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Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith:

Everyone has challenges. Challenges are something you believe to be difficult for you to do. They start in the head; but it's what you see or how you see it that makes it a challenge.

Luk 11:34  The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

  • If you had to run or walk 20 miles in one day, could you do it? Why or why not?
  • If you saw a small house spider, how would you react and why?
  • If you are afraid, why are you afraid, or what is it about the spider makes you afraid?

How you answer depends if you've been through these scenarios before. 

New experiences can also cause negative reactions. Here are some examples:

  • Causes hesitation - some people may tell you they are waiting on God when they are actually afraid or embarrassed.
  • Invokes fear - some may react by avoiding or not thinking about it, believing it will go away.
  • Takes the Word out of your heart - how you think about it can challenge the word of God in you.
  • Can cause you to give up
  • Causes you to longer abide in Christ.
  • Loss of clarity or sense of direction.
  • Loss of confidence in God (due to a lack of direction).

The natural man and the spiritual man learn by comparing. If, for example, you've never seen an apple, what will your first reaction be? It would probably be to ask, "What's that?" 

In your mind, the sequence of events will go something like this:

  • Your brain uses your senses to collect information about the external world...
  • It sees the apples shape, color, texture.
  • Your brain begins to scan memories to match the apple to known shapes, color and texture...
  • You attempt to use your other senses, which may or may not help and...
  • If your mind remembers or finds something similiar, it may send signals to other parts of your body (such as your hands or mouth) to touch or taste it.

Whichever senses were involved in collecting information, your experience you will never forget and will use that experience to name similiar items of the same shape, color, and perhaps taste.

The source of learning comes from memories. Your natural senses are how you draw in information from the natural world and feed them to your brain. Although there are more senses than the five you've learned about; touch, taste, smell, hear and see are the most common ones.

Your brain collects information in fragments, throwing away details that don't seem important, and uses this fragmented information to make decisions and form beliefs.

Has anyone ever been in a room with you for awhile, but was still able to scare you? How and why did that happen? 

Have you ever driven a car long distances and when you arrived at your destination, your memory was a little foggy on how you got there?

Our brain is selective. It chooses what it wants or thinks is important and discards the rest.

Pro 12:15  The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Pro 21:2  Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.

That is why it isn't possible for the natural man to live holy.

1Co 2:14  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.

If he (your natural man) thinks the things of God are foolishness and can never know them; who's reading the bible and comprehending it? Who's listening to the preacher or teacher? Who's doing all of your interpretation of the bible for you? 

Salvation is drawn from your testimony (Rev 12:11). A testimony is about your life and how you, through engaging Jesus Christ, learned more about him, like his favorite color; what he thinks about your situation and how he thinks you should respond; should you put this food or drink in the body.

Learn to build patience. You never want to react in any situation. Believe me, patience is power.

If there's a problem, typically it isn't going anywhere unless you or the Lord does something about it. So, why react?

Take your time and talk with the Lord. If folks are screaming at you, keep talking to the Lord so you can learn something. It's meant to work for your good. Reacting is not a plan.

A truthful testimony makes you free. Satan wants you to give that up and exchange it for a different experience (Mark 4:14-16). That's right, testimonies are experiences and memories.

In addition, Satan doesn't have to create problems for you, your flesh can easily do that. But what Satan does is use life's challenges to attack your testimony. If you read Mark 4 on the parable of the sower notice that only the way side person experienced direct intervention from Satan. The remaining two people had life experiences that challenged the word, wherewith both gave up.

However, the last one also experienced life in a challenging way, but found a way to benefit from the experience, bearing fruit unto righteousness.

Like the natural man, the spiritual man also learns by comparing. But while the natural man uses his memories and experiences to make sense of things; the spiritual man does it very differently!

The spiritual man also compares and has senses.

Reasoning and Sensing

Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

You are a different creature

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

You think differently

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

You see things differently

1Co 2:12  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.

1Co 2:13  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.

You walk differently

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Rom 8:26  Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Believe every situation can be turned into an opportunity to know Jesus Christ's likes and dislikes.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  I am become a fool in glorying;