Spirituality

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The Rich Treasure of Christ And His Holy Spirit Dwelling Within a Person

A person is more than flesh and blood. Mind and thought, spirit and personality, conscience and responsibility, these and more comprise a spiritual part of a person that sets one apart from all other creatures in our world. They are the substance of a person’s potential spirituality.

The word, spirituality, is used by other religious traditions besides Christianity. It can get confusing and can be thought that, therefore, the various traditions of spirituality are all essentially the same. It is true that all are focused upon this spiritual part of a person and share a common interest in a person’s potential spirituality.

Though sharing this focus upon the spiritual qualities of a person, there is a universe of difference between
Christian spirituality and all other forms of spirituality. Christian spirituality is a faith practice centered upon Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. It seeks to take a person into the deeper wonders of a living relationship spiritually with the Lord Jesus Christ and the counseling of His Holy Spirit. Using the writings of the Apostle Peter, it is nothing less than a participation in the divine nature of the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One eastern writer teaches that we need to recognize and embrace the nature of our feelings and perceptions. This quality of life depends upon the “seeds” of our minds. This is not Christian Spirituality.

Many psychologists seek to aid a person in the discovery of their true inner self, finding within a person the means for becoming all that a person can be. One phrase used to describe the goal is self-realization.

Christian spirituality is not self-realization; it is Christ-realization. A person’s hope for an authentic life does not rest upon what the person brings from within to their hopes. Jesus Christ put it this way. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15: 4-5)

Christian spirituality takes a person beyond merely believing in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It is a series of spiritual practices designed for venturing into one’s inner spiritual self, meeting Christ and the Holy Spirit there, fellowshipping with others on the journey, and finding there the abundant life from the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is much at stake in the decision to take or not take the venture. It is the ultimate development of
relationship. Those motivated to take the venture seize the opportunity to praise with the Apostle Paul.

Blessed be the God of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the
heavenly places. (Ephesians 1: 3)

Heaven on earth? Heaven now? Yes!

~from the Spirituality Group

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