Even in this physical world that operates mostly on our five senses of sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing, God often lets us see into the spiritual and experience what lies beyond our senses or understanding.
The Bible is full of demonstrations of human interaction with the spiritual and many miraculous interventions from the spiritual to our physical world.
When Peter was in prison, he was released by a spiritual intervention. Acts 12:7... “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. King Herod had locked Peter up physically but something different was happening in the spiritual realms, so he was set free.
When their city was surrounded by a Syrian army of horses and chariots, Elisha opened the eyes of his servant so he could see what was happening in the spiritual realms. 2 Kings 6:16-17 … And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Paul visited the spiritual realms in a vision. He was dramatically affected by what he saw, but he could not describe it. 2 Corinthians 12:2-4 (NLT) I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out of my body, I don’t know—only God knows. Yes, only God knows whether I was in my body or outside my body. But I do know that I was caught up to paradise and heard things so astounding that they cannot be expressed in words, things no human is allowed to tell.
Stephen was filled with the Spirit so when he was about to be stoned, he described what he could see in the spiritual realms. Acts 7:55-56 … “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand!”
When John’s life was drawing to a close, he was given a unique ability to see into the spiritual realms. Revelation 1:10-16(ERV) … When I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. I saw someone among the lampstands who looked like the Son of Man. He was dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash tied around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool—wool that is white as snow. His eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like brass that glows hot in a furnace. His voice was like the noise of flooding water. He held seven stars in his right hand. A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth. He looked like the sun shining at its brightest time.
What amazing glimpses into the spiritual. But these glimpses aren’t limited to what we read about in the bible. He will allow us the opportunity, too
Beth Moore, in her bible study on the book of James, says that there is no experience in the physical realm that matches that moment when you experience God, when He reveals a truth to you.
Kyle Idleman says something similar, calling it “the God moment that changes everything”. “It’s when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes and you see something that you had somehow missed before. You have a startling realization that changes everything.”
If you have ever experienced a God moment, you know it. It cannot be visibly seen with the eye, heard audibly with the ear, tasted, felt or smelled physically. It is a spiritual sensation that cannot be surpassed by anything physical and now you hunger for it. Not in an idol sort of way but hunger and thirst for more of God. At least I do.
I want more. Do you? Ask for it. He says in James 4: 2b-3 You do not have because you do not ask. You do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your own pleasures.
Do you want more of God for what He can do for you? That, according to scripture is the wrong motive. For our own pleasure, our own comfort, our own peace of mind, our own…
Want to “see” more of His glory, “hear” more of His voice, “feel“ more of His presence, “taste” more of His splendor, “smell” more of His sweet fragrance? If you are believer, you have direct access to Him. It’s not mystical or magical. It’s simple. It’s physical. It’s sensible. Use your physical senses to
Seek Him. Deuteronomy 4:29 (ESV) But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Pursue His righteousness. Proverbs 15:9 (ESV) The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
Love Him. Matthew 22:37 (ESV) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
Know Him 1 John 2:3(ESV) And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
Please Him. Hebrews 11:6 No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him.