Welcome to Wednesday Wanderings with Dr. Sherri–a time we set aside to wander in the Presence of Jesus and ponder His truths. When you are ready, prepare your mind, body, and soul to have a transformational encounter with Jesus.
PREPARATION: In our last Wandering with Dr. Sherri, we examined Love in Motion. This week we will examine God-given Intellect. When you are ready, you may begin the dialogue with Jesus and state: “Jesus, I invite you to help me to leisurely wander into your Presence. Prepare my heart to receive, and illuminate my spiritual senses to encounter you.”
PROMISE: Phillipians 4:8 Amplified Bible
8 Finally, [a]believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].
PSALM: Take my Life Frances Havergal (1836-1879)
PARABLE: My sanctified imagination is a see-ers gift. My thoughts paint vivid images. I’ve learned that when I invite God into my thoughts that it expands my rationality and capacity of intellect. When I open my heart’s eyes to see God, open my soul’s ears to hear God, and my healed heart to do what God says, through the power of the Holy Spirit, my God’s given intellect is illuminated. My will changes, my rationale is converted, and God’s transformational truth is clarified. My thinking becomes centered on God’s truths and words that can bring LIFE -messages of hope, healing, and health form.
When God prompts me, I speak those words, and refreshment, revival, and recovery come. I finally realize that my ability to envision the pictures of hope, discern the words of God’s healing, and comprehend the wise path toward health comes through the creative breath of the Holy Spirit blowing His Fresh Wind into my thoughts and mind. One day as I listened to the Christmas carol, Do you hear what I hear? I could hear Jesus singing over me. I heard him ask, “Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? Do you know what I know?” It was then that I decided to embrace the images and thoughts that often invaded my mind. I recognized that the word pictures and vivid images were a gift from God and the way He communicates with me.
I don’t have silver and gold riches. No fancy house. No sight-taking vehicle. What I do have is God-given intellect. Webster defines intellect as the power of knowing as distinguished from the power to feel and to will; the capacity for knowledge; the capacity for rational or intelligent thought especially when highly developed; a person with great intellectual powers. God has given every believer His intellect. We all SEE, HEAR, AND KNOW something uniquely different from others. It may be through song, art, dancing, teaching, counseling, building, serving, speaking, or some many other ways. It becomes highly developed when we spend time in His Presence and He illuminates our creative God-given intellect. What is your God-given intellect and How will you GIVE God your intellect so that His Power can be manifested within you?
Soul care training exercise: How does God want to use what you SEE, HEAR, and KNOW to bring hope, healing, and health recovery to the hurting?
- Reflect and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you what is YOUR unique God-given intellect? What is it that you see, hear, or know differently from others?
- Notice without judgment and with a curious awareness of what comes to your mind. Invite God into your sanctified imagination. Ask Him to bring to your attention how you can offer your God-given intellect to help others recover from their hurts, habits, and hangups?
- Next scan your mind and notice what the Holy Spirit is sharing that you need to know, hear, or do to put your intellect to work. Expand your thoughts, it may be something you never thought He would allow you to see, hear, or do.
- Finally, Focus on your breath. As you breathe in remember that the Holy Spirt, the Breath of Life, is breathing within you fresh air, fresh breaths, fresh oil to be poured out for the glory of God.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, Breath of Life, take my intellect. Illuminate what I see, hear, and know. Let my mind be filled with thoughts that are true, honorable, respectful, and confirmed by Your Word. Let me withhold nothing that you have given me to offer as service to others.
PRAISE: Now that you have emptied your mind of the clutter and wandered with Jesus, take a closing moment to experience the creative Presence of God. Then take the mindfulness of God’s intellect activated within you in these last few minutes of wandering into the next ones and beyond.
Until next time, be Resonant.
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BONUS REFLECTION: Take six minutes to listen to the God-given intellect guided meditation.