“We've got to face the facts.” Often these words are spoken to curb someone's optimism when “the facts” don't appear to support a positive outlook. It might be realizing we can no longer afford that mortgage payment on our upside-down home loan. Or maybe after knee surgery, we have to give up playing basketball.
Facing facts can help us make hard decisions, but it can also lead us astray. Facts are what appear in the natural world and are perceived through our five physical senses. Truth is the essence of reality. It is the way things appear through the eyes of God. Facts do not always line up with the truth.
Right about now you may be thinking, “What in the world are you saying, Ché? Facts—what I can see, hear, smell, taste and feel—tell me what reality is!”
With all due respect, I need to tell you that God's Word is the ultimate reality. His Word is the truth, whether or not it agrees with the facts we perceive through our natural senses. One of the most difficult challenges we face as Christians is to believe God's Word in the face of adverse circumstances.
We face this dilemma because we find it difficult to depend on the sixth sense, our faith. Faith is the sense system of our spirit. It is how our spirit knows what is going on. Faith enables us to enter into God's perspective and understand the way things are known by Him. Faith, not our five physical senses, connects us to reality.
Hebrews 11:6 states, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” When we rely on our natural senses to determine what is going on, we automatically lose the ability to understand the situation from God’s perspective, and we can’t enter into agreement with Him. Although He longs to protect and provide for us, we are operating in the natural instead of the spiritual realm. You might say we are operating on a different bandwidth from God and our receptivity to His intervention is disrupted.
This is what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Originally created in God’s image, they had no difficulty operating in the sixth sense of faith. But the serpent tempted them to use their five natural senses instead of faith. When Eve “saw” that the tree was good for food and would make one wise, she was looking through her natural eyes, not the eyes of faith.
As soon as they went with “the facts” of their physical senses, Adam and Eve could only see themselves as naked and vulnerable. They lost the ability to understand their identity in God's image because they were no longer using the sixth sense of faith.
Contrast this picture with David, whom God described as “a man after my own heart.” He lived by the sixth sense of faith, not by the facts of his five senses. When faced with the giant Goliath, David did not see a mighty warrior. He saw an uncircumcised Philistine who was easy prey because he had no covenant with the living God. David’s perspective lined up with God's truth, and he brought down Goliath.
Every day we are faced with countless opportunities to live by our physical senses or by the sixth sense of faith. Our five senses tie us to the limited, vulnerable world of facts. Our sixth sense connects us to the truth of God's perspective. Which reality do you choose to live in?
Join us this Sunday as my son, Pastor Gabriel, will be sharing at the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services. His message is titled “Hour of Breakthrough.”