful comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Eddie, It spares me much frustration to understand this that it is the Holy Spirit who reveals the truth to the hearts of man and I find it motivational to be more in prayer rather than brow beat truth to someone. I simply present and it is His Spirit who does the work. I can remember a time in my life when God's ways seemed foolish to me. Hallelujah He let me see the truth!

Thank you so much for visiting and for your encouraging comment


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jagandelight 5 years ago from Florida

that's my prayer that God will continuously open my eyes of understanding to his word and to his hidden treasures.

Your hub was great, thanks for the read.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

jagandelight, It is now my prayer too.

Thank you for reading and your complimentary comment. Blessed to have you stop by.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Tamarajo, I can only say you did an impressive job with this hub, and that I am every single day, oh so thankful that God keeps things simple for me! :)


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

femmeflashpoint, thank you so much for your encouragement in sharing the truthe by your complimentary comment.

Blessed by your vist.


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no body 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

God is a person God and personally grants insight a time in each person's life so as to be most effective for that individual. He has prepared us for each lesson to be taught. He has painted a picture made up of trials lost and won. Of defeats and victories so that we will see the thing that God wants us to see, so that God can elicit from us the motive to serve Him to His glory. He end of this is the salvation of as many souls as possible and to hasten that great and mighty day of the Lord on the horizon. I especially like the differentiation of knowing and comprehending. Great article, I enjoyed it immensely. Love you sister. Bob.


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RevLady 5 years ago from Lantana, Florida

A beautiful meditation to ponder and reflect upon. I rejoice in your talent and appreciate this special moment with God that you inspired. Thank you.

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VOICE CIW 5 years ago

God bless you Sister Tamarajo, you have truly blessed me with this hub. Your title " Open My Eyes That I May See " is very enlightening. The Scriptures you posted line up with your title, God is truly blessing you. Let God continue to use you for His Glory. You are truly a Child of God. Stay blessed, I love you in the Lord.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Bob, You gave excellent additional insights to the hub and summed it up well in your comment. My favorite quote from your comment was

"God wants us to see, so that God can elicit from us the motive to serve Him to His glory"

Amen! A wonderful conclusion

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Rev Lady, I am still pondering and meditating on this revelation myself and keeping my ears and eyes peeked. I don't want to miss it.

Thank you for your complimentary comment. I am blessed by your visit and encouragement.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

I am glad that you were enlightened Voice, I was in awe of God's goodness as the whole day unraveled with all the confirmations of scripture. I am watching and waiting still

Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting


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Silvertip01 5 years ago from West Virginia, USA

Tamarajo..Thank you for such a beautiful and simple explanation of the opening of our eyes by our Heavenly Father.My prayer always is for Him to give me wisdom and to open my eyes to His wonderful truths..


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Silvertip01 Amen on asking Him to give us that wisdom to see His truth. It is key to us living in that truth.

I appreciate your visit and encouraging comment.


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Silvertip01 5 years ago from West Virginia, USA

Tamarajo,in your profile it says that you like to explore the hebraic roots of our faith.You might find this website interesting..

http://ariel.org/amds.htm


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Silvertip01 thank you for the link. I don't attend a messianic congregation but I sure learn so very much from them. I will check out the site. I got started on one of the studies on Psalm 90.


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

Excellent hub voted up and beautiful. This hub presents timeless truths to live by. Unless the Lord open our eyes, we will remain blind to the truth. BY the grace of God our eyes are opened and had seen the light of the Gospel of the Lord JesusChrist. Praise God for opening our eyes. Praise God for revealing His ways to us His children. May you be blessed today and always. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Tamarjo, Wonderful insightful hub! This is why it is so important that we spend time with The Lord each day! We must continually pray for discernment and for the Lord to open our spiritual eyes! Thank God for Jesus and His precious Holy Spirit!

As you well stated:"...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~ I Corinthians 2:14" Amen! Again lovely and enlightening! As Cristina said " timeless truths!" Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Amen Cristina, You summed it up well. This very day I am eternally grateful for His grace to let us see. May you have a blessed day also and thank you so much for your confirming comment and visit.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Deborrah and Amen to you too. I so agree that spending that precious time with Him and in His Word is so essential to discernment and spiritual insight for without Him we can do nothing. Even Jesus said "I only do what I see the father do". We must abide in the vine and make room for that revelation and visitation.

I much appreciate your insightful comment and visit.


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

amen to this


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

You are always sharing what God tells you to share. Being obedient is what God wants in us. Keep on hubbing for the Lord! Voted-Up! And awesome! Much love my friend!!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Jesusmyjoy, thank you for your visit and comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

drpastorcarlotta, I appreciate your encouragement and insight. Blessed by your visit, vote and comment as always.


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Highvoltagewriter 5 years ago from Savannah GA.

Great article,and thank you for the follow!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Highvoltagewriter, Thank you for your encouraging comment and visit. Blessed to have you stop by.


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

Hey, a well written article - you seem very intelligent and have strong opinions for the existence of God so I would value your opinion and any counter arguments you may have to my argument on how God is a sadist (or non existent).

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/God-Is-A-S...


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Philanthropy 2012 I really don't have any arguments about whether God exists or not. I can only prove Him by the personal hope and help I have found in Him which doesn't make for a very intellectual case for faith. But it makes Him ever so real to me.

The things I publish are for the purposes of edifying and educating those who do believe and not so much for the purposes of debate. They are personal revelations and experiences that I hope others may glean from if they wish to do so.

If you don't believe than you don't believe. I don't see much point in arguing about it. I am sure you have your reasons for disbelief as I have my reasons to believe.

My husband was anti-God at one time in His life and it wasn't my great persuasive arguments that persuaded Him. It was His own personal encounter with God that changed his mind.

I do however thank you for taking the time to read my article and for your complimentary comments and when I get some more time I will stop over and check out your hubs but it won't be for argument sake nor to attempt to disprove what you already believe.


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

ahh well you can't argue with that! That all seems very understandable.

But how do you know that your experience with god is the Christian God (or which ever) in particular that you worship and not any of the other thousands of variants? During your experience did God give a sign as to which religious faith is correct or not?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Philanthropy2012 Many have written well stated and shcholarly answers to your questions and I assume that if you really wanted the answers to them you would or could have conulted anyone of them as they would and could answer them more professionally than I. but beings you are asking me I only have my own personal reasons to offer you. I can only say that the "sign" you speak of for me would be the cross. and how interesting for you to use the word "sign" because that is the exact description of the cross. In the ancient Hebrew alphabet the final letter is a tav and is represented by a picture of a cross and means a sign. And even more fascinating is that ancient Hebrew symbol of a cross was used long before crucifixion had ever been inacted or thought of. For me personally it is the cross that has called me to deal with the reality of the sin that separated me from His goodness. It is this issue (sin) that makes Christianity so detestable to most. It is this issue that sets apart Christianity from all others in that we are called to admit our sinfulness and be restored in relationship to the one who created us.

the sign of the cross means even so much more in terms of covenant concepts as well. I might have to get busy and write about that too.

Again these are not necessarily arguments for a case about why Christianity is the right "religion" it is simply my explanation of what resonates as truth to my heart and soul personally.

Gotta run.. little ones to tend to. Thanks again for stopping by.


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

ahh okay well I understand that but what I meant was that you must fall into a category of Christianity? A division? There are over 20,000 (some say 30,000+) divisions of Christianity each with their own interpretations of the Bible and each with their own set of rules, in your experience with God/Christianity, did the sign specify which of these it is that you must follow? Or did you just join the local prominent division of Christianity and call it a sign that it was there for you to go to?

It seems to me that some Christians do not realise that their beliefs of how to live life can vary tremendously to the other 19,999+ divisions of Christianity.

The question "do Christians think homosexuality is morally correct" cannot be a "yes" or a "no" because of the huge differences of opinion present amongst the divisions of Christianity.

A lot of religious people have said that it is their own personal experience with that religion that lead them to believe in what they do, but some of these people believe in sets of religion intolerant to others? Did their personal experience specifically say to exclude all other faiths? And how can a loving God exclude other faiths that teach the exact same morals as the ones he does in his own scripture?

Also, I cannot find any professional opinions other than that of any teachers willing to listen who I have already convinced of my own view.

Moreover, I want to find out how ordinary, non specialist religious people base their decision to believe in such a life changing thing, as that has more implication to the world.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Apologetics isn't my strong suit but I read an excellent book once titled "Letters from a Skeptic" that answered many of these kinds of questions.

But I do think you make an excellent point about the divisions of Christianity. In John 17 Jesus prays for His followers that they would be as one that the world would know that He was truly the sent Savior. Current cultural Christianity is obviously not exhibiting the unity that reflects His reality and presence which is why we are largely ineffective and the world does not believe.

I personally do not ascribe to any particular denomination and struggle myself with all the man made doctrines that always come with them I simply believe the God of the Bible for the reasons described in my previous response. I realize it is difficult to quantify a personal experience and doesn't make for great argument. All I can say is I have known no greater love and nothing brings me greater joy.


His daughter 5 years ago

This is SO true, Tamarajo! I have recently been experiencing this in my life recently as I lead a women's group. I have found there is a wrestling and interceeding before the Lord at times to have our understanding of His Word. He most definitely uses pictures to apply a truth. We need to come to understand how and in what way He does speak to us. God bless. Been quite awhile since I've been able to be on Hub pages and it's good to be back reading yours. Always a pleasure!


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

@Tamarajo

I see, I find it difficult to believe people's "personal experiences" because it seems people of all religions get them, so some if not all must be lying, mistaken or exaggerating when they say that only their religion is correct because of their experiences.

Is there any other argument that you (or anyone else) know of for the existence of a monotheistic God?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

His daughter, Yes the pictures are useful in applying truth which is why I enjoy the word pictures so much in that they add a layer of depth to understanding the larger picture or concept.

I enjoy that wrestling process you talk about because it usually results in gaining understanding of His Word. Lately while reading the Word I have been asking a lot of questions and actually discovering some interesting answers.

I do sincerely appreciate revelation because I am so blind apart from it. I truly don't see it unless He shows it to me.

Glad to see you back on Hubpages. I do understand not being able to be on much. I have been so busy myself lately trying to squeeze it all in. Blessed to have you stop by and comment.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Philanthropy,

I understand that my "personal experience" isn't convincing to you and it makes sense that maybe it wouldn't but interestingly it is the personal experience that makes it so convincing to me.

I have considered that even if I had the logical scientific arguments to prove the existence of God it might not matter if one wishes to believe there is not a God considering that facts can be subjectively interpreted

For instance. I have been watching a lot of scientific documentaries lately all of which are secular and quite fascinating I might add. When they review their findings they see how it supports their theories of non-Biblical theory. When I see the facts they present I see them confirming to scriptural truth.

I personally find that all of creation declares that He is and if I look closely enough I can see the patterns and concepts of scriptures described in them. A couple of my hubs Waterfalls and Lighthouses give a couple of examples of this in the water cycle and light.

As I stated before many others can state much more eloquently and intelligently than I can the cases and arguments of this matter. Lee Strobels (a once non believer) and Grant Jeffery have written much more excellent intelligent answers to these questions than I can ever come up with. Louie Giglio also does a presentation "Indescribable" and "How Great is Our God" that I have really enjoyed supporting Biblical Faith as seen in creation.

I have concluded that faith is required to believe God is or isn't therefore I cannot argue with your faith or what you believe.

There really is only one who can answer your question anyway and I am not He. It is not for me to say I am right and you are wrong. I can only give you the reason for my own hope and testify of the change He has made in me.

That really was the very thing (seeing God work in my life) that convinced my God hating husband. I didn't even try to convince him as I was so much focused on growing and learning of God for myself.

He has a quite a compelling testimony of His own going from being a suicidal self destructive drug addict being transformed into a successful man in his right mind who wants to live and love and thankfully no longer thinks that people with Jesus bumper stickers should be shot.

That's all I have in response to your last question. thanks for stopping by again.


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

Ahh okay! Thank you! Thank you for referring me to the names of those people, it will really help.

Just one last question, what do you say about all of the other people that claim that they have had experiences with their God(s) but are not devoted to Christianity? Are they wrong? Disillusioned?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

It is not my place nor intent to judge people, their experiences, or what they believe


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

But if your religion claims that it is the only one that is true, then surely a logical inference is that you disbelieve it when other people tell you they had an experience telling them that their religion (which says that yours is wrong) is true?


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Philanthropy. I have nothing more to say on the matter. I have said all I can say. I think your line of questioning is more appropriate as a forum topic and has little to do with the material I write about. I am sure you can get some lively responses from those who actually enjoy the debate in the forums.


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Philanthropy2012 5 years ago from London

That's fair enough, you don't have to answer my questions, thank you for your time :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Tamarjo, You have done a marvelous job here! The title is so appropriate "Openy My eyes that I may see!" AMEN!

As you wellstated: "I don't think many of us think about the fact that the truth is hidden to us apart from the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Without His work in us we cannot understand the truth which is why I think His Word seems like foolishness to the rest of the world" AMEN! & AMEN!!

We really do need His Holy Spiirt to open our spiritual eyes so we can see... It is very difficult to understand "FAITH" because you can not see FAITH; but you KNOW it is so... We Believe through FAITH in GOD! "I AM The GOD of Abraham, The GOD of Isaac and The GOD of Jacob..." MATTHEW 22. Who is The Father of our LORD & SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! GOD BLESS YOU!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Deborrah for your supportive, encouraging and timely comment.

His Mercy endures forever. Great is His faithfulness.

Bless you for stopping by


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Sister Wow!! Amazing how you got 'eye' in your meditations. The Holy Spirit is so cool like that. It is evident the Holy Spirit has moved on you sista. This is so beautiful. I am listening to the song right now. Tears running down the cheeks. GOD is so Glorious. I just love ya. I really enjoy your studies. I learn a great deal from you. I love the water (galah-waterfalls) so beautiful that message really touched my heart. Amazing Love is our Lord and Saviour. Hugs my sista. Keep the light shining. You will Phil 4:13


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello Sister Skye, Always blessed and encouraged by your visits and comments. I love how the Lord will speak to us this way too. Nothing brings me greater joy than to hear from Him. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and glad you gleaned from it.

Have a blessed day : )


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

I see that Beelzebub came a calling. You handled him with more sweetness than I could have mustered.

Your article is wonderful. I love it and we all need it. Thank you very much.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

You crack me up James : ) Thanks for reading and commenting glad you enjoyed it.


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mattmilamii 4 years ago from Chicago - Be A Blessing... Become A Hand Of God

Dear Tamarajo,

Beautifully written with a well organized use of scripture. It would seem that someone has eyes and are using them to see what God has revealed. I enjoyed your insight, but enjoy even more your willingness to encourage by sharing with us.

"Blessings"


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

mattmilamii It is such a privilege that He would allow us to see. We technically are all born spiritually blind. I am glad that you enjoyed the article. Thank you very much for your encouraging visit and comment.


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Yes Tamara so many times GOD wants to show us things and we don't always see it so its good when we can recognize it ;). God is good no matter what.

Thanks for your hub

Hope all is well

Ladyfiddler


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello LadyFiddler. I agree that there is so much that God wants to show us and what a thrill when He opens our eyes so we can see our ears so we can hear and our hearts to understand. And yes God is so incredibly good.

Blessed to have you stop by and comment. I hope all is well with you as well.


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ShalahChayilJOY 4 years ago from Billings, Montana

Only our Redeemer can call, woo, play hide and seek so the we have to really want to find Him and prove we do, and draw us with cords of kindness to Him so we will run after Him and learn to leap and skip on the hills and mountains tasting the nectar of one sweet flower after another...

Intoxicating drink of sweet, sweet nectar, Tamarajo


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Amen ShalahChayilJOY. Your comment really sums up the message of this article in a beautiful way revealing the tension between Him drawing us and us seeking Him.

I love the picture of leaping and skipping on the hills and mountains and tasting sweet flowers.

Blessed by your visit and comment.

"Draw us and we will run after you" ~ SOS


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bettybarnesb 4 years ago from Bartlett, TN

Great Hub! Stay encouraged and continue to lift up the Name of Jesus! His blessed Spirit will continue to lead and guide you into all truth. That is what He does best.

Be Blessed...


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you bettybarnesb for your encouragement and blessing. I am blessed by your visit and comment.


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KellyRivers 4 years ago

Tamarajo, Those "secrets" of God are revealed as we stay focused on Him and His word, searching for deeper truths. I love the way He speaks to us. Just as you said in the beginning of your hub about several passages you had read that had a common thread and you knew He was trying to talk to you or reveal something to you. Sometimes, I get revealtion from a scripture that I have read over and over and have even quoted many times, but the next time I read it, a light bulb comes on and it takes on an entirely different meaning! That's part of what you speak of here. Thank you for the inspiration to continue to search His Word for deeper revelation! Voted up, awesome, interesting, useful, and beautiful!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Kelly, apologies for the late reply. Just getting my bearings back from the latest of life's trials. God is faithful Amen!

I am glad to hear that you are inspired to dig deep for His timely treasures as well. His truth is life to our souls. It is always relevant and full of hope...even if it is correction.

Nothing more fascinating then understanding God's thoughts and magnificence.

The Lord is great and greatly to be praised so shall we be saved from our enemies! Hallelujah!!


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ThussaysNanaMarie 4 years ago from In my oyster

Great hub. Well done!


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you ThussaysNanaMarie. I appreciate your visit and complimentary comment.


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Tamarajo Sister this is a very beautiful and edifying hub of love. Praise God we are so loved In Christ. Children of God are the most BLESSED on all the earth but of course indeed!!! I only pray all could see my precious sista. I savored on the word of God and your words breathed in this awesome writing. A wonderful way to start the morning. Thank You. Love you. Many Blessings. Keep preachin it girlfriend. Hugs Galore.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Skye. I always appreciate your thoughtfulness and encouragement. Bless you too!!


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skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

TJ I was led to 'open my eyes' again this beautiful morning. Each time I read your awesome writing I hear another message. We will never tire of His wonderous word, Amen. Glory to Glory sister. I love how the Holy Spirit reveals to us again what we need to hear at the right and perfect time

As you shared in your beautiful words. 'I don't think many of us think about the fact that the truth is hidden to us apart from the revealing work of the Holy Spirit. Without His work in us we cannot understand the truth which is why I think His Word seems like foolishness to the rest of the world.'

...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~ I Corinthians 2:14

I praise God I came over and I thank HIM for your works TJ. Thank you for loving the Lord and being obiedient. Truly your hub is an answer to a prayer. I just love you precious sister. Sending hugs your way. Skye.


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Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Thank you Skye, It is humbling to understand that we are so dependent upon Him that even understanding what He says requires His assistance. I am glad you were able to glean a second time from the article. I so appreciate every morsel of what He allows us to see in these revelations of His truth.

Thank you again for reading and you're always so blessed encouragement.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Tamarajo,

Another great hub of depth and profound insights. Like you, I am so excited that we have a God who chooses to share His secrets with us when we worship, seek and fear Him (in awe of His Mighty Glory) Daniel 2: 20-22 have long ranked amongst "awesome verses" to me. Although that is the wonder of scripture and revelation....as more is revealed so the list grows longer and longer! Feel blessed to read your hubs.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hello shofarcall. You summed up the hub well by your comment that He shares His secrets with those who worship, seek, and fear Him. I also agree that it seems that the more that is revealed the more there is to be discovered. I really can see how eternity could be and unending unfolding of His goodness and glory. What a privilege He has given us to see.

Blessed by your visit and comment. Thank you for stopping by.


Jack Mason 3 years ago

This article is great! Thanks for sharing. I've been looking into this church: http://discovertogether.com/ What do you think?


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota Author

Hi Jack, thanks for the read. Glad you enjoyed it. I'm not familiar with discover together.

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