Though we have come into this world lacking both spiritual and physical maturity, our spirit is still “of” the Father. We are life-forces that are to manifest the true nature and power of our Father. The body in which we live takes on life by the very substance of the Father from which we are. Always keep in mind that you are His offspring in spite of the fact that your flesh nature drives you to be only concerned with the tangible part of you. Get acquainted with “your” true spirit, your true self; you might discover that the real you has great potential if given more attention to your Heavenly Father. Christ said that the spirit gives life while the flesh does not have the ability to give life (John 6:63). Paul reminds us, saying, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:5).
Without a second miracle a person who has been blind from birth and then given sight will be confused by all the colors, shapes, and movements, they will not understand until they become familiar with it all. It is the same in the spiritual sense; when our spiritual eyes have been opened to the reality that there is spiritual understanding it doesn’t mean that there will be instant understanding of all spiritual matters, it just means that they will now learn from a greater and different view than before.
When we have on the armor of righteousness, we are capable of stopping the fiery darts of our enemies. This armor may seem pretty burdensome at first, but the longer we wear it the more it becomes a part of who we are and the more comfortable we become. But always remember that we don’t fight against people, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12). In the process, we comfort, teach and empower those in bondage to the enemy of their souls to put on the same armor and to experience the joy of their salvation.
Our Spiritual Guide, Comforter, and Teacher is always working. Sometimes we are content in our spiritual darkness for lack of vision. But we can be sure that in the process of time the Light of Truth will shine in our dark places, making us uncomfortable in our lack of knowledge while revealing beautiful gifts of the Holy Spirit that quicken within us an appetite for greater truths and understanding. My appreciation to all you light-bearers that shed light in the dark places!
Oftentimes our physical or spiritual sufferings are caused by our own lifestyle. Matthew 6:21 tells us, “ For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Time is like money, and we set the pattern for our lives through our investments both in the natural and the spiritual. If we are not happy in either area we might ought to look at what we have invested in. So now the prayer is, “Lord, help me see my true self.”
Sometimes the Lord allows us to be in situations that are not of our own making just so we might shed light that will bring deliverance to someone. He does not always send His angels to go before us to make our way smooth, but instead we are called to be the cheerleader, the comforter, for someone else. We might be called to hold the hand of a person as the Holy Spirit guides him through a hard time. Oh, but what an honor to be trusted and used by the Holy Spirit.
We are truly comforted in our spirit when the light of truth dissipates our darkness. This is when a solution comes to mind that is not self-centered. It is when a sense of peace fills our mind when our five senses are telling us that something is wrong with, maybe, our health, our marriage, or family. Comfort always comes in the form of something different than our five senses can pick up on. It is a strong sense of confidence, a knowing deep in the soul, it is an unexplained sense of comfort that comes only from the Holy Spirit.
Was just reading one of my personal testimonies I wrote down in my journal years ago, so I thought I would share it. “The power of God is so amazing! After plugging up my curling iron, I realized it had dried spray on it. So I took the corner of a wet towel and went down it to clean it and my thumb went right down on the iron. I knew I burnt it, cause it was really hurting. I immediately prayed and asked God to stop the pain, and instantly I felt the pain being pulled out of my thumb! It never did hurt at all after that even though it did have a blister. I’m convinced that if I had asked God to “heal” my thumb, I would not have even had the blister.”
God (Yahweh) knows all things, even what we need before we pray. When we seek for healing, He already knows our need. Communication between us and God builds our faith and prepares us to receive; for as our faith is so shall it be. We might not feel worthy to receive if we have not learned what he has promised us; we will not have faith to take his gift of healing. Power is in our praises! Not because it is flattering God, but because our praises till the soil of our minds so our faith can bear fruit. “Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might” (Psa. 21:13 NIV).
Back in my pre-teen years, some of our church went to another church to watch a film called “Black Gold.” Apparently it was shown to encourage prayer or financial help for the people in Africa. It showed how they enlarged their lips and earlobes with rings and tattooed themselves until they didn’t even look human. They told of the mothers abandoning their twins out in the woods because they believed them to be evil. Then there was very live and graphic footage on their practice of making scar designs on themselves. Parents took their babies to have cuts made into their faces, backs, and arms. They held them down as they cried until the procedure was completed. Then they packed the cuts with some kind of mud to stop the bleeding which apparently helped the healing process. They were raised to be really proud of the way they looked.
By this time my mother was frantically trying to get us kids out of the church. She didn’t drive and had to get our ride on board with our exit without disturbing the rest of the people. But my heart, mind, and emotions had already been damaged. It’s been almost sixty years ago and I still feel its effect.
When I go to a public place and I see people with piercings in their faces I turn sick, I have the same feeling I had when I saw those barbaric people and their poor babies. I can’t focus on conversation. I can’t even focus on the person facing me. I just have this feeling like you feel when your child sticks his hand out to show you a bad cut. I literally hurt.
Though I don’t understand why anyone would want to put holes in such wonderfully made bodies, I know that inside those pierced bodies are precious children of God. I know they are not looking with my eyes or feeling with my heart. I do not believe they are evil, but I am still repulsed by what they have done to themselves just as I was with those in the film.
Now that piercings and tattoos have become more and more popular, my goal for the new year is to learn how to by-pass my five senses and see only with my spirit the person facing me. Now I know this can’t happen without the Holy Spirit working in me and on me that I might see His creation through His eyes. The benefit of this ability will cover more than just this one issue, so I’m excited to enter into this new year and this new way of seeing.