What is spiritual

Theory

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.

John of the Cross 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 with Love.

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...

The 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 being.

Practice

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.

Foundation

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 the heart.

Footnotes

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.