Boasting is necessary, though it is not profitable; but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord (2 Corinthians 12:1).
Today’s Devotional Here are three more New Testament Greek words that express different visionary states.
Horama Horama is another general term for vision, meaning “that which is seen.” It carries the particular sense of a “spectacle, sight, or appearance.” New Testament examples commonly associate this word with waking visions. You can be a candidate for horama visions. Just tell the Lord of your desire to be a person who receives the spirit of revelation and sees visions. It is in His Word. It is for today. It is there for the asking!
Horasis A horasis occurs when the Spirit who lives within us looks out through the “windows” of our eyes and allows us to see what He sees. Are we seeing in the natural or in the spiritual? Sometimes it is hard to tell, and sometimes it is both. When our spiritual eyes are open, sometimes our natural eyes can see into the spiritual realm. We may see dual images as visionary spiritual pictures that are superimposed over the images we are seeing with our physical eyes.
Optasia Another visionary state found in the New Testament is denoted by the word optasia—literally meaning “visuality,” or in concrete form, “apparition.” Optasia has the very specific connotation of self-disclosure, or of letting oneself be seen. The word always occurs in the context of someone seeing a divine or spiritual personage.
1. Have you ever had a horama vision, or do you personally know someone who has had one? What did the vision entail? Why do you think God revealed it? What resulted from its revelation?
2. Have you asked God for the spirit of revelation and the gift to see visions? Why does this type of revelation “scare” some people? Why should we seek horama visions?
3. Have you experienced a horasis, or do you know of someone who has experienced one? How do both the natural and spiritual work in this visionary state?
4. What is your understanding of the optasia visionary state? Have you or someone you know experienced this? What impact can this visionary state have on one’s life?
5. Looking at the three visionary states above, which would you say the Lord needs to develop more in His Body? Why?
Meditation We all have two sets of eyes: our physical or natural eyes, and the eyes of our hearts, with which we see into the spiritual realm; the latter are the eyes through which we see and understand spiritual truth.
The Bible says that our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit. Every temple has windows and doors.
When the Lord comes to dwell in our temples, He likes to be able to look out His windows.
Our eyes —physical and spiritual—are the windows to our souls. How well do your eyes work in seeing what the Lord wants you to see?