Hello, I believe as a christian, your life
that you once knew has to be change.you can't do alot of careless things, you once did..you can't be selfish, even if the person is mean,evil
if they ask for food give it to them.If they want to put you in shame, your past is under the lordship, Jesus has forgiven you.You keep praying, talk to God even when others don't care, as stay with God,be determined not give up all that the Lord has given you, stay in the word, pray about where the Lord wants & what he wants of you.Be determined.Ps.1 Ps.64
---Elena9555 on 4/25/14|
Steveng, Buddhist, Islamist and other cults claim spirituality but none believe it is the spirit of a living God. Their spirit does not line up with biblical spirituality. that is why we must always try the spirits. There are many spirits but only one Holy Spirit.
---shira4368 on 3/30/14|
---Leon on 3/24/14 & ---Lydia on 3/25/14
Your posts here are the perfect example of what I am referring to with this statement. "We, as believers, has been granted, by His grace and empowerment, to both connect to and embrace "the mind of Christ."
---Josef on 3/30/14|
1st Cliff, spirituality is indeed a willing subjection to the spiritual and/or a spirit. Defining spirit/spiritual as non-tangible inspiring influences upon man's mental focus and direction in life. Humans will yield to one, of two inspirational forces greater than themselves. And whomever one yields oneself to obey, becomes ones master, whether good unto life, or evil unto death. In reality, "there is none [inherently] good but God," or inherently evil but Satan. Each influences mankind. As humans we must recognize that Satan is a deceiver, and an intricate part of his deception is the fact that he disguises himself as an angel of light, a messenger of Divine insight. If the message discriminates, or is not loving, it is not God.
---Josef on 3/28/14|
Spiritual means that the Spirit of God is involved in that matter and Christ is the center.(reason for that matter and the end product brings glory to God)
---Lydia on 3/25/14|
What has been described here as "spiritual" is simply "influence"!
What caused a billion humans to subscribe to Islam? Influence!
Or Mormanism ,Or Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Or atheism , same!
Except for atheists, all the others will testify that it's God's Spirit (influence) that has selected them exclusively!
Problem, Not all brains are equal, while God's Spirit is constant= opposing beliefs!
---1st_cliff on 3/24/14|
Be careful using the term spiritual. All the religions in the world - including budhists, islamic, and hinduism - think they are spiritual.
---Steveng on 3/24/14|
Very well said Josef! The physical brain, of man, houses the command & control center (ccc) of our spirit, mind/soul. Sin has caused the ccc of man to become carnal/ dormant/inactive/dead. Believing upon Jesus Christ as Savior & Lord Holy Spirit regenerates (activates, EMPOWERS) our minds/souls thereby freeing us from the unregenerated/lost (broke down), inactive condition caused by sin.
---Leon on 3/24/14|
1st Cliff I could go on an on about what it means to be spiritual, and none of it has anything to do with the tangible. However, I will only hit the highlights, and let it go:o) To be spiritual is to be free. Free of carnal dictates and/or mandates. Free of harmful emotions, thoughts, or intent. Motivated by the tendency, desire, and inclination towards that which is uplifting, edifying, and beneficial, as opposed to that which is detrimental, degrading, or harmful. Resting in an empowered attitude of benevolence, rather than succumbing to the evil dictates of malevolence. Not though what we might believe to be our own strength, or force of will, but rather by His given acquiescence to His Spirit. Believers are free, to be free.
---Josef on 3/24/14|
"Josef, From your description being spiritual is a conscious brain function, right?" No. The brain is simply the conduit the Father uses as the channel through which His Divine inspiration and influence flows. We, as believers, has been granted, by His grace and empowerment, to both connect to and embrace "the mind of Christ", which opens our consciousness to the reality of the unseen. To know that He exist, and that He is the rewarder of those who make a sincere, conscious effort to know Him. An aspect of that reward, is to be spiritually minded, which results in life and peace. The physical brain could not possibly accomplish this, nor was it intended to, Its function is simply to process and store information.
---Josef on 3/23/14|
Cliff: You don't believe there's a difference between the physical (flesh) brain & spirit mind, right?
---Leon on 3/23/14|
God's word is spirit and life. To be spiritual is to do his will with his word. Not what you want but what he desires. His desire is for you to share the Gospel.
---Bryan on 3/23/14|
Josef, From your description being spiritual is a conscious brain function, right?
---1st_cliff on 3/23/14|
MAN'S definition of "spiritual" is TO BE GODLIKE. Of course, it is not possible to ACTUALLY BE like God (only GOD can actually BE God/divine).....we simply PLAY/pretend to be AS HE IS.
Yes, we have placed the flesh where it ought not to be..."in the holy place" (the only TRULY "holy"/perfect/divine "place" is GOD (God resents us playing DIVINE). ONLY GOD is the source of anything divine (HIS gifts are whar HE has provided...no one else can truly lay claim to CREATION, SALVATION, or any divine (the 3 sixes are a product/result of man's efforts to steal God's credit for divine gifts/blessings)
Pagan's, muslims, buddhists, etc. all have their understanding just like philosophers do.
---faithforfaith on 3/23/14|
"What does it mean to be "spiritual?" It means "Heavenly minded".
Not intently focused on "the things which are seen, but [rather] the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we walk by faith, not by sight, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith." Therefore, having been "raised with Christ, [the spiritual now] seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. [Setting our minds] on things above, not things on the earth." Refs. 2Co 4:18>2Co 5:7>Heb 12:2>Col 3:1,2
---Josef on 3/23/14|