29 Mar Main Campus Online Prayer Wed., March 29, 2017
Exercising Our Senses To Discern
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is,
those who BY REASON OF USE HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED
to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 NKJV
Just as there are five senses in the physical world there are also five senses in the spiritual world. Not only must we learn to become more aware of all five spiritual sensory perceptions we must train ourselves to use them to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14 sets forth the truth that—this separates the proven and mature believer apart from the infants and immature.
The Greek word for “senses” is used only one time in the New Testament. It is defined as: an organ of perception; the capacity to apprehend and distinguish; the faculty of knowing how to separate one thing from another; to possess the capabilities to compare and contrast. The opposite would be either to be untrained, unskilled, unknowing; or to be desensitized as to the awareness of things around us spiritually.
This is critical in this age, for the Scripture makes plain that deception will run rampant in the earth and masses give way to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. Moreover, we must be able to discern the spirits of men and women to know whether their works are of the flesh or born of the Holy Spirit.
Today, we praying to raise the awareness of our five spiritual senses and charging every believer to study to show themselves approved to possess a fuller understanding of what the Scripture says about these five organs of perception and how to practice their constant use.
- The Sense of SEEING
Without a VISION [a redemptive revelation of God] the people perish. (Prov. 29:18 Amp.)
Main Point: For God’s people to have the eyes of their understanding open to seeing what He sees so we can do what He is doing.
“I only do those things which I SEE My Father doing.” (Jn. 5:19)
- Through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the Father better through Christ. (Eph. 1:17-23)
- To know the hope to which we are called. (Eph. 1:17-23)
- To see the glorious inheritance in the saints. (Eph. 1:17-23)
- To view God’s incomparably great power and rulership above all authority. (Eph. 1:17-23)
- To see the fullness of Christ who fills everything in every way. (Eph. 1:17-23)
- For God’s people to see the Kingdom of God and its priority and preeminence. (Jn. 3:3; 6:33)
- For God’s people to see the harvest fields and the need for laborers. (Jn. 4:34-35)
- The Sense of HEARING
To him who has ears let him HEAR what the Spirit is saying to the churches. (Rev. 2:3)
Main Point: For God’s people to hear the still small voice and obey what He says.
- To exercise the sense of hearing the voice of God and discern it from all other voices. (Jn. 10:4-5; 21)
- To experience the blessing of God by hearing and doing the Word of God. (Jam.. 1:22-25)
- To grow in faith by hearing God’s Word. (Rom. 10:17)
- To establish firm foundations by hearing and exercising obedience to God’s Word. (Mt. 7:24-27)
- To rise up and take hold of the promises and privileges of obeying God’s voice. (Deut. 28:1-14; 30:14-19)
- To understand the urgency of both hearing and obeying the voice of the LORD TODAY! (Heb. 3:11-15; Jam. 1:22-25)
- To exercise the sense of hearing to discern BOTH good AND evil, meaning we can distinguish when there is evil in what appears to or is called good and discern when what appears to be or is called evil by men is good before God.
- The Sense of SMELLING
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us
as a FRAGRANT OFFERING and SACRIFICE TO GOD.
(Eph. 5:1 NIV)
Main Point: For God’s people to exercise of sense of knowing the spiritual fragrances and odors in discernment. Just as there are pleasant fragrances in the spirit there are the emissions of foul odors from strange fire, strange flesh, and demonic worlds.
- To understand the reality of fragrances and aromas, along with offerings that emit displeasing odors that are a stench in the nostrils of God. (Phil. 4:15-19; Heb. 13:15-16; Amos 4:10)
- To realize that Jesus became a fragrant offering to the Father because of the pure sacrifice of love He offered. (Eph. 5:1; Heb. 13:15-16)
- To imitate the woman who broke the alabaster box of great wealth to show her measure of worship to the King. (Mt. 26:7ff)
- To learn that when we pour our offering out on Him the fragrance will fill the room and transfer to our presence having been there and the sweet smell will stay with us. (Lk. 7:37)
- To capture the concept that our generosity in giving rises before God as an aroma of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, and well pleasing. (Phil. 4:15-19; Heb. 13:15-16)
- To learn that through our giving God releases the riches of His glory to our need of supply. (Phil. 4:18-19)
- To live the way Christ did in becoming a sweet aroma to both God in heaven while spreading the fragrance of His knowledge in every place on earth. (2 Cor. 2:14-16)
- The Sense of TASTING
O TASTE and see that the LORD is good:
Blessed is the man that trusts in him.
Main Point: That God’s people develop a taste and appetite for the Word and Work of God and be the living water and bread of life to others.
- To acquire an appetite for consuming the Words of God and drinking from the well of God on a daily basis. (Jer. 2:13; Mt. 4:4; 6:11; Jn. 6:26-29; 35-40)
- To access the manifest presence of the LORD in order to taste of His goodness. (Ps. 34:8; Jn. 6:53-58)
- To realize that consuming the Word of God is a primary source of spiritual joy. (Jer. 15:16)
- To be like Jesus in living to make doing and finishing the work of the Father like daily food consumption. (Jn. 4:33-34; 5:26-38)
- To learn the discipline of consuming the word through meditation, speaking, reading, and studying to rightly divide the Word of truth. (Josh. 1:8-9; Ps. 1:1-3; Heb.. 4:12; 2 Tim. 2:15)
- To understanding that just as Jesus broke the bread and distributed it—we are to be broken and given by our lives and laid down in love to our neighbor. (Jn. 5:26-38; 15:13)
- To know that, like Paul, we are to pour out our lives as a drink offering to the Lord in sacrifice for the sacrifice He poured out for us. (Phil. 2:12-18 NIV)
- The Sense of TOUCHING
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as
TOUCHING any thing that they shall ask,
it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Main Point: For God’s people to practice “hands on obedience” by putting our hands to God’s Kingdom-plow and that we both identify and involve ourselves in His work when we reach out to the least of these.
- To become like Jesus in the way He touched the leper and was touched with the feeling of our infirmities (i.e. Jesus became intimately involved in pain and suffering). (Heb. 4:14-16)
- To be those found with our hands to the Kingdom-plow in the Father’s vineyard. (Lk. 9:62)
- To determine that our worship not be half-hearted but whatever our hand finds to do we do it with all our might. (Eccl. 9:10; Rom. 12:1-2)
- To realize that God requires clean hands on His holy hill, meaning hands that are about doing His will and work, not works of iniquity and selfish-ambition. (Ps. 24:3-6; Mt. 7:21-23)
- To capture the revelation that the Unity of the Spirit and brethren unleashes the power of God when TOUCHED TOGETHER IN AGREEMENT. (Mt. 18:18-20; Eph. 4:3, Ps. 133)
- To exercise the love of God by extending our hands and hearts to the least of these. (Mt. 25:31-46)