Faith & Life: Are You Spiritually Muddled?

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Are You Spiritually Muddled?

Focusing on Daily Obedience

by J.M. Troppello

If you’ve been reading my articles recently, you likely have read that I’m a huge fan of Oswald Chambers. I’m currently reading his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. Today’s devotional was as power-packed as usual. This quote from him truly resonated with me.

“The tiniest thing we allow in our lives that is not under the control of the Holy Spirit is quite sufficient to account for spiritual muddle, and all the thinking we like to spend on it will never make it clear. Spiritual muddle is only made plain by obedience. Immediately we obey, we discern. When the natural power of vision is devoted to the Holy Spirit, it becomes the power of perceiving God’s will and the whole life is kept in simplicity.” – Oswald Chambers

I have definitely experienced being spiritually muddled. It’s not a fun place to be. You feel disconnected to God. Maybe sin is coming between you and the Lord. You might have been holding something against someone and that is hindering your prayer time.

Whatever is blocking genuine connection to God, needs to be removed from your life. I have been spiritually muddled and spiritually on track. Being spiritually connected to the Lord is the place I want to rest at daily. I know that won’t happen all the time. However, it something to strive for.

6 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God [a]ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the [b]Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (I Cor. 2:6-16, NKJV)

In your natural man, you cannot perceive the things of the Spirit. Those things will seem foolish to your natural man (See: v. 14). However, when you focus on seeing things through your spiritual eyes, you can receive the things of God.

Receive here means ‘to welcome.’ This verb does not pertain to discovering the meaning of a passage, but applying the meaning to life.” [Source: TNSB] This is exactly what I have been writing about for a while. I have seen spiritual growth in my life when I not only discover the meaning of the Word, BUT also apply it to my life.

Are you spiritually muddled in your life?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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