The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Heart To Heart, Mind To Mind"
How is it possible to know an unseen, unheard, and untouched God? One answer lies in how we know people.
"The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16).
"As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man" (Proverbs 27:19).
When we relate to a fellow human being, are we communicating with merely a body? Are the person's words, tones of voice, and looks on the face merely physical expressions of atoms and molecules? Or is there somebody in the temple we see, hear, or touch? We may not consciously think about it, but we intuitively perceive the essence of fellowship with people involves a heart to heart, mind to mind communion rather than merely a physical encounter. Again, this correlates with how we relate to God.
"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" (I Corinthians 2:14).
Obviously, differences do exist in our communication with God and with people. In our human relationships, the Lord purposes sight, sound, and sometimes touch to serve as components of our relating to one another. However, we do well to remember the similarities between how we fellowship with God and people. Merely seeing, hearing, and touching does not constitute the essence of relationship with our fellow human beings. Something more provides that, something very much like communication with the invisible, intangible God. Understanding this spiritual, mental, and emotional nature of all fellowship helps us in relating better to both our Lord and to people.
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are creatures of spirit dwelling in earthly temples.
"That which is born of the Spirit is spirit… Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?" (John 3:6; I Corinthians 6:19; emphasis added).
We do well to often remember and affirm our essence - spirit - and the fact that our earthly members and faculties are not we who most deeply are. We are something more than sight, sound, and touch. The truth helps us in our relationship with both God and people, and in our proper understanding of ourselves...
"Ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you."
Weekly Memory Verse
In the multitude of words there wanteth (lacks) not sin.