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MULTIPLY SPIRIT AND LIFE


‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

You live in a blessed age. God is not somewhere or someplace else. He is not in some times more than other times, first because God simply is and second because He is incarnated in you and in those who desire His person. There’s a reason why David and Paul had more of God than some others. It wasn’t because they were superior in some way and not because they were more driven. It was because they wanted Him more. But
John and Paul had this advantage. They knew Christ lived in them and that they were part of His being.

‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.

INDUSTRIAL MAN

Some people have no inner life. Not because one does not exist but because they have made a self out of externalities. For them being born again consists of getting their real self. It’s easy to live as mechanical man in this age or as technical woman and so become a spectre of who we actually are. People like surgeons and engineers tend to see human beings as a mechanism. To them legalism seems natural. We do have mechanical aspects but the essence of our nature is spirit. We take our nature from the trinitarian nature of God. Not from abstractions.

MARY AND MARTHA

True some are more practical than others and of a more active bent. But all have the facility to contemplate to some extent – to be aware of their own being and engage in some way in a communication with themselves as a ‘self.’ It may well be that Mary was just as active and practical as Martha, yet Mary situated herself with Jesus in a place where she could advance in life and in the art of being her true self.

VESSELS OF LIVING WATER

Spirituality is what we have in common with God and is the essence of persons. Religion is not spirituality because it can never go beyond externality. ‘Spirit’ on the other hand is what you have in common with the trinity and spirit is what makes the mechanical part of our living either alive or dead. ‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

The attempt to live from the law shrinks our being and insulates us from God. ‘Law-culture advances the idea of conditional salvation which, ultimately teaches that ‘everyone is their own saviour, in so far as they have to co-operate with Christ for their salvation’. It surfaces in notions like ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ Fortunately Jesus is in us and with us – woven into our being. With us because He is in us because He is. Not because we have earned intimacy but because He has made the two one.

BE A STREAM

Spirituality is a state of being one with God. The essence of spirituality is Christ come in our flesh: Incarnation. Religion has more to do with externalities. We possess the genuinely spiritual when we allow ourselves to be drawn into the oneness with God that we have been given in Jesus. One with God, we become our true self and the things we do contain His spirit and life so that we live as springs of living water.

All activity is not life-giving and action that comes from the flesh and not the spirit (externality) conveys no Kingdom life. Incarnated with Christ, a kindness done in Jesus’ name is not just an expression of Him. It’s an expression of Jesus manifesting through you and your unique individuality and sonship. We are incarnated when we live Christ our life instead of the law or religion or some performance orientation.

MARTHERING

Kindnesses done to earn acceptance with people or with Christ are not life-giving because they are done out of self-centeredness, which is foreign to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Some people exude living water without effort while others make ostentatious efforts and but their works possess no spirit and no life. Life-giving ministry is always the expression of our oneness with Christ.

Just as Jesus spoke words of spirit and life because of His union with His Father so you become alive in His life by union with Him. Richard Rohr observes, “Prayer is not primarily saying words or thinking thoughts. It is, rather, a stance. It’s a way of living in the Presence, living in awareness of the Presence, and even of enjoying the Presence. The full contemplative is not just aware of the Presence, but trusts, allows, and delights in it.” (1)

BEING ALIVE IN OUR SPIRIT

We were made to live in God and we can do because God has joined Himself to us and come to live in our being. This is the mediation of Christ.

One can minister ‘dead water’ when engaged in a performance mentality and even be very active – a kind of jitter-bug whose activity hinders those who do minister spirit and life.

Living in the mode of peace and overflow empowers the ministry of being yourself as a minister of living water. Living water comes from living persons. From people whose Adam is dead and whose Christ is alive.

‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self . The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.