Spiritual Perception by Ken Damstrom
Avoiding the dangers of faulty thinking in your Life.
I CORINTHIANS 2:10-16: “But God revealed it through His Spirit, for the Spirit explores all things, even the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of the man unless the spirit of the man which is in him? So no one ever knew the thighs of God except the Spirit of God. It is not the spirit of the world that we have received, but the Spirit which comes from God, so that we may know the things given to us by the grace of God. The things we speak we do not speak in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to spiritual people. A man who has no life, but physical life cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God. To him they are foolishness, and he cannot understand them, because it takes the Spirit to discern them. But a spiritual man exercises his judgment on the value of all things, but he himself is under no man’s judgment. For whoever understood the mind of the Lord so as to be able to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
According to information from our dictionary, perception is the “ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.” Using our five senses, seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling, we form our ideas of reality around us. I always told my Psychology students one sense so often seems to be missing, and that would be common sense!
From the sensory experiences of our world we develop mental impressions of all that we observe in our lives. So often we interpret and act upon whatever our senses present to us. For many this is reality, the way we look at things, the manner in which we understand our environment. For some life becomes distorted!
Perceptions many times, give us a perspective or a point of view about someone or something. At times we take something face value and never take the time to dig deeper into what something means or who someone really is. In other words, we can easily be deceived if we have the wrong perception. We can too quickly jump to a conclusion. Concerning perspective, ” a father reading his paper came across a map of the world. He clipped it out, cut it into pieces, and told his small son to put the world together. After a while the boy called, “I’ve done it!” His father marveled, “As quick as this? How did you do it?” The son said, ” I turned it over and on the back was the picture of a man. I put the man together–and the world was right!”
How we look at people, situations, difficulties, all matter for developing a clear point of view in this life. Paul said so clearly, in Ephesian 6:12, “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
In our earlier Scriptures from I Corinthians, Paul is encouraging us to begin to look at life from a spiritual perspective as directed by the Holy Spirit. Someone has said, “seeing is believing. From our Christian perception and perspective, we need to follow the thought that, “believing is seeing.! “People use the word psyche to refer to all that is physical life. All that isalive has psyche, (including animals). Man is different in having what the Greeks called, psuchikos. Thus, the man who has values beyond just what is seen in this world. He lives with the understanding that there are things beyond this world, and there is a life beyond where he now lives. What this person has is pneuma, and he or she has what is called, pneumatikos, or a life sensitive and obedient to The Spirit of God. This is what makes us different from all creation, and ties our spirit with HIS SPIRIT. We must have a perception that gives us a perspective that goes far beyond what our world offers, even into eternity.
We must be alert and aware that so often our thinking patterns get faulty, and according to Scripture, the influence of “the Enemy of our souls,” is all around us. His job is to twist the Word of God and distort our perceptions into believing falsely. In Matthew 4, Satan said to Jesus, ” If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command His angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
The Word says, Acts 13:10, Paul looked at Elymas, the Sorcerer in the eye and said, ” You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you ever stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?” Our world is full of evil trying to pervert what is right. “Bad company corrupts good character.” (I Cor. 15:33)
As Christians we must allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, instruct us, help us to develop spiritual reality about those we relate to, and situations of life we find ourselves involved with. We may have developed faulty perceptions, and not always because of our “stinking thinking”! 2 COR. 11:14, reminds us that the enemy wants to come and deceive us by looking good and tasting delicious, smelling sweet, sounding good, and touching our lives persuasively and wanting us to think he is so great so we will digest his dangerous thoughts. Beware, Christians, “SATAN HIMSELF MASQUERADES AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT.”
As new creations in Jesus Christ we must endeavor to follow closely. God has given us a GPS to follow in His Word, (that is God’s Principles Strategies), and taking on the Mind of Christ, (I Corinthians 2:16), to give us clear perceptions, clear, about how the Holy Spirit desires to lead us, step by step. Keep in mind, Satan will inflict your soul, and damage your emotions and your will by using bad experiences of life. We are at times abandoned, accused, shamed, abused, betrayed, rejected, and every one of these gives the enemy opportunity to darken our souls, and turn us against Jesus. Proverbs 18:14 tells us that, ” A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Our focus, our undivided attention must be riveted upon Jesus Christ, and we must with the inner ear listen for the Holy Spirit to speak words of grace, mercy, strength and power into our spirits, this is the victory that overcomes the world!
Power in prayer is a “secret weapon” that keeps us on track and gives us the proper perspective to be a winner in this Christian life! God wants each of us to be men and women of The Spirit. Aristotle once said, “There are no victories without conflicts, no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.”
By faith, let’s go beyond our borders, our senses, and get into the spiritual realm where our God can do anything but fail! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Author and Finisher, the One Who proved to us on Calvary how much He really loves each of us, by sending His very own Son, so we can exchange our faulty perception for REAL TRUTH in Jesus!
In The Matchless Name above all names, Jesus! Pastor Ken