Monday, July 14, 2014

SPIRITUALITY

Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe

Being spiritual, is a term that is used so loosely in today’s society.  We may have heard some people that say that they have to connect with their “spiritual selves”!  We would hear of famous and infamous “spiritual leaders” coming to our shores to hold seminars on spirituality and we are amazed when they perform “miracles” and “signs” because of their involvement in the spiritual realm. 

We may have even heard of persons who chant mantras that invoke a certain presence, even the presence of those who would have already died, and we would refer to that as an amazingly spiritual experience… and indeed it was.  As counterfeit as it was, it was manifested in the spiritual realm.  We burn stuff, hang stuff, chant stuff because we believe that we are being spiritual when we do those things. 

Each human is made up of a body, a soul and a human spirit.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7
The body is the outer casing that we see.  The soul houses our emotions and our spirit is what connects with our Maker as well as the demonic spirits if we open a door to them. 

Though we live in our flesh, we were made to worship God and to follow as He leads us … by His Spirit.
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6
We were made for God!  God is Spirit!!  He is not here in the flesh, therefore for us to know His leading and His purpose for our lives we have to connect with Him.  In other words we have to tap into His Spirit and not another.  We are able to do this after accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and by constantly reading the Word of God as it is written in the Holy Bible. Importantly though, we should not only be reading the Word but we must follow what it says to do, and abstain from forbidden practices as the Word instructs. 

God has left us His Holy Spirit to help us to achieve this.  He literally quickens us by witnessing to our human spirits, to remind us of what the Word of God says when we are faced with situations.  The Bible goes on to say this –
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
We become sons of God when we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, purpose to live by the Word of God and allow the Spirit of God to lead us!  This is what we call living in the Spirit. 

It is noteworthy that there are other spirits that exist in the spiritual realm beside the Holy Spirit.  As it is with the Holy Spirit we cannot see those other spirits but they are indeed present.  These other spirits, by whatever name they are called, are from our adversary, the devil.  Therefore we have to discern which spirit is operating when we see a manifestation of something supernatural or “spiritual”.  Jesus counseled us that –
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Matthew 6:16 
Whatever the Holy Spirit produces will always lead us to the true and living God!  The Holy Spirit guides us into all truth!  Truth is in God through His Son, Jesus … period!  Any other spirit that works contrary to this is from the devil.  The devil is the father of lies, and there is no truth in him.  He is a counterfeit and is destined for eternal damnation in hell! Remember the devil also operates in the spiritual realm and is a deceiver.

The following are some questions that you should ask yourself in order to determine whether your spirituality is counterfeit or not.
  • Is the focus on myself?  
  • Is the focus on the universe? 
  • Is the focus on another person who is flesh and blood like myself – be it pastor, bishop or guru?  
  • Is the focus on the atmosphere? 
  • Is the focus on an object or on a statue?  
  • Does my spiritual experience result in fear or anxiety?
God told us what fruit His Spirit produces, therefore any practice that bears contrary fruit is from the devil.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. . Galatians 5:22-23
As believers, our focus should always be on the Trinity who is – God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit!  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and He works together with The Holy Spirit as well as with God the Father. They are three persons but they are one God!  A Mystery! Jesus tells us that He does only what the Father tells Him to do!  We should do the same by following after His Spirit!
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
We have entered the age of deception therefore we have to remember that everything that may appear to be good may not necessarily be of God!  Remember a counterfeit dollar note resembles the authentic one but the reality remains … it is counterfeit … false … no good! 
God gave us His Spirit to guide us into all truth
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13
So don’t be swayed by drama and hype.  Let us all as believers tap into the frequency of true spirituality and follow after the teachings of Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life of the Spirit of God!

…for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.  1 Corinthians 10:4

4 comments:

  1. Many are being swayed by those who offer insight into the spirit world, but the gurus are not using God's Word for their teaching. I enjoyed your post and your down to earth scriptural teaching on truth. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'm glad you included the fact that there is the Holy Spirit and there are demons. Nothing else. No family members coming back. No friendly ghosts. Just demons. Linking up at Wednesday's Prayer Girls.

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  3. Hard yet necessary truths in this post, Audrey! Thanks for sharing this over at #EverydayJesus. Blessings.

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  4. I'm a born again believer of Orthodox. My husband and I are attending a more modern church where everyone is friendly and warmer than ours. They like to read christian books and do their sermons around that with scriptures and personal experience added in. I like it when I'm there but when I step away I become very unsettled. Its starting to wake men in the middle of the night. I'm praying about it but my husband says I'm being legalist. Im upset and confused about what to do. I will keep praying about it. I feel thee may be a spirit of compromise. Its very happy feely everything is okay? Thanks for listening and please pray for truth to be revealed by the Holy Spirit. RJ


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