Heart Vision

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 18, 2009

“All our reasoning abilities amount to nothing, even if we search out theological complexities. Why? Because reason does not create in you a heart that perceives God, so that you are caught up in His holiness and beauty. Only then do you forsake all other pursuits, so your heart is ‘separated’ from the world, and you live a simple, clean, and holy life.”
Thomas a` Kempis
Come Lord Jesus
Devotional Readings from The Imitation of Christ, 24-25
Edited for Today’s Reader by David Hazard

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
1 John 1:1 (ESV)

The disciples did not have formal training in theology and were considered by the rulers and elders and scribes to be “uneducated and common men”. But those leaders “recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13, ESV). Intimate heart knowledge of the Lord Jesus is far more than becoming conversant in systematic theology or possessing massive amounts of Bible knowledge. True knowledge that affects the atmosphere of your life and the way you live comes from spending time alone with the Lord Jesus so that He becomes intimately real to you.  Your knowledge then is not hearsay, or something you have been taught, or something you have read about, but rather it comes from having been in His very presence. It comes from having heard Him for yourself and seeing Him with your eyes of heart and touching Him in His nearness. You have been with Him, and His wonderful sweet fragrance has permeated your soul.

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