What is direction
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye
are of this world; I am not of this world.
This made me laugh when I read it. From Jesus' point of view, He is from above
and we are from below. But He designed us upside down! He designed us so that,
the mind in our head - our mind above - rules over our mind below - the mind
in our heart! Who said God doesn't have a sense of humor??
OK. Enough of that.
So what is the 'direction' part of spiritual direction? A few days ago I mentioned
that I preferred 'spiritual friend' - pneumatikos philos. Spiritual director
makes it seem that one of us is 'more' than the other. I prefer to think that
we are both seeking the Lord, and the Holy Spirit is our director.
Your mind is full of thoughts. Thoughts come from everywhere. They come from
the mind in your head. They come from the mind in your heart. They come from
other people (for instance when you yield your will to a hypnotist). They
come from other entities (see 2 Chronicles 18:21). And they come from the
Lord Himself (remember your new mind is shared with Christ). It can be very
confusing. And it takes a long time to tell the difference. A spiritual friend
can help you sort all that out. They don't have to be a saint. The Lord can
speak through the mouth of a donkey.
Pray the Lord would find you a spiritual friend. Someone you can dump on.
Someone you can pray with and for. Someone you can share the movements of
the spirit with.
Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Worship the
Lord. If any thoughts distract you, ignore them and continue worshiping. Repeat
2 Chronicles 18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the
mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou
shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.