How do you define a spiritual person?
Seven traits of a spiritual person:
1. Spiritual people live an INWARD LIFE.
A contemplative, meditational, listening, attuned life.
The Dalai Lama once quipped, while the West was busy exploring outer space, the East was busy exploring inner space.
A spiritual person is led by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14). The spiritual soul will acknowledge that he does not possess the inherent wisdom to know how to conduct his life (Jer. 10:23). He therefore will solicit fervently the mind of God (by consulting the Scriptures) for direction. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. Romans 7:22(NKJV)
He will mediate day and night upon such matters (Psa. 1:2). Prayer and Communion (Mat 6) The soul abiding with Christ in God, is given: “Hidden manna”for the sustenance of the inner life.“To him that overcomes. will I give of the hidden manna” Rev 2:17. “Hidden wisdom” that is withheld from the wise. “The wisdom of God… the hidden wisdom revealed… by His Spirit” 1 Cor 2:7-10.”Hidden riches” only gained in times of testing. “I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places” Isa 45:3.that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,Ephesians 3:16(NKJV)
Spiritual people are not impressed by the outward appearance of things. Christ within the hope of Glory. (Col 1:27) Inner adornment of the heart – (1Pe 3:3-4) Spiritual people have their inner world ordered and redecorated by the Holy Spirit. (Gal 5:21-22) See 1Tim 2:9-10 See also 1Sa 16:7
2. Spiritual people live a more CONNECTED LIFE
Connected with God, self, others and creation.
God is spirit. (2 Cor 3:17)
Become a spiritual person, 1 Cor 2:9 eyes has not seen, but He has revealed it through His spirit. Might know the things of God, revealed through the spirit. Not thought out, not carnal. Comparing spiritual things with spiritual people. The Holy Spirit always operates towards a deeper connection. Spiritual people – connected, active, activated, alive. Personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Spirit. (Eph 5:18)
Harmony, peaceful, childlike, easy-going. Unburdened. Free.
3. Spiritual people practise SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Although it can be said that Practising Spiritual gifts does not make you spiritual, it is obvious that spiritual people keeps themselves busy with spiritual things. (Rom 8:1-5)
The gifts of the Holy Spirit is per essence spiritual, yet this alone does not make you a spiritual person. The disciples at Corinth possessed miraculous gifts, yet many of them still were not spiritual (1 Cor. 3:1). Some of them even abused the gifts they possessed (1 Cor 14:27-33). The church in Corinth could be labelled as spiritual, due to 2 chapters dealing with spiritual gifts, and tongues. Yet this same church had to be admonished, to stop their divisions (1 Cor 1:10-4:21), not judging sin in their midst (1 Cor 5), to flee immorality (1 Cor 6:12-20)!
Yet the Scriptures often speaks about the qualification of deaconships and eldership must be that these people must be FULL OF THE SPIRIT. (Acts 6:3, 5, 8; 7:55; 11:24)
EXERCISE YOURSELF IN SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES
Pray in tongues 1Cor 14:18
Desire spiritual gifts 1Cor 14:1-2
Lay hands on the sick Mar 16:18
Win souls Mat 28:19
Drive put demons. (Luk 10:19)
Expect the supernatural. One tenth of Jesus’ life was supernatural in deeds, and wonders, and miracles.
4. Spiritual people SEE IN THE SPIRIT
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.(2 Corinthians 4:16) ARISE [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isa 60:1)
Jeremiah 1:11-12 “What do you see?” God was not expecting a natural answer. “You have seen well” “I will perform my word” When you see right, God will perform His
word. Almond tree – the first tree that shows a bud, in blossom. Look in the spirit, see above that what is natural. God will hasten.
Rev 1:9 “I John, was in the spirit. God said write what you see in a book” where was he in the natural, in a quarry, in prison, banned, outcast.
Practise to see in the spirit.
“I do only what I see the father doing” “let the kingdom come, will need to see it first” (Joh 5:19) If you do not see the vision you will end up nowhere.
Jesus endured the cross, because of the joy that was set before Him. What did He see? (Heb 12:1-2) Paul facing tremendous persecution, still forgetting that was behind stretching out to that what was before him. (Phil 3:8)
The life we now life is not real, the real life is beyond in the spirit. Joseph saw something,
David, Paul, Jesus, Abraham.
Change your position and perspective – when your vision is blurred, change your perspective. John 4:34 “lift up your eyes” Change your spiritual position.
5. Spiritual people are SPIRITUALLY MINDED
Being spiritually minded is a matter of life and death. Paul said in Romans 8:6, “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” The phrase “set the mind on the Spirit” translates a noun phrase, phronma tou pneumatos—“mindset of the Spirit.” There is no good one-word English equivalent for phronma. It is not just “mind” but also “attitude.” And not just “mindset” but also “attitude-set.” It is the frame and disposition of our mind. To say that we have a “phronma of the Spirit” is to say that the Spirit is shaping our mind-attitude-set according to his own. It exalts Christ and values God and cherishes the Word of God and sees people and things with a relentless God-consciousness.
In our journey of faith, it is important that we overcome carnality that we may be more in tune with our spiritual side. Understand that you are more of a spiritual being than a physical being. To be able to hear God clearly we need to be spiritual. God is spirit and anyone that worships Him must worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Carnality and spirituality cannot coexist, for the carnal mind is enmity against God and cannot please God (Rom 8:7). A type of carnality versus spirituality is Ishmael and Isaac in Genesis 21:10 Ishmael having been conceived out of Abraham’s carnality and Isaac, the promised child a type of spirituality. When the spiritual was born the bond woman and her son (Ishmael) were cast out (Gal 4:30). They could not coexist. Another example, which also is a type is displayed in the twin pregnancy of Rebekah in (Gen 25:23) Two nations were at war in her womb. Esau (who later sold his birth right) representing carnality and Jacob representing spirituality. It is a fact that God hates carnality. ‘Jacob (spirituality) I love, Esau (carnality) I hate (Malachi 1:3, Rom 9:13).
6. Spiritual people are DEAD TO SELF
We must remember that our old self was crucified with Him in order that our body of sin is rendered inactive (Rom 6:6) hence we have victory over sin and carnality. On the basis of what Jesus did for us. We apply the cross. We must crucify the flesh with all its passions and desires (Gal 5:24). This is not free from pain but it is the best thing. (1 peter 4:1-2) This is the distinguishing mark of those who belong to Jesus. Apply the cross. Nail carnality to the cross. Deny yourself, take up the cross. Jesus said ‘not my will but yours be done’. The flesh feeds on things that facilitate carnality. The cross is a place where you die. You die to what your flesh really wants to do and choose to obey God. Jesus said ‘If anyone would come after me let him deny himself take up his cross and follow me’. (Mat 16:24). The cross is Instrument of execution and the way of deliverance.
7. Spiritual people are YIELDED.
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” Zech 4:6
Jesus was the most spiritual person who ever lived, and He made Himself a humble servant. (Mat 11:28-30)
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (Jam 3:16-17) Spiritual people do not force things. They have learned to let go, and let God…
I can do all things through Christ the one who empowers me within. (Phil 4:13) Be real with God and let Him know that you cannot handle the situation. You need Him. It is not by trusting yourself, yield to Jesus. You exercise your will when you choose to let him empower you from within. Every time you have a need, will the right thing. (Heb 12:10) not our own holiness we become partakers of God’s holiness through Jesus, the holy one who dwells in us. Allow Jesus to take control of your challenge and the situation. (1 Cor 1:30).