5 Fantastic Spiritual Senses that Lead to Faith

We know the spiritual realm through these spiritual senses.

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:

1. Consciousness.

Sometimes the thoughts in my head get so bored…

…they go out for a stroll through my mouth. This is rarely a good thing.

This quote that the thoughts in my head get so bored that they take a stroll through my mouth is meant to give a chuckle. However, a lack of control over our thoughts and speech isn’t funny when it causes us to think and say things that are harmful to ourselves and others.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

Prior to becoming a Christian, I had little control over the thoughts in my head and my speech. My thoughts controlled me and consequently, I said and did many hurtful things that I’ve since asked God and others to forgive.

But, since becoming a Christian, God has taught me that I don’t have to entertain every thought or speak every idle word. I can ask the Holy Spirit to help me to think right thoughts and choose right words to speak.

In all honesty, it’s still a struggle and I am definitely a work in progress.

How Biblical Thought Replacement Creates Time and Energy

It’s much better than mere “positive thinking.

Biblical thought replacement is how I describe taking my sour thoughts and replacing them with biblical promises and assurances. For example, when I’m feeling unable to meet the needs of life, family, ministry, etc., I replace my incapable thoughts with biblical thoughts such as “I can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13). Or, when life begins to get me down, I remember to “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4).

The powerful aspect of these spiritual pep talks is that they’re not just empty bromides or nice thoughts, they’re from God’s Holy Word, the Bible. I can count on them!

As mentioned in the title of this article, doing this gives me more time and more energy.

Here’s how biblical thought replacement gives time and energy:

1. I don’t waste so much time and energy in worry, fretting and anxiety.

You are never too old to set another goal

…or to dream a new dream

This quote by C. S. Lewis is so encouraging for those of us, myself included, who have more birthdays behind us than before us. Indeed, we are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream as long as we are alive.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

As I write this article, I can’t think of a better example of never too old to set new goals or dream new dreams than my mother. She committed her life to Christ 5 years ago, shortly after the passing of her husband. Since then, God has changed her life and she is a woman making up for lost time.

She has traveled to the Holy Land, helped plant a new church, served in multiple ministries, participated in Bible studies, made hundreds of new friends, attended prayer meetings and volunteered wherever she is needed. This week as she turns 80 years old, she shows no signs of slowing down as she prepares to leave in a few weeks to go on her first missionary trip to Panama!

We are never too old to set another goal and to dream a new dream.

As Psalm 92:14 says,

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,” (NIV)

The Bible says that believers can still bear fruit in old age

By God’s grace, we have made great progress in the fields of science and medicine. We also have access to more information, products and procedures to help us hopefully live longer and enjoy better health as well.  

In addition, we are never too old to set new goals and dream new dreams because God is not limited by age.

Exodus 7:7 says, Moses was eighty years old and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.” (NIV)

Luke 2:36-37 says, “There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (NIV)

No man can do me a truer kindness in this world…

…than to pray for me.

Charles Spurgeon was a man who knew how to pray and rely on the prayers of others as well. A gifted preacher and evangelist, he lived in the 1800’s and is considered one of the great orators of his generation. He is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” His masterful use of the English language and knowledge of the Bible is clearly evident in his poetic, passionate and bold prayers.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

Please click here to read more about Charles Spurgeon.

Please click here to read some of his amazing prayers.

I was so inspired by Spurgeon’s beautiful prayers that I ordered one of his books appropriately titled, C. H. Spurgeon’s Prayers and I have enjoyed reading and praying through it.

How to Deal with Irreconcilable Differences in Marriage

Good marriages go through these 3 stages.

Irreconcilable differences are often cited as “grounds for divorce.” Obviously, some couples really struggle in this arena. That makes sense to me, but not completely. Carolyn and I were married on August 4, 1979—so we’re about to celebrate 38 years of marriage. Over the years, we’ve learned how to cope with and even appreciate our differences.

Talking with my friend Eric Helmbold a while back, we agreed that the best marriages go through three stages of dealing with their differences. Going through these three stages can make our differences grounds for a great marriage instead of divorce.

Here are 3 stages to go through to deal with irreconcilable differences and create a great marriage:

1. Learning the differences.

God always gives His best…

…to those who leave the choice with Him.

This quote by Jim Elliot is simple and yet profound. His life was consecrated and surrendered to God. His words indicate his complete trust in God and remind us that God always gives His best when we leave the choice with Him.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

Click here to read more about Jim Elliot.

During my 20’s, I looked for answers to life in the self-help section of the bookstore. Then on January 1, 1989 I attended a church where I heard the Gospel. I went home and prayed to receive Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

3 Ways to Win When You’re Sidelined

When cast aside, we can still overcome.

When I was sidelined in Jr. Hi School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, it was a most humiliating experience. In 7th grade, I was a wiry 13-year-old. I decided to play (American) football for our school. The coach had a “no cuts” policy, so everyone stayed on the team. But I had never played organized football before. Everybody else seemed to know what to do. I had no clue.

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When our first game rolled around, I was scared that the coach would put me in the game. The problem was, I didn’t have know what I would do if I was in the game. It would have been a disaster. He never did put me in the game—I was sidelined from the start.

To make matters worse, my father came and watched the entire game. Afterwards he lamented that I never got in the game. I never admitted how relieved I was that I didn’t!

Other times I’ve been sidelined in other ways and for other reasons. Sometimes it has been awful. I wanted desperately to be in the game, but wasn’t allowed. Perhaps you have had similar experiences. It might be an illness, a family challenge, a decision at work, or something else that keeps us sidelined.

Recently while studying the life of the Apostle Paul, I thought about how he was sidelined by unjust imprisonment for years and what he did to make the best of it.

Here are 3 ways to win when you’re sidelined:

1. Refuse resentment.

Faith is taking the first step even when…

… you don't see the whole staircase.

This quote by Martin Luther King Jr., is a great analogy for faith. King lived his life by faith and ultimately sacrificed it by serving others. He is best remembered for his work as an American civil rights leader and activist during the 1960’s. His method of non-violent protest, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, stood in stark contrast to the violent methods of those who opposed him.

This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.

My youngest brother took a step of faith when he received Christ as a teenager. But over the years he slowly drifted away. Then in 1998, he recommitted his life to follow the Lord. He began listening to Christian music, attending church and making amends with people. One day he called me and wept as he spoke of God’s love for us through Christ.

But, a couple of months after that phone call, he died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 29.

His Pastor spoke at his Celebration of Life and said it was quite impressive to see my brother worshiping. He would stand in the back with his imposing build, hands raised up high and tears streaming down his face.

How to Receive Biblical Correction and Guidance

It’s hard to do.

It is usually hard to receive biblical correction and guidance. While we should be happy and thankful to receive it, most usually aren’t. Why is that? Probably because of our pride and wounded ego. When a student at Talbot Seminary, I was interviewed by a reporter from our school newspaper. He wanted to learn and report on my time as an intern with speaker and author Josh McDowell.

But by the end of the interview he proclaimed, “You know what. You have a problem.” I didn’t want to hear what he had to say, because I was pretty sure he was telling me I was prideful and arrogant. He never ran the story. It was embarrassing.

A few years before that I was confronted about the way I was talking. I was saying “Hallelujah” in a flippant way. A fellow student confronted me with the fact that the word hallelujah is derived from two Hebrew words: praise and Yahweh or God. I was, in effect, using God’s name in vain and therefore breaking one of the 10 Commandments.

In both of these cases I was not happy to receive biblical correction. But in retrospect, both were doing me a service.

On the other hand, sometimes I’ve been confronted with accusations that were off-base and even unbiblical. Some people just want to cast aspersions, put others down or start an argument.

In a recent article, I shared about How to Share Biblical Correction and Guidance.

In this article, I’d like to share about the other side of the coin.

Here are three ways to receive biblical correction and guidance:

1. Be thankful for it.