Living well and Spiritual…

The *Living Well* Series

What is living spiritual?

Being spiritual, or its perception, has changed over the course of my lifetime. Or, maybe this has more to do with my upbringing than actual changes in meaning or understanding.

But first, if you’re just joining us for this brief series on living well you may want to go back to the beginning post HERE. It shares my view of living well and how we can embrace a more focused lifestyle.

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Back to my upbringing, you may know I was raised Pentecostal. I have no reservations about sharing this.

Even though I attend a nondenominational church today, I still consider myself Pentecostal. Because Pentecostalism has varied streams, let me clarify my background is in the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. {You can read a summary of the organization’s beliefs HERE.}

To read a brief statement on my personal beliefs, go to this page on the blog.

And for the record, I’ve never seen a snake in a church service. These and stranger things have been told of the Pentecostals. Maybe this happens somewhere, but not in my upbringing or faith heritage.

What’s spiritual got to do with *living well*?

My Christianity is absolutely spiritual. But, then, the Gospel is spiritual. I find living well impossible without this.

¹spir·it·u·al – relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things {nonmaterial, intangible; inner, psychological; transcendent, ethereal, otherworldly, mystical}

Please read that English definition of the word spiritual? Even from a natural perspective, our spirit desires communion with its Creator. {Relate this to a healthy parent/child relationship.}

Can I just tell you I’ve tried it both ways? I have attempted living life separated from my Maker, but no more. 

In fact, I find the more I spend time with God {my Maker and Creator; Jesus Christ; Holy Spirit} the more my fleshly spirit craves relationship with Him.

Give the Holy Spirit place in your life.

Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. Romans 8.6 NLT

If anything leads to living well, friend, this is it. When you allow the Spirit of God to take control, you find the real life; real peace.

Yes, the spiritual is where you find the intangible, transcendent, otherworldly, and mystical. And let’s just get right to it. The Gospel of Jesus is some of that; certainly mystical. And even a little weird.

So many of the things that mark the Christian faith {regardless of what denomination or affiliation you belong to} are admittedly strange and sometimes hard to believe. This is where faith comes in.

Without an act of faith on your part, you cannot receive or embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Today, spiritual or spirituality can mean a lot of things.

Just Google it. Organized religion will come up, but you’ll probably also find yoga, meditation, nature, mind-body connection, Zen, karma, and so forth and so on.

What does spiritual have to do with living well? For the Christian, the two are inseparable. Learn more about living well and spiritual.And while we can appreciate a somewhat generic definition of spirituality, such as:  At its core, spirituality is a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and it typically involves a search for meaning in life.² …we must admit, as people who’ve been redeemed, we do *living well* differently than the world.

As Christians, we’ve been adopted into the family of God. And, just in case you haven’t figured this out, we {like Jesus} are sometimes seen as a little weird – mystical – spiritual.

If you want to embrace this concept of living well, commit to going all in.

Make sure you give the Holy Spirit room to flourish in your life. He is *Spiritual* with a capital *S*. His presence residing in you and emanating from you will lead to a fullness of life that’s incomparable.

Now that’s living – and living well.

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More of The *Living Well* Series HERE Living well and focused and HERE Living well and healthy

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