Man was given reasoning ability. It is our ability to assimilate data. It is manifest when we proudly say, “I figured it out.” Thus, reasoning is a work of the mind. For this cause, reasoning is very, very dangerous if it is not influenced by the Holy Ghost.
The old man reasoned or figured everything out. The problem with this is flesh is limited to what it sees, hears and feels. Therefore, its conclusions can only be based upon the influence it receives through the five senses. We do not know what is beyond our senses. We only have the knowledge we have been exposed to, so we are limited in our ability to reason right from the start.
The spiritual opposites of reasoning are the Spirit of Counsel and the Spirit of Discerning. The scriptures say, “Come, let us reason together . . .” This means listen to what the Holy Spirit has to say. He knows the facts as well as the will of God pertaining to any matter.
God has foresight and foreknowledge. The spirit of Counsel and Discerning, allows us to partake of the wisdom and knowledge of our Heavenly Father.
But let me be so bold as to say, this is not just an attempt to get you to search out the counsel of the Spirit; instead it is an attempt to get you to walk in the Spirit. Take note of the following passage.
1 John 4:17 (KJV)
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
We will not be fearful in the day of judgment if while in this world we operate as Christ. But we certainly cannot do that operating strictly within the five senses. Remember, we are new creatures.
Hebrews 5:14 (KJV)
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Be assured Paul is not instructing us to discern both good and evil with our natural senses. No, that would be impossible. We are new creatures, made in the express image of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we must be as he is.
Isaiah 11:1-4 (KJV)
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25. It is impossible to walk in the Spirit and not have the emotions, desires, counsel, or discerning of the Spirit. Allow theses scriptures to convince you that you are more than what you see in the mirror.