Spiritual Formation

Our eyes have been trained to see natural things. Spiritual things usually go unseen by most people. The eyes see a pink flower and the mind interprets the image to be a rose. Personally, I enjoy the fragrance of roses.

Spiritual things are beyond the range of the spectrum of sight for untrained eyes. Even what is seen in the Spirit is often hard to interpret and understand. Our eyes need spiritual exercises that make them receptive to spiritual matters. Spiritual disciplines like contemplation, silence and solitude, fasting, and meditation on scripture can help open our natural eyes to spiritual things.

These ancient spiritual disciplines help Christians advance from a diet of milk to the consumption of meat. The apostle Paul was able to experience the third heaven because he had spent many years practicing these same disciplines that are handed down to us. Why would anyone be satisfied with milk?

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