Common Sense and Spiritual Sense

“Aren’t five sparrows sold for 2 cents? God does not forget any of them. Even every hair on your head has been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12: 6-7

Whose life is it anyway?

I have been praying for a family member who has succumbed to the highly addictive drug, meth. She has abandoned her children, stolen thousands of dollars of items from her parent’s home, and friends have shunned her presence. She is homeless roaming the streets with men who care only for what she can provide them.

Family members remark to one another the potential she once had – she was bright, intelligent, and artistic. She had psychotic episodes and hospitalized briefly as a teenager, assaulted her mother, and has been jailed periodically over the years. Unwed, she gave birth to 3 boys who seemed to have given her purpose to positively move forward with the responsibility of parenthood. Yet here she is continuing to battle demons made worse with drugs.

Common Sense and Spiritual Sense

Common sense is a gift of nature. Spiritual sense is a gift of Jesus Christ. So, when I think of people like my family member or others and I ask myself, “Where is their common sense?” Nature gives way to the desires of the body and the mind. Therefore, when each of us encounters everyday issues of life or battles of the mind as an ordinary human being, we must never allow common sense to become so prominent that it forcefully pushes Jesus to the side.

While I am not a psychology professional, I believe mental illness and drug addiction robs the person of nature’s common sense. But can that person whose illness has robbed them of common sense still be transformed by the gift of spiritual sense from Jesus Christ?

Jesus brings Lazarus back to life

Verse 4: “When Jesus heard the message, he said, “His sickness will not result in death. Instead, this sickness will bring glory to God so that the Son of God will receive glory through it.”

Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead in John 11:41-44 and Jesus has the power to bring back those who are still living in the body but are dead in mind and spirit.

Jesus prayed inside Lazarus’ tomb: “So the stone was moved away from the entrance of the tomb, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I have known that you always hear me.” Verses 41-42

Jesus Christ never gives up on anyone.

Is Jesus Christ being given his opportunity to work in me?

Is Jesus Christ overwhelmingly satisfied with my life, or am I walking in spiritual pride before Him?

Am I living in such dependence on Jesus Christ that His life is being exhibited moment by moment in me?

Jesus Christ has never given up on me. My ordinary abilities will never worship God unless I am transformed by Jesus Christ. I am worth more than many sparrows and so is my family member. She is worth more than many sparrows too. Jesus will not give up on her and neither will I. We must always keep in touch with people and not only with common sense, but with spiritual sense if we are to use the Word of God skillfully among them.

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My Prayer

“O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, I humbly pray for all who are sick in mind, body and spirit. Look upon them with the eyes of Your mercy; comfort them with a sense of Your goodness; preserve them from the temptations that take them from You; and give them patience under the grip of their affliction. In Your time, restore them to health, and enable them to lead their life to Your glory; and grant that finally they will live with You in life everlasting; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

(Adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer.)

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Our Faith is Not a Test

“Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8 GW

An Easter Reflection

As the deadly coronavirus wages on and I am safely inside my home, I have taken the time to reflect on my Lenten experience through the glory of the resurrection of Easter Sunday. As I sit here day after day, I wonder of what use am I?

What is happening in my life and around me that is fitting into His big picture?

How can I see things from His perspective?

Will I be a child of God or will I go back to having a meaner, common sense attitude of this world?

I am not responsible for the circumstances that I am in or in this current pandemic. I am responsible for the way I allow any circumstance to affect me. I can either allow them to overwhelm me, or I can allow them to transform me into what God wants me to be.

Am I sinking my roots into Jesus Christ to build on Him?

God engineers everything. He has engineered me for a specific purpose. Wherever he puts me even if it is safely inside my physical home, my one great aim is to be wholeheartedly devoted to Him in whatever that specific work might be.

Am I totally unemployable in spirit?

Am I so spiritually weak that I refuse to do anything unless I am spiritually inspired?

A person’s character determines how one interprets God’s will. The determination and devotion to remain true to God’s will in my life is not to be true to my own convictions and traditional worldly beliefs, but to remain true to God and obey Him.

The proof of my relationship is right with God when I do my best whether I feel like it or not. I refrain from declaring my faith by saying I will do anything or go anywhere as Peter said to Jesus. I will not ask God to test my faith in that way. Instead, I will remain true to God as Abraham did in the Old Testament. I will ask God to lead me into the knowledge and heart of Himself. If I remain true to God, I know God will take me through any circumstance to a better understanding of my specific purpose.

“Come to me, all who are tired from carrying a heavy load, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 GW

How can I stay in lockstep with God?

How can I perpetually look in the face of God and know that I am moving in the right direction?

 “We must become prayer: prayer incarnate. It is not enough to have moments of praise; our whole life, every act, every gesture, even a smile must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. We must not offer what we have but what we are.” ~ Paul Evdokimov

“The more you know the Bible, the more effective your prayers will be.” ~ Rick Warren

What is the standard I use when I decide whether something is true?

What’s in my attitude then that needs to change toward those who disagree with me?

“Let Christ’s word teach and instruct yourselves about God’s kindness. Sing to God in your hearts. Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:16-17 GW

“Blessed is the person who does not
follow the advice of wicked people,
take the path of sinners,
or join the company of mockers.

Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord
and reflects on his teachings day and night. 

He is like a tree planted beside streams—
a tree that produces fruit in season
and whose leaves do not wither.
He succeeds in everything he does.”
Psalm 1:1-3 GW

Trusting God

My Prayer

Dear Lord, I give you all the praise and glory. If sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same, may others see my appearance and reality be exactly the same as being true to You. I pray Lord that I am not just an empty husk blowing across a barren field but bearing fruit from Your living water. I pray Lord for all essential workers and those who in sincerity are healing and comforting the world in this global pandemic. Put me to use Lord in whatever capacity that people may see Your healing hand for all that hurts a fallen world. May I be true to the light that sacrificed all for eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. I have kept a prayer journal over the last ten years to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God. 

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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