The Spiritual Journey to Spirtual Awakening
Anyone who chooses to surrender to God’s will would find out whether His teaching comes from God – John 7:17.
To gain spiritual wisdom, we must follow first before any intellectual pursuit from spiritual books. If we need technical expertise, Intellectual curiosity could be our guide. But if we desire knowledge and expertise in the teachings of Jesus, we can only attain it through obedience.
If spiritual things look dark and incomprehensible to you, it is evident that there is a sense of disobedience somewhere in your life. While Intellectual darkness is the result of ignorance, spiritual darkness is the result of disobedience. No one ever receives a message from God without being tested regarding it. We do not follow, and yet we wonder why we do not grow spiritually.
Jesus said that if you submit your gift to the Lord’s table, and recall that somebody has something against you, leave your offering before the Lord’s table, and reconcile with your neighbor and then come and offer your gift – Matthew 5:23-24. Jesus is saying that we should first be obedient by making things right, before we say another word to Him.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice – Proverbs 21:3.
We should not exist as a pretender before Him. He instructs us down to the very detail. The Spirit of God uncovers our ideas of self-justification and makes us sensible even to things that we never considered before.
When Jesus tells us something through His Word, we should not attempt to avoid it. If we do, we become a spiritual impostor. Examine the things you choose only to ignore, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will understand why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, we must first of all obey, even at the threat of being considered as overzealous, you must obey what God tells you.