This post is a continuation of A Spiritual Journey - A Guide..
See part 1 Here
See part 1 Here
We are on a Spiritual Journey to the place called Heaven. These articles are to encourage us to look at ourselves closely to see that we are not walking a false path. These are not words of accusation, or to be thought of as discouragement.
Why do we speak about this subject when we are all Christians? We are also all humans, and if we forget some of the small stuff, we can get into a corner of deceit, delusion, and fail because it was not brought to our attention. Very often we do not see our inward faults and how they can effect our Spiritual Journey.
A list of no-no’s on our Spiritual Journey, and "Things I have learned on my "Spiritual Journey."
· Never try to be more than you are in God's eyes; He looks at the very intent of our soul.
· Never believe that God is not looking down on our behavior, it does not matter what we think others do not see, it is what He sees and knows.
· Never believe that you are always right, we just might not know something that is very real.
· Never downgrade someone else's ability; someone just might be downgrading yours.
· Never try to be first in everything, it does not matter what number you are; just have a number.
· Never criticize someone else that is longing to be a part of the plan; each person has needs. Wanting to be a part of God's business in not a bad decision.
· Never criticize the leaders of the Church; especially the person who God has sent to lead the Church toward perfection.
· Never underestimate another soul.
· Never find yourself wanting to be higher than someone who is in charge.
· Never hope another individual hurts.
· Never want a person to learn a lesson; that is God's business.
· Never look at someone's faults; you have them too.
· Never be on the judge's bench; that is God's grandstand.
· Never be ashamed of your salvation; you might lose it.
· Never take God's love for granted; His love is more important than any other love you might have.
· Never underestimate the power of God; never think carnal thoughts; never lose faith that His power is all-powerful; greater than any other power.
· Never think that God does not love you; He loves more than anyone ever could.
· Never stop and wonder why He has not answered your prayers; just keep on praying.
· Never let anyone tell you that God is punishing you; no one knows that but God, Himself. He may be helping you learn a lesson of making different choices and you can believe that if He is; it is for your own good.
· Never be too sure of your own abilities; they can be taken from you.
· Never stop believing in eternal life; it is that life that is everlasting; not this one.
Remember this scripture:
"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance: A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 (KJV)
|Our Journey is often rocky!|
A list of the things or the to-do’s list to keep us on our Spiritual Journey with faithfulness; the things I have learned:
· Always remember other people have feelings, needs, and desire that are as important as yours and that they probably act the way they do for a reason that you know nothing about.
· Always be humble; you are who you are only by the grace of the living God.
· Always go to Church to worship the Father, have fellowship with one another and sing His praises.
· Always be respectful for the Pastor that God has chosen for the Church. He is over you in the Lord and it doesn't matter about your preferences; as long as He is doing God's business. It is His job to keep in touch with the Lord to help you keep on the right track. We are to honor those who are over us in the Lord, seek to understand, and refuse to judge. We are sinning when we tend to know more than the God who sent him to be the leader. We are only belittling and making ourselves look bad; not anyone else.
· Always reverence the Pastor's sermon; it could be the last one you hear.
· Always keep your unsure or insecure thoughts to yourself, and take them to God; He understands all things.
· Always remember that no two people think totally alike and that everyone is probably doing the best they can with what life has given them, if they are not; it is God's business, not yours.
· Always expect more out of yourself than you do anyone else; that is the only person you have to answer for.
· Always give credit, where credit is due; it could you may need credit at some point.
· Always promote those who have part in the sanctuary; those who provide music, those who share their love for God by using their voice to sing praises, and those who are called upon to teach, and admonish us to live a life pleasing to God.
· Always be optimistic about others; we all have to learn certain things in life; our Christian and Spiritual Journey.
· Always be kind; there is not enough of kindness in the world we live in.
· Always be gentle; you have probably been fragile at some point.
· Always be without deceit; it is not becoming to a child of God.
· Always know that gossip is not a fruit of the spirit.
· Always be patient with others; you could be in the same situation.
· Always prefer your brother or sister in the Lord.
· Always support and be in unity with your fellow worshipers. Unity cannot exist in confusion, backbiting, judging, and partaking of gossip or idle words. God does not work where there is confusion. He does not work where there is jealousy.
· Always remember that we each have our own place in the Body of Christ. If we seek to do something other than pray; we should try to develop whatever talent we think we have to do it better and when God is ready for us to use that talent; He will provide the time and place.
· Always remember that praying for others, is one of the most important callings an individual can have. Prayer is the keys to heaven. Praying for others gives the other blessings but also bless us.
· Always remember that if there is seemingly nothing else you can do; give your time to promoting another soul in their abilities, and who knows what you might gain yourself.
· Fasting and prayer brings down heaven's blessing, makes the individual stronger and more in tune to Jesus Christ, and this is something each of us can do without much practice.
"It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could alone.” Andrew Carnegie
"No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” Halford E. Luccock
· Always remember that God has forgiven your sins of the past; so why should you remember another person’s.
· Always see the good in others so that they may see the good in you.
· Always respect another person's opinion; it may not be as good as yours, but it could be they know something you do not know.
· Always take a look at yourself before you take the initiative to embark on conversation about another soul.
· Always pray for every one's wealth and happiness. The person next to you may be carrying a load you have never carried; until you have experienced the same thing; you do not know how you would react.
· Always remember that God sees the heart and soul of all and He knows the intent. When He judges us; He makes no mistakes.
I woke a little early this morning to my surprise and began to think about why I had not written much within the past five months and so I thought just maybe the words would come today; a new beginning in my writing. My writing for 15 months gave me the initiative to feel good about a change in my life that occurred unexpectedly. It gave me a sense of accomplishment. It told me I was doing something worthwhile if I touched one soul and helped them in some form. You see, I have written many motivational articles, personal growth, success, just "life things,” and this blog about "Soul Things". No, I do not claim to be a professional, but nor did Jesus and in fact, He came from humble beginnings also.
My writing became a passion for a while; at it had been on my mind for many years. That thought was that I had something to say. Where, why, I did not know exactly. We have all had that gut feeling that something was just the right thing to do. I had that feeling.
God bless us all!