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Walk By Faith.
Here is an amazing truth:
Spiritual things can only be perceived by our spirits.
Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:6,
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit”.
What Jesus was saying was, flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit.
You cannot perceive the spirit through the senses of the flesh.
They are totally different worlds, or realms, of reality.
The Apostle Paul made this same point in 1 Corinthians 2:14 where he said,
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
The physical senses can’t discern spiritual things.
This isn’t speaking only of understanding spiritual truths with our minds;
this also applies to seeing spiritual realities with our eyes or feeling
spiritual things with our emotions.
Of course there are exceptions where God opened physical eyes to enable
people to see angels and even heaven, but normally the only way to access
the spirit realm is through our spirits by faith.
Although special times of the manifest presence of the Lord do occur
when we can feel in the natural what is always true in the spiritual,
this is the exception rather than the rule.
We are not to be more excited when we feel something
than when we are just walking by faith in the promises of God!
That is a radical statement!
You won’t always feel God’s presence.
That may come as a shock or disappointment to you, but that’s the way it is.
And if you are believing, unrealistically, for a constant tangible
manifestation of His love and presence, you are out of step with God and
setting yourself up for disappointment.
That’s not the way He is.
The Lord loves to work in subtle ways that only faith perceives.
Hebrews 11:6 says,
“But without faith it is impossible to please him.”
Our God is a God of faith, and it takes faith to please Him.
He could make a bird come sit on your shoulder and tell you He loves you
every minute of every day.
He could write your name with instructions on every cloud that passes over.
He could have angels come visit you every morning and night to affirm to
you that what He says in His Word is true.
But that’s not faith, and that’s not God.
Second Corinthians 5:7 says,
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
We don’t just walk by faith until we get the sight we really desired.
We walk by faith, period.
When sight comes, we praise God and keep walking by faith.