“The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among man knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within Him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. .
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement; For who knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10-16)
Many of us are faced with difficult choices and we are in situations that we are unfamiliar as to how to best approach dealing with it. In many situations we are suffering due to the path we find ourselves on. We stumble, we fall, and sometimes we want to quit or give up due to the tremendous strain and effort it takes to keep going. We have physical manifestations in our bodies as a result of this like a roller coaster of emotions, not knowing what to expect, or expecting dread at the start of the day.
Yet, if we take the steps necessary to structure our whole life around, in, and with God, he will provide us with His inexhaustible power and strength giving us a vision as to how to proceed. We find our internal state (angry, depressed, anxious, confused, doubting, fear, bewildered, helpless, weary, feeling a sense of failure, dismay, etc.) is in flux. The journey we find ourselves on has starts, delays, detours, roadblocks, surprises, and various other unexpected obstacles.
God is purging us, chipping away at the carnality we possess. Our entire life dramatically changes, and we must find ways to adapt to our plight. God knows our struggles, he sees our hearts, he causes us to examine our motivations and intentions in our service in Him. We realize our need for His Mercy and Grace in order to climb out of the valley and begin the steep incline of our mountain.
This requires motivation, setting goals, changing our routine, taking action, and making the decision to get ourselves to make a priority of nurturing our spirituality.
Practicing the disciplines of our Faith takes an intentionality, a purposed plotting of our path when we begin our day, communing in God, sitting quietly before Him, listening, remaining open and willing to heed His gentle voice leading us in the straight and narrow way.
Spiritual Maturity is developed as we take steps in daily centering our thoughts, our attitudes, our quest in discovering the height, the depth, and the breadth of this God we seek to serve.
In centering our hearts, opening ourselves unto Him, allowing Him room and entry into those deep places within us, for Him to do the necessary changes, for Him to continue sloughing off our fleshly remnants, takes alone time with no distractions. It is here, in His presence, we sense His gentle, Merciful, Compassionate call for us to live a life wholly consecrated to His ways, His image, living in and with His all encompassing Love.
We must stop what we are doing, cease the running to and fro, and make time with Him, for these sacred spaces within us to open before His throne of Grace, just communing in Him, not asking, not requesting, just Being in and with Him, and He will open up the heavens, touching us with His Holiness as we pursue this lifestyle of Faith in Christ.
Sitting quietly before my God, entering into the Holies of Holies, basking in His ever steady Mercy, sensing my inner core within being washed and bathed in a spirituality unknown anywhere else, but in Him, is to be in a place beyond anything I can express or imagine.
Pursuing Holiness in the Christ who lives is the only place I desire to be, for there is no greater pilgrimage, then seeking His face, entering into His Compassion, and centering myself in His all encompassing Grace, living in and through me, giving me strength for the moment.
There is no greater life then to be Known by this living God, to walk in Him, open and honest before Him, so I can be open and honest before others, Honoring Him through the giving of the deepest core of myself to His service, through the offering of my body as a living sacrifice for Him to take up residence in and with me.
Lorraine Taylor – Lay Minister