Beth Moore — Spiritual Discernment
I want to take you now to Matthew, chapter 13. This is so good!
11 He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
13 This is why I speak to them in parables:"Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
What in the world is he talking about? They have human vision but they cannot see. They have human hearing but they cannot understand. Look at him explain it here in verse 14.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise…
Look at these words because I want you to see them, we're going to turn them from their negative context into the positive side of it with what God would tell us in the rest of the New Testament, in the establishment of the New Testament church. It says this:
15 For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.'
Okay listen carefully to this. He says, "I don't want you to just see, I want you to perceive. I don't want you to just hear, I want you to understand. I want you to know beyond the obvious.
I want you to know and be able to see and be able to experience what is beyond just what is natural before you. I don't want just your eyesight, I want your vision... perception... understanding.
He says right after that, "Then you will turn and you will be healed." So much of our healing when you and I have been through the devastations that just living for any length of time on planet earth will invariably bring. It won't be being able to see with human eyes that will bring us the kind of restoration that we need. In order to be restored we need perception. We need to perceive more than we'd be able to gaze upon with our human eyes.
We need understanding, not just hearing. That's where our healing will come from. That's where our hearts will turn and we'll know that there is something so much greater than anything we could touch or feel on this planet in the natural realm. I just think continually, Lord, if I would cooperate with you, what would you really show me? If I would really give you an ear to unstop what would you do? What would you do?
I have a really good friend back in the Houston area who is a chiropractor. I've never been to a chiropractor before and I'd gotten to know her and it is just its own kind of approach. So I've been so intrigued by her and by the way she sees things from a spinal point of view. Everything comes from that same reference point. So I was telling her one day -- she said, "You sound stopped up." I said, "I'm getting the worst cold." She said, "You want me to help you out with that?" I said, "What are you going to do?"
So first of all she took something, I don't know what, it kind of smelled like a little menthol-ish, I guess like a liquid Vicks Vapor-rub of some kind. And she presses it on my sinuses. But what she did next I could not have been ready for. She then takes her hands and she pulls my ears. And when she pulls them, I can hear them unfolding like an accordion.
It was like, "Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!" I said, "What did you do?" I need you to know I felt like my ears were sticking out a foot on each side. All day I was completely aware. When I went and got back in the car it was like I had to open the car door like this and scoot in like this.
And then you just leave the window down so your ear can stick out. Every conversation I had from that point on, all day long, I wanted to say to them, I had to resist it, but I wanted to say, "You're staring at my ears; aren't you?"
I just kept pulling my hair over. I've never -- but you know what? I could hear!
I could hear! When he gives us ears to hear, what... what... would he tell us?