That Thou Mayest
Revelation 3:18 “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich,
and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and the shame of thy nakedness do not appear,
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
Now it used to be a favorite correction of my Aunt, to tell me which to use: “May I?”
Or “Can I?”
I would say, “Can I go outside, and play?”
She would say, “I don’t know, do you have legs to take you?”
Of course, she would be stressing what was the proper English. I should have said, “May I go outside and play?”
Can, she would say, denotes ability. May, denotes permission or will.
So Jesus Christ says, “That thou mayest”, He means that He will give permission to open up the windows of Heaven and pour us down the blessings He describes here.
All in Heaven are just looking to Him, and waiting for His permission to give abundant manifestations of His power and presence, to each who will “buy of Me (The Lord Jesus Christ)”.
Malachi 3:10. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
We will speak about the blessing offered by the Lord Jesus to us……..and the means to get these “windows of heaven” opened up to us.
We will start with the last blessing that we “may” have,……for this is the beginning of the rest.
Eyes that really see, by the use of eyesalve. Without this, we are still blind; or with blurry eyes, seeing unclearly.
And what is this eyesalve we are to use?
It is honesty. If we are to see God as He is; then we must see ourselves as we are. They go hand in hand. (Let’s face it, when we are angry at God, He seems like an angry God.)
As we get honest, and let the Lord search our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9-10), we stop losing our way in our emotions; because we can now see the truth.
And anytime truth is faced; grace is given. (Grace is the unmerited favor of power)
John 1:17 “For the Law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
The Lord once said to me: “That if any Laodicean would get a good look at his own heart, he would do something about it immediately.”
White raiment that thou mayest be clothed:
If we are Christians, we must be clothed upon with Christ’s Righteousness.
But Christ’s righteousness, enables us to do righteousness. And this is the garment spoken of here…..our righteous acts done for His glory.
We must determine to have Christ formed in me.
We are told to:
Colossians 3:8-10, 12-13 “But now ye also put off all these, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communications out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”
Put off the old man; put on the new man created in Christ Jesus. All this you must do, that the shame of your nakedness do not appear.
Gold, tried in the fire.
Gold in Scripture speaks of God in my life.
When it says, “tried in the fire”, it means that it has come through the purifying process, and there is no impurities, in the gold. It is pure gold.
We are truly “rich” in the Spiritual Blessings of love, joy, peace, long suffering, patience, etc.
But pure gold, signifies being filled with the Holy Spirit, by surrendering to Him: giving up my right to rule my life; and yielding my life, moment by moment, to the Holy Spirit’s Presence and Guidance.
I will remind everyone, this begins with losing our blindness.
To be blind in this verse is “opaque, surrounded with smoke”.
And how many “smoke screens” has the devil used to try and come between us and the truth? Or between us and the Lord?
It may be mental or physical.
(In other words, we can blind ourselves. By our imaginations: pretend to be someone we are not. Or we can blind ourselves by the “things” we choose to love.)
There is no cure for blindness; except Truth. Getting honest with God about everything.
When you do, the Lord will open up the windows of heaven and pour you down a blessing.