Monday, March 29, 2021

How To Keep A Spiritual Perspective

Therefore I [Paul] also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding [heart] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”— Ephesians 1:15-21

All of God’s creation has a spiritual context. The Creator of all things is Spirit. It is His creation that has a physical existence. But – it you are born again by the Spirit – you also have a spiritual nature.  Now here is the challenge for us – those who walk in the Way.  The challenge is living in a physical world with a spiritual perspective.  People who are not Christians cannot understand spiritual things – that being the true context of their existence. 

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.’ Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God..” – 1 Corinthians 1:18-24

They are blind to the truth because they do not have the Spirit of God in them. That thing that empowers Christians to see the world in its true context and to live their lives differently from those who are perishing.  Some Christians don’t see things that way.  They prefer to think that the natural has nothing to do with the Spiritual. And so, they live their lives pretty much like those who are perishing. The parse out a few hours or minutes a week to address the Spiritual and the rest of the time they embrace the natural.  So where am I going with this?

As Christians, our lot in our new life is to be a reflection of Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him.  To see life in the context of the Spiritual reality and not the Natural which is a corrupted version, man’s idea, of God’s intent for His creation. As we experience life and see the course of history being played out, our role is to be salt and light – difference makers – not go-alongers.  It is important that you know what God has said – what He has revealed in His Word and through His Son and Spirit. Why? So when you hear the question – first spoken by the serpent in the Garden – “Did God really say ….. ?” You will know if He did or not. When the world says – “Doesn’t this make more sense? Don’t you think that what you believe is archaic – no longer relevant?  Don’t you want to be relevant in your culture and not rejected?”  Good question. That is something you have to decide – and many do – that they prefer acceptance from their culture – after all – the culture is physical – is here and now. God and His precepts seem so far away. God has not moved. But your heart and its devotion to the Father have drifted away from Him.

Be careful my friend – each of us are is just one step – one choice – one like on Facebook away from drifting.

Believe it – walk in it. Let your light shine and give God the glory.

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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