We live in a world that encourages us to depend on our five senses to process what’s going on around us. The prevailing mindset is that whatever we can’t see, hear, taste, touch, or smell isn’t real. This is the natural realm that requires no faith whatsoever; however, God operates in the supernatural realm, which is just as real as the natural. If we are to experience what He wants to accomplish in our lives, we must stop depending on our carnal senses and trust Him to do what seems impossible.
Relying on our physical senses can hinder our belief in God’s ability and get in the way of seeing His work firsthand. During Jesus’ earthly ministry the disciples had the same problem. On one occasion, when they couldn’t cast a demon out from a boy, Jesus got the job done and later explained to them what went wrong. “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matthew 17:20). Seeing the physical manifestations of the demon in the boy kept the disciples from fully believing in their authority over the unclean spirit; Jesus didn’t have that problem because He looked beyond physical appearances and relied on His faith.
We’ve become accustomed to having faith only in what we see others say or do. Worldly philosophy encourages us to place our trust in what it calls wisdom, but worldly wisdom comes from imperfect people who can let us down. Jesus has no flaws or imperfections; therefore we’re wise not to trust in anyone else but Him. “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
Our overdependence on what we can see gets in God’s way when He’s trying to manifest what we’ve been praying for. We tend to struggle with something we can’t comprehend intellectually. The solution for this is to step aside and get out of God’s way. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith goes against the grain of everything we’ve been taught about intellectual reasoning, but it’s the key to unlocking the supernatural.
In the natural realm, 20/20 vision is a good thing. In the spiritual realm, it might hold us back. One of the biggest obstacles a believer has to overcome is the temptation to live by what they see instead of what they believe. The Bible says that we are to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Every day we see people struggling unsuccessfully with issues that dominate them. As Christians, we’ve been set apart from this fruitless struggle; we’re the ones who draw attention to ourselves because we have victory over things that defeat others. It all comes down to trusting God in every situation, no matter how bad it looks. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).
God gave us physical senses to enhance our enjoyment of life, but we need to know when to use them and when not to. Exercising our authority over them opens us up to the eternal things of heaven. Using godly wisdom in this area allows Him to do mighty things on our behalf.