The Sense of Understanding

January 23, 2013

Matthew 13:14-16
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

The Sense of Understanding

The natural eyes only see natural things, but the eye of the spirit sees into the heart.
The ears of the spirit don’t just hear what is spoken, but hears what is not spoken that reflects the Spirit and truth behind the words. What are we not seeing and what are we not hearing?
Look deeper and listen closer with the eyes and ears of understanding, if you really want to know the heart of man and the mind of God.
It is the Spirit of God that gives us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our understanding being enlightened. Paul prays in Ephesians 1 that those eyes would be open in us as believers, because only with the eyes and ears of the Spirit can we truly see behind the veil of natural understanding and comprehension. What we have known in part, what we have known after the flesh, after the natural and physical realm that we dwell in. When we came into Christ and Christ came into us we entered a spiritual dimension that perceives and understands through the Spirit of God within us. He alone leads us into all truth and God’s reality, not just what we have understood and formerly perceived.
Let’s look at a passage in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 where Paul speaks to this subject of spiritual understanding and knowledge.
“Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;7but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;8the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
9but just as it is written,
10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,13which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
From this we glean that the world and the natural mind can not really comprehend and accept the mysteries and the wisdom of God. It is only revealed by the Spirit. That is why, if we are truly spiritually minded and in tune with the Holy Spirit He can reveal spiritual mysteries and secrets to us, many of which are locked up in His word and only seen through the eyes of the Spirit.
I love an analogy I once heard Pastor Kelly Varner use. “What is God? John 4 says, “God is Spirit”. If God is Spirit then what kind of book would He write? A spiritual book.
If God wrote a spiritual book, then what kind of mind must one have to comprehend this book?
A spiritual mind.” For us to see into the deeper mysteries of God we need His mind and Spirit to unlock them to us. Earlier Paul said, ” Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature.” God reveals Himself to those are truly seeking Him, not for knowledge sake, which will only puff up, but to see into the full purpose and will of God that He wants to unveil to us and through us.
God wants us to come into that maturity in which we have developed our spiritual senses that operate through the Spirit of God to hear His voice, to see His purpose and to understand all things that pertain to life and godliness. Part of that purpose is for us to receive these things and then to reveal them in God’s time and in God’s way as they are first worked out in our own lives and experience.



September 6, 2012

Ephesians 5:13-15
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.


Remember when you first came to faith in Christ?  It may or may not have been an emotional time, but we believed in our heart that we had invited Jesus in and He was now living within us.  What joy, peace and cleansing may have swept over us.  We became a new creation as we were born again, not of the flesh, but of the Spirit.
From there we quite likely went to church, prayed, hopefully read our bible and grew in our faith.  What happens to many of us along the road of our salvation and walk with Jesus is that we can become complacent in our faith.  Our faith becomes like a garden untended; before we know it weeds have overgrown it and there may be little sign of the spiritual fruit and vegetables that once grew there.  We have gotten complacent.  We fell asleep.  Our attention became distracted by the world, business of life and other interests.  Slowly, but surely, our relationship with Jesus slipped further and further into the background.  Life goes on, but our garden of relationship with Jesus has become a weed patch.  Spiritual lethargy has overtaken us, our spiritual senses are dulled and things may still be going along good on the outside, but inside, at best, we are lukewarm.
Listen to what the Spirit writes to the Church of  Laodicea in Revelations 3:14-20.  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”   We so often hear this scripture in verse 20 as an appeal to the unsaved, but clearly, here, we can see that it is an appeal to a church and people that have become blinded and dull to their spiritual condition and relationship.
What is God telling His people in this hour?  Especially a people that fit many of the attributes just described in the Church of Laodicea?
WAKE UP!    The Spirit of the Lord is calling to us, His people, in this hour to wake up out of our pride of self-sufficiency and plenty.  Outwardly we may be prosperous, but inwardly we have become wretched, poor, blind and naked.
All of us can see the world around us quickly declining.  It is no longer a matter of “if”, but “when”.  The Spirit of the Lord is arousing His sleeping ones.  Hopefully we hear His soft voice in our spirits and respond to it, but if we cover our head with our pillow, then perhaps it will take a life changing event to awaken us and hopefully not too late.
It is time to revisit the garden of our soul where we had intimacy, communion and relationship.  That place alone is our safe haven and our place of  strength.  In Psalms 91:1-3 it says, ” He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”” Then it goes on to describe how the Lord is our protection in a world that is falling down all around us.  So many of us have been abiding outside the shelter of the Most High and under the shelter of our ability, sufficiency and self efforts.  If we want to rest under the shadow of the Almighty then we have to be abiding in the Vine; in intimate and personal relationship with Christ.  All other foundations are sinking sand.
Jesus is calling us, wooing us back to Himself.  It is not His desire that any should perish, but we must discern the times and the seasons.  We must listen and hear the trumpet sounding in Zion and the alarm going off in the Holy Hill.  Song of Solomon    2:10 says, “My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!”  He is calling us up into Himself.  Up into that sweet and fragrant relationship where we turn our eyes fully upon Him; again where ‘the world becomes strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace’.   Now is time to return unto Him, repent of our former ways, circumcise our hearts and cultivate again the garden of steadfast love and relationship.


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