SIDES OF THE NORTH II Your Spiritual Apex
Like the physical north that one can travel towards upon the earth, there is a spiritual north in the spiritual realm. At the pinnacle of the physical north is the North Pole. At the apex of the spiritual north is God. By walking towards the spiritual north, man indeed is walking in the Spirit toward God. As birds inherently fly south and as trout swim upstream by natural instinct, man’s spiritual nature seeks to know God and crave to appease Him and to achieve an optimal physical state. Throughout the centuries most cultures in history sought to worship something, somewhere.
Every person has a path to travel but the path that leads to Jesus is the way. However, men are driven to sin because of a defiant nature which leads to sickness and disease and ultimately death. This is not a godly creed. Man’s conscious is ever present acting as a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) mechanism confirming the presence of God. Exceptions occur when one blasphemes the Creator (Matt. 12:31). This is rejecting God's authority and instead exalts oneself.
Morality and Health
"A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones" (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV).
One's conscience distinguishes right from wrong from about the age of five, then from the age twelve upward abstract learning can take place. However, man’s sin nature persists to dominate in a simplistic course inundated with imperfect ideas making one prone to error and bound to fail. Consequentially, there is a need to insert godly principles. By correcting one's moral compass and conforming to God's ways one impedes natural sinful tendencies and promote spiritual wellness.
A major cause of visceral discomfort leading to ulcers, stomach cancer, etc. develop when your moral compass is pulled away from its original position and aberrant behavior persist, opening the door to a wide range of physical maladies to occur when your moral compass (that always points to God) is pulled downward and stressed out of position and your spirit is broken.
As Jesus Christ hung suspended between Heaven and Earth he listened to His last conversation in a torn body between the criminals condemned next to Him. The criminals took on different attitudes. One said to the other, “. . . we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:41-43, NKJV).
Contrasts in opinion
This criminal believed that Jesus had the power to grant him mercy. His moral compass was readjusted correctly and not altered by their present situation. He viewed his actions and took responsibility for them. The other criminal was bitter and said “If you are the Christ save Yourself and us.” No later commentary is noted about this man, but Jesus said to the other,"Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43).
After the resurrection of Lazarus from the dead Jesus said, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself" (John 12:32).
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, and some to dishonor” (II Tim. 2:20).
In a great house there are many vessels, vessels of honor and vessels of dishonor yet those vessels most esteemed are not intermittent ones but track-able and transparent ones, the most reliable and handy ones. This directly manifests itself in a positive relationship with others as many benefit from the service of the faithful.
“We worship God vertically but serve Him horizontally” (Pastor James McClure of Cornerstone Church Troy, AL).
In service to others we bring about God’s will upon the earth. A change in buoyancy should never affect the horizontal relationship with others as all vertical angles point towards God your center of gravity remains the same. As you face the heavens from any angle your dimensions in every way are always pointed towards God resting in the heavens seeking a connection with you. The only thing that changes is the new center of buoyancy as you are displaced in life while entering and exiting different seasons in life; whether in lack or abundance ones center of gravity should remain the same. Just in remaining you are a resource to the people of God edifying until we see Him as He is. Those who are always faithful are blessed indeed and one with nature as predictable actions take course and unfold into predestination filling the place-voids left by others (11/8/09).
When acting in accordance with the Word of God they are attacking any hindrances against the will of God. Stumbling block are destroyed with the Sword of the Spirit. This spoken intelligence has the character of God and always manifests the fruit of the spirit.
It is the Word of God that makes known the sources of any issue or covers them until you are able to digest and overcome the presence against your advancement. It is the character of the Word of God to penetrate problems invasively at the core. The Word seeks to reveal and expose darkened areas and embedded sources of conflict. The next step any sensible person would take is to realized the problem and take the necessary step to remove the cancer, ”that the Word of Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you (II Thess. 3:1).
Walk towards God
Believers have faith in God and know that God is at the end of every day’s journey. Spiritual strength is derived from knowing that God has the final authority. Even as a solo-sojourner stability is strengthened at the end of every battle fought as one is walks towards the winner’s circle. Regardless of any external trap set or any offense that’s hurled by ANYONE. Walk towards God!
The conclusion of the matter
“Men hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them . . . . So that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18B-20).
We all go back to God
Creation groans as even grass longs to fold its blades under the foot of the sons of God. Animals, fowl, fish and all creation abide in sync with nature and exist in the genius in which they were created to thrive in. Of all of God’s creation man is the only one out of step with nature, and since man was given dominion originally every creatures waits for him to take back his rightful place. It is commonly said Home is where the heart is; therefore it is my belief that the heart of man longs to enter the rest, from whence we came, the bosom of God. Armed with the ability to travel towards God is the power to resist the contrary forces that lead to areas other than God. This power is within us. It was a mystery for the ancients now it’s revealed Christ in you is your hope for Glory
- All scripture is taken from the King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise indicated.
© 2012 Reginald Boswell