Devotional 11/22

But strong meat belongs to those that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14

Life is all about trial and error. Without mistakes you can’t learn, and without learning:
you are useless.

Experiencing God means being given a new chance, a new beginning, a rebirth. The bible says that we are born again, but not of flesh because we cannot enter our mother’s womb again! But we are reborn because we receive God’s Holy Spirit, which gives us a new nature. We receive a new life because we receive God’s new life, and we receive a new nature because we receive God’s divine nature. Just like a child is born and knows nothing, we too are born again and know nothing.Image result for Hebrews 5:14

In order to grow and develop our character, talents, reasoning and intelligence, we must go through life, and learn through trial and error. As children, we learn what works and what doesn’t, and we also learn consequences, punishment and rewards. When we become adults we learn that much of what we learned, needs to be unlearned or adjusted. For example, our emotions need to be regulated. As children, we may have cried about certain things, but as adults we cannot cry about these same things. Another example, is fighting over toys: as children this is okay, but in our adult experience we learn these things are out of bounds for us.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 13:9 

It is very true, as born again believers as well. We may have felt sad when someone we cared about did not say say hi to us, or when someone mocked for being Christians, or even gossiped about other people while expressing our disagreement with them. But once, we mature in Christ, we are no longer crying about childish things, we are not slandering anyone’s name and we are definitely regulating our outbursts of emotion. As we grow in Christ we begin to see with the five senses of our Spirit. In the same way that our human flesh has five senses, so does our Spirit man. The true Christian experience is a life lived aka experienced in the Spirit: the senses- we taste, and enjoy the delight of God’s goodness, like when we eat a delicious meal and are delighted in our body. The more we know God, the more we exult in Him because He is excellent. It’s something I can barely explain but this is the truth of the gospel. Our internal senses come alive when we come to Christ, and allow Him to come into our hearts. Internally, our senses of understanding, judgement and logic are developed, in divine wisdom: I hope you can testify of the same. When I received the baptism of the holy spirit, I began to receive prophetic visions and names, God would then have me live the visions and meet the people who He referred to: this was my training ground. In other occasions, God allowed me to smell His presence and at other times I would smell the stench of sin. I still get visions, I smell things once in a blue and God still speaks to me (thank GOD!), but He is not as frequent or direct as in the past. I realize that God was training me, for a time of maturity.

Hearing the voice of Christ;
savoring or smelling a sweet odor in the things of God, and Christ;
tasting that the Lord is gracious;
feeling and handling the word of life.
(Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible)

Let’s pray:

Thank you Jesus, for your mighty companionship. I would be dead without you in my life God. I thank you that your fellowship and companionship is with us, forever, and for certain, despite of our faulty behavior and thought life. I thank you for grace Lord, your grace which enables us, grace which corrects us and grace which sustains us. I thank you for your love, your mercy and grace. I pray you would bless those reading with dreams and visions of your glory, may you continue to reveal your love to them and may you draw their hearts near to you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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