The spiritual realm is one of those things we don’t talk about very often, mostly because we don’t really understand it very well and it makes many of us uncomfortable. Many don’t believe in it at all, and some ascribe so many things to spiritual activity you would think that that the angels and demons go to war every time that person needs to find a parking space. I have a hard time understanding when I should go and learn something for myself and when I should trust what I am told. While we should try to learn about the spiritual world and reclaim it, we cannot fully understand it and must trust what God has told us.
The Bible often compares our relationship with Him like that of a parent with a child, and this comparison fits well here. When I was a kid, my parents would tell my friends and me not to go beyond the street in front of our block of houses when we were alone. It would have been easy to wait until they were busy with something else and then high-tail it out from Harrington Court on my radical plastic tricycle (colored in several bright clashing colors, as all things were in 1993). I did not fully understand in my five-year-old mind that I might get lost, taken, or hit by a car. It is the same with the spiritual world—God understands the dangers that we do not, and when we venture out we must take His word and the authority of Christ with us, just as children should trust what their parents say.
Like children, we need to know some things about the dangers around us, and we need to grow up and move out of our comfort zones. This is where it is important to know God’s word and to carry the authority of Christ with us. Pastor Jeff explained several important things on Sunday:
While we cannot fully understand the spiritual world, we can learn what God has said about it, we can understand it more through prayer, and we will certainly come into contact with it. Use the knowledge that God has given us to guide your interactions with the spiritual world. While Christ has saved us, many more in the world have not received salvation so we must bring God’s word to them, not hiding where it is safe, but out in the world, armed and ready with the spiritual protection and power that comes from a relationship with Christ.
David is a member of Skyline and serves in Guest Services and Community Groups. He and his wife Joy live in Gaithersburg, MD and will gladly ford the mighty Potomac River to come and see you. He loves history and science fiction equally, and enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling. He hopes to better develop his relationship with God and better grow a spirit of service.