But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14
I Corinthians 2:14-15
Our natural bent is to judge everything physically and forget the spiritual dimension. We mostly get too mindful of facts, circumstances and experts opinions, that our judgment becomes clouded. We unwittingly become slaves to our feelings – to our five senses: sight, taste, touch, sound and smell, basing most of all we do on sight, sound and sensations. If it is obvious or visible, we believe. But if it isn’t, we doubt. For this reason, we often fall cheaply for the devil’s tricks because he is the master of the sense realm, and he knows what buttons to press that would generate certain responses of fear and anxiety in us.
For example, there have been cases of people who started showing symptoms of an ailment they didn’t have, simply because they were misdiagnosed of that ailment. So, although they don’t really have the ailment, they started developing symptoms of the ailment, just because they heard the wrong medical report. Knowing that we believe and act based on the things that are obvious to our senses, the devil always has a way of letting us feel, see or hear things that would affect us negatively, keep us just in the natural realm, and hinder us from drawing strength from the supernatural realm.
Therefore, to beat the devil at his game, you have to rise from the realm of the five senses to the ‘sixth sense.’ The sixth sense is the ability to know something that cannot be learned using the five senses. It is extra-sensory perception; it goes beyond what presents in the natural, and it is what helps you discern what is really happening – the real state of things. This is the realm of faith where you allow the Spirit of God dictate how you view things and respond to your natural circumstances.
According to our text, a natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit because they are spiritually discerned; only the spiritually discerning can receive the things of the Spirit. Any Christian who is merely sense ruled can only operate as a natural man operates. Therefore, he/she will only see natural results in their life. But, a Christian who is ruled by the Spirit (who operates with the sixth sense) can maximize the power available to him/her in the realm of the spirit, and so, can produce supernatural results. He believes the impossible is possible, he sees what is invisible, he hears what others are not hearing, and expresses great expectation in that which is yet to be. This sixth sense can be called, the ‘FAITH SENSE.’
A spiritually discerning Christian is one who is only moved by faith not sight, who depends totally on what the Spirit of God says per time and per situation. To avoid being vulnerable to the vicissitudes of this physical life, and to live a victorious Christian life, switch to your faith sense – your SIXTH SENSE!
+ Lord, help me not to be a slave to what I hear, what I see, or what I feel (my emotions). May I make the reality of your Word superior to the facts of my life and the events surrounding me.
+ I switch to my sixth sense and I believe there is something about to happen in my life, better than what I feel, greater than what I see and sweeter than what I currently hear or experience, in Jesus’ name.