Monday, October 16, 2023

What is the Reason?

The word "Reason" is defined in two basic ways. The first deals with a cause, an explanation or the grounds for making a decision, for example, "The reason why I am late is due to road construction on the route that I had taken." The other way the word "Reason" is defined is the power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic. This is what is referred to as human reasoning. As we can see in the latter definition, there is a close connection between reason and emotion, whereas the former definition has nothing to do with an emotional response.

When it comes to believers exercising faith, they must fully understand that human reason never stands on the side of faith. When believers resort to reason, it separates us from or neutralizes faith. This is the very tactic that the devil used when speaking to Eve. His questions caused Eve to use her human reasoning which, in a sense, caused her to question God's Word or God Himself as to whether He was being truthful or forthright. "Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

If we were to consider much of what God did, as recorded in the Bible, with the natural mind, it would no doubt seem to be unbelievable, far fetched or as the Bible records, foolishness. (1 Corinthians 2:14) This is why we must learn to see and hear with spiritual eyes and ears. Let's consider the miracle of creation (Genesis 1) Everything seen and unseen came to be in this way, "God said, and it was so." We cannot understand God's brilliant, masterful work of creation without faith. (Hebrews 11:3) This is why man has devised many "theories" that cannot be proven concerning creation. What about what God instructed Noah to do? God instructed Noah to build a massive ship (ark) that would save him, his family as well as a specific number of "birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind." (Genesis 6:20) A miracle took place when the birds, animals and creeping things began to arrive from everywhere to enter the ark and coexisted peacefully within the ark for months without attacking each other. Such a miracle can only be understood by faith.

How about, Israel, led by Joshua? They conquered the impenetrable City of Jericho by doing nothing more than "seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns that went before the ark of the Lord continually blowing the trumpets, with the armed men going before them with the rear guard coming after the ark of the Lord...and shouting a great shout." (Joshua 6:13, 20) Even a greater miracle happened in the incarnation of Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25) How can anyone fathom the one and only true invisible God, God the Word, (John 1:14) becoming a man by being birth through a virgin? (Luke 1:26-38) It is impossible without faith. This is why the Bible tells us, "without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6) By human reasoning, none of these things make sense.  

Faith cannot be judged or proven in a court of law where reason rules because there are no books or codes that can judge faith. Jurisprudence is based on human reasoning and deals with only facts
and physical evidence that can be proven on the basis of our natural senses. Faith will never find place in a court of law. This is a good reason why one believer should not take another believer to court. (1 Corinthians 6:1) In a similar way, if a physician diagnoses a sickness, even though God's Word reveals that healing is a part of redemption in Christ, the human mind will most often believe the physicians verdict of sickness. It is not to deny that the sickness does not exist when it does, it is simply that reasoning only understands the natural realm, that is, what the five senses can comprehend. The more time we spend trying to reason what God wants to do in and through us, the more we will lose the manifestation of His supernatural, miracle power and blessings that He has given us. 

For believers to get past the natural realm, we must cast aside our human reasoning, accept and act upon God's Word without question. Only then will we be able to realize that everything He does makes sense. If you are a preacher or teacher of the Word, you are called to build the faith of those who hear you, so that unbelief does not take root in their hearts and minds. Preachers are to speak God's Word with faith so that the hearers faith is activated for the supernatural. To live by faith, therefore, we must disconnect our natural reasoning ability and allow the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and open our spiritual eyes to see what God can do. If we act only out of human reason, we will doubt God's Word every time, because faith believes God even when everything else shouts the complete opposite. 

We also need to keep in mind, what physical exercise is to our body, faith is to our recreated spirit. We must constantly exercise our faith or it will not grow. So, let us look at every circumstance that life may bring us as an opportunity to grow our faith and see the supernatural power of God go to work in and through us for His glory...  

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