I received an email from one of our followers and thought I would post it on the blog. It is a theme I often hear from readers who are trying to navigate their way on the new path of a spiritual relationship.
In a message dated 11/18/2015 12:27:11 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
"I just love the reads I get from you, and it is wondrous how perfectly timed they are. Thanks for being so tuned in...And for caring ...especially for TRUTH! For God’s sake!. The world is so full of nastiness and I am not choosing to focus on all the negativity.....I just want to ignore it all...But NOOOOOO....I want to know....So my pain body was even recognized in church last Sunday when trying to fill myself with Holy Spirit..
I believe, I am saved, but I can’t say I’ve had that special wallop of being in filled with the Holy Ghost. Any advice for this blundering Christian?"
It's always a joy to hear from you. You are right on target in your observation regarding both the world and ourselves, and you are not 'blundering'. We are all encouraged to be led astray by our world and society, so it is not unusual to feel stress and pain, confusion and chaos on many levels of existence. Therein lies both the reason and purpose for our quest of truth; to bring us back to a pivotal position of mind, body and spirit balance, whereby we may again respond with love no matter the situation or circumstance. It is only at this state of understanding do we recognize reality for what it is and in so doing embrace true realty hidden by the veil of truth.
If one is (voluntarily) on the path [and from your description, you definitely are!], then the spirit of God dwells within and you have nothing to fear. The struggle for everyone (on the path or not) is encapsulated in faith that what one holds to be true. That's where the presence of God's Spirit is revealed. It is a slow process (at first) like learning how to stand upright and walk. We scoot, then we crawl, then we look for something to hold on to as we stand and acquire initial balance. This is the point in our journey when we have the opportunity to (acquire and) accept God's presence in spirit. Prior to this moment God is merely an illusory concept or "carrot and stick" perpetrated religion. For those who are ready, a first step can be taken. Some stumble and fall, finding it unrewarding or not what they expected, while others continue to stride forward, gaining strength through fulfillment.
Like an infant moving to toddler stage, the neophyte believer gains strength and purpose to propel her/himself even if they misstep off the path momentarily or sporadically because a realization begins to set in that God always has their best interests at heart.
You are definitely on the path. God's spirit is definitely at work guiding and protecting you. Your faith and knowledge of this personal spiritual relationship between you and Him will continue to grow as you see the truth in all and everything around you. You will also start to recognize where it is void, and thus knowing, may now simply disallow those people or energy to invade your space attempting to suck the life out of you. Initially this may lead to a sense of aloneness, however the peace and love of God (that transcends all understanding) will be yours. Others (not on the path) will not understand the new you, but that will no longer matter. The struggles of life will begin to melt away and the clarity of your existence will make itself known.
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