To be successful in our Christian walk, we must be conscious of the spiritual realm. An example of someone in the Old Testament who was aware and very conscious of the spirit realm was Elisha. One day, his servant was going about his daily activities when he saw that the Syrian army had compassed the city with horses and chariots. The young man was overwhelmed because of the situation and feared the worst. But then, he was surprised at Elisha’s response when he heard the words, “There are more troops on our side then on theirs” (2 Kings 6:16, CEV). One can imagine what was going through the servant’s mind about Elisha. “What is Elisha thinking? That’s not what I saw!” But Elisha was looking at something else. He was gazing at an amazing company of angels that were ready to go into action. Elisha was focused more on what was happening in the spiritual realm than in the natural realm. He prayed that his servant’s eyes would be open to see what was happening in the spiritual realm. The servant’s eyes were opened and he saw the reality of the situation.
Like Elisha, we need to live our lives according to what we see with our spiritual eyes. The Christian life does not work from the outside in but from the inside out. When we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the Greater One, the Holy Spirit moved in and took up residence in our recreated spirit to help us live the life that God has planned for us. If we want to change things in the natural realm and if we want the power of God to move in our lives, we must be spirit conscious. We cannot be satisfied to let the Holy Spirit have just a small voice in our lives. We want Him to have such a special place that He becomes our best friend. The Holy Spirit on the inside of us is more powerful than anything we will ever come up against. That’s why, if we desire to walk in God’s mighty power, we must always be spirit conscious!