Spiritual awareness – What is it?

Generally, spiritual awareness is being conscious of spiritual ideas or matters. Some think of their soul, a spiritual path, a spiritual leader, a religion, or the unseen forces in our lives and in the world. Paul writes extensively about spirit-focus verses flesh-focus in Romans chapters 5—8.

The Bible makes it clear that there is a real spiritual realm where activity occurs constantly (Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 6:12). Christians are instructed to cultivate their spiritual awareness through a relationship with the Holy Spirit, who comes to live in a believer's life when he confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and his Savior who died on the cross for him and rose from the dead after three days in the tomb.

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come," Jesus told His followers in John 16:13.

Ephesians 6:11–12 says, "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." As Christians, we need Jesus to equip us to properly engage in the spiritual battle around us (Ephesians 6:12).

As followers of Christ, we are in the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). Part of our spiritual awareness is recognizing spiritual battle and making use of the armor of God. But our spiritual awareness also includes our spiritual growth through the work of the Holy Spirit. Romans 12:1 talks about presenting ourselves "as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." John 4:24 talks about worshipping God in spirit and in truth. Spiritual awareness is not just about the spiritual forces at work in the world, but also about our spiritual connection with God based on the work of Christ and through the Holy Spirit.

Be aware that there are those who dabble in the spirit world who neither follow Jesus nor accept guidance by the Holy Spirit. They play "games" such as Ouija board, learn about Tarot cards, tell fortunes, look to astrology, and other darker pursuits. Such things are not beneficial and should be avoided and recognized as ploys from the enemy of your soul. Satan is crafty and will even appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). But Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) out only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Dabbling in spiritualism that is not from God is dangerous.


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