Wednesday, 26 June 2013
TRUE SPIRITUALITY PART 1
Am alarmed at so many Christians who think that demonstrating the gifts of the Spirit makes them spiritual (Read, 1Corinthians.1:5-7, 3:1-3).
“That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: SO THAT YE COME BEHIND IN NO GIFT; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:” (1 Corinthians 1:5-7)
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you AS UNTO SPIRITUAL, BUT AS UNTO CARNAL, even as unto BABES IN CHRIST. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. FOR YE ARE YET CARNAL: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)
How on earth can Paul call such gifted charismatic Christians carnal people? Your guess is as good as mine. There are those who think by been given titles or busy in their churches working for God mean they are spiritual. Noop!!!
While all these things are good, it's no sure sign of spirituality. Spirituality has to do with your personal understanding and relationship with God via The Holy Spirit (1John.1:1-7, Hebrews.12:22-24, John.16:12-16).
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:1-3)
Your understanding about God affects everything about your life. You can't encounter God and remain carnally minded (Isaiah 6:1-8, Acts 9:1-6).
“Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:5)
The euphoria people experience when they feel the awesome presence of God is just a tip of the ice-berg when you are truly spiritual. Spirituality makes you Christ-like and God-like (Phil.2:5, 3:10).
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5)
It catapults you into a realm that you begin to see things the way God sees them (Isa.55:8-11). You are no longer in the Outer Court or Holy Place, you now dwell in the Holy of Holies where the Ark of God-His Divine Presence, Manna-Divine Revelation, Aaron’s Rod-Divine Authority etc. (Heb.9:1-8). You see yourself as nothing but only living by His mercy (Isa.6:1-5).
In such realm of spirituality, your concern is LORD, LET THY WILL BE DONE (Mark 14:34-36, Heb.10:6-9).
“And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36)
Things of the earth mean nothing to you (Col.3:1-4, Math.6:19-21). You don't look down or compete with anyone. The only competition you have is becoming your best for God. This is the level God desires for His children.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3)
Dare to start this journey with God? Spend more time in studying the Word, meditating on it, reflecting on the essence of life and discipline yourself to live a divine pleasing life.
With time your perception of life will greatly change and you will begin to experience spiritual visitation from God. Struggling with sin will be reduced to an inconsequential level. Your life will take on a new meaning as you begin to experience an awesome joy in your walk with God and your work for Him.
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