The Art of Being in the Spirit
Being in your Human Consciousness
To be or not to be
The art of Living in the Spirit
or the results of Living only a half life.
A continuation of thought from, "Body, Soul, Spirit, and mind compilations".
The What, Why, and Who are we?
To be: We cannot “be”, without first believing that there is something to be or become.
We cannot become only on the assumption that there is a becoming involved in the process of our just being.
There are many philosophical statements, musings, thoughts, myths around and about the art of being. Let's look at it from a life in Christ perspective.
Who are we in our human being, and in our relationship to Christ and Holy Spirit?
Who can we become in our humanness and our Spirit/spirit consciousness? 1Cor. 1.30 AMP
30 But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin].
31 So then, as it is written, Let him who boasts and proudly rejoices and glories, boast and proudly rejoice and glory in the Lord.
We represent the righteousness of Christ, done for us, to be in us. 2 Cor. 5.21
We need to come to some relevance of understanding of the why and the wherefores of entering into this state of mind that allows such an action within ourselves, thus allowing us to become; becoming not necessarily something different, meaning in our humanness, but in our consciousness. Becoming conscious of our human being and of our spiritual being.
Our thought, our intellect are necessary components. We are not robots, not mutants, not one celled ameba, but living, thinking, activated human beings.
The mystics of old knew something of the spiritual life, however mystical, alluring and enlightening only to the followers of rigid self disciplines, spiritual rules and regulations and that it may only be reserved to a chosen few. We all know how the Beatles went on this quest, but much of it to the disappointment of their guru. They wanted everything he had to offer and money too.
The Christian church has stayed clear of the mysticism associated with anything that might lead us into the unknown or into the camp of the demonic; but at the same time Jewish heritage has a knowledge of the mystical applications for bettering our individual life. They were also quite familiar with dealings with the demonic and the unseen world.
They were also very cognizant of the visitation of angels, visions, and unexpected occurrences of a spiritual nature. Much of this described in the Old testament, happenings with the prophets.
Heaven Meets Earth
The birth of Christ is a good example of many of these things happening to ordinary men, and also God using mystics from the East as those astronomers following a sign in the heavens that they had interpreted as the coming of the son of God. (Now there is much in the way of discussion as to the origin of these wise men, but consensus is that they were astronomers)
The Closed Book
Somehow as we entered into the founding of the church, that much if not all of this came to a sudden end, and it was felt that there was now no need for heaven to speak to men, that all was done in the coming of Christ. (Some faiths are adamant in their stand on this point) The Roman Catholic church being one who had adopted the right that only the priest had access to God, and it has only been in the last few decades that this has changed and the people have been recognized as having the ability of actual input and also able to discern scripture. People were kept in the dark as to the light... meaning Christ and the Word of God. Many of the people of the time were illiterate and so were dependent upon the truthfulness of the leadership. The use of Latin was another factor, like a secret language of heaven, and not to exclude all of the pomp and ceremony. These were all exclusions to the real Spirit of God and therefore the building up of the spirit of man.
Yet we have a very powerful intervention from heaven with the person of Saul (Paul) who becomes the main influence in the new believers church; those who were outside of the norm of Jewish culture and history. Even in his questioning by those in authority, there was acceptance of his encounter as having true relevance in his life. In other words they listened and accepted his story as true revelation and it was followed closely by real actions of the Spirit. (See: Book of Acts)
Others were having visions, angel visitation and encounters with Holy Spirit all recorded for us; not to assume that this was conditional or abnormal, but that it should be expected even. The book of Revelation being a good example of heaven visiting earth.
Notice how scholars have not dismissed the writings of John as those of a raving lunatic, but have embraced them as true revelation, even if they are surrounded by much supposition and many variances of interpretation.
Fear Makes an Entrance
Somewhere the fear of man (or fear in man) came into the picture and those who only saw problems or experienced too much of the falseness of the mystical decided that no one has the ability to speak for heaven, because there simply weren't enough spiritually guided people to bring discernment.
But God did not stop in his endeavor to bring heaven closer to earth.
Many learned persons from the past and into the present have had encounters with heaven and also many have had encounters with the darkness and the spirit of lies and of deception.
A telling sign of the spirit of lies is that it comes to divide and destroy; starting with the one who has had the encounter. They will be lead to believe that they are a special prophet, leader or what have you, because they will be consumed with themselves and the lie, separating themselves from the others and making themselves seem above everyone else. This demonstrates pride and the lack of any real humility. They become unteachable and believe that they are now the teacher.
Note how the teachers of the law spoke about Jesus' ministry, that if it were of God it would remain, but if it were not it would fizzle and then blow away. They also tried to dismiss it as being from a demonic source, simply due to the fact that if they accepted it fully, they knew God had truly visited them and they would have to listen to this man and take his words to heart. Some did, and the rest of the story we already know. (See: The Gospels)
The soul in the unregenerate person tends to live out life in a self seeking way, never considering that there is a need for the spirit to be awakened and to become conscious of God and the spirit realm and for living in a different dimension with a New set of Holy Spirit inspired principles and knowledge. Many self proclaimed godly individuals will live out their lives and never come into contact with the living God, only the concept of him in their minds. They will concentrate on self knowledge and resources that will fit within their criteria and remain there, captured by fear without ever acknowledging that this is their motivation; keeping a tight balance on their soul and mind, disregarding their spirit which is asleep. Therefore their inner experience and any outer manifestation sadly are dismissed as an overindulgence of emotion. (From My hub: We Are Body, Soul and Spirit)
Our Rapidly Changing World
We are at a crucial time when men are searching the signs of ancients, such as the Mayan Calendar and many will be lead astray in their own weakness, because they have no real truth with which to sustain themselves. The point being is mankind is looking for something to believe in. I am not telling you anything new here, because it has been going on forever as mankind tries to reach heaven within the realm of reason and intellect.
Even truth is becoming a self right proclamation that all men can know and believe a truth that is howbeit, unto themselves.
Take for example the rise of humanistic belief that we are no longer gender specific, but we are now sexually specific by choice, and that we have a right to forsake culture, Holy law and writ for the sake of selfish indulgence, sexual explicitness and not by an understanding of what has been taught for a few thousand years and recognized in human behavioral laws of almost every culture in the world.
Again here we see the action of a spiritual destroyer wanting to separate, by pride and man allowing a sensual desire to dictate the action over any higher spiritual truth. The snake from the garden of Eden is still the snake taking men down to the lowest crawling thing on the earth. The lowering of every form of standard and practice, and the dismissing of dignity and the thoughts of righteousness (rightness, holiness) as being something to strive for.
We error by not standing firm in what a righteous and Holy God has given instruction in. Because explicitly he says that there are consequences for our actions. But conscience related to moral guidelines and any governing spiritual law that pertains to the senses are ignored for the satisfaction of pleasure in whatever form it takes on. But again this is nothing new either, as it has been going on for centuries. (See Roman 1)
The New World Order
Our recent world as we now know it was formed in its greater part by Godly men, who's historic influences is now being replaced by the thought that we don't need their heritage to guide us any longer. We have now grown up to a place where we can take upon ourselves the responsibility of creating a new world a better world for all mankind. (Seems to me that the Holy Bible talks about a New world order coming in the last days).
A sure sign of the ushering in of the end of the world; that mankind will opt for a one world government guided by the hands of a liar, deceiver and destroyer. Don't believe me, go and read it for yourself. I mean if people can be radical about the Mayan calendar, why can't we become radical about the Word of God? There are many spiritual forces on our planet and all are aimed at taking down any and all establishing of the Kingdom of God influencing men's hearts, as war in the heavens also persists.
Anyway back to the being part of where I was going before I got onto a little rabbit trail.
Our Spiritual Being (Or the Art of Being Spiritual)
We are designed as a spiritual being and thus we are to have encounters and be open to spiritual happenings.
What are these encounters? There are always questionable things happening all the time. So this question arises. Does it point to man or to God? Does it add to a betterment of your life in God, family, work place and local environment, and has your prayer life improved? Would people say of you; "I see something different in you and I like what I see... tell me what's happening."
Are we to just accept anything? No, of course not that would not be wise, because that is where every kind of trouble arises. There are hundreds of books written with every imaginable inference to the spiritual life and from every known mystical source. While we try very hard to discern what is real and what is in conflict with the Spirit of God.
Many men of God have refused to move forward because they could not trust what was going on either within themselves by revelation or in the delegation of the Spirit in the lives of others for fear. God has passed up many I believe who could have been influential in the progress of spiritual living, discernment, teaching and understanding the Kingdom business, because of fear or whatever was driving their thought process.
Many churches are just having church as usual (a social club) without any encounters with God whatsoever.
This is very sad. I know of a story about a very spiritual man who was to speak at a certain church, when praying for input from God about the people, the atmosphere, what to expect; he was not getting any immediate answer from God on the matter. Finally God said to him, “I can't give you any input because I've never been here either!”
They take the word and only the word forgetting that God is not just the word but he is also the life and the way... a Spirit being, to awaken mans spirit and not just his soul (senses) and his (mind) intellect.
Our Complete Being
If we are to take the entire Bible as a whole and all of its parts, then we cannot leave out those things, such as the book of Revelation, by John. We cannot say that these were the writings of a lunatic shut away on an island. Nor the many encounters of the prophets of the Old Testament and the many real encounters in the New.
Almost every historic change within the structure of heaven meeting earth was through some sort of spiritual encounter of world altering events in the lives and heart of mankind. Yet we dismiss these encounters as random and we throw them back at God as meaningless in the here and now believing somehow that we have matured to a place where this is deemed unnecessary.
All or Nothing
Either ALL of God is necessary for our fulfillment of his plan or none of God is necessary any longer and we can muster on in the strength of our own ingrained knowledge versus the action of Spiritual reality and saying to ourselves, “That God has left us alone.” Seems to me that Jesus said, “I will send you a part of me/us Holy Spirit, who will lead you into all truth, who will be your counsel, your comfort, your help, that he would live within you...” Emphasis mine . (See: The Book of John)
Now this was to become an ongoing Spiritual experience right from the throne to us. Why?
Because God, Jesus and Holy Spirit had just experienced the actions of mankind with and without him for the past few thousand years and that man did not have the capacity within himself to live a full spiritual life, that is, to the satisfaction of heaven.
The book of Isaiah being a good example of the above statement. Jeremiah also, known as the weeping prophet would lament over Israel's indulgences in every sin imaginable. Now the Law (OT) is not the Spirit. The law only proved itself in mankind. (See: Hebrews)
The Spirit to spirit Encounter
Depending upon the strength in our spirit encouraged by Holy Spirit will govern how powerful this becomes in our will (desire). God will not push our will, but will encourage us and our encounter with Him and Holy Spirit. The desire, passion and love of these things is left completely to us.
5For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. 6Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].Rom 8.5-6; Amplified
Our spirit must rise above the other influences, mind / soul (flesh) heart / emotions. We want to enter into the "NOW" of God - daily - consciously making right decisions, by our will, our choice (no coercion) = "I want God / Holy Spirit / Word and Kingdom things to be affecting me now!" We choose His will to be done. Lord's prayer, "Your will be done on earth (in me) as it is in Heaven."
Will of God = Spirit of God influences
Will of Self = Mind and soul influences
Will of Heart = Soul (flesh) Emotion (senses or sensual) influences
Will of Spirit/spirit = Desire = will of God influences ruling over the mind / heart / soul = governed by a redemptive mind / spirit = thought life influences = Kingdom influences
We find a great definition from Paul in Ephesians 1
For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]—[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor, Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence), Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him, [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth. In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will, So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory! In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit. That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance [the firstfruits, the pledge and foretaste, the down payment on our heritage], in anticipation of its full redemption and our acquiring [complete] possession of it—to the praise of His glory. Eph. 1: 5 - 14
Paul's prayer and the necessity for our continued revelation.
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength,Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church],Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself] Eph. 1:17 - 23 Amplified
Blocks to the Flow of the Spirit:
Inner and outer influence (this is a very minimal list)
Inner = emotional / senses/ will of heart /desire
strength of body / mind = inner pain / spiritual / soulish / worldly
(Need to know what is affecting us?) May require counseling.
Inner = sin nature / unredeemed thought life / soul pleasure / desires
Inner = the more redeemed / sanctified our soul man is, the more channeled our spirit man can be strengthened by Holy Spirit (we are not alone)
Holy Spirit wants / desires the Now of God and begins to awaken our spirit and it rises above our body / soul / senses, empowering our heart and mind; like a wind in a sail, filling with an unseen life force of power. Our spirit now calling upon Holy Spirit rises together and the Now of God brings with it Kingdom authority.
We add the 'K' from Kingdom to the Now and we are suddenly in the 'KNOW', Hallelujah!
KNOW = RELATIONSHIP = KNOWING HIM = INTIMACY!
Outer = Can be demonic / can be from others / can be environmental
These are the things we want to discern and be free of.
So we also cannot be left on our own and to our own devices, as seen in the present day mindset of mankind throughout the earth.
Christian importance and moral based input has been losing its hold upon laws, constitutions, regulation, prudence as human rights based now upon sense (sensual or sensuality, meaning soulish or from the realm of the soul) takes precedent and or is making precedent in actual law; which for the most part cannot be reversed.
As the writer of Ecclesiastes has said, “Nothing is new under the sun”, and yet here we are in our present day struggle with Christian attitude now being held as the enemy of real thinking and justification and of being a life giving force to mankind.
So what does all of this have to do with our spirit, our thinking, our humanness, consciousness and our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? It has everything to do with it. We cannot move on in supposition that everything is OK and that what is present is the norm and nothing about it is going to change. A relationship in any sense has to be worked on, appreciated, enveloped, developed, with both a love for it and a knowledge that it is not a one way affair. Our humanness and our spiritual consciousness has never been more needed than it is today. The action of truly living a meaningful Spirit filled life with character and awareness of the world around us is relative to everything we do, say, and especially pray... praying rightly, directly, with wisdom and understanding.
Many people will stop here and say, “Hasn't everything been foretold, so what's the use of my praying; it's not going to change anything?” Because isn't the overall outcome the continuation of the fall of mankind all summed up in the Word of God?
What is our personal impact upon this catastrophe? What can it be? What should it be?
With everything that requires a change there is and will be a fight necessary to seeing the better outcome. Every change that has taken place by the actions and reactions of nations fighting for the betterment of the rights of individuals has come at a cost, of lives, time, money, resources so that the weak would not be overrun by the strong oppressor. Has God been involved in these encounters? Has his Spirit been at work in the hearts, minds, soul and spirit of men? I strongly believe so.
Has everything been done correctly and by the book? Not necessarily because man is still a free thinking, free acting being and governed by numerous forces.
The next question is; What does God care about my involvement?
What does he want with my spirit and his Spirit encounters and what betterment will that have in the overall picture of end times and last days living and how is my seemingly small part going to help change anything ?
I think Jesus by Holy Spirit lets us in on the answer in the book of Revelation, with regard to those who will overcome.
- Revelation 2:7 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
- Revelation 2:11 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). He who overcomes (is victorious) shall in no way be injured by the second death.
- Revelation 2:17 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.
- Revelation 2:26 And he who overcomes (is victorious) and who obeys My commands to the [very] end [doing the works that please Me], I will give him authority and power over the nations;
- Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will make him a pillar in the sanctuary of My God; he shall never be put out of it or go out of it, and I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which descends from My God out of heaven, and My own new name.
- Revelation 3:21 He who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant him to sit beside Me on My throne, as I Myself overcame (was victorious) and sat down beside My Father on His throne.
The rest is up to us, as there is no coercion to how or when we will react to His intervention, encounter in or upon our lives. Because of His love for us, these encounters will be continuously there, all we have to do is recognize them and react either for or against.
We can either seek the Kingdom and His righteousness or we can simply ignore everything that has to do with Holy Spirit and our spirit taking our chances at the end of our lives.
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