“Don’t “over-spiritualize” the spirit.”
Think about that a bit – it’s a word God spoke directly to me recently. It blessed me just to hear Him, because in the unusually distracted and tired state I’ve been in for the past month or two, I haven’t been in communion with God like I want. Regardless of the circumstances, when the spirit of God speaks to you, it’s encouraging.
This is a word spoken to me, not to everyone, yet I think it’s appropriate to share because it deals with an issue that others surely relate to.
I am a bit unusual in that I am very interested in and open to the idea of spirit, as a distinct realm of reality and part of the makeup of mankind. I also believe, with frustration and sadness, that Christianity is largely ignorant and devoid of genuine spiritual reality. Christianity is very aware and a great proponent of scripture, goodness, kindness, morality, doctrine, etc. I’m certainly not against these things and God isn’t either, but let it be known they have nothing to do with spirituality.
I think the essence of God’s exhortation could be stated like this:
“Realize that “spirit” is not just a vague word or concept, and doesn’t mean anything like “good and godly things.” Spirit is a realm of reality. This realm is deeper than and lies beneath the physical realm that our bodies inhabit, but it is just as real – in fact in a sense it is more real. You have to see it as a real realm with enormous importance, a realm you can and must access and walk in. Then and only then you can begin to journey on the way of My son, Jesus.”
I would also add the following as an explanation of why this is so important. God didn’t directly say this, but I think it’s reflective of Truth, as well as scripture:
“It’s only in this realm that I am truly known and related to. It’s in this realm that the things I desire and find valuable are located. Realizing this, change your mind and your ways. Repent. Quit living by and regarding the things you’ve gathered from the minds of men, no matter how good they sound, how reasonable they seem, or how inspiring or familiar they are. I do speak through men. You’ll know it when you hear it if you are letting the spirit teach and confirm in you. But I want you to be like a spiritual pilgrim and pioneer. Follow the example and teachings My son left you. Seek, listen, follow My Spirit. You say you want to be Christ-like; this is the way. Otherwise, I don’t know you.”