Last week I was talking about why it’s good news that Christians are created anew when they accept Jesus. While all humans have the potential for hearing from God (after all, how else could God get the attention of someone who doesn’t believe in Him yet?), when we are “born again” we have new opportunities.
- New eyes to see what God is like, and to notice what He is doing in our lives and others’.
- New ears for hearing His voice.
- A new spirit for experiencing His touch and receiving His peace.
- A new tongue for speaking His words and spiritual languages, and for tasting His goodness.
And although I don’t recall a scripture for it I doubt God left us without spiritual noses.
Learning to Use Your Spiritual Senses
Newborn children grow, and we too must grow up in the use of our spiritual senses. Spiritual maturity, unlike physical growth, doesn’t come automatically with the passage of time. How do we grow in the use of our spiritual senses?
We practice. We train our senses. We watch those who are more mature in the faith (as a child watches her parents) and we do what they do. And above all, we believe the Word of God. Our faith is how everything happens. Faith is how we grow.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Faith is hearing what God is saying to us, and then acting on it. Sometimes it’s something we read in the Scriptures. Sometimes it’s something we hear in our hearts. God has given us the perfect teacher, and part of “faith” is believing that and trusting the teacher.
…the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. (John 14:26)
…the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. (1 John 2:27)
If you want to increase your ability to hear from God and become more aware of what He’s doing in your life, it starts with giving Him more attention.
TAKING IT TO HEART: What will you do this week to give God more of your attention?
CHALLENGE: Practice exercising your senses. When you think you’ve noticed something God is doing or saying, pray about it. Ask Him to confirm whether it’s Him.
This song says it well: “Let us become more aware of Your presence. Let us experience the glory of Your goodness.”