Dreams & Mysteries – The Mystery of Loving Spirituality

Dreams & Mysteries – The Mystery of Loving Spirituality


I’m a spiritual person. I’m sure you’ve heard that. People have said
it so many times. But it means so many
different things. What does that actually mean– I’m a spiritual person? If we want to get down
to it, the reality is every single one of
us are spiritual persons. We have a spirit. We’re made of spirit. We are body. We’re made of a body. So what does it actually
mean to be spiritual? And what is it that people
are pursuing when they say that they want to be spiritual? There are so many different
ways of looking at this, but it really comes down to two. There’s a spirituality
that leads us to the source of
all spirituality. That’s the real
path that will cause us to be helpful and fulfill
that thing inside of us, that desire to have a
reason behind our life, to have fulfillment in
who we are and what we do. And there’s another
path that leads to emptiness, to
fear, to confusion, to hurting other people. When it comes down
to it, we need to understand what it
means to be spiritual. We need to know how to
recognize real spirituality. This is the mystery of
loving spirituality. [music playing] NARRATOR: This is
Dreams & Mysteries. Paul the Apostle got
an interesting letter from a group of people
in ancient Corinth that were very curious about
this whole spiritual realm, how it worked, and
how it didn’t work. They wanted to
understand how do we tell who is really
spiritual, and who’s not. How do we tell
who’s actually being moved by the spirit
of God and who’s not? What is a spiritual person like? And Paul gives us
some points that are very helpful, very
telling, that we could still apply to people and to
circumstances, encounters, that are called
spiritual today so that we can recognize whether
or not it’s actually from God. The first thing that
we need to understand is when it comes
to spirituality, there are two sources. There’s light. And there’s dark. Now, when the spirit world
moves on the material world, and especially through
people, causing an encounter, causing a manifestation
of the spirit, or causing someone’s
life to be changed, you will be able to tell
what the source is by the fruit of their lives. Spirituality will always end
up affecting someone’s speech, affecting actions,
affecting their character, and affecting their values. And when you look
at those things, you can begin to recognize what
the source of that spirituality is, whether it’s real,
and whether it’s not. Now, the speech–
the first thing that you want to look at when
it comes to trying to understand something that is
supposedly spiritual is what, really, is the source. Is the source God or not? Is it life? Is it death? Is it light or is it dark? Now, when we say
God, we actually have to define what we mean
because a lot of people will use the word “god” to
talk about their spirituality. But the god that
they’re talking about is not the God that has
revealed Himself in scripture. So let’s get a little
bit more specific. No one that’s being moved
on by the spirit of God is not going to celebrate
Jesus Christ as Lord, as the only source
of real spirituality. Now, they’re not going to just
celebrate Jesus as a great man or as a good prophet. They’re not just going
to celebrate Jesus as one path among many. They will recognize
and clearly communicate that Jesus Christ is the
only, the only, true source of real spirituality. Now, if it’s Jesus that’s
moving through them, they’ll begin to
look like Jesus. They’ll begin to
sound like Jesus. And the spiritual
activity that happens will accomplish the
purposes of Jesus. When it comes to spirituality,
when the spirit moves on a person, when a spirit
moves through a person, something happens. It actually causes an action. It causes an action to happen
in the spiritual world. And depending on the
source, those actions are going to be different. Those people that
were asking Paul these questions from Corinth–
they were very familiar with supernatural activity
and supernatural experiences. They were pretty familiar with
what’s called the oracles. And oracles were people
that had given themselves over to certain gods
and certain spirits. And they would go
into these experiences where this “god”–
actually, a demon– would take them over. And they would
begin to speak out. And they would speak
out strategies. They would speak out secrets. They would have accurate
communications of things. But they were being taken
over by these demons. And so Paul, when
he’s trying to help the Corinthians understand,
he says, first off, that you’re not just
going to be led away by these spiritual forces
that you can’t control. You actually have
a part to play. There’s an interaction
that’s going to happen in the spiritual realm. And this interaction
is so important because as the spirit moves– and when it’s really the
spirit of God that’s moving– what happens is it looks
a lot in different ways. It doesn’t always look the same. There’s a lot of different
activities that happen. There’s a lot of
different manifestations that will happen. And there’s a lot
of different things that will be accomplished
through that activity and through that manifestation. Sometimes, when the spirit
of God begins to move, someone will begin
to understand things. They’ll begin to have
insight into something– what needs to happen,
what should happen, what the strategy is. And they’ll begin to communicate
that wisdom that they’ve received that didn’t come
out of their own learning or their own ability. Another one– when the spirit
begins to move upon them, they’ll know stuff. Maybe they’ll know
information about a situation, about a circumstance, or
they’ll know information about a person. And they’ll be able to
communicate that knowledge in a way that’s understandable. Sometimes, when the
spirit of God moves, it gives people an
energy, a power, so that they can bring healing,
so that they can bring help. And illnesses of mind, illnesses
of heart, illnesses of body get removed. Pain leaves. Diseases flee. Sometimes, it causes an activity
in the spirit that supersedes the natural order of things. And natural laws are suspended. Something happens
that couldn’t happen. Someone who’s missing a
limb– the limb grows back or this experience
just manifests that is impossible
for it to happen. Miraculous activity begins to be
released when the spirit of God moves. These are normal ways
for it to happen. Sometimes, people can
speak out in a language that they’ve never learned. And sometimes, people
can understand a language that they’ve never been taught. All of these
different activities– they’re from the same spirit. And sometimes, the
spirit gives someone the ability to recognize
what’s actually happening. What’s the real spiritual
source behind this activity or behind this person? Is this coming from
a human spirit? Is this coming from
a demonic spirit? Is this coming from an angelic,
from a Heavenly, messenger? Is it actually the movement
of God’s spirit, the ability to recognize the spiritual
source of any type of activity or situation or circumstance? All of these different things–
now, they’re all different. They look so many
different ways. It’s not the same. But it’s actually
the same spirit. And when it happens
in a group of people, different ones are going to
have different manifestations, different experience,
different activities. It’s so different, it’s like
the different parts of a body. When you have a body,
you have all these parts. You’ve got fingers. You’ve got a mouth. You’ve got nose. You’ve got eyes. You’ve got internal organs
that nobody ever sees. And all of the different
parts of the body are essential for
them to be doing what they’re supposed
to be doing for the body to be healthy. And so we each have
a different part. And when the spirit
begins to move, different people are
doing different things. But no matter that
they’re different, they have equal value. And so it’s not
just about the parts of the body that are the most
obvious and the most seen. It’s about each
part doing its part. And this is one of the ways that
you recognize true spirituality because when the
spirit of God moves, it doesn’t make
everybody look the same. The spirit of God comes
in all the uniqueness of His personality and causes
people to be different. And just because one is
different than another, we can’t look down on the
other because they’re not us. And we can’t look
down on ourselves because we don’t look like them. Just because one person has a
gifting that is not as obvious doesn’t mean it’s any
less important to what God is doing in a group. Now, all of this works
together to accomplish the purposes of God. It’s about the activity
of God and God’s spirit. God’s spirit is particular. He is a person. He’s the full expression
of Jesus Christ. And Jesus is the full
expression of the Father. And we can recognize the spirit
because when the spirit of God moves, he carries the
character, the personality, of God Himself. And this is the key thing. You can recognize the source of
any type of spiritual activity by looking at the speech. Do they celebrate Jesus? That’s essential. You can take a look
at the actions. But there’s also a
certain character. And that is when the
very personality of God begins to reveal. This is one of the
key things we need to understand– that
the whole point of this is that God, when God moves
by His spirit, the God who has love always reveals love. [music playing] I had a dream. And in this dream, I
saw my mentor, who’s been dead for several years. But in this dream, he
was in front of me. And I knew somehow that I got
to ask him three questions. And so the first thing I asked
him was, what is Heaven like? And he didn’t say a word. He just looked at me. And in that one
glance, I could tell what he meant– all
the indescribable joys and pleasures of Heaven
just summed up in a look. Second, I asked
him, am I doing OK? Am I doing it right? And he started to speak, but
it was in a different language. And I tried as hard as I could
to understand, to slow down the words he was speaking,
and to grab any bit of it that I could. But I couldn’t understand it. And finally, I asked him, what
is the most important thing for me to do? And in that moment,
it was like he was just right in front of
me, staring in front of me, staring into my eyes. And he said, love people. And I just broke. I started weeping. And I said, I can’t. I can’t. It’s too hard. I can’t. I’m trying. But I can’t. And I wept. And I woke up. And when I woke up, I
really was in tears. And that was all. This dream is such a powerful
and such a beautiful dream. This mentor is a
representation of a father. And this is actually Father God. And there’s three key areas
that are being revealed to you. The questions about what’s
going to come after this, your sense of Heaven– it’s not something
that your mind is going to be able to understand. But your heart is going
to be able to comprehend. And you actually
received in this dream the understanding of what
Heaven is going to be like. Something got deposited into
your spirit that is very real and is very tangible. And you’ll find
your appreciation and your understanding of Heaven
increasing as you move forward. The second question, am
I doing the right thing– that question–
it’s not something that at this point in time
you have the comprehension of. But Job talks about dreams that
were given in the night season. And God seals our
instruction in our dreams. It’s not that that
wasn’t answered. It’s just that your ability
to understand it right now was sealed so that
you didn’t have that understanding
at this season because that’s not the question
that you really need to know. The most important question
was the final question, what’s the most important thing
for me to be doing right now? And the intensity and that
nearness of the Father when He looked in your face and
said, to love people– this is the most
important thing– and your heart was revealed
because your heart longed. That’s what I really want. That’s who I really am. I want to love people. It’s just so hard. And the reality of your
compassion and your care for people and to
honor the heart of God was revealed in those tears– amazing dream, amazing dream. For this dreamer, this dream
is a significant spiritual encounter that
marked their life. They’ll never be the same. That’s one of the
beauties about dreams. They reveal core spiritual
principles sometimes that will mark our lives
and change us forever. But they’re so much more real
than just a communication being given. There’s an impartation
that happens. [music playing] NARRATOR: God has
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to learn more. So there are a lot of things
that happen to spiritual people when spiritual
activity increases. We should be seeking
after all of it. We need all of it. But there’s another
key to recognizing the spiritual activity
that comes from God and that which does not. What comes out of our
mouths is important. What we do is important. But why we do it– that’s more important. The highest form of
spirituality is love. It doesn’t matter how astounding
the spiritual activity is. Someone can know
everyone’s secrets and describe the spiritual
realm accurately. But if it’s not coming out of
love, for the purpose of love, it’s worthless. And all their spiritual
activity is empty. They can cause limbs to
grow out, make something impossible by every
natural law happen, because their
expectation is so high. But if they didn’t do it
because of love, run away. They’re worthless. And all their supposed
spirituality is dangerous. Now, in our world,
love is a term that is thrown around quite a bit. So let’s clarify what love
is and what love isn’t. Love can wait. It’s not in a hurry. It’s kind. It’s good to others. It doesn’t get bothered by other
people’s success, abilities, possessions. And it doesn’t try
to impress others by making sure they know about
their success, abilities, or possessions. It doesn’t demand
that others treat them the way they think they deserve,
doesn’t look down on others. And it takes into account how
others feel and what they want. Love is OK when things
don’t happen exactly like they want it to happen. It’s not on their plan. It can allow others to have
their way, even when it’s not what they would have wanted. Love doesn’t get upset
easily and refuses to keep track of
what others did. Love is never OK with sin. But if loves is true,
it lets things go, keeps believing,
expecting the best. All of the spiritual
manifestations will end up disappearing. There will come a
day when love Himself will be our whole reality. We will see Him face to face. And no one will have to
tell us anything about Him. We’ll already know. No one will need to
tell us what He thinks. He’ll be speaking
directly to us. Until that day, we
need to have all the spiritual manifestations. They’re important. But they’re not the fullness. Jesus is. God is. And God is love. The kind of love
that we’re talking about that proves
real spirituality is actually the character
of God working its way out in those that are with Him. You see, whatever spiritual
source you spend time with will affect the way that
you talk, act, live, and what you value. People that are
actually spiritual, the right type of
spirituality, talk, act, live, and value just like Jesus. Love is the high
point of spirituality. Now, our trust in God
will last forever. Our confident expectation of the
good that He will bring never ends. But the most important is love– His love for us, our love for
Him, and the way that love overflows to everyone
that we interact with. The foundation determines
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today! When it comes to
spirituality, when it comes to our life and
the way that we live, we have to pursue love. We must be going after love
in everything that we do. But when we go
after love, it also requires that we go
after spiritual activity. We should constantly be
seeking for spiritual power and spiritual encounters. And it’s not just
an option for some. It’s a commandment
for all of us. Every single one of us
should be going after power so that we can love well
because we are spiritual, whatever we may think of
spirituality as being. But when it comes to
what that looks like, love has very
concrete expressions. It actually looks
like something. If we’re going to operate in
spiritual powers out of love, it must be about
the other person because the high point
of spirituality is love. And love does not seek its own. It’s about the other person. Let’s take a look at
what this would look like in a gathering of people. When we get together with
other people who obviously are spirits, as well, if
we begin to seek after God, we’re going to find Him. He’s going to show up. And when God shows
up, things happen. Different gifts happen. There’s healings that happen. There’s knowledge that happens. There’s wisdom that happens. Things happen when God comes. But we get a choice
in the matter. We actually co-labor
with Him in this. And so as He comes and
as His power is present, we should be seeking
after those gifts that are going to bring help to the
other people that are around us that are going to
be effective in loving other people well, that are
going to comfort other people, encourage other people, build
them up so that they are stronger in their foundation
and able to live out the lives that they’re
intended to live out. If we’re in a group of
people and somebody is sick, then love would require us to
seek after healing so that they would no longer be sick. If we’re in a group of people
and somebody is confused, love would require us to
seek after understanding. We should long to be
used in the gifts. We should long to be used
in the greater gifts. And the greater
gifts are those gifts that are the most loving
for the people around us. So you can tell the source
of someone’s spirituality by how they treat the
people around them. Do they love well? There’s a man that
I’ve looked up to for years because of
his spiritual gifting, because of his maturity,
his ability to interact with the things of the spirit. There was a season
in his life where he was having spiritual
encounters every single day. He would have
Heavenly experiences. He would interact with
the presence of God. He would have interactions
within angelic messengers. After a period of time of
having these encounters on a regular basis, he started
to realize, who in my life knows the Bible better because
of these experiences that I’m having? Who is more in love with
Jesus because of these things that are happening to me? Whose life is better? Who’s healed? Who’s brought closer
to God because of this? He realized that there
was not any fruit from those experiences. And so he made the decision to
not spend so much time having those experiences so that he
would have time to minister to people. That is a mature spirituality. That’s what it’s
supposed to look like. It’s supposed to look like love. It’s about the other
person because that’s what God looks like,
the one true source of real spirituality. He is love, for God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten son– that whoever believed
in Him, anybody that chose to believe in Him,
could have everlasting life and not perish. And when He left, He
gave us that commandment. He said, as I have loved you,
so you should love one another. He even said that
the way people are going to recognize
that you follow me is by how you love one another. Love is the key. Love is what spirituality–
real, healthy spirituality– actually looks like. As we spend time with the God
who is love, we encounter love. And as we encounter
His love for us, our hearts will automatically
move in love for Him because there is an
interaction because this God is the God of love. Let me leave you
with a question. Did you learn how to love? Do you love others
well, because that’s how you’ll know that you’re
truly a spiritual person.

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