God has given us spiritual senses by which we can know Him. Just as we have five physical senses (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching) by which we discover the physical world, each person has five spiritual senses that can lead us to discover the spiritual realm, if we allow them to.
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Sometimes those who lack physical senses are the best at discovering God through their spiritual senses. My friend Dave Yager had ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He gradually lost feeling and control of most of his body. Yet as he lost his physical senses, he developed keen spiritual senses.
Likewise, those who are dying and losing their connection with the physical world are often those who have the keenest understanding of the five spiritual senses. My wife Carolyn’s sister Gwen died of cancer in 2007. But she thanked God for the cancer, for through it she really came to know the meaning of life through Jesus Christ. Amazing.
So, what are the five spiritual senses?
Here’s my observation of the 5 spiritual senses that lead to faith:
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Phillips Brooks was a clergyman and author who lived in the 1800’s. He said, “Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.” Was he correct? Is anything beyond the reach of prayer except those things that lie outside of God’s will for us? In other words, will God violate His will to answer our prayers?
We know from the Bible that nothing is too hard or too difficult for God.
Jeremiah 32:27 says: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (NIV)
And the Bible says in Matthew 19:6, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (NIV)
In a recent article, I wrote about how I doubted my salvation and how later I came to assurance. It was agonizing to wonder if I was truly saved. Now that I no longer doubt my salvation, it is interesting to look back at what caused it. I hope that my experience can help you.
Here are some of the issues that I believe caused me to doubt my salvation:
1. Fatigue and exhaustion.
Either Vince Lombardi or General George Patton said, “Fatigue Makes Cowards ofUs All.”
Assurance of eternal salvation is a wonderful thing! On the other hand, doubt and worry about your salvation can be deeply troubling. I know this from personal experience. Years ago, I struggled with the question, “Am I really saved?” Over time, I moved from doubting to assurance of salvation. In this article, I’d like to share with you how that happened. I hope it will help you and others.
Here are the key factors that helped me move from doubt to assurance:
1. Walking and talking with Jesus.
The first reason I found assurance is because I’ve walked and talked with Jesus in prayer. I’ve come to where I feel I truly know Him.
Perhaps others have had a different experience of assurance, but I think for me this has been profound.
In a recent blog, I wrote about “Please don’t call yourself a Christian if…” Now, in this article, I’d like to cover the opposite issue: “Please DO Call Yourself a Christian If…” The Bible says; “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.” (2 Corinthians 13:5a NLT) But how can we do that? How can we examine ourselves? For many years I wondered, “Am I a true believer. Or am I deluded? Will I find out the Lord doesn’t really love me some day?”
It was a heavy burden to carry and I needed assurance badly!
This is certainly an area that produces confusion and raises many questions:
Does being a Christian mean being perfect?
If we sin, do we lose our salvation?
Can we be forgiven when we sin?
Here are three ways to examine yourself:
Please DO call yourself a Christian if:
1. You don’t pretend to be perfect, but work hard to be as Christ-like as you can.
Some of the worst “advertising” for Christ are the people who say they’re Christians but aren’t. The truth is, anyone can call themselves a Christian, whether they are or not. There is no restriction that can keep false believers at bay. In fact, Scripture said there would be false believers and even false prophets. (I wrote about one of Jesus’ most famous teachings on “Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing.”) So perhaps the only defense against this potential major turn-off is to ask: “Please don’t call yourself a Christian if…”
I’d like to examine three categories of false Christians. My hope is that if you fall into one of these three categories, that you please don’t call yourself a Christian. In my next blog, I’ll discuss the flip side of this equation: Please DO call yourself a Christian if…
The Bible says; “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.” (2 Corinthians 13:5a NLT) Here are three ways to examine yourself.
Jesus’ impact around the world is amazing. I’m here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil doing ministry and a little vacation time with Carolyn. It’s been a wonderful trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, then Montevideo, Uruguay and now here. Soon I leave for Uberlandia, Brazil and then I’ll finish in Sao Paulo, which might be about the time you read this.
Here’s a video I recorded a couple of days ago on our sightseeing tour around the city.
At the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Sebastian in Rio de Janeiro.
In this video, I referenced two books about Jesus’ impact around the world throughout history. The first is What if Jesus Had Never Been Born by D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe. I read it years ago, but have never forgotten it because I was profoundly impressed. I wrote a summary in an article with the same title.
Jesus’ impact around the world is just astounding!
The following short essay does a good job summarizing Jesus’ impact around the world throughout history:
One Solitary Life.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He worked in a carpentry shop until he was thirty, and then for three years he was an itinerant preacher.
When the tide that popular opinion turned against him, his friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies. He was tried and convicted. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. When he was dead, he was laid in a borrowed grave.
He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never owned a home. He never went to college. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompanies greatness. Yet all the armies that ever marched, and all the governments that ever sat, and all the King’s that ever reigned, had not affected life upon this earth as powerfully as that One Solitary Life.
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The Bible is clear that God sends people to hell. Or perhaps it is better stated that they send themselves there. That bothers many. How could a loving God do or allow that? It confuses people. I’ve had to contemplate this issue carefully.
The USA Supreme Court represents the highest level of justice in the land.
This is the second article I’m writing in a countdown of “The Top 10 Objections to Christianity Answered.”
I’ll give my answers to why God sends people to hell in two categories:
God reveals Himself to us, He just doesn’t do a very good job of it. That’s what many seem to think. In fact, I’ve sometimes thought that myself. I’ve wondered things like: Why doesn’t God make it more clear that He exists and His plan for humanity? Why be mysterious? Why not make things obvious? Why make people take a step of faith to believe?
So today I’d like to address those questions.
This is the first article I’ll be writing in a countdown of “The Top 10 Objections to Christianity Answered.”
I’ll give my answer in two categories:
1. Why God reveals Himself to us more subtly than we might like.
2. How God reveals Himself sufficiently for those who are willing to receive and love Him.
1. Why God reveals Himself to us more subtly than we might like.