Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Our Spiritual Senses (Spiritual Sight)

We all have senses..Taste, Smell, Touch, Hearing and Sight. We use these senses everyday while we live, and most of the time we actually forget about them because they just come naturally.

But did you know that we have spiritual senses as well. Senses that we use to decipher Good and evil, hearing from God and even knowing beauty and telling the difference between truth and lies..
Do you know how to use these? Do we take them for granted? DO we know when to use them?
I will go through the 5 them in the next 5 blog posts and lets see if we can break them down.

Our spiritual senses help us define Gods Spiritual truth. Here's an example of them:

Eyes: Scan the environment, see the future, see visions, perception of people & events
Ears: Hearing words from God, obedience, servant hood, knowing the will of God
Taste: “Taste and see that the Lord is good” - discernment via experience
Smell: Fragrance of holiness, rapid discernment, “smells funny” / avoids toxic teaching
Touch: Communication of holiness, healing, anointing and spiritual power, also 'touch not the unclean'

The opposite to this is spiritual blindness, deafness to Gods prompting and totally 'senseless' to touch. (being beaten to pieces by evil, and not even knowing about it)
So if we are to advance in the Christian life we must constantly exercise our spiritual senses. We cannot be slothful and apathetic. Nor can we be stubborn, hard-hearted or complaining. Rather we are to be alert, watchful, curious, constantly learning from God as eager disciples.
We need to understand what God is saying and doing.
Those people who ignore God's appeal in their conscience, over and over again, become hardened in their inner worlds and their spiritual senses become dull and unresponsive.

Our spiritual sight allows us to see God, not physically but spiritually. See His way. If the eye of a person is evil, greedy and carnal then the body will be filled with darkness.
Another source of spiritual darkness is a murderous spirit of anger, rage or unforgiveness which totally overwhelms our ability to see clearly (in the spiritual sense).

He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness until now. (10) He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no offense in him. (11) But he who hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:9-11

Angry, judgmental people have impaired spiritual vision. They think they can see clearly because they are so good at spiritual nit-picking - but Jesus tells them that they actually have a 'log in their eye'.

Jesus spiritual sense of sight revealed the Father to Him so that He was able to know the Father's will and to 'see what the Father is doing'.
The spiritual sense of sight is so valuable that Paul prays for the Ephesians to be given a spirit of wisdom and revelation, and for the eyes of their understanding to be opened.
When the spiritual sense of sight is absent the Bible is a 'closed book' even to the religious leaders of the day.
The spiritual sense of sight is an essential prerequisite to 'living in the light' – that is living an obedient Christian life that is on track with God.
You will not learn the hope of God's calling on your life without the Holy Spirit showing it to you! And you cannot behold the benefits or glory of being a Christian unless they are revealed to you from Heaven! And only God can speak quietly to your spirit to show you the greatness of His power and all that He wants to do on your behalf!

On the other hand if the Christian life seems to be hopeless, unprofitable, inglorious, and powerless it is because you have been listening far too much to the spirit of this world and far too little to the Spirit of God! The eyes of your understanding need to be enlightened!

Enlightenment is what happens when you light the lamp, or flick on the switch, or open the shutters, blinds or curtains and finally let light into the room. It is also what happens when dawn comes and ends the dark night. Thus there are two kinds of enlightenment – an external one where God shines light in like the dawn, and an internal one where we finally open the shutters of our previously evil minds. There is a place for us exercising our will. Which is precisely the point of the commands about living in the light:

DO you need to pray for God to open your sense of sight? Does God need to work in your spirit to clear any blockages that you may have against using your spiritual sight?
Pray now, Ask God for His light in your world!


1 comment:

  1. NICE! I didn't know that our senses that we use everyday is also called SPIRITUAL SENSES..
    Spiritual Thoughts