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Spiritual Remnant of God Series~ ~ ~Part 12 – Insight the Second Face

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Friday, August 09, 2013

In this piece, we will explore the “blessing side” and “curse side” of insight. This piece will in no way attempt to address all the various facets, gifts, and characteristics of “insight” but it will scratch the surface of several and follow up pieces will explore the topic more thoroughly.

I will start by being clear about the type of “insight” this piece will be exploring. When I reference insight in connection with the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God, I am writing about godly spiritual insight, which originates with Jesus and comes through the Holy Spirit of God. For me and for the purpose of my writings no other forms of insight are worthy of discussion. Therefore, you have now been made fully aware of the source and motivation behind the type of insight to which I will be referring. Should that appear closed-minded to you, I will just express to you a tagline an acquaintance uses, ‘Don’t be so opened minded your brains fall out.’

To varying degrees the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God share an “insight” that makes life, let’s say – less than pleasant. Depending on the Remnant’s spiritual gifts, passions, and life experiences their insight will have more or less depth but this insight exist in all. Remnants with certain spiritual gifts have enormous insight but that aspect is for another time. Insight nevertheless is always present and sadly often hidden by false humility or a poor understand of how to display godly humility.

What is insight?

Please take special note the underlined words in the following text.

Insight = per Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary

1 : the power or act of seeing into a situation : PENETRATION

2 : the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively

synonyms see DISCERNMENT

the ability to understand inner qualities or relationships — see WISDOM

By using the definition of insight from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, we can glean the following points.

† Insight is in itself a form of wisdom and in our context godly wisdom.

† The ability to understand the inner dynamics of a situation that one has little or no previous knowledge of is present for those individuals strongly gifted with some of the revelatory gifts, which accompany spiritual insight.

† There is an understanding or insight regarding everyday life concerning what should and should not be done. This insight comes from within and flows with great easy. This ‘knowing’ of what is best aka the Will of God comes to them with ease, with little thought or effort on their part, deriving from a very prayerful connection with Jesus.

† In conjunction with some revelatory gifts, they can see into and know aspects of a situation without being given information. The individual often speaks into people’s lives and situations without effort or sometimes even without knowledge that they have done so. Doing this without knowledge is especially common among those who are given to submitting every word they speak to the Authority of Christ.

Ps 49:3 AV / KJV

My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Pr 2:3-5 AV / KJV

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; 4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; 5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

“of understanding” “understanding” in the Hebrew language =

8394. תָּבוּן tâbûwn, taw-boon’; and (fem.)

תְּבוּנָה tebûwnâh, teb-oo-naw’; or

תּוֹבֻנָה° tôwbûnâh, to-boo-naw’; from 995; intelligence; by impl. an argument; by extens. caprice:discretion, reason, skilfulness, understanding, wisdom.

From these two verses in Psalms and Proverbs coupled with the Hebrew definition of what this “understanding” aka insight is, we can glean the following.

† God grants wisdom and knowledge to those who seek it with a right motive. Thus granted to a person, when they seek His godly wisdom and His godly knowledge for the purpose of advancing His causes in life – His Will not their will.

† There is a form of intelligence that cannot be taught in the classroom or from books and can only come from God and the life experiences through which He leads a person. I have heard it said that book learning was opposed to godly understand and godly spirituality. I do not agree. I believe they can co-exist as long as God is always given priority and His Truths always honored over earthly understanding. I have also heard it said that seminary or the study of psychology would destroy ones faith. I disagree here as well, though I do believe both will test ones faith, which may well be God’s plan. I also believe a proper understanding of psychology can be very useful, in that, when reconciled and connected to spiritual understanding combining the two can be extremely helpful. Secular psychology will allow no such combining to take place therefore; true Christian Mental Health professionals must go outside of, and stay outside of, the established secular mental health associations in order to maintain freedom in Christ.

† There is an insight, which produces a skillfulness that is beyond human understanding. We find this often exhibited in examples of, ‘With his/her abilities, training, and education he/she should have never been able to accomplish that.’

† Insight comes with a great deal of common sense aka reason.

† People with deep insight understand how to ‘connect the dots’, as I enjoy calling it, of both their lives, the lives of those around them, their community, and society as a whole. They see God at work in most happenings and can weave the events of their world together making godly connections between what is happening in the spiritual realm and the physical realm.

† The capricious attitude that comes with insight is a form of faith, in that the individual knows what to do, how to do it, and sees no need to delay especially when prompted by God to act.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16 AV / KJV

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

“judgeth” in the Greek Language =

350. ἀνακρίνω anakrinō, an-ak-ree´-no; from 303 and 2919; prop. to scrutinize, i.e. (by impl.) investigate, interrogate, determine:— ask, question, discern, examine, judge, search.

Philippians 1:9 AV / KJV

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment

Philippians 1:9 NKJV

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,

“judgment” in the Greek Language =

144. αἴσθησις aisthēsis, ah´-ee-sthay-sis; from 143; perception, i.e. (fig.) discernment:— judgment.

143. αἰσθάνομαι aisthanŏmai, ahee-sthan´-om-ahee; of uncert. der.; to apprehend (prop. by the senses):— perceive.

“knowledge” in the Greek Language =

1922. ἐπίγνωσις ĕpignōsis, ep-ig´-no-sis; from 1921; recognition, i.e. (by impl.) full discernment, acknowledgement:— (ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).1921. ἐπιγινώσκω ĕpiginōskō, ep-ig-in-oce´-ko; from 1909 and 1097; to know upon some mark, i.e. recognize; by impl. to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge:— (ac-, have, take) know (-ledge, well), perceive.

In addition to the aspects of insight we have previously covered, these verses from 1 Corinthians and Philippians along with the Greek definition attached to “judgment” and “knowledge” reveal to us a few additional points.

† Those individual with insight magnified by certain revelatory gifts can see very deeply into the hearts of people and have the God-given ability to determine any number of things about the person which is most likely not evident on the surface. The God-given ability to know the mind and heart of a person or a situation is a deeper level of spiritual discernment. This aspect of insight can be greatly affected by the Remnants spiritual growth and spiritual health.

† There are also those individual who seem to have greater understanding of the mind of Christ, meaning to know and understand the Will of Jesus.

† Love, true godly love for their brothers and sisters in Christ and the lost world, will drive these people to make the Truths and Will of God known with ever-greater knowledge and discernment.

per Smith’s Bible Dictionary

Mark 16:17. 2. Acts 2:1–13; 10:46; 19:6. 3. 1 Cor. 12, 14. III. The promise of a new power coming from the divine Spirit, giving not only comfort and insight into truth, but fresh powers of utterance of some kind, appears once and again in our Lord’s teaching. The disciples are to take no thought what they shall speak, for the spirit of their Father shall speak in them. Matt. 10:19–20; Mark 13:11.

Lastly, our insight gleaned from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary definition regarding spiritual insight.

† The Remnants functioning with insight empowered by the revelatory gifts know what to say, when to say it, and what needs to be emphasized within what is expressed.

† The Remnant’s insight always supports Truth – their insight must not contradict the Will of God as found in His Written Word, if it does, it is not godly insight.

Always keep in mind that Christ Jesus determines the gifts and level of insight He desires a Believer to function in. Furthermore, what He gives to each member of the CURRENT Spiritual Remnant of God is given to them according to His Will, for His Purpose, that HE MIGHT BE MAGNIFIED AND GLORIFIED! 1 Corinthians 12-14

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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