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What does it mean to be spiritual?
It ain't how the world defines it!
Is it a person who spends endless hours on their knees, contorting or flaggelating their bodies or performing some other physical pose to work towards emptying their inner self to gain some form of spiritual enlightenment? No.
Is it someone who attends worship services and sings like an angel in songs of praise? No.
Is it someone who gives lots of money for philanthropic causes to help others? No.
Is it someone who studies the Bible and can quote from memory many important theological truths? No.
So what does it mean to be spiritual, according to God's definition?
The Bible tells us.
A spiritual person is one who is not "fleshly", meaning someone not living immature and guided by worldly passions. One who is not divisive in the Church as in this example below, putting preference of personalities as dividing walls in fellowship with one another in the family of God. When we let our flesh control what we say and how we live, and not the truths of Christ, denying self for Jesus's sake, and true love for our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we are guided not by the Spirit, but by our sinful flesh. That is unspiritual.
Grown-ups in Christ, deny self and sacrificially give to others, even if they prefer something else in the flesh. That is a spiritual person! Walking obedient to Christ as the Holy Spirit leads us all to do.
Think about it. Do you demand your own comforts in most everything you do and places you go, thinking you "deserve it"; or are you dying to self daily laying down your feelings to show Gods love really lives in you?
Listen to how Apostle Paul defines being spiritual below.
"Brothers, I was not able to speak to you as spiritual people but as people of the flesh, as babies in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, because you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still fleshly. For since there is envy and strife among you, are you not fleshly and living like unbelievers? For whenever someone says, “I’m with Paul,” and another, “I’m with Apollos,” are you not unspiritual people?" (1 Corinthians 3:1-4 HCSB Https://bible.com/bible/72/1co.3.1-4.HCSB)
A spiritual person according to God, (and His opinion is the only one that matters) is one who follows Christ, not living in childish devisive ways clinging to a particular pastor or Bible teacher as the guru of your faith. Jesus alone is the "guru" of your faith, follow him, and following him means growing up and denying self.
JESUS said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23
Poverty. What is it?
Is it being so poor all you have in life is a meal or two of ground corn and have school in a mud wall buildings and live in mud wall homes, like the many we help at AFM Mercy School in Kenya?
Some might define it as having barely enough to survive in life. Some might say it's being too poor to afford your own means of transportation like a car or motorcycle or bicycle. It seems to be defined relative to a persons personal state of peace or satisfaction.
I think an accurate definition of poverty is where a person is entrapped in some misery by life's circumstances, and no matter how hard they work, they cannot move beyond that place of misery! They need a rescuer to help set them free. Poverty is a form of Slavery. Slaves need redeemers!
But the greatest poverty of all is a life without Jesus Christ as your Savior and Master. He alone can set us free from the poverty of sin and death! Every man, woman and child was born into Satan's slavery.
But we; We were created to run free with our Maker; to walk in the goodness of his righteous light!
Your sins have bound you in utter poverty, but Christ is the Redeemer who will break your chains and wash you clean! If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 Jn 1:9
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord ’s favor has come. ”
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
These words of Elevation Worship say it well.
(Luke 4:18-19 NLT
http://bible.com/116/luk.4.18-19.NLT Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
O Come to the Alter, Elevation worship https://youtu.be/rYQ5yXCc_CA )