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Senses

So how does your body connect with the outside world? 

 

Through your senses, right?

 

Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch allow our bodies to perceive what is going on around us. 

 

Cookies in the oven?

 

Our nose knows as we walk through the door.

 

Mosquito gnawing on your ankle?

 

Our skin alarms us by that irritating itch. 

 

So how does your spirit connect with His Holy Spirit?

 

In exactly the same way. With spiritual senses. Our physical senses are merely a shadowy copy of what is already going on inside our spirit.

 

We’ve already talked in earlier posts about seeing into the heavenlies:

 

 

 

But have you ever thought about the fact that we have (at least) five spiritual senses that correspond to our physical ones?

 

Not only can we peer into the spiritual world, we can also smell, hear, taste and touch the things of God.

 

A little quirky? Okay, but only because we spend entirely too much time sensing the things of this world, instead of the spiritual one. 

 

Spiritual senses were given to us at our new birth,

just as physical senses were available during our first moments of life. 

 

We know that our goal as His children is to glorify Him, right? That’s what Jesus did while here (John 17:4). Now it’s our turn. 

 

To do so, we must learn how best to display His hidden excellence and worth

 

Since God is Spirit (John 4:24), exhibiting His greatness also has to be done in spirit. Glorifying Him can’t be accomplished by cool words or persuasive arguments, but only in allowing the evidence of His spiritual reality to overflow into you (1 Corinthians 2:4). 

 

Here’s the way the flow works:

 

  • His Spirit connects to our spirit (Romans 8:16)….
  • His Spirit in our spirit overflows into our emotions and thoughts (soul – Hebrews 4:12)
  • And then when our soul is filled to the brim, our physical body will express His gifts (outward) to others (Galatians 5:22-23). 

 

The flow is from the depths of His heart outward onto our world – not the other way around. 

 

Truly knowing His fullness has nothing to do with the stuff we do (Galatians 2:16; 3:11). 

 

Instead, it has everything to do with acting out on earth what we have seen, smelled, heard, tasted and touched in the spirit

 

Been doing any of that lately?  

 

Well that’s exactly what we are going to be talking about in the course of the next few weeks. Ready for an adventure? Yeah, me too.

 

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