Exposing the Lack of Spiritual Common Sense in the church

Spiritual Common Sense (prudence) delivers us from spiritual foolishness, the doctrine of humans and devils, and deception. We need spiritual common sense.

After a few “interesting” experiences, my spirit man asked our God if there were such thing as spiritual common sense, in light of the full counsel of His character, Word, will, power, and authority. His answer was a resounding yes.

Our God has graced me to walk among believers from many denominations, (with many variations of doctrine).  He equipped me to do so without fear because He has established my heart in the following Truths:

(1) Jesus Christ the Word of our Heavenly Father made human

(2) He is His Only Begotten Son who took on the sin of the world, paying the penalty of the falling short of the assigned Glory of our God (the image, likeness, reflection of the Heavenly Father in the earth) by humanity

(3) He, (the First Fruit of all to be restored to our Heavenly Father’s original intent) was resurrected with all power and authority

(4) He seats at the right hand of the Father, in authority, interceding for all humanity AND

(5) He IS coming back, and we all will stand before Him to receive just judgment and reward.

Without prejudice, I know all genuine followers of Jesus Christ are my faith family, no matter what “piece or pieces” of doctrine are used to separate us from one another. Our Heavenly Father has taught me to be willing to allow Him to settle all such matters on the Day of Judgment.

Exposing the Lack of Spiritual Common Sense in the church
The Lord impressed upon me long ago, “I will offend the mind to get to the heart.” I personally do not intend to offend anyone with the things I will share; however, I do intend to speak the Truth and righteous judgment of our God, as He reveals it. Therefore, I share a few of my experiences, and release our God’s revealed mind regarding them into the spirit realm.

Because we know our God’s Word (His Truth) does not return to Him void or unproductive, we praise Him in advance that the blind will see Jesus Christ as never before, the deaf will hear HIS voice, and the lame will walk into the perfect/mature will of God. We praise Him that those who have been held captive in spiritual foolishness are released in Jesus name! Hallelujah!

A Not So Recent Experience
While visiting a denominational church, when I heard a sister say to the Bible Study class, (I paraphrase), “We are trying so hard not to be like other Christians and denominations that we have become all-inclusive and irrelevant.” Upon hearing this, 2 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT) dropped into my heart:

Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

I wondered if this very insightful woman knew she alluded to the reality that she was serving in what can only be described as a cult.  Merriam Webster (2015) defines cult as “a system of religious veneration (worship/practices) and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.” The nature and mentality of a Pharisee became clear, as I pondered her statement. The truth of the matter is the real figure or object of their worship, practices, and devotion is their belief that they are right above all others. God calls it unwise in the King James Version. Unwise meaning LACKING WISDOM OR GOOD SENSE, foolish, or imprudent (no spiritual common sense).

Truth be told; denominations are developed because of a differing interpretation, belief, or practice. A “we are right and they are wrong” lies at the core of every recognized, self-governing branch of Christianity (denomination). Even so, we are ONE FAMILY IN CHRIST. We must stop this spiritual foolishness, and come together on the foundational Truth, which is the grace (Loving Help) of our Heavenly Father and the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone secured our salvation.

We obtain this precious salvation by faith, because of the extended grace of God! Everything else is God’s instruction for our establishment, growth, and productivity; which includes water baptism, gifts, and speaking in tongues. We must stop the spiritual madness! We must come together in the love of our God, and be who and what HE has ordained us to be, ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.

The Foolishness of Fighting over Differences shows a gross lack of spiritual common sense.

In natural families of the children of darkness, no one looks exactly alike (unless they are identical twins). They do not generally dress alike, eat, rest, or play alike. Nor do they all think or live alike, yet they can come together for a common goal (like the tower of Babel), work together, and genuinely enjoy one another without desecrating their right to believe and live as they choose.

How much more should this be true of the children of God? Particularly when we are being governed by the same God? Imagine if you will, that every act of evangelism was aimed at genuinely sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to win a soul from hell, rather that working to fill the seats in our particular sanctuaries.

Imagine, what would happen if we prayed for and stood by the souls we win, while encouraging them and teaching them to hear from God for themselves so the Holy Spirit can “properly” plant and grow them up in their preordained assignment in the Body of Christ? What would happen if we stop making proselytes and clones and allowed God to be God? How effective would we be if we stop thinking we know more than God?

The Attitude of One with Spiritual Common Sense

Philippians 3:8-11 (KJV) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

The operation of our God’s faith, focus, crucifixion, and resurrection are all a part of the spiritual maturing process, and are necessary to embrace this mindset of spiritual common sense. 

The Apostle Paul Makes it Plain
(1) We have need of FAITH towards our God.
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to take God as HIS Word about who He is, who He has made us, and what He is willing and able to do, we will always be subject to the doctrine of men and devils.

(2) We have need of FOCUS towards our God’s character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority.
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to keep our eyes, hearts, minds focused on and open to the mentoring of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit, we will always be subject to walk contrary to His way and will.

(3) We have need to CRUCIFY our flesh
If we do not decide (with a final decision) to die to, deny the flesh (anything in our lives contrary to God) it’s craving of the eyes, the craving of the flesh and the pride of life, we will always be tossed about, pulled and struck down by the temptations satan sends our way

(4) Our God will RESURRECT us in and with His glory and power, as He did Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Again the Apostle Paul Speaks:

1 Corinthians 2: 1-5 (KJV) I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

People of God all over the world, it is time for us to stop leaning to our own understanding, to acknowledge our God in all our ways and allow Him to direct our paths. It is time to stop opening the door to satan and his divisive devices (i.e. pride, negative emotions, ignorance…), and depend fully on the Suffering, Crucified, and Risen Christ our Lord, our Heavenly Father, His Word (Scripture), and the confirmation of His Holy Spirit. It is time to seek after and ask our God for HIS SPIRITUAL COMMON SENSE!

Leaders, we will give an account!

James 3:1 (KJV) My brethren, be not many masters (teachers/instructors), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

As leaders in the Body of Christ, we teach and instruct IN word and deed. Our God has never asked us, nor has He approved our making disciples unto our church, denominations, or ourselves. We have been instructed by the Holy Spirit to make disciples (believers, followers, supporters, imitators, devotees, pupils) unto Jesus Christ, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Woe be unto us if we make gods of human beings, possessions, and temporal things, and teach others to do the same (Romans 1:28-31).

Woe be unto us if we continue to compare ourselves with one another, and judge one another outside of our God’s righteous judgment, as if our God (HIMSELF) has not predestined each of us to walk in our assignments according to His own perfect will (2 Corinthians 10:12; Romans 8:29).

Woe be unto us if we fuel foolish and ill-informed controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, because they are unprofitable and useless (Titus 3:9).

Woe be unto us if we make gods of what we think or choose to believe is right, particular if what we think or choose to believe is proven erroneous by the full counsel of our God, according to His character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority (1 Corinthians 3:19).

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit of our Heavenly Father, let us stand together from the four corners of the world as God’s watchmen, having one mind and one voice, and decree and declare to the hearts of those who lead in the Body of Christ, “Prepare for the visitation of our Lord. We decree and declare that the Glory of the Lord visits you as He did Saul before his conversion to Christianity. Even though he was passionate, dogmatic, educated and well trained in his religious beliefs and practices, HE WAS WRONG. We praise our God that this same Jesus appears to you to rescue you from err, and after you are converted, strengthen your brothers and sisters in the faith and Truth of God, our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ!”

FATHER GOD
We thank You for being all that You are to us; You are the great I AM! You are Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. Every good thing is contained in and flows from You. Forgive us for misrepresenting You in the earth. Thank You for teaching us, even the more, of things that have been hidden from the ages, and that we are stronger and wiser as a result. You will complete the work of Your will, in and through us.

We thank You for making us one by Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us when we ignorantly choose paths that foolishly divide and creates confusion among Your people. You are not the author of the confusion; rather You are his Master. Thank You for breathing on us, for opening our understanding, for increasing our spiritual common sense, our prudence even the more. Thank You for teaching us how to wage spiritual warfare with magnified levels of authority.

We thank You for the understanding of satan’s complete defeat at Calvary in Jesus Christ. We thank You that his house has been completely spoiled and conquered. Thank You for empowering us to pull his already dilapidated kingdom thoroughly down. Thank You for teaching us to enforce and oversee the complete demolition of every bit of “False Evidence Appearing Real” as we lay waste to his pseudo kingdom among humanity.

Thank You for the spiritual common sense to trust and honor You. Thank You for the spiritual common sense to believe You are who You say You are, we are who You have made us, and You are willing and well able to do all You have promised. We thank You for rewarding us as we sincerely and consistently seek to know You, Your character, Word (Scripture/Jesus), power, and authority (Holy Spirit).

Do all that is in Your heart, this day and every day, in Jesus’ powerful and matchless name we pray. Our hearts are fully confident that we have what we ask for, because it is Your will. We therefore say “Thank You!” 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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