This is the day that the Lord has made...

This is the day that the Lord has made...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dependency on Christ

A big part of living life spiritually inclined is learning to become dependant on the Spirit of God.  God wants us to worship Him in spirit, not just with our hands and our mouths.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit an truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.   John 4:23

To live in the spirit is to live apart from the physical world that we recognize daily.  Living in the spirit and becoming dependant on the spirit is juxtaposed to what we are taught from a young age.  In the physical world, dependency is frowned upon, considered an unhealthy behavior that will negatively influence your life.  When most of us think about being dependant on something we think about an unhealthy relationship, or drug and alcohol abuse, or gambling addiction.  These are earthly situations in which becoming dependant on something will destroy a life, rather than restore it.  We can all think of multiple examples of how dependency is damaging to one's life.  Yet, spiritually speaking, Jesus tells us that we must depend on Him for our salvation and eternal life:  Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. John 6:57

The challenge for me is to understand that physical existence and spiritual existence are opposite in expression.  For instance, in the physical world that we live in, opposites attract.  If you take a + end of a magnet and place it near the - end of a magnet, the two poles will attract one another and connect.  If you place a + next to another +, they will repel, hence like repels like and/or opposites attract.  In the spiritual world, like attracts like.  This is why Paul sets out how it is we are to think, because it is these things we want to attract into our lives:  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is praiseworthy or excellent- think about such things.   Phi 4:8   A mentor of mine once told me that what you think about and thank about you can bring about. 

The world in which the Holy Spirit has taken residence is the world within- in our hearts and in our minds.  This is the battlefield for eternal life.  It is this internal spirit world that Satan fights so hard to gain control and it is this world within that must be dependant on the Holy Spirit.  Hundreds of passages from the scriptures reflect on this as well as hundreds of books have been written about this.  Why?  Because as a human, as a sinner, this is our weakness. The mind is the pathway to our heart and therefore we must protect it at all times.  Those thoughts and ideas that dominate, or control, your daily thought life are the attractors for what is to come in your present life experience. 

Jesus wants us to be dependant on Him.  He wants our minds to think about and stay focused on Him.  He is the truth, the light and the way.  Hallelujah!

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