Hello sweet friends! I am glad you have stopped by today. This post begins a six weeks series regarding the six dimensions of life presented in the book One Word. These writings are crafted to deepen your God Word journey and allow the Father to impact your life on a grander scale. The goal is to strengthen the God Word process in three areas: application, accountability, and assessment by taking a closer look at each area of life.
Let’s begin with our first priority-God. He is the ultimate goal of any God Word. May we always remember the purpose of seeking our God Word is to bring Him glory and intensify our relationship with Him. Although the authors of One Word claim it brings clarity, power, passion, and life-change, we must never lose sight of the truth-It isn’t the actual word, it is the almighty God who delivers true discernment, miraculous power, unexplainable passion, and complete transformation.
The Refining application of the book is purely defined as drawing closer to the one and only by doing everything we can to stay under His refinement for a lifetime with an eternal mindset.
Week 1: Spiritual
What does spiritual mean? It has often been defined as something relating to or affecting the spirit or soul of a human. The world has various perspectives on the subject and even deems the concept as broad.
For the sake of our God Word and purpose stated previously, spiritual is defined by our devotion to God. It is the sanctification journey, growing toward God, which is His will for our lives (1 Thessalonians 4:3a). Therefore, the spiritual dimension is solely about the Father. Dr. Charles Stanley once stated, “God’s grand plan is wrapped up in one word-Sanctification-by God, for God. To radiate the character of God and the person of Jesus Christ.”
So, in order to examine the spiritual dimension of our God Word, the focus is on developing oneness with the Lord and Savior. It is not about being “spiritual” but about being open to God’s ways, positioning ourselves in His presence, and exercising feet of obedience. It is our opportunity to exam our relationship with the Father and take the steps to develop and increase our faith.
Scot McKnight sheds some light on being spiritual when he states, “First, we need to practice the spiritual disciplines that promote presence with God…prayer, meditation and contemplations, Bible reading, and a solid diet of good Christian influences, including movies and books…Second, we need to discipline ourselves to practice acts of goodness, holiness, justice, love, compassion, and beauty…say yes to good friendships, church participations; and acts of compassion,…Third, behind it all we need to remember that we do not make ourselves holy.”
So, how is your God Word helping you intensify the spiritual dimension of life? Does it keep you ever mindful of being continually connected to God and separated from the ways of the world? Can your God Word heighten your devotion and allegiance to loving God and others? How can you apply it to your everyday life so it strengthens your spiritual walk with the Father?
Application: Application is simply taking your God Word and understanding how the Lord wants to use it to grow you spiritually over the twelve-month timeframe.
For example, my God Word is posture. Spiritually for me that means lots of things: Developing a yes posture towards the Lord. Keeping an open posture to all He has for me. Taking a stand and carrying out a no posture for unholiness (even the overuse of dark chocolate!). Positioning myself in His presence with a faith posture more consistently.
Accountability: Accountability is aligning your life with what the Bible says. It is using verses regarding the spiritual area and getting real with God and your “iron sharpens iron” friends. Let your God Word hold you accountable to doing what God needs to you do in the spiritual area of your life. For example:
- Loving Him-And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37
- Loving Others-A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have love you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
- Caring out His mission-Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Periodically chat openly with your accountability partners regarding your God Word. Use God’s measuring stick as a conversation starter. Be open to hear what the Holy Spirit reveals to you as well when reading and studying Scripture. The Bible has a way of keeping us accountable if we press into God’s Word and allow it to transform us.
Assessment: Ask those hard questions in your quiet time with the Lord. How am I measuring up spiritually in life according to your will Oh Lord? Where do I need to apply my God Word more to increase my faith? Father, you gave me this word for a reason so please guide me and give me your discernment. Open my senses to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and help me carry out your will.
Be transparent with yourself. Allow your downfalls to inspire you to get back up and keep moving forward. God gave you a special God Word for this season of life. Embrace your spiritual dimension and let Him stretch and mold you during this time.
Oh, my friend…there is so much more to be said about the spiritual dimension of life. I hope this post has at least given you a glimpse to applying your God Word in this important area.
May we just remember that the God Word method is created to pull us nearer to our one life source-The Almighty Father!