Our Sixth Sense
Theme of the week: The Wonder of It All
Friday, June 24, 2011
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Key Bible Verse: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him." But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:9-10) Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 2:6-12
God sees all the way around everything. He sees everything from every angle because he exists outside our space-time dimensions. Our perspective, on the other hand, is very limited. The most brilliant among us have less than one googolplex of one percent of perspective. And that ought to keep us humble.
The Holy Spirit compensates for our sensory limits by enabling us to conceive of things we cannot perceive with our five senses. Think of him as a sixth sense. The revelation of the Spirit gives us extrasensory perception. He helps us see the invisible and hear the inaudible. But that sixth sense has to be cultivated much like our five senses.
Before our spiritual eyes are opened, the world is only 13 inches in diameter. It's like we live in a low-definition, two-dimensional world. Then the Holy Spirit gives us depth perception. He opens our eyes to see the ordinary miracles that surround us, the ordinary miracles that are us. It's like spiritual cataracts are removed to reveal a reality that was always there. Slowly yet sovereignly, the soul takes on width and breadth and depth as it is filled with wonder. It expands to the size of our God-given imagination and beyond.
—Mark Batterson in Primal
My Response: What might I need to do or change in order to cultivate my "sixth sense"?
Thought to Apply: When we really worship anything, we love not only its clearness but its obscurity. We exult in its very invisibility.—G. K. Chesterton (British journalist, Christian apologist)
Adapted from Primal: A Quest for the Lost Soul of Christianity. Copyright 2010 by Mark Batterson. Published by Multnomah, an imprint of Penquin Random House LLC.
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Prayer for the Week
Dear Creator-God, open my eyes and my heart to the creative beauty that's all around me; restore a sense of wonder in my soul that leads me to worship you with all that I am.
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