Friday, October 30, 2009

Spiritual Growth-Spirituality

If you are here seeking Spiritual Growth-Spirituality, please know that you are not alone. It seems that with our world situation as it is and so much blame game going on in America for the status of our financial downfall, the deficit, the Health Care proposal etc., people are searching for something to relieve the stress and strain of our impoverished economy. Faith in our Congressional Parties has changed, we no longer believe what they say or their ability to make sound decisions and we are scared to death for America. This is much truer for those who have lost; lost lots of money, their home and what they feel is their future. This is not the best time in America; I am going to say for most everyone. We all have our doubts and confusion about how all of this is going to play out. We have always been the most blessed Country and now we can’t visualize how we will ever survive the enormous debt that has been placed upon our shoulders. It is now the time for America to begin a full thrust forward and start seeking what nothing else will give.Spiritual Growth-Spirituality is what can keep us strong, but of course, it has to be individually, as we know that we must separate Church and State in our government. If we were to grow strong individually, it would reach out and decisions would be made in a deeper sense of responsibility to those who make up this Country.

Most of us are afraid to mention any kind of religion, God or Jesus. It’s a big no, no. We do not even think about saying we are seeking Spiritual Growth-Spirituality out loud.  It can even get you into trouble and you could loose your job. It is such a shame that our Country is loosing our “One Nation, under God” belief and forgetting how we were founded. On the other hand, there are many of us who are still seeking and will never give up. Those of us that are reaching out and hoping we can find the needed strength for this time in our life, are waiting for our spirit to open up and show us the exact way we should be going in the path of Spiritual Growth-Spirituality. I don’t know who you are, or what you know and believe, therefore I can’t speak for you, and I can only speak what I know. What I know is that God’s spirit will guide us in the path of righteousness in our time of trouble and in our search for peace. Plain and simple! God does not force Himself on anyone and He does always strive with man.  He can say; enough is enough.

For whatever reason you are seeking a better knowledge of the spirit filled life; I can assure you that if you seek hard enough and long enough, the truth will come. It is important to remember in our search for Spiritual Growth-and Spirituality that each of us may react or respond in different ways, depending upon what we believe or feel, but the core of this is that we reach a point in our life that we can’t stand where we are anymore and need a different perspective in life.

What is our Spirit? It is:

• spiritual part of a person; soul
• mood, sentiment or intent
• vigor or courage
• state of mind

What is Spiritual/Spirituality? It is:

• pertaining to religion
• pertaining to the soul
• concerned with matters of the soul

What is Soul? It is:

• non-material aspect of a person
• emotional or moral aspect of the personality
• feelings or sensitivity
• essence
• human being

If you are seeking something profound in your search for Spiritual Growth-Spirituality, this is just about as good as it gets. Let me guide you to St. John 4: 24: “God is a spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth”.

When we come into existence we have a spirit, not a revelation by any means, but a spirit that is not fully developed yet. When we become older, we begin to realize that we need a deeper understanding of our reactions, behavior, emotions, what makes us tick and why we are like we are. We feel that something is missing. Not everyone sees the need or gives thought to Spiritual Growth or Spirituality, it is a drawing from the “Holy One” above. You and I can see this as a great loss for those who do not realize their life would be ever so different, fuller of joy, peace and love and more in the knowing instead of wondering.

Upon reaching that certain age, whether we know it or not we begin seeking Spiritual Growth- Spirituality that we are talking about above, something to satisfy the soul and we begin to have a conscious and it begins to tug at our heart, we seek a satisfaction, sometimes, not knowing what. This is when He, Jesus is drawing you to Him, (whether you know it or not). The scripture tells us that (He) must draw us. If we know how to pray, we pray and it goes something like this: “Dear God, I feel that something is not right in me, I am missing something real important in my life. I need you to please help me and forgive me of my sins that I was born with. I feel bound and incomplete, please set me free. I want to be a better person, follow your path of righteousness and when I die, I want to reside in a place that is called Heaven. Amen”.

When we have made a commitment to the Him, when we begin to do something that is not just right, we feel a since of guilt. This is your spirit talking to you, giving you warning that you are about to proceed in the wrong direction. You inner soul, saying…no, no that’s not the path to take. You either obey that still small voice or you succumb to what the mind (I call it the other spirit) is telling you: hey, this is not that bad, I can’t see that this would hurt anyone; I’m going to do it! Maybe at this point we should dig a little deeper in God’s love and let Him manifest Himself to us, if we are going to grow spiritually and obtain the Spiritual Growth and Spirituality that we need to sustain us in times of temptation.

Most of the time we would be so much better off…if we would heed to that still small voice. Let me correct that; if He says no, not most of the time, but every time we would be better off to have listened to that still small voice. I know that everyone does not attend Church, or has a direct relationship with God or His Son, Jesus; but whatever you believe, you must realize you are not okay without Spiritual Growth- Spirituality coming into your life and making a commitment to yourself and the Higher Power. Not everyone has been taught that our conscious is our guide. This reminds me of the scripture that says: “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. Matthew 26: part of 21st verse; King James Version. I will say this, you do not have to be in Church, Synagogue, Temple, or any place of worship to obtain the peace that comes when you recognize that we are born sinners and must repent. It can begin at your bedside, in a closet, in your car or on the back porch. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you see the need to grow spiritually and that you are not satisfied with how things are going in your life and you want Spiritual Growth.

Spiritual Growth and Spirituality is not something that can be acquired once and forgotten. It is a continuous endeavor. Why? Go over the scripture in Matthew again. We are human and sometimes humans get lazy and forget; it is true even with our efforts in everyday life. Just like physical exercise, it takes practice, dedication and working at. Your “Spiritual Self” needs nourishment just life like your body; mediation, prayer, thanksgiving, and many more ways to feed our spirit. You must remember this is about you, not anyone else. This is about giving you a better way of living. This is so that you feel complete, satisfied and happy. Yes, it does involve others to a certain extent, but only in the way “you” respond to others, no one can do this for “you”. It is a truth that Spiritual Growth and Spirituality must be an ongoing effort.

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