Spiritual Pathway of God


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The Spiritual Pathway of God is found in the Bible.
The Bible directs you to God:
1. Trust in Him - unconditionally, with all your heart.
2. Lean on Him - rely on and let God be your strength.
3. Walk with Him - “regard no one from a worldly point of view” (2 Cor. 5:16a, NIV).
God is the Alpha and the Omega - the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet because He is from Everlasting to Everlasting (Revelation 1:8).
A servant of God has their heart set on spiritual treasures.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ contrasted what he called treasures on earth and treasures in Heaven.
*Treasures on earth are temporary and corruptible.
*Treasures in Heaven are everlasting.
We are living in a world that is the very antithesis of the Teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Spiritual Pathway of God has a Divine Direction - it leads directly to the Kingdom God.
Its Guideposts Signs are love, forgiveness, compassion, humility and service.
As we walk the Spiritual Pathway of God, it changes life with spiritual blessings that no other source can supply to fill one with grace and an indescribable peace of mind.
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me."
-Jesus Christ (The Good Shepherd)


Instinct

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Instinct is a part of human nature.
It is a natural desire that makes you want to think, feel or behave in a particular way.
It has the ability to empower you to take notice of your instinct.
From the beginning of time, humanity has gravitated to a supernatural, Higher Power.
Every culture throughout history has been convinced that there is a Higher Power - they all believe there is Something more, beyond physical life.
Major religions of the world believe in some form of life after death.
"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way."
-C. S. Lewis (British writer, literary scholar, and Anglican lay theologian)


Awe and Wonder

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If you are seeking God - you will find Him everywhere!
When we look above, around and beyond we see beauty beyond imagination - a testament to God's Power, Creativity, and Love.
Our senses experience God's Creations every day that fill the mind with beauty and contentment - we focus less on ourselves and feel more like a part of a larger whole.
These are the beauties of God, the Architect and Designer Who made it all.
The visual delights of a sunrise or sunset reminds us of our spiritual side.
The healing energy of a tranquil mind flows through a sense of Something greater than you could ever imagine.
“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen”
(Romans 11:36)


Spiritual Assets

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Spiritual enlightenment creates spiritual realities.
Spiritual life enriches the soul, strengthens faith and directs away from harmful thinking, behavior and actions.
Spiritual values such as faith, truth, love, forgiveness and goodness overflow into selfless service to others.
Spiritual inspiration transcends limitations to find the light of hope to endure for a brighter future.
Spiritual fulfillment provides an inner sense of peace and comfort that only God and Jesus Christ can offer.
Jesus Christ said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
"Too little science leads away from God, while too much science leads back to Him."
-Louis Pasteur (French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization}


Spiritual Pathway of God   Choices

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"You reap what you sow!"
Life is made up of an infinite amount of choices.
Choice is an act of choosing between two or more possibilities.
Success and failure is determined by choice.
God gave humanity free will to shape life by the choices they make within the parameters of one's nature.
Free will however, must consider moral responsibility, because there is the temptation of sin.
Those choices dictate the future.
Every time we choose an action, we also choose its consequences.
The right choices will ultimately bless you.
"Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants."
-William Penn (English writer, religious thinker, and influential Quaker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania during the British colonial era)


Worldly Pleasures

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Worldly pleasures are perverted and distorted by the "spirit of this age."
They feed the selfish desires of power, status, money, material things and sensual pleasures.
It is reflected in loose standards, rootlessness and self-destructive behaviors that manifest in immorality, addictions, violence and evil.
The Bible says in 1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”
Worldly Pleasures come in three categories:
1. Lust of the flesh - things the physical body craves.
2. Lust of the eyes - things that we think make us look good.
3. Pride - things that boost the ego.
Worldly pleasures are temporary.
They also have eternal consequences.
"I believe that all good things come from God. I don't believe I'd sing the way I do if God hadn't wanted me to."
-Elvis Presley (American singer and actor known as the King of Rock and Roll. Elvis is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century)


Abundant Life

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The ego can bring an endless cycle of wanting.
Abundant life is not measured in terms of fun, wealth, prestige, position, and power.
God's Laws of Life in the Bible take us back to our spiritual paths that purify, inspire and beautify life through a humble heart that sows love and goodness.
To say that man can exist without God is to say that a watch can exist without a watchmaker
(William Paley 1743 – 1805) (Anglican clergyman, Christian apologist, philosopher and utilitarian)


Faith

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Faith is a spiritual asset that lifts our eyes above the limited horizons of this world.
When our "heart spiritually awakens" life has a wholesome meaning, a purpose and an eternal destiny in God's Heavenly Kingdom.
With faith, we go to church to hear the Voice of God through Liturgy and the Sacraments.
With faith, we find Jesus the Good Shepherd, Who leads His flock to greener pastures.
With Faith we:
*Live God's way.
*Become spiritually strengthened to endure the challenges of life.
*Devote ourselves in the service of others.
*Find peace of mind that can only be found in God and Jesus Christ.
With faith in God, we see and hear things that the “eye has not seen, nor ear heard” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Faith is how the Apostles of Jesus Christ were able to preach and change the world.
Faith illuminates our path through the power of Divine Inspiration to the Spiritual Teachings and Ethical Culture of Jesus Christ for how to live in the world.
Jesus Christ says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."


The Christian Church

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Sunday, the Seventh Day, is given to mankind by God to devote time to their spiritual needs.
The Christian church is the House of God.
Jesus Christ is the Head of the Christian church.
The Christian priest serves God and shares in the special mission of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ to lead his congregation to greener pastures.
To exalt the Christian church is to exalt God and Jesus Christ.
When we obey God's Word, we purify our souls.
The Bible (God's Word) is the source for understanding God and His Creations.
It helps people to understand themselves in this world and in the eternal world to come.
It provides guidance, knowledge and faith so that we can find real meaning and satisfaction in life.
It teaches how to live morally and spiritually through sound Christian principles that protects from harmful thinking, behavior and actions.
"He who thinks half-heartedly will not believe in God; but he who really thinks has to believe in God."
-Isaac Newton (English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian, and author)


The Fear of God

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The Hebrew and Greek words in the Bible for "Fear of God" does not mean "fear" of His Power and Righteous Retribution.
It conveys respect, reverence and an appreciation for God and His Word (God's Laws).
God's Laws help us to follow a God who loves and a humble Christ who came to serve.
Consider the words of the Psalmist:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever” (Psalm 111:10).
The Fear of God reminds us that:
*All actions have repercussions.
*We are accountable to Someone.
That Someone is God!
The Fear of God:
*Saves us from falling into sinful ways.
*Leads people to become responsible for their lives.
God's Laws of Life:
*Sets boundaries - it avoids excesses and eliminates all that is harmful
*Guide us to right thinking and right action
*Provide standards on which to base decisions that affect life
Jesus Christ says, "This is the way to a meaningful, just and wholesome existence".


Refuge in God

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“Psalm 46 says God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble and during difficult times.
God becomes our Refuge when we trust Him unconditionally.
Faith is a source of a Christian's strength - giving meaning to lives that may seem otherwise hopeless.
When all you have left is God, you have everything for He is our Refuge and our Strength.
Jesus Christ at Gethsemane, set an example in prayer to be delivered from His impending suffering, while also accepting God's Will.
Through prayer, we pray to God and Jesus Christ for our needs, our hopes and our dreams.
Light is a symbol of holiness, goodness and hope.
Jesus Christ says, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
"If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining."
- Guy Finley (American self-help writer, philosopher, spiritual teacher and professional songwriter and musician)


Salvation

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God gave humanity a spiritual mindset.
In the spiritual sense, your conscience is the Voice of God that will tell you what is right and what is wrong.
Listen to your conscience to make wise choices.
Romans 8:5–8, ESV: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
God's Special Gift to humanity, is the Gift of Eternal Life.
The Biblical revelation of salvation should impact the kind of life we lead.
Repentance and forgiveness gains God's Gift of Salvation - humanity's eternal future depends on the spiritual - not the physical.
The prodigal acknowledges his sins by turning to Jesus Christ and asking for forgiveness and deliverance.
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."
-Abraham Lincoln (16th president of the United States who led the Union through the American Civil War to defend the nation as a constitutional union and succeeded in abolishing slavery)


The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Holy Trinity that performs specific Divine functions in the life of a Christian or the Christian church.
Like a craftsman’s hands cannot function independent of his mind and body; likewise, God’s holy spirit operates only as he directs it.
(Luke 11:13)
The Holy Spirit is God’s “Hands,” “Fingers,” and “Breath” building into the lives of the believer values that are moral and wholesome.
He guides, teaches and counsels the faithful to:
*Serve God.
*Their family.
*Their fellow human being.
“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.”
–James Irwin (American Astronaut) (He served as Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 15 and was the 8th person to walk on the Moon)


Values and Traditions

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Moral values lose all meaning in a world without God.
They become expressions of personal taste or conditioning.
Values define what is important to a person.
The face of our past was the epitome of traditional family values and its people were so much closer to God.
The old-fashioned values and traditions reflected moral principles and ethical guidelines (rules).
Children learn in a family environment to follow family rules.
Cultural rituals created a sense of identity, a feeling of belonging, enlightened family environments and communities of purpose.
“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”
― C.S. Lewis (British writer, literary scholar, and Anglican lay theologian)



Moral Compass

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The moral compass always points in an ethical direction to guide actions accordingly.
Its components form a moral path to wholesome life that is aligned with God's Laws of Life
God's Laws of Life avoids excesses and all that is harmful.
They distinguish good from bad, right from wrong and warn against wrong turnings.
Children "brought up" on moral and spiritual values are blessed throughout life.
The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer (taught by Jesus) and The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23) for example, were Divinely Designed for the well-being of every individual.
The Ten Commandments of the Old Testament are the protective laws that guide us to things we must not do.
The Eight Beatitudes of the New Testament given by Jesus Christ from the Sermon on the Mount guide us to things we must do.
And, the Parables of Jesus Christ, such as The Good Shepherd, The Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan teach important moral lessons for how each one of us can judge his or her own life.
"Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God."
-Lawrence Welk (American accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982)


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