By Sight And Hearing

His delight is in the fear of the Lord, And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, Nor decide by the hearing of His ears.
— Isaiah 11:3 NKJV

The natural man is governed by his senses. There is nothing wrong with senses because they are a natural part of our being as God created us. Our abilities to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell enable us to function optimally in the natural world as God intended. There are some people, certainly, who don’t possess all of these senses, either from birth or later from illness or accident. I am continually amazed how these people, despite their physical limitations, overcome them to achieve extraordinary things. Human imagination, innovation, and determination in compensating for physical limitations are truly remarkable. But there is a realm beyond the natural that is even more remarkable and far supersedes it: realm of the Holy Spirit!

Our journey with the Father begins to awaken our true capacity. Man in the garden was spirit, soul, and body; only after he sinned did he choose to be body, soul, and spirit. Christ, the “last Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45), came to earth as a human to bring all humanity back to the basis of our identity, which is that we are first of all a spirit being. As Son of man and Son of God, Jesus demonstrated how to live in a continuous journey of obedience to the Father, walking in His ways and in opposition to the present standard of natural man.

Jesus too was given the very same senses as we, but He understood that they are temporary. They dazzle and gratify us for a while, but tend to grow dull with age. Arguably, our two most vital senses are our abilities to see and hear. Countless times I have functioned on a natural plane when it comes to these two senses. We all do. Many of our decisions are driven by the emotions generated by the things we see or hear. But just as we have natural senses, we also have spiritual senses, which are connected to our heart, the place where love and compassion rest. In deliberating life’s decisions or judging a matter, our outward eyes and ears may see and hear a thing for what it is, but our deep understanding comes through the eyes and ears of the Spirit. Natural solutions are a temporary patch job, but the solution of the Spirit is permanent and binding. This is the realm where breakthroughs occur. So, as much as we tend to follow our emotions, seeing and hearing the Father should move us to the place of obedience in Him.

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