What is spiritual
What does it mean 'God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him
in spirit and in truth.'?? We talked about living in two worlds; the physical
world that you can see with your eyes in your head, and the spiritual world
you can sense in your heart. At the boundary between the physical and the spiritual
is the psychic.
It is very easy to confuse psychic with spiritual. Both the
psychic world and the spiritual world are full of visions, voices, and miracles,
and not every vision, voice, or miracle is from the Lord. Usually you learn
by making lots of mistakes. I know I did. If you don't know how to tell the
difference, Here are two places you can go.
is a Doctor of the Church. That means that the Catholic
Church recognizes John of the Cross as an expert. John's day job was spiritual
director to a group of nuns. His advice regarding visions, voices, and miracles
is 'Don't seek them, and Don't not seek them. Don't believe them, and Don't
not believe them'. In other words, ignore them. His theory was this: If the
visions, voices, or miracles were from the Lord, they were certain to happen
but subject to misinterpretation. If they were not from the Lord, they could
only lead you astray. In any case, you should be seeking the Lord Himself -
and not His Gifts.
Watchman Nee wrote a book,
'The Latent Power of the Soul'
that describes the
differences between the psychic and the spiritual. Now that we have that straight,
back to what it means 'God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
him in spirit and in truth.'??
It means that you can not worship God with the
mind in your head. You can not worship God with your mind of logic and reason.
You can only worship God with the mind in your heart. You can only touch God
Today's practice is an exercise in waiting on the Lord and I want to tell you
a waiting on the Lord story. The night before Jesus was crucified, he went off
to a quiet place with his disciples and prayed. He prayed 'Father, if it be
thy will - take this cup from me'. Then he waited for an hour and prayed the
same thing. (His disciples fell asleep! I wonder which part of this parable
applies to me?) Then he waited for an hour, and prayed the same thing...
point is that Jesus spoke for 4 seconds, and waited and listened for an hour. That's what
the psalmist meant when he said 'enquire in the temple' (Psalm 27:4). If you
read the Watchman Nee stuff about the latent power of the soul, you know that
'waiting on the Lord' does not mean suppressing your thoughts. It means ignoring
them and focusing on the mind in your heart.
I have a private theory that worship
is Christ-in-you rejoicing in the Love that is in the Father and in the Holy
Spirit, and by default - since His temple is in your heart - fills your whole
Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Cast yourself
on the mercy of the Lord. Tell him you want to worship Him, but don't know how
unless He shows you. Wait for the answer. If any thoughts distract you, step
aside from them and continue wondering and waiting. Repeat as needed.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit
and in truth.
Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that
I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the
beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and
of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of
Its not strictly true that your heart doesn't think or have thoughts. But it
is true that it does not use logic or reason. Almost all of my Christian friends
think the 'word of God' in this verse is the written word. I think it is the
Living Word. A long time ago, when I hung out with fundamental christians, It
made me sad when I heard my friends use the written word as an incantation.