Are you in the spiritual lane?
By Darren Huckins
Let’s be honest. For some people, life can be hard. The pressures of life can weigh heavy on both the Christian and the non-Christian alike.
The first thing we need to understand is that we not only face physical, but spiritual challenges daily.
In the physical sense, we may have demanding jobs, have busy home lives, some with physical disabilities, or any number of things that create a physical demand on us. In some cases we can do physical things to ease those tensions. We can practice time management to ease our schedules, we can exercise to improve health, or we can eat healthier. In a lot of cases we can find a physical solution to our physical problem.
In the spiritual sense, we all face problems or have strongholds in our lives that seem hard to manage or overcome. We face things like fear, anger, guilt, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, and addiction along with many other things. These things pertain to the spirit and must be dealt with in spiritual ways. They can’t be dealt with in a physical way to ease or remove them.
If we have little or no spirituality, then it’s hard for us to solve our spiritual problems.
We can’t walk in the physical and operate in the spiritual but we can walk in the spiritual and operate in the physical.
Let’s look at it in it’s simplest form. Think of your life as a highway stretching out before you. One road with two distinct lanes heading in the same direction. Now, think of one lane as your natural physical life. These are the things you experience in a natural physical way. We get up, take a shower, go to work, pay bills, make supper, go shopping etc.All the things we do everyday.
At the same time, in the other lane, our spiritual lives are also traveling with us. All our feelings, no matter what they may be, good and bad, are traveling that road as well. Although they are in your physical body they are distinctly different and a separate part of you and must be handled in a different and separate way. Our ultimate goal is to be in this lane at all times.
There is nothing physical you can do to ease an attack of anger to your spirit. Often that’s what we do though because it’s what we know. A person in anger may storm out of the house, slam the door, get in the car and race off, squealing the tires as they go. Does it take away the anger? Did it solve the problem?
More often than not, we just create more problems because of it. That’s because we took a physical approach to a spiritual problem. Had that person been traveling in the “spiritual lane” and dealing with their anger in a spiritual way, their reaction would have been very different. Most people travel through life in the physical lane while struggling with the spiritual. So, how do we get in the spiritual lane?
As Christians, we first need to be honest with ourselves. What do we believe. Do we believe in God? Do we believe in Jesus Christ? Do we believe all He did for us? Have we asked Him to come in our lives? If so, then that’s our first step… Believe, I mean honestly believe, at the core of your being, at ALL times. When you asked for Jesus to come into your life, believe He is ALWAYS present in you, working in you and for you, and will NEVER go away. Even if you don’t feel Him. That is the very basis of faith.
……and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20) It’s we who move away from Christ. Not Christ who moves away from us.
So with that being said, We believe in Christ and all He did for us. We believe He’s ever present. We believe with God ALL things are possible. So why are we struggling in our spirit. Because we are trying to handle it on our own in the physical instead of relying on the all powerful to help us in the spiritual. We have somehow forgotten (or at least put aside) the idea that God is our source of everything.
Without Him we are a confused and messed up people. Yet we insist on handling our struggles ourselves and rarely turn to Him as if we could somehow do better for ourselves than He could. We need to start putting into action what we believe. We have no problem telling others what God can do for them but when we face trials we try to plow through them on our own often failing after using all up all our strength.
So how do we put into action what we believe?
We pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray continually. When we wake up we need to greet Jesus in prayer. Thanking Him for another day and all we have. This acknowledges His presence and sets the tone in our spirit for the day. Then continue giving thanks and praying throughout the day which keeps him ever present in our lives.
We study His word every chance we can. This helps us to know Gods plan for us. To be reminded of His promises and allow Him to reach us through His word.
We continually seek His guidance in every aspect of our lives. Sometimes taking a minute to seek His guidance and listening for His response can keep us from reacting in the physical so that He can help in the spiritual. We keep Jesus first in our lives, knowing that He can do for us what we can’t do for ourselves and trusting Him to help us.
The more we put Jesus first in our thoughts, deed, and actions, the more we travel in the spiritual lane.
There we grow in faith. Jesus helps our spiritual side grow with guidance, love, hope and encouragement. When we allow Him to be our Guide, our Counselor, our Comforter, our strength and our hope, our outlook soon changes and we go from dreading the workday and the craziness of the world and all that it brings, to looking forward to the day that the Lord gave you and all the surprises it holds.
You soon see things as God wants you to see them. Your every day soon becomes exciting not knowing what God has in store for you and your every step will become a mission field.