It goes without saying that most Christians are aware that if you’re going to be a Disciple of Jesus Christ then the first order of business is pattering our behavior in accordance with what He instructs us to do.
Common Learning Disabilities… Read on >
Note from Kip,
We are going to review established ‘Learning Disabilities’ that are recognized by the “Learning Disabilities Society of America” and pair them to what are known to be issues that prevent learning. God’s Instruction is far too important for us to simply allow these disabilities to inhibit our growth and understanding of what God calls each of us too.
It’s is important that we do our best to be obedient to God’s Word and His will for us, We can’t be obedient if we don’t truly understand that which He instructs us.
Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction, and don’t reject your mother’s teaching, for they will be a garland of favor on your head and pendants around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8-9 (CSB)
It is simply what God see’s, as the basic order of things. We are to be obedient to our parent’s instruction and by merit of our adoption into God’s family even more so we should be obedient to God’s instruction as well.
To help us understand some of the issues we face as delinquent children of God lets run down some of the learning disabilities recognized by the LDA.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
The LDA defines this as “ a condition that adversely affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed or interpreted by the brain.”
This disorder is exhibited in the Christian when they don’t appear to respond to the Holy Spirits direction in their lives.
My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27 (CSB)
Treatment for this disorder in the life of a Christian will be getting back to basics.
Acknowledgment that God’s Word is, in fact, the written account of God speaking to humanity. It is God Breathed.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,
2 Timothy 3:16 (CSB)
Until we come to this understanding our ability to interpret what God has written in His Word as His direction for us will be hopelessly inhibited. It is the same as if we put on earbuds and turned up our favorite songs with our eyes closed sitting in a lecture hall.
Whatever the speaker is saying will never reach our minds because we had effectively shut down our input sources. They are blocked by our eyelids being shut and the music and earbuds blanketing anything we might have heard.
If our goal was to block out these learning inputs we are successful, but if we want to understand what God wants of us, we are going to have to remove the obstacles that prevent us from getting His instructions.
In this case, realize that God’s Word is The Word of God!
Dyslexia is defined by the LDA as “a specific learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.”
In clinical cases what seems to take place is that the information arrives at the brain out of sequence, often causing it not to make any sense to the person suffering from the disorder, or misinterpreting what the messages are.
For a Christian with spiritual dyslexia they can take in the Word of God, but by the time the information gets to our hearts and minds, it has become scrambled and distorted.
Peter wrote about this in his second letter.
Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace. Also, regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our dear brother Paul has written to you according to the wisdom given to him.
He speaks about these things in all his letters. There are some matters that are hard to understand. The untaught and unstable will twist them to their own destruction, as they also do with the rest of the Scriptures.
2 Peter 3:14-16 (CSB)
This underscores the importance of correcting this disability.
Be diligent to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (CSB)
We have no need to be ashamed as Jesus gave us the tools to overcome this deficiency. Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit to keep us on point with the message He has imparted to us.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
John 14:26 (CSB)
We find that we become more sensitized to the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we absorb the Word of God. So once again, as the first disorder has to do with the acknowledgment of the Word, this one is related to the Word as well. We must be in the Word to derive the full benefits of teaching from the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit continues to teach us and enlighten our understanding so long as we are obedient to His direction. In this way, the Holy Spirit brings into focus the Word of God and it’s message to us.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. For it is written,
I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent.
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 (CSB)
God intentionally masks the message of His Word from those who do not seek him. If we seek Him, He will reveal Himself to us.
“Ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
Matthew 7:7 (CSB)
In this case, we seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance through the Word of God and asking for it through prayer. We can rely on the Lord’s promise in this matter. He also has told us that if what we are asking in in accordance to His will, He will provide us with what we ask for.
Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
John 14:13-14 (CSB)
The ‘name it and claim it’ crowd will try to tell us that all we need to do is slip the name of Jesus into our request, have faith and whatever our little heart desires will be ours.
It doesn’t work that way. This is asking in by virtue of us being in Him and He in us.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.
My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.
John 15:7-8 (CSB)
This is defined as “a disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior and hyperactivity.”
For the Christian with Spiritual Learning Disorder, this is a big one. It is likely the core issue for the first two that we looked at. Let’s take this a piece at a time.
Difficulty Staying Focused and Paying Attention – The enemy wants nothing more than to distract us with the things of the world. It is the wedge point he finds in our armor and then attempts to exploit it. The more that he can accomplish squeezing the values and possessions of this world in that crack the more we will be distracted and inattentive to God’s Instruction.
Jesus referenced this very thing in the parable of the sower.
Others are like seed sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, but the worries of this age, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
Mark 4:18-19 (CSB)
Difficulty Controlling Behavior and Hyperactivity – Our flesh is the biggest enemy in this element of Spiritual ADHD. Paul talked about his own struggle with this very issue.
I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want.
Galatians 5:16-17 (CSB)
Paul also provides us with the remedy for this affliction in the first of these two verses, walking in the Spirit!
The one who says, “I have come to know him,” and yet doesn’t keep his commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the love of God is made complete. This is how we know we are in him: The one who says he remains in him should walk just as he walked.
1 John 2:4-6 (CSB)
With this passage, we come full circle back to the Word of God and our obedience. Paul says is we walk in the Spirit we will become resistant to the attacks of the flesh. John says, if we make ourselves aware of God’s Instruction and are obedient to it, we find that the Love of God is made complete in us and as a result should be walking in the same manner as Christ Jesus. In other words, be Christ’s Disciple.
We have all we need to overcome our Spiritual Learning Disabilities. It is supplied to us in His Word and we have the clarity to understand that Word if we are obedient and listening to the Holy Spirit living in us.
Doing so, we prepare ourselves for “God’s Instruction”