You may tend to think that it’s normal to hear and see only in the physical realm, but God expects us to perceive both in the physical and spiritual realms. In fact, we play an active role in how well we perceive (Jer. 1:12). God holds us responsible for what we focus our perception upon (Luk. 11:34). Anyone can read the Bible, but only those who are surrendered and attentive to God are perceptive to His voice.
Intentionally See The Unseen
“This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.” Matthew 13:13-16 ESV
Jesus deliberately spoke in parables so that people would have to turn their hearts to hear from God for themselves to understand Him. This reveals that God expects us to be intentional about seeing and hearing beyond the physical realm. More than that, it reveals that He holds us accountable for what we do not see and hear. In other words, we have a Biblical responsibility to perceive God in Spirit and in Truth.
Jesus revealed that many people see and hear in the physical realm, yet they do not see and hear the Spirit or substance of those words. Without a heart surrendered to God and attentive to Him, we are deafened and blinded to the things of God. We are not hearing or seeing all that we should until we learn to intentionally set the gaze of our hearts toward God in expectation.
Be Hearing Sons of the Spirit
“And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.'” Mat. 16:17 ESV
Easton’s Dictionary of the Bible says that Peter was originally called Simon, an abbreviated form of Simeon, which means, “hearing.” Simon Bar-Jonah can literally mean, “hearing son of the dove.” This is a great illustration, or parable, which we can apply to our own lives. We are blessed when we are hearing sons of the Spirit — sons and daughters who are perceiving what our Father in heaven is revealing.
God still speaks in parables today, just as He always has, and He promises to give understanding to us (Luk. 8:10, 1Co. 2:12). Dreams, visions, and revelatory encounters of all kinds are full of metaphors and symbolism in the very same ways that the parables of Jesus are, both throughout the Bible and today.
The primary key to seeing and hearing God is to begin actively and intentionally looking to Him with a heart desiring to perceive and understand.
Jeremy Caris is the founder and president of Caris Ministries. Since he is called as a prophet and gifted as a teacher, much of his focus involves equipping believers to hear, know, and follow God in their own daily experience. He teaches the foundational truth of the Word with simple clarity, while revealing deep things of the spirit in practical ways. He has the unique ability to demystify the supernatural side of real relationship with a living God and make it an embraceable and accessible reality for all believers. Jeremy has been married to his best friend, Mandy Caris, for twenty years, and is the proud father of two boys.