What is Spiritual Understanding is a very important question to any believer who is serious with God. This supposed to be one of the fundamental question of every believer. The subject of Spiritual Understanding is very paramount though not common among believers.
The ability to see what God is saying. It is the ability to access the mind of God concerning any area of life. This is simply the ability to understand the word of God, what is written in the bible. This is the ability to read your bible with understanding.
This is the ability to understand God’s mindset, when God says something, what does he mean.
Your physical mind will never be able to understand God nor think like God. God is spirit, you are in the physical, the gap is too wide. Nobody has ever seen God in the first place, you cannot imagine how he looks like.
Even when God is around you, you can’t see him because he is spirit and you are flesh, so how can you even understand what he says. so no man can understand God with his physical senses, at least if you were a spirit too, it would have been close a bit.
As far as the heaven is from the earth, that is how far the thoughts of God is from man.
Revelation is purely God’s mindset on anything. It is forever hard for any flesh and blood to to access what God thinks about anything. It just have to be revealed, and God reveals it to whomsoever HE wants to
Those letters you see from the pages of the bible will never do you any good, if you like quote it from genesis to revelation, they are just like your literature book, you will have a novel experience with them.
The moment you are able to answer the question of what is Spiritual understanding for yourself then you have laid a good foundation for a successful work with God on earth.
The exact knowledge of these is what gives us edge over everything in life.
The word of God is spirit;
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
This means those letters you see on the pages of your bible are not the words of God because they are not spirit. if they were spirit you would not see them.
So spiritual understanding is the ability to get the spirit of those letters in the bible. This takes us to how to get spiritual understanding.
How to Get Spiritual Understanding
First, you must be born of God.
once you are born again, your spirit will be quickened, made alive again. the spirit of man was dead after the fall of Adam, meaning it was cut off from God. It was dead to God, it could no more communicate with God. It is not like thee physical death where matters are completely destroyed,
Spirits cannot be destroyed until final judgement. Once you are cut off from God, your spirit is dead to God. When you are born again, your spirit will be made alive to God again, it means you and God can now communicate, you can reach out to God and God can reach out to you.
Born again is the fundamental step in getting the spirit of understanding. In understanding the word of God, you need the spirit of understanding, the spirit of revelation which is the Holy Spirit.
The second step is to get the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. When you are able to speak in tongues, please speak with it always to grow in it. The Holy Spirit is a person, ask him to teach you the word of God every time you want to study the bible.
The Holy Spirit is the spirit of the word of God, he is the spirit of understanding, he is the spirit of revelation. The Holy Spirit is the teacher of the word of God. Whatever understanding of the word of GOD YOU GET WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT TEACHING YOU IS ERROR.
At this point, it is very easy to get the spirit of understanding by praying and asking God to give you.
Benefits of Spiritual Understanding;
This means spiritual understanding of the word has a lot to play in GOD answering your prayers; because you are fruitful even in your prayers that you pray with your spiritual understanding.
Your prayers are supposed to be speaking the mind of God. This is why the bible says we should always pray in the spirit; allowing the Holy Spirit to take over and do the prayers on our behalf.
Spiritual Understanding Helps us to pray according to the will of God.
You need spiritual understanding to be able to offer prayers that will be answered. God is spirit; you can’t pray in the flesh and expect an answer from the spirit. The flesh profits nothing.
Spiritual understanding also give you strength, might, give you power, it though your system with the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering. Spiritual understanding also delivers the inheritance of the servant to you
Colossians 3:16 King James Version
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
when the bible says let the words of God dwell in you richly, it does not mean the letters, nor quoting to be able say it exactly the way it is written. Note that it says… richly in all wisdom. The wisdom here means spiritual understanding of the word of God.
You should know that the word of God is the wisdom of God. Any time the bible makes reference to wisdom that is from God, it is referring to the word of God. The only wisdom God has is his word.
Since it was the word of God that became Jesus to save man, so Jesus is also the wisdom of God. People make a lot of confession even in songs claiming to love Jesus so much. A lot of songs that inspire so much on this subject; Jesus I love you, Jesus for me, all I have is Jesus.
Please we all need to go back to the basics, back to the originality of Jesus. Jesus is the word. If you do not know the word, you do not know Jesus, if you do not love the word, you do not love Jesus, if you do not have the word, you do not have Jesus.
Wisdom is the application of knowledge. It will be very difficult to apply the knowledge you do not understand correctly.
This is the same thing as saying let the spiritual understanding or light or revelation of God’s word dwell in you richly.
Colo. 3:9 –
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
When you got born again, you put off the old man with his deeds – which is the sin nature, nature of Adam.
This happens automatically once you accept Christ into your life, the new nature of Christ will immediately replace the old one.
- V10 saying and have put on the new man which is revealed after knowledge.
The bible says Jesus is the complete exact image, carbon copy of God. Once you got born again, you automatically assumed the image of God.
You may not notice that change immediately because that was completely a spiritual change, but with time it will gradually show off in the physical.
What your spirit experienced is a complete perfect spiritual turn around to assume the image of Christ.
But your physical being; the mind, intellect, tongue, the character transformation will take their turn gradually.
Now you have to start working toward that perfect image of Christ physically by undergoing a daily renewal of what you initially assumed using the word of God.
*Spiritual understanding also help you to conform to the image of Christ
Another word that we can use interchangeably with renewal is conformation to what you are looking forward to be like, to arrive at the perfect image of Christ.
And the tool God has given you which I call TOOL OF CONFORMATION is knowledge (which is spiritual understanding of Gods words or revelation or light).
Genesis 1 says; and God said let us make man in our own image, the image of God the father, son and the Holy Spirit. I.e. God the father, son, and Holy Spirit had a meeting to take this decision.
Adam was made in a perfect and complete image of Christ (which is a total complete representation of God head (trinity) but sin striped man of that image, and completely replace that image with that of sin.
This means the devil actually deceived man to give man his(the devil’s) own nature which is sin. Note that the devil told Eve, if she eats the fruit, she will be like God.
Eve was already like God, but the lack of that understanding that she was already like God was her downfall, that was where the devil capitalized on. This is still another proof that knowledge and understanding is the key.
In Eve’s mind, she will be like God after eating the fruit. But when eve ate the fruit, she rather assumed the image of the devil which is sin consciousness.
Eve remembered very well that God had warned them never to eat the fruit. But I am sure she never understood that instruction given by God. That was why she messed up.
Jesus simply came to restore back to man the image or nature that God gave to man, hence when you accept Jesus as your lord and savior; you simply gain the potential or you automatically become a candidate to be like God again or enter the complete class of this image.
You cannot automatically be like God once you are born again because your mind has not been renewed. Born again is an automatic spiritual transformation of the spirit and not, hence your spirit can now have access to God.
Your spirit can talk to God directly or communicate with God. It means your spirit is now made alive to God.
It means you are now a son of God, but you can never be like God until your mind is renewed to think like God, and the tool for mind renewal is staying on the word of God with the spirit of revelation and the spirit of understanding.
Because you are now born again, you can ask God for the spirit of revelation and understanding and God will give you. And the essence of those two spirits is for the acquisition of the knowledge of the word of God which is the process of mind renewal.
Mind renewal is never a miracle but a conscious process you must steadily embark on till your mind is completely renewed to think like God.
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