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How To Alleviate Spiritual Vertigo

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments. Psalms 119:66 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself driving in the mountains through the heavy fog? There is an eerie feeling when you cannot see anything before you. Your brain is working overtime as your eyes are darting back and forth scanning for both the side and the centerline of the road. Given enough time driving in these conditions, one can experience vertigo—a temporary spatial confusion by misleading information being sent to the brain. In laymen’s terms—you can’t trust your feelings about your ability to determine proper direction or balance.

I’ve seen movies and read writings where airplane pilots have experienced this type of disorientation while navigating their craft. It could be the pilot is actually flying straight and level, and yet their brain would testify something completely different, leading them to believe they are in a hard left turn. This confusion can lead them to question themselves, “Which way is up?” And, try as they may to make the proper decisions, for many pilots, it can lead to fatal crashes.

Now airplanes are equipped with gauges enabling them to always know what is needed to fly and operate the aircraft safely. So the responsibility now shifts to the pilot—he must be properly trained for those times where he cannot rely on his own intuition, feelings, or abilities.  Pilots properly trained can rely solely on their instrument panel full of gauges, because they have learned to fly by their instrument gauges alone. This critical knowledge assures them of the ability to navigate the plane as if they could see perfectly. To rely on feelings and intuition alone would be dangerous—but when the inner voice confirms what the facts of the gauges say, it is an indisputable truth.

This is the way it is in our Christian walk as well. We must be continually reading and studying our Bibles—the Word of God. It is our personal aviation instruction manual for life—it is our veritable instrument panel full of gauges to warn us when we are off course in our thinking, feelings, and actions. If followed properly, we are assured safety and success in our travels through life. 

The best part is God has told us He will never leave us nor forsake us, and He will be there to guide us and lead us. So, in addition to having the Word to instruct and teach us, we have God living within us as Christian men and women—personally escorting us and guiding us in “all truth.” We see Jesus telling us this in the book of John.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; John 16:13 (NKJV)

It is important for us to know these things because Satan and his emissaries are continually barraging us with fiery darts (Eph 6:16), of lies—telling us which way to turn, or to trust our feelings rather than what God’s word says to be true, and much more. The enemy loves to tempt us within our flesh to doubt, fear, or maybe even believe the worst in certain situations. If the enemy can get us to believe in his lies, we will feel and eventually act upon these feelings. This is sin! We are now much like the airplane pilot who is operating on his feelings and intuition rather than the instrument gauges—we are suffering from spiritual vertigo.

We must look to the Word of God to make sure we don’t experience spiritual vertigo. We must look to the facts and not rely solely on our feelings, lest we make a poor choice and crash and burn. It is imperative for us to examine those things we think upon. Are they leading us to feel joy, love, peace, contentment, and confidence? If not, let’s get rid of them (2 Cor. 10:5), and think upon the promises of God—promises He has made to each of us personally.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you believe the promises contained within God’s Word, or are you listening to the lies of the enemy?  Can you see the difference in your life when you choose these two paths?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Continue to read your Bible daily and ask God to show you His truths. If anything comes into your mind to challenge these truths, take it captive and cast it down. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the promises contained within it—promises You will never break. Help me to see the lies of the enemy clearly. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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