Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Everyone knows that in order for something to change from one way to another, something must be done. To change the temperature in your house, you must adjust the dial on your thermostat. To change your appearance, you must do something different with your hair, makeup, and clothes.
Those things are easy to change, but how do you change from the natural to the spiritual realm? How can you change from your natural self to your spiritual self? That can be easy too when you have some proven guidelines to follow.
Below are four ways that guarantee when (not if) you follow them, you will go from the natural to the spiritual realm.
1. Read and Study the Bible Daily
According to 2 Timothy 2:15, we should "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
In order to change from your natural ways to spiritual ways, you need to do things God's way. In order to know what God's ways are, you need to read His diary to find out what's on God's mind and what's in His heart. That means reading, studying, and meditation on what's in the Bible, according to Joshua 1:8.
2. Pray Without Ceasing
Paul writes a three-word commandment in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It simply says, "Pray without ceasing" in the King James Version of the Bible. It is even shorter in other versions that say, "Pray continually." The keyword is "pray."
Anyone who wants to grow spiritually and move into that realm, he should never stop praying. It might be challenging to pray without ceasing when we first start to develop the habit of doing so. However, it becomes easier when we talk to God on a regular basis.
Keep in mind that praying is communicating with God. Prayers don't necessarily have to be long and repetitive. They can be sentence prayers or short prayers where a person simply calls on the name of the Lord. When Peter attempted to walk on water and felt himself beginning to sink, he merely said, "Lord, save me!" God heard that short prayer and Peter did not drown.
3. Praise God
The quickest way to enter into the spirit realm is to praise God no matter what is going on in your life. In fact, it is even more important and effective when you praise God when you don't feel like doing it. It is called the sacrifice of praise when you do so at that time. When you praise God, there is absolutely no way you will be able to stay in the natural realm.
If you need help getting started to praise God, try reading the praise psalms found in Psalms 146-150. Paying special attention to them will truly help.
4. Surrender to God
God wants you to give up your will and surrender to Him, but He will not push His way into your life. When you turn your life over to Him, He will allow His power to take over to usher you immediately into the spiritual realm.
According to Revelation 3:20, Jesus is standing and gently knocking at the door of your heart. When you hear the knock, you should open your heart to let Him in.
Even Jesus surrendered to God on the cross, according to Luke 22:42, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” We are not on the cross, but we should pray the same sentence prayer to God.
Practice the Spiritual Disciplines
Anyone can move from the natural to the spiritual realm. However, people have to make up their minds to do so. When they practice the above disciplines they can experience the change from the natural to the spiritual realm in no time at all.
It doesn't matter which order you practice the disciplines as long as you perform them regularly. They do not have to be in the order listed above. They can be in any order as long as you do the following:
- Read and study your Bible.
- Pray without ceasing.
- Praise God.
- Surrender to God.