Signs of Toxic Spirituality
Service without Joy
Joy is the defining marks of our relationship.
Keep me safe, God, for I take refuge in you.
You are my Lord, and apart from you, I have no appreciable thing.
The spiritual people are the righteous whom all my happiness is.
My body also will remain secure because you will not forsake me to the land of the fallen, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the way of life.
You will charge me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Performance without Rest
The approval of God is more expensive than the praise of men. The only reason we are now being because it is the will of God. Do it because this is God’s will.
Limelight is never pleasant for me.
Once you know it is God’s will for you. Do your best because God deserves nothing less.
Its primary objective to get as more people as possible set to expire and go to heaven. It trains to take people into heaven, instead of getting joy into people – Dallas Willard.
The lives of the “converted” testify against the reality of “life that is life indeed”.
In this style, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm base for the arriving age, so that they may get hold of life that is really life -1 Timothy 6:19.
The way to see many people into heaven is to bring joy into many people. It is to understand the path of true spiritual renewal for disciples doing something at full speed, racing with his optimal energy and momentum for Jesus. When we expect results, we should also remember the multitudes of people who will not be in heaven because they never saw the truth of Christ in a living human being.
Work without Worship
It is a common mistake that when people work for God, tendency is they miss worshiping God. We should never miss seeing the Grandeur of God. The redemption of Jesus is at the heart of worship. I can’t think of working without worshiping. Because my God died for me and drew me in His life.
Devotion without Discipleship
Discipleship is Spiritual Discipline. Without discipline, we cannot grow.
In the spiritual life, there are no shortcuts. Those who believe that they can develop spiritual gimmicks and put them to work for themselves generally ignore God’s will and his grace – Thomas Merton.
Spiritual disciplines are actions of mind and body, done to make our whole selves into partnership with the divine order, so we can handle more and more a passion and ability beyond ourselves – Dallas Willard.
A discipline of the spiritual life is a project tackled to bring us into more effective collaboration with Christ and his Kingdom. They are actions taken to make us capable to receive His life and power more.
Ritual without Reality
The spiritual life is a life. It is not just something to be read. It is to be lived.
Surely God is faithful to Israel, to the pure. But as for me, my feet had almost slewed. I had almost lost my foothold – Psalm 73:1-2.