Sharpen Your Spiritual Senses

“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:18).

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he prayed for them to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation to gain insight into the things of God. The things of God cannot be understood through human reasoning. This is why the carnal mind is enmity against God or stands opposed to the things of God (Romans 8:7). We cannot use our human intellect to reason out and understand the wisdom of God. Understanding the things of God requires faith to see what does not yet exist.

Jesus’s disciples once asked him why he spoke to the crowds in parables which were at times hard to understand. “And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand” (Matthew 13:11; 13).

It takes revelation knowledge from God and being submitted to the Holy Spirit to discern the supernatural. Being a Christian and trying to explain some aspects of faith to a non-Christian can at times seem foolish. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

We have to be confident and secure in what we know and in whom we believe. We have to know when to give an answer but also discern when to avoid foolish debates and arguments about scripture. As we study the word and grow closer to God, our spiritual senses are trained to understand the things of God. There are things that we will see, hear and feel that we cannot explain to people who aren’t mature in God. Stay connected to the Holy Spirit and maintain relationships with believers who can strengthen your faith and help sharpen your senses.

“As iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens [and influences] another [through discussion]” (Proverbs 27:17).


6 thoughts on “Sharpen Your Spiritual Senses

  1. Jesus said, “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” MB 89.1

    The instruction is to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” It is for your own interest to secure heavenly riches. These alone, of all that you possess, are really yours. The treasure laid up in heaven is imperishable. No fire or flood can destroy it, no thief despoil it, no moth or rust corrupt it; for it is in the keeping of God. MB 89.2

    This treasure, which Christ esteems as precious above all estimate, is “the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18. The disciples of Christ are called His jewels, His precious and peculiar treasure. He says, “They shall be as the stones of a crown.” “I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.” Zechariah 9:16; Isaiah 13:12. Christ looks upon His people in their purity and perfection as the reward of all His sufferings, His humiliation, and His love, and the supplement of His glory—Christ, the great Center, from whom radiates all glory. MB 89.3

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