Supernatural spiritual life

 

 To lose spiritual vision is to lose

the supernatural feature of the spiritual life.i

 

Many years ago, I struggled under the accusation and mockery of the enemy–

 You are just too spiritual!  What is wrong with you?  Do you think you are something special?

At the time, I feared pride as if it were the unpardonable sin and so it was tormenting.  Little did I realize that the fear of pride was pride in itself.  I had yet to recognize what God’s Word so clearly states–

 For I know that in me (that is in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.ii

One day the Lord broke through that assault and said —

 You are normal.  Many are not where they need to be, which makes you appear to be super-spiritual.

Those words afforded me great relief.  I no longer felt I had to apologize for being spiritual in my thinking, vision, and view of this present world.

 

T. Austin Sparks addresses this low condition like this:

 

To lose spiritual vision is to lose the supernatural feature of the spiritual life, and that produces the Laodicean state.  If you seek to get to the heart of this, this state of things represented by Laodicea, neither hot nor cold, the state which provokes the Lord to say, “I will spew thee out of My mouth”; if you seek to get to the heart of it and say, Why is this, what is the thing lying behind this?  

The one thing that explains it is simply this, that it has lost its supernatural feature, it has come down to earth; it is religious, but it has come out of its heavenly place.  And then you see, you get the corresponding rebound to overcomers in Laodicea, “He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with Me in my throne”.  You have gone down a long way to earth, you have lost your heavenly feature, but for overcomers in the midst of such conditions there is still a place above, showing the Lord’s thought as over against this condition. 

To lose spiritual vision is to lose the supernatural feature of the spiritual life.  When that has gone out, be as religious as you like, the Lord only has one word to say—Buy eyesalve: that is your need.

 

To live the supernatural spiritual life we need spiritual sight.

 

We need ever-increasing revelation from God.  We have to get very serious with God about this.  We must determine to allow the Holy Spirit to deal with our fixation about our own interests and ourselves.

Set your will and determine that you will do whatever God asks, go wherever He leads.  Determine to cooperate and allow Him to work in you through everything He brings your way.

The Lord never tells us ahead of time how His leading will work out. We are only required to obey.  It is a walk by faith.

 

When we cooperate with the Holy Spirit
He will increase our spiritual sight! 


 

 

[i] Spiritual Sight, T Austin-Sparks, p11

[ii] Romans 7:18

 

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