Spiritual Response to Stimuli

A couple of thoughts for your midweek.

Reality and real is based off of our desire. What appeals to our mind, our will, and our emotion will drive us to the reality we choose.

If I desire to be a doctor, I go to school and get to studying…for a long time…then I pay off my debts! My reality is based off fulfilling the desire of becoming a doctor. Long hours, lots of studying, and blood…

If I desire to be a soccer coach, find a coach to come under and learn from. I choose to miss other social engagements to be able to train with athletes and work my craft of being a coach. I travel on the weekends to games, I train two to three times a week, I work on getting certain licenses that qualify me for certain levels. My reality is about when the next session is or the next game.

It really depends on what appeals to you.

When we receive stimuli, we bring it into our brain and think about it. We connect stimuli to a certain response that we may have an experience from, or have heard how to respond from another person, or perhaps we learned the response from a negative behavior.

The response comes out and expresses itself based off of the reality we are choosing to be a part of or connected to. The reality we desire is the reality we look for. Every bit of stimuli is filtered through the reality we seek.

What if…

What if we received stimuli and didn’t respond?

What if we received stimuli and looked for the reality of Christ in our lives?

What if we gave the stimuli to the Lord and listened for His leading on how to respond through our spirit?

My brothers and sisters, that would be crazy! You know why? It would take time! We would have to be patient! We couldn’t be quick to respond! Our fleshly responses would die!


That is what the Lord is keen for our spirit to pursue…behold Christ. For He will lead us away from fleshly response and into spiritual Life!

I encourage you, saints, find ways to step away from response to stimuli. Rest in Him. Listen to Him through your brothers and sisters. The Lord will show your spirit His Will. Then your response will not be flesh, but spirit.

What a Life! His Life! Divine, spiritual Life!

May Christ be our reality! May He be our desire! May He be our Life!

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures. This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:16-25 NASB)

There is no shifting shadow in Christ! He is the Reality!

Listen to folks based off of the reality of Christ. Responding quickly doesn’t reveal the Spiritual Life.

Ignore the quick response from your flesh and listen to Christ, Who is in you! Live Christ’s Life, not yours.

Abide in the freedom of the Life of Christ! That is Blessing!

You have All the Blessing in you!


  1. Trevor Honeycutt · April 19, 2012

    Great post Mark. Here’s an example from my household, that’s along these lines. When my children say “I’m hungry!”, but it’s not a meal-time or snack-time, then my response to them is geared to help plant the seeds of wisdom and self-control so that they can have dominion (by the Spirit) over their cravings. I say “our belly doesn’t tell us when to eat, but we tell it when to eat”.

    • marklchampion · April 20, 2012

      That’s true! And I’m hungry now! 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  2. Jill · April 23, 2012

    I’ve come to realize, through help from sisters, that perhaps one of the things that hurt the most from the conversation with my mother is that I responded much out of flesh instead of spirit to her. It’s been hard to accept this reality. At the same time, I’m encouraged that I can now respond in spirit and be in a different reality, even if it’s only within myself and my relationship with Christ. Thx for the Word, brother.

  3. Shane Ocon · April 26, 2012

    Stop, collaborate and listen… Who knew?

    Thanks for this post brotha!

    • marklchampion · May 9, 2012

      Shane, thanks for reading! Vanilla Ice is here! The collaborate is a great thought. Tanka for commenting.

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