You would need reasoning and logic to believe what your school teacher taught you and you may need same to defend it. God gave us senses not for us to use it in finding Him, but to use it in understanding natural things. No matter how we try to, we cannot paint a clear picture of spiritual things using our senses; we may end up painting pictures of shadows. Spiritual things can only be understood by revelation and they can only be received by believing. God never designed the natural mind to decode spiritual things, natural minds can decipher natural things and the spiritual man can decode the things of the spirits. Now, we aren’t just talking about believers because even witches, sorcerers and all of that are spiritually minded. There are people who hearken to the revelations gotten from evil spirits, we see founders of diverse religions claiming an angel came to them and gave to them certain teachings which of course refute Jesus claims of being God! There are diverse kinds of Spirits and there are diverse kinds of spiritual men. However the Bible told us how to know the Spirit of God in 1 John 4:2-3

“This is how to you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you already heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

I want us to understand something here, acknowledging that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh means acknowledging why He has come in the flesh and it means acknowledging the realities of John 3:16, it doesn’t mean acknowledging that Jesus came as a prophet or a great teacher but that He came in the flesh for the salvation of the world and the revelation of God. So, the bible clearly indicates that there are spirits that talk about Jesus but they do not talk about the true Jesus, spirituality in this regard isn’t just about being a believer. However, I will be talking about being spiritual in the contest of Christianity.
I started by saying that reasoning is very important in the learning of natural things. For instance, it took reasoning and logic for scientists to understand how the sperm fertilizes the egg of a woman before reproduction of another human could take place but no reasoning and logic can explain how Mary as a virgin conceived and gave birth to Jesus, no logic could explain how God became a man to save man, those are spiritual stuffs and it can only take revelation to be understood. God never designed the natural mind to capture spiritual scenes; this is why God said in Leviticus 19:31

“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God”

When man starts looking for spiritual answers outside God, he gets contaminated by the wrong spirits. In the verse we just saw, God maintained “I am the Lord your God”, which means “I am the only one you should trust”. And this leads me to what I had wanted to point out before embarking on this little writing journey. In the law court, the senses and logics are engaged when debating on natural issues, the one who is smarter usually wins the case but that is not the same thing when it comes to our relationship with God. We do not follow or serve God with our senses, we do that by faith! Faith in God is the opposite of our senses, it rises above what we can think of, and it means believing something without engaging our minds on it. It means allowing our minds to be controlled by what we believe rather than allowing what we believe to be controlled by our minds.
You cannot separate the spiritual man from faith, without faith spirituality is impossible. The spiritual man is a man who is not controlled by senses but a man who is controlled by absolute acceptance of what the Spirit has said. When God told Abraham to leave his father’s house to the Land he will be shown in Genesis 12:1, Abraham didn’t engage his senses to see how God would do that, as long as it was God speaking to him, he believed and started acting on the word and not in his senses.  Had he operated with his senses, he would ask God “show me the land first and then I can start taking the walk”. Even on his dying bed, Abraham had not seen with his physical eyes all of those promises God made to him but he still believed that God isn’t lying; he never engaged his senses in his walk with God. In fact when Abraham and Sarah engaged in their own senses, they produced a world terror! – Genesis 16:12. God had told Abraham in Genesis 15:14 that he have an heir from his own bowel and that he (Abraham) will be a father to nations but in their senses they never saw it forthcoming, this is because the natural mind cannot decode spiritual statements, they engaged in their senses and Sarah felt “we would help God make this a reality, perhaps when you sleep with my maid and she gives birth to a child, we can start from there” (Reference: Genesis 16:3), Abraham listened to her and went in to her maid. God allowed her maid to take in and become pregnant just to prove to them a point but still never counted Ishmael as Abraham’s son. Don’t subject your spirit to your senses; subject your senses to the Spirit of God which is at work in you.
To be continued in FAITH IN DEPTH 2
-George O. N-


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