Constructs in the spirit

What are you talking about anyway?

 Now you are speaking my language!

In conversing with others, we have probably at one time or another had one of these thoughts.

Some say that communication is an art form.  That is ever so true when it comes to communicating about things unseen.

Communicating spiritual observations, occurrences, interactions, revelations, and working premises require language.  An individual's language about unseen things often develops from a construct. 


Personal construct theory:

People develop internal models of reality, called constructs in order to understand and explain the world around them in the same way that scientists develop theories.  Like scientists, they develop these constructs based on observation and experimentation.  Constructs thus start as unstable conjecture, changing and stabilizing as more experience and proof is gained.i

Scripture speaks of spiritual language:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.ii

Another definition of construct is - to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements: build. 

Thus, constructs in the spirit develop as internal models that solidify with experience and confirmation of their reality.  They are the result of tested and observed outcomes over an extended period.

Constructs in the spirit use the building materials of the Word of God and spiritual principles.  These, together with our tested and observed outcomes, form a working model for acting and interacting in the spirit.

Communicating spiritual things to others requires language.  

Jesus spoke in parables using natural things to convey spiritual realities.  For example, He spoke of the sowing of seed and compared the soil to the conditions of the heart.  He used many such things to teach His disciples.

Recognizing the construct someone is working from is an aid to understanding him or her.  It can also afford an opportunity to adopt that construct as a model for group prayer.  The imagery can work as a 'white board'.  It allows others to add input in order to strategize for a prayer offensive.

God given visions in a corporate prayer setting can also provide a construct.  In a prayer meeting prior to a trip, one woman had a vision of turtle eggs hatching on the ocean.  The eggs represented the work of the enemy in the area and thus our point of intercession. 

Upon arrival, we inquired about a place to pray.  We wanted the highest point available that would afford us an ocean view.  Our friends had keys to a rental house right on the ocean and we felt it would be the best place. 

Climbing up several levels took us to a small room at the top.  There was no furniture in the room, only one object stood in the center . . .  

A very large stone turtle!

God has a sense of humor and His own ways to confirm His direction.

Recognizing the dynamics of spiritual constructs and the language formed by them is key in learning and receiving direction in the things of the spirit. 


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Photo by Asbestos Bill

i Personal construct theory

ii 1 Cor 2:12-13


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