Spiritual intelligence = Bible application

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By Dave Henning / November 7, 2020

” ‘Spiritual intelligence is a phrase I use not to describe the number of Bible verses we know by memory (though this is valuable and important0 but to refer to the Bible verses we apply to our lives.”- Heath Adamson

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”- Proverbs 25:2 (NIV)

Heath Adamson concludes Chapter 10 of The Sacred Chase as he talks about how Jesus showed how to have one ultimate passion.  Using Jesus’ spiritual choices as a guideline, Heath presents eight practical steps to help us consistently say yes.

1.  Jesus embraced questions.  A difference exists between opinion and wise counsel.  Therefore, Scripture instructs us to learn from trustworthy Christians.  Furthermore, like Jesus, we must be open to learning in our minds as well as our hearts.

2.  Jesus applied truth.  It isn’t complicated or a struggle to apply truth.  But, it involves choosing the fruit of the Spirit – even when it’s not convenient or popular.

3.  Jesus developed a spiritual rhythm.  Certainly, it’s important to attend church.  However, it’s crucial to weave spiritual patterns and habits into your life.

4.  Jesus prioritized Scripture.  When tempted in the wilderness, Jesus met Satan’s’ deception and lies with the truth of Scripture.

5.  Jesus submitted to authority.  Submission doesn’t mean we do whatever anyone and everyone tells us to do.  Rather, it means being the best employee, citizen, friend, etc. and to honor authority.

6.  Jesus made no excuses.  In the Bible, God never makes an excuse.  Furthermore, Heath exhorts, we need to take notice of this pattern.  No matter what, love God and love people.

7.  Jesus didn’t confuse proximity with intimacy.  Jesus only said and did that He saw and heard His Father say and do.  Hence, this shows physical nearness and spiritual intimacy.

8.  Jesus prayed.  Above all, Heath stresses, a prayerless person = a powerless person.  As a result, that person becomes a victim of circumstance.

Finally, God reveals the power of compassion when we align ourselves with God’s best.  Even, Heath notes, when it costs us something – or even everything.

Today’s question: What applied Bible verses build your spiritual intelligence?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Try harder – or try softer, compassionately listen?”

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