We are so full of information and well meaning things, with today's access to info from around the world and every conceivable thing at our fingertips, literally.
From a Christian perspective of teaching, studying, ideas flowing from every corner of the globe.
We think and therefore we believe we are informed. But if we approach God only on an intellectual level, we will miss him completely.
The word of God clearly states that He is Spirit, and we must come to him in spirit and in truth.
It also says that we are made in his image. To be spiritual beings.
We somehow miss this step in his plan for us and try instead to reach him through a number of other means.
I'm not suggesting mysticism, eastern religions have that covered, overwhelming us with the practice of enlightenment in numerous forms, but only leading to another realm of emptiness.
Our minds are well trained, full, imagination and so on. From the artistic, scientific, logic, and the great thinkers of our time and times past.
Consider the mind likened to an electrical grid. There is always power flowing. From the power station it is directed to the recipients. There will be areas where the power needs to be increased or decreased according to the need. Now when we are in our home we have no problem flicking the switch and believe the light will illuminate the room. We have faith in the system and unless there is a failure with the bulb, fuse, breaker, power line in etc., everything will work.
We get the voltage necessary for the light and toaster and so on. Other appliances may require more voltage which is arranged at the junction panel and special wiring, such as the dryer and stove. These things we understand and take for granted.
Let me suggest that we take the Spirit of God for granted. God has given us the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Why? We needed a regulator for the power of God to pass through and into our spirit. Notice i didn't say mind, because we simply cannot comprehend God with our mind.Remember He is Spirit.
Earlier i mentioned our imagination as part of our make-up. Some believe we can have an overactive imagination when it pertains to the things of God.
So, God himself initiates the person of the Holy Spirit, who is a part of himself, to be joined with us who are also a part of himself. (made in his image) Then Jesus, who is also a part of God, is the viaduct to God.
No problem, right?
Big problem, we are using our mind as the chief principle for understanding the things of God. We want to control the thinking and imagination and bypass the spirit. We are not just body, where the mind resides, nor soul, seat of the emotions, but spirit also where we are joined to God.
The body is temporary, the soul and spirit are designed for eternity to be in communication with an eternal God. He designed us this way.
God has wired us for his glory to reside, so what's the problem. Partly, the Word is Spirit breathed, and we are still trying to respond with the mind.
His Spirit, His power is available, then there must be a wiring malfunction.
(1) The wires are not connected to the panel.
(2) Wrong, bad, or old wiring and needs a change.
(3) The main switch was never turned on.
(4) The people inside the house are in rebellion that the power even exists.
(5) The people have turned on the power and all the lights but live in denial and fear of the dark, living and existing with selfish motives.
(6) The people believe that they have created the power by their own means and doing and that is all there is to it, enjoying it for themselves for the moment because it might be gone tomorrow.
(7) They are living outside the grid and stealing the power and hiding from everyone but believing that they are justified.
Paul writes to us in these books, Romans, Ephesians, Galatians, "to live by and walk in, and pray in the Spirit."
So, God might say to us something like this, "take off your head and let me replace it with one that I have made especially for you. One that thinks my thoughts and is joined to me, one that is readily made of Spirit material and wired to receive my power more readily."
Why don't we want to believe it?
Perhaps it is because we are proud of what goes on inside our head?