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How To Become Spiritual

Today we are going to talk about spiritual living, and how to become spiritual.  I remember I once saw a movie starring Jennifer Lopez.  Ms. Lopez’s character explained that she was more “spiritual” than “religious.”  A lot of people want to be “spiritual”.  I’m not really sure what they mean by that, and different people probably have different definitions of “spiritual.”  The Bible, however, does talk about being “spiritual” and God teaches us how to truly be “spiritual.”  I want to be “spiritual” according to God’s definition of the word.  I don’t want to be fake spiritual, which is what worldly “spiritual” people without God really are.  Like you (I hope), I want to be everything God wants me to be.  Recently I was reminded about the great importance the Bible places on spiritual living.  We need to understand spiritual matters, and what it means to be Biblically spiritual, if we are to be successful Christians.  I feel that God wants me to encourage people in this area as we ent

Live by Faith - Part 2

Last time we talked about living by faith.  If you haven’t read that post or heard that podcast please go find it and start there because that foundation is going to be very important for going forward in this series.  Living by faith means, at its core, obtaining your eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.  It also means allowing your Christian faith to guide every aspect of your daily life.  But we can’t stop there.  To experience the final dimension of living by faith we must learn what faith really is.  Once we understand the power and mechanics of faith, living by faith takes on another, wonderful meaning. In my last post I explained that faith, in the Bible, is not the same idea as the words belief and faith today.  In the New Testament Greek, the word for faith is “pistis,” and pistis comes from the verb “to convince.”  According to the Bible’s standard, if you are in faith then you are convinced about what you believe, fully persuaded, even in the absence of any physical

Live by Faith - Part 1

Some time ago a movement began in the Church which became known as the “Faith Movement”.  Today, many of the leaders of the Faith Movement hold to a doctrine known as “Word of Faith.”  While I wouldn’t call “Word of Faith” a denomination, it’s at least a doctrinal view or belief system that creates something like an unofficial community of believers.  While I do not support every Word of Faith teacher or teaching, it’s very important that you understand, and begin to live by, its core teachings.  We are going to begin discussing these core teachings today, and these teachings will radically change your life, your relationship with God, and the results you see from prayer. Let’s start by realizing that some people in life are very successful in everything they do.  Some people aren’t successful at anything.  And most people are somewhere in between.  Some successful people get there through hard work and systematic living.  Others get there through luck or being in the right place at

Living in the Kingdom of God Now

We have been discussing the Kingdom of God and living for the Kingdom.  Today I want to continue discussing these concepts and further develop our understanding of the reality of the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is here now.  We Christians are citizens of the Kingdom of God, and we are entitled to live in all of its benefits and blessings.  We are also called to seek the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness above all else.  The more you understand the Kingdom of God, the more you will begin to walk in the supernatural, the more you will see God’s will manifest in your life.  Remember this verse, which is so very important, “For [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves.” (Colossians 1:13 NIV) Every one of us was under the dominion of darkness.  Every one of us was under the devil’s jurisdiction.  We were influenced and blinded by the devil.  Look back at some of my posts and podcasts if you need to learn more abo

We should all be on fire for God

When I was 23 I decided to give my life wholly to God.  I had grown up in church but I had lived a mostly sinful life.  But I believed God had a good plan for me, and if I would start listening to Him I could find it.  After about a year I began writing Bible studies and trying to get my old friends saved.  I started talking about God all the time.  One day my friend (let’s call him Steve), emailed me and said something I will never forget.  “Byron, you are on fire for God.”  I was stunned, not because I was on fire for God, but because I realized Steve wasn’t.  Steve had been a Christian for as long as I had known him, at least since the third grade.  Steve stayed close to God all those years, never started drinking (as far as I know), he never went through sinful years.  He participated in Christian organizations and went to church.  He married a Christian girl and Christ was obviously important to him.  Why wasn’t he on fire for God? My friends, I tell you that I have been on fi

How To Get What You Need From God

The idea of getting things from God can be a complex and controversial subject.  Understanding God’s process to receive from Him is extremely important and it's worth your time to learn and study it so that you can receive all God wants you to have. Some people believe we can get anything from God, some people believe we can get nothing from Him, and others believe everything in between.  We teach our children to pray and ask God for things, but we also try to guide them into correct prayer and correct requests from God.  By “things” I’m referring to anything, not just material things.  How do we get what we need or even want from God?  How do we know what God wants us to have?  In this essay I’m going to show you the Biblical model to receiving from God so that you can use this process and receive everything you need from God.  There are potential debates virtually every step of the way, but if we dealt with them this essay would become a novel.  Today we are simply goi