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What Is Your Spiritual Intelligence Quotient?


I really am tired of people who fancy themselves intellectual giants trying to bury a discussion in scripture.  Arguments are not won by the sheer weight of verse, but upon how well the scriptures support what you say.

If you are analytical that is wonderful, for you have a capacity and patience for detail and lots of it.  However, one scripture which speaks directly to a point is more powerful and of greater value than quoting many scriptures that “kind of sound like” what you are saying.

I am not trying to talk to people intellectually these days, for it is through our intellects, our own reasoning, that mankind got into trouble in the first place. Rather, I am trying to appeal to your spiritual I.Q. through revelation.  Yes, I quote scripture, but only in the course of speaking revelation and not because it is part of some systematic theology.

Our carnal I.Q. is hostile towards the things of God’s Spirit

Our minds are God-given and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  However, our natural attributes are only profitable as we submit them to the Holy Spirit.  When we yoke our natural abilities with God’s supernatural flow, we start to be made, once again, into His image and likeness.  Anything else is vanity.

The plain truth is that most of the time, when you are dealing with doctrinal error, it’s not a reasoned discussion anyway.  What you are really dealing with are fallen spirits that energize the heresy.  Therefore, reasoning with a demon is fruitless if the person doesn’t want to see the light.

To be lucid is not prideful

Learn to spiritually discern when a person is seeking after the truth and when they are merely wasting your time.  I have all day for someone who is honestly seeking God, but I have little time for those who are enamored of their own intellectual luminescence.

It is sometimes difficult to simply say the truth.  People retort, “who are you to say such things” and accuse you of arrogance.  While pride is certainly something to be careful of, stating reality is simply being lucid.  Whether or not people accept what is said is up to them and the Holy Spirit.

Live by revelation

We have to come to a place where we recognize what is true by revelation and not just what we can figure out by ourselves.  The real truths come directly from God and cannot be arrived at through our natural intelligence.  However, once we accept the reality of what God shows us through spiritual I.Q., our minds can help us understand it.

My aim is to testify of the truth as it has been revealed to me.  I am pointing to spots where you’ll find spiritual gold if you put in the effort to dig for it.  Whatever truth you find must become yours to be effective and enrich your life. If you are so inclined, search the scriptures and see if the things I say have value.  Prove all things and hold fast that which is true. Allow the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, to lead and guide into the deep things of God.

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