DEVOTIONAL - The Spiritual Realm (Eph 5:15-20)

Why be spiritual

The invitation to become a Christian is an invitation to begin to live a spiritual life - a life in vital relationship with a God who is spiritual - who exists, who created and still creates all natural things spiritually, who created us as spiritual beings and is still desperately passionate about restoring a spiritual relationship with us.  

Not only is God passionate about us, he is passionate about all mankind (Jn 3:16). He desires his spiritual sons and daughters to communicate his reality to lost, natural bound men through spiritually impacting their natural world.

It is God's will that we are spiritual.  There are two (2) statements in the Bible that describe God's will:

1.  "God is not willing that any should perish, but [His will is] that all should come to repentance". in order for people to come to repentance, their spirits need to hear the Spirit which is in the Word.To partner with God in bringing men to repentance we must be spiritual.

2.  "This is the will of God, even our sanctification [that we be set apart only for Him"] (1 Thess 4:3).  Secondly, "God is a spirit, and they that worship Him [desire to be set apart only for Him], must worship Him in spirit and in truth"  (2 Peter 3:9).  We need to be spiritual in order to relate to God, because the "mind governed by the flesh [mind that is not spiritual] is hostile to God" (Rom 8:7).  Taken together, these verses tell us it is God's will for us to be sanctified, and in order to be sanctified, we must be spiritual. 

How to be spiritual

To be spiritual, we must activate our spiritual senses.  Heb 5:14 tells us, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."  We know that "he that winneth souls is wise" (Prov 11:30). Two passages in the Bible that describe the wise way we should spend our time are:  Ps 1:1-3 and Eph 5:15-20.  Literally, we need to meditate and speak. The latter passage tells us plainly that we should meditate (speak to yourself) in order to be full of the Spirit - in order to be spiritual.  Taken in context, it is also saying that this is the wisest way for us to spend our time.

What does it mean to see in the spirit?

Some people have pictures as their natural language, and the way they hear is by pictures.  What they 'see' is a picture which contains the message they must hear.  Often, to hear the message, the pictures need to move or change, and as the pictures change a story unfolds, and the message is in the story. Such people naturally hear in this way and the message they hear in those pictures is the message they must meditate on.  Seeing pictures is not seeing in the spirit; rather it is part of hearing in the spirit.  Meditating on the message you hear will release a vision (a future reality which we see in the spirit).  This vision is the evidence of reality which will manifest in the future, the title deed, the reliable, tangible 'substance' which the Bible calls faith (Heb 11:1).  Our spiritual responsibility is then to say what we see - at the appropriate time and to the appropriate audience.

How to see in the spirit

The spiritual is activated when we speak  (John 6:63).   First speak what you read (or remember), then as you speak you will hear, then speak again, then you will hear some more. Repeat this like a pump until something overwhelming rises up on the inside....

We should resist the temptation to close our eyes and faint - often an unfortunate response to feeling overwhelmed on the inside. Faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17).   Heb 11:1 tells us that faith is evidence (something we see) of things that are not [naturally] seen. Instead of fainting, open your [spiritual] eyes and you will see...  

How to manifest what you see

What you see....say.  Keep saying what you see.... say...see...say .. repeat like a pump until something overwhelming rises up on the inside....resist the temptation to believe what your senses tell you and continue to insist that only what you see in the spirit is real.  That which is spiritual will manifest in the natural.  

In summary

Spiritualize (speak) what you read and you will hear.  Spiritualize (speak out) what you hear and you will see.  Spiritualize what you see and it will manifest in the natural.

In order to get people to hear God as we speak, and to seek to hear Him more through His word, we must speak the Word of God in the power of (through) the Holy Spirit.  In order to activate Heavenly influences, we must pray in the Holy Spirit.

QUESTIONS  

(Choose the correct answer - there may be more than one)

We need to be spiritual because:   

  1. God wants us to to be set apart for him (an intimate relationship), and we need to be spiritual in order to relate to God
  2. God loves us more when we are spiritual
  3. God wants everyone to repent, and we need to be spiritual in order to partner with God in bringing people to repentance
  4. We enjoy our lives more when we are spiritual
In order to be spiritual we must:

  1. Read, speak and sing God's word over and over, both in tongues and in our native language
  2. Silently think about God's word
  3. Visualize a positive future for ourselves
  4. Ask someone with the anointing to lay hands on us to receive spiritual insight
  5. Reject negative words that come against our spirituality
In order to see in the Spirit we must:

  1. Close our eyes, and visualize pictures in our imagination
  2. Speak, then hear then speak repeatedly, keeping your spiritual eyes open, expecting to see
  3. Ask God to open our eyes
  4. Assist the process with psychotropic substances
In order to manifest what we see we must:

  1. Keep saying what we see
  2. Keep a keen focus on what we see, hear and smell in the natural
  3. Make sure we have good music to maintain a spiritual atmosphere