What Kind of Spirit Do You Want?

Many people recognize a general brokenness in their own lives, and also sense it multiplying through our culture over the last 50 years or so. We have developed an expansive vocabulary related to different forms of dysfunction, addiction, and mental health. Most people seem to feel a need for help from beyond themselves to develop healthy and free lives. Often, they are on some kind of spiritual quest. In many circles it has even become quite chic to pursue spiritual things. For what kind of spirit and spiritual experiences, however, are people looking?

There is a (sometimes subtle) natural draw to seek spiritual growth primarily for the purpose of self-improvement, personal influence, or power. We can be tempted to use the spiritual realm, trying to get it to submit to our own personal wills. The temptation is to look for spiritual power that will help us get what we want. So, we may turn to impersonal expressions of faith/religion to boost our sense of self – a kind of...

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Where Are You NOW?

 

Are you able to live in the present?  Many are not.

Some people are haunted by their past.  Possibly they have been hurt by others – and are still carrying the wounds.  Others have made some big mistakes, and they can’t forgive themselves so that they can move on.

We must learn to confess what we have done and receive forgiveness in our souls. We must also forgive others before God – releasing them from their “debt/s” owed us.  This is not always easy work, and it may involve the help of a trusted friend or spiritual leader, but it is ALWAYS possible!

A resource you may find helpful is Total Forgiveness, by RT Kendall.

Some people, on the other hand, are haunted by their future.  Either they are so attached to their dreams that they have trouble being responsible in the present, or they are paralyzed by worry and dwelling on negative possibilities.  Jesus made it clear, however, that worry offers us no benefit...

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How Do You Start Your Day?

How do you start your day? Do you awaken to the blast of an alarm that catapults you from your subconscious state? Do you consider what must be done that day and simply do what you can to get yourself moving on the right path? Do you start your day alone in your head? Or on your phone?

Or, do you start your day seeking and acknowledging God’s presence? This may sound like a religious/Sunday school question that has an obvious “right answer,” but press past the conceptual and consider your actual, consistent experience.

When describing His relationship with His Father Jesus said,
“The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” (John 8:29)

Jesus did not live His life alone; He lived it with the Father. He maintained this connected relationship by doing the things He sensed the Father wanted.

Jesus went on to say,
“If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and...

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