Question asked of me:
How does someone who lacks strong reading skills succeed as a Christian learner? What can we do as ministers to help someone who does not learn well through reading?
The "mind" is of the fleshly realm - it is influenced by our soul, amongst other worldly influences. Our "intellect" is a product of mind. It's cousin is "pride". The flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit. If you live by the Spirit, then you will be led by the Spirit. A baby has a Spirit (at point of conception), and some (and I agree) would say that a baby's Spirit is bigger than ours (grownups). We have grown accustom to the flesh and it crushes our spirit. If you want to teach or enrich someone with low intellectual capacity, then "bless" their Spirit - It requires no intellect at all.
You can be in prayer with the Father and pray blessings over someone's spirit, and they will receive it. Try it! it works amazingly well. When that screaming kid in the back seat of your car wants the bottle so bad. Stop the car. Calmly approach God in prayer, and call that childs Spirit to attention (speak it out: Johny I call your spirit to attention...) to be prominent over their mind, body and soul, and then bless it to receive - bless it to recieve whatever spiritual power is needed from Holy Spirit to overcome what is coming against that child in the flesh. In this case, it what comes to my mind is peace, and contentment, but whatever the Holy Spirit puts in your mind is good. BTW, this also works in marriages, and across the world - meaning your praying here would bless your mothers spirit in Maryland, and she will receive a spiritual blessing/warmth comfort that is beyond fleshly realms...
Gal 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The law he is talking about here, is the law that the Pharisees and Saducees so adhered to with extreme zeal - so much so, that they lost sight of God and true love. Religion, pride, posture and ceremonies became more important to them that a true relationship with God. Thus I take this to mean that we should not be concerned with striving intellectually to know all the rules (although they are good) to obtain a closer relationship with God, but rather we should seek his Spirit (Holy Spirit) to indwell us and lead our lives.
Some ways to cultivate your spiritual relationship with God would be:
- Prayer: solid prayer - coming to God in that quiet place, seeking His face. Asking for true revelation about YOU in your life.
- Worship: Turn on the music and sings songs of praise to your savioure
- Service: Jesus calls us to be doers of the word - step out of your comfort zone, and go serve in the name of Jesus. The more you serve out of the comfort zone, the greater the spiritual reward. Why do you think Jesus sent out the disciples without hardly any provisions?
- Declarations: make vocal declarations in your life - say the word like "peace", "love", "freedom" - watch how the spiritual environment changes - God spoke and the heavens and earth were created. Life and death is in the power of the Tongue.
- Spirit Blessing: Bless yours and others Spirit, like I showed earlier. You are imparting spiritual and divine wisdom and favor to the receiver. I'd recommend reading "Blessing your Spirit" by Gunter & Burk to further this.
- Give: be a giver - God knows the generosity of your heart. Exercise giving, and you will be spiritually rewarded.
Read all of Galations 5 & 6 - for more deeper understanding of living your life in the Spirit - I have just begun to scratch the spiritual surface of this topic in this article.
So to answer the question, you should really focus on their Spirit man. Do all the blessings, and encourage them with the above exercises. They will grow in capacity and you watch, God will do miracles in their lives. Who knows they may even go on to achieve great intellectual accomplishments.
But alas, seek first the kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you.
created: 2016-09-17 21:32:02