AWAKENING OF OUR SPIRITUAL SENSES
Psa. 85:6 Will You not Yourself revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
The 18th Century revival has been commonly called the Great Awakening. It took place in the mid 1700’s and was the breeding ground for the American Revolution. Have you ever wondered why that move of God was called an awakening? Actually, it is because the moving of the Spirit of God actually awakens our spiritual senses. Before we experience God in our souls, we are walking in a dark world, unable to perceive or enjoy the goodness of our God all around us. Recently, our church began to experience another wave of His Spirit. One of the results is that suddenly people become aware of the nearness of God. Sometimes this can cause sudden outbursts of joy and various unusual responses to this brand new world of the Spirit. Charles Spurgeon described this awakening of our spiritual perception in his devotional, “Morning by Morning”. Pay attention to his powerful words.
“Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: Look unto me and be ye saved. It is hearing: Hear, and your soul shall live. Faith is smelling: All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia; thy name is as ointment poured forth. Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came behind and touched the hem of Christ’s garment, and by this we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my lips. Except a man eat my flesh, saith Christ, and drink my blood, there is no life in him.”
Jesus spoke about this reality often in His ministry. He would say, “Having ears to hear but you cannot hear, and having eyes to see but you cannot see”. There were so many religious experts in Jesus’ day whose hearts were closed to spiritual reality. How can you have true spiritual perception? Actually, that is totally in the hands of God. Just like the Apostle Paul experienced, his head was full of knowledge but his spiritual senses were dead. How did that change for Paul? The same way it happens for all of us. Jesus came and interrupted Paul’s life. After his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus Road, his physical eyes were blinded for three days. That was an amazing contrast to his spiritual sight, now Paul’s eyes were wide open. He was gazing into the stunning brilliance of the glory of God seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
Today, you can also experience spiritual awakening. Draw near to God, as you do, your spiritual awareness will begin to come alive. Suddenly you will feel His presence, then you will hear His voice in the scripture, you will see the Glory of His excellent nature in the person of Jesus Christ, and you begin to smell the sweet aroma of His presence as you are drawn into worship, and finally you understand. Now David makes sense when he said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good”. Before now, those words just seemed like poetic words to a song. But now that you have tasted His goodness, He has become sweeter than honey to your soul.