Spiritual Common Sense for ALL

1 Corinthians 2:11-14 (KJV) 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 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.

Our God tells us through the Apostle Paul, that the natural or carnal human, (who thinks, speaks, behaves, and judges by human senses, the intellect, or emotions) is unable to discern the things of God and His Kingdom (way of ruling and mode of operation), that they are foolishness to them. In other words, our God’s spiritual common sense is irrational to them! As one of the Star Trek personality states, “It is illogical.” The human intellect is unable to rightly discern the heart and mind of God. As we humbly fill our spirit man with the Word, follow Jesus, and yield to His Holy Spirit leading and teaching, we are able to discern spiritual things, and therefore gain knowledge of our God. There is no other way (John 14:6).

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I once had a conversation with a young man appointed as a Youth pastor. As I spoke to him about his role of mentorship and responsibility before God to impart spiritual truth into the hearts of the young people, he looked at me with great puzzlement. As he spoke to me, I realized he did not understand what I was saying, and had no genuine understanding of the dangerous place he was in spiritually:

James 3:1 (AMP) Not many of you should become teachers, serving in an official teaching capacity, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who are teachers, will be judged by a higher standard, because we have assumed greater accountability and more condemnation if we teach incorrectly.

Only later did I discover he was given the role, not because of a genuine call, but because he was liked by leadership. As the years passed, the reality that this person should never have held this position became apparent, as many ungodly manifestations arose among the youth and in the life of this young man. Both he and leadership were spiritually blind or ignorant of our God’s Word, and therefore lacked spiritual common sense. Both they and he will answer to God for their choices and involvement. if there is no genuine repentance.  Both they and he have blood on their hands for the suffering caused by their decisions.

TAKE HEED

Deuteronomy 4:23 (KJV) Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.

Our covenant with God is that we will have no other gods before Him; that we will love and esteem Him with all our hearts, minds, and souls and that He have the final and ultimate say in our lives. This young man’s leaders were spiritually blind covenant breakers. Lacking spiritual common sense, they did not recognize they that they made an idol of this young man. The New Living Translation says it this way:

Deuteronomy 4:23 (NLT) So be careful not to break the covenant the Lord your God has made with you. Do not make idols of any shape or form, for the Lord your God has forbidden this.

What is an idol in the eyes of our God? Anything or anyone we love, respect, honor and have allegiance to above our God and His Word is an idol. This case was not different from that of King Uzziah, who made an idol of himself and attempted to step into the “office or ministry” of a priest to burn incense, when GOD did not appoint him to do so. He was struck with leprosy, unable to fulfill his kingly duties, and later died (2 Chronicles 26:11-21). This young man’s leaders loved, respected, honored and had more allegiance to the promotion, care, and welfare of this young man, than they had for the will of God, having appointed him to a role God had not sanctioned.

WARNING UNHEEDED
Even after receiving warning of this young man’s spiritual blindness, the leadership made no change. This case is likened to that of Eli, who knowing his sons lacked spiritual common sense, allowed them to remain in a position wherein they dishonored the sanctity of God’s house, His people, and disregarded His will (1 Samuel 2:11-17). Though God sent a prophet to Eli, warning him of God’s displeasure, Eli made no changes (1 Samuel 2:27-36).

1 Samuel 3:19 tells us that years passed between Eli’s first warning, Samuel’s warning and the death of his sons, as it states Samuel grew up. Even though he was warned, Eli did not repent, neither did he remove his sons; the result was God’s judgment. Both of Eli’s sons died on the same day; Eli fell over, broke his neck and died at hearing the news (1 Samuel 4:10-18).  Let us pray that repentance has indeed come to  the young man and his leaders.

CHOOSE LIVE OR DEATH, BLESSING OR CURSING, CORRECTION OR JUDGMENT
Eli’s lack of spiritual common sense caused him NOT TO REPENT! Eli, (a Levite, judge, and High Priest in Israel), who oversaw the offerings of God’s people, offered no remorse for his and his son’s sin. He only showed resignation, as he and his sons grew “fat” from of the sacrifices offered by God’s people to God. The result was God’s righteous judgment, as Eli failed to represent the heart and mind of our God properly. Let us pray that genuine repentance come to today’s Christian leaders.

WE MUST PRAY
Watchman all over the world, we must pray that our present-day leadership’s eyes are enlightened by the lessons our God has left for us in the Scripture. We must pray that present-day leadership learn from His interactions with those who have gone before for us, as well as lessons revealed in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. We must pray that present-day leadership hunger and thirst after our God’s righteousness above all else, and value His Word (Scripture/Jesus):

2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Romans 15:4 (NLT) Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us, and the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

NO EXCUSES
(Our God’s Spiritual Common Sense is Available to All)

Our God’s will is that we hear His voice and follow Him (John 10:27). When we fill up on His Word (Scripture), focus on His Son (Jesus), and believe that He speaks to us, we will hear Him. Our God tells us, if we lack wisdom (spiritual common sense), all we need do is ask Him for it, and He will give it, without rebuking us; only believe (James 1:5-6).

When we do these things, we will see through the eyes and hear through the ears, and love through the heart of our God, and we will have access to His spiritual common sense.

WE MUST PRAY
Watchman all over the world, we must pray apostolic prayers that build God’s people, just as the Apostle Paul prayed. He understood our God’s spiritual common sense is a necessity for success in the Christian walk:

Ephesians 1:16-19a (NLT) I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those He called, His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.

Colossians 1:9-10 (NLT) So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

Philippians 1:9 (NLT) I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.

FATHER GOD
We thank You for Your longsuffering, as You have endured the contradiction of humanity for so many years. Decade upon decade, even century upon century, from generation to generation, Your love and the blood of Jesus has stayed the hand of the enemy of our souls.

You have spoke to humanity through our ancestors in many and various ways. You sent prophets to declare Your heart and mind to us. You have sent Your Darling Son, our Savior, Lord, and soon coming King, Jesus The Christ, to express Your character, heart, mind, will, power, and authority in the earth. You sent Jesus as our Living Tutorial, that we may know Your original intent and mark for all who believe. We thank You for Your grace and faith that equips us to be Your sons.

Heavenly Father, how great are Your riches and wisdom and knowledge! Without Your revelation knowledge, without Your spiritual common sense, it is impossible it is for us to understand Your decisions and ways! It is impossible for us to know Your thoughts! How foolish we are to assume we can instruct You. We are so grateful that You have made it possible for us to have the mind of Christ. We thank You for revealing spiritual things, even Your deep things by Your precious Holy Spirit.

Father, we thank You for spiritual common sense. Your Holy Spirit shows us things that are common knowledge among all who know You. Your Holy Spirit leads us into all Truth and shows us things to come. We appreciate Your willingness to fill us with the knowledge of Your will.

The height, width, breadth, and depth of Your love exceeds our human understanding; it must be spiritually discerned. We appreciate Your Holy Spirit revealing to us just how much You love us. The might and weight of Your glory is without description, yet You fill our earthen vessels. You are amazing.

We stand as Your earthly armor bearers; we stand as living portals of Your grace, favor, mercy, power, and authority declaring to the all creation, “Bow down before Your Creator, Lord, and Master. Bow down at the name, the authority of Jesus The Christ!” We stand together with Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. We lift our voices as one and cry, “Do all that is in Your heart! Like little children we wait to see Your hand moving in the land of the living.” We look for all who seek to be filled graced with Your spiritual common sense.

We pray this and all prayer in the name of Jesus The Christ our Savior, Lord and soon coming King. Amen, amen, and amen!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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