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Where do you Find God?




~Authenticity with God~

And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit].” Ephesians 4:11-14 AMP


Whenever I feel stressed, confused, upset, hurt or I am looking for answers I need to get out in nature.


I either need to walk, jog, run or drive for miles.


When I get out in nature I feel God. I hear God.


I know He is close to me.


This is where I feel most connected to God- when I can connect and know I am hearing from Him.


When I lived out east in Nova Scotia completing my Masters I went through a very hard and emotional time. I was stressed, tired, hurting and confused.


In that season, God's healing grace brought me to the ocean.


The ocean has always had this power over me. I get so emotional.


There is something about the pull of the ocean that just overwhelms me.


When I was going through one of the hardest seasons of my life God met me in my spiritual style.


He knew I would connect with Him and heal in the way that I feel most at peace and connected with Him.


Most days I would leave my apartment and just walk along the ocean, in the sun and in the rain… the salty ocean air, the magnitude of the ocean, and the sounds of the crashing waves all brought me to a place where I felt God at work.


God healed me by the ocean… and we grew.


I connect with God in nature- through my senses.


This is how I feel most at home with God.


Next week I am heading back to the ocean for the first time in over two years- and oh my soul aches for it.


Just as God has given us all different personalities, gifts, abilities and capabilities God has also given us unique ways to know and meet with Him.


Christian A. Schwarz has created a series of assessments to help Christians know themselves in deeper ways that may help them to know God, know themselves and grow the church.


In his workbook, The 3 Colors of Your Spirituality, he explains his findings and theory that there are nine ways one can encounter God.


We all have a unique spiritual style.


The nine styles in this theory* are:

- Sensory: enjoying the works of God (beauty and perception) Psalm 19:1

- Rational: understanding the nature of God (logic and science) Prov 3:19

- Doctrinal: thinking correctly about God (truth and doctrine) Col 2:8

- Scripture driven: applying the word of God (study and discipleship) Col 3:16

- Sharing: passing on the grace of God (evangelism and service) 2 Cor 5:20

- Ascetic: developing discipline for God (sacrifice and inner values) 1 Cor 9:27

- Enthusiastic: celebrating the power of God (power and excitement) 1 Cor 4:20

- Mystical: resting in the presence of God (mystery and devotion) Rom 8:26

- Sacramental: expressing the incarnation of God (liturgy and symbolism) John 1:14


In these styles of connecting to God we will have strengths and weaknesses- in that, there are ways to grow and ways we can limit ourselves, they are:


Strengths:

- Sensory: appreciating beauty, enjoying God's creation

- Rational: striving for explanations, utilizing science

- Doctrinal: emphasizing sound doctrine, relating to dogmatic systems

- Scripture: faithfulness to the Bible, proclaiming God's word

- Sharing: focusing on outsiders, evangelizing to people

- Ascetic: freedom from worldly things, sacrificial living

- Enthusiastic: openness to the supernatural, striving to see God's power

- Mystical: Cultivating the mysterious, focus on the inner person

- Sacramental: expressing faith physically, appreciating traditions and rites

Weakness:

- Sensory: hedonism, preoccupation with aesthetics, dependency on external things

- Rational: intellectualism, intellectual pride, rationalism

- Doctrinal: dogmatism, faith confused with doctrine, dry abstractness

- Scripture: Biblicism, reducing God's word to scripture, exaggerated view of the verbal

- Sharing: iconoclasm, overlooking needs of others, reducing faith to soul winning

- Enthusiastic: emotionalism, negative view of the world, irrational suffering

- Mystical: spiritualism, exaggerated view of the mysterious, confusing feelings with God

- Sacramentals: ritualism, magic views of sacraments, insensitivity toward outsiders


As Christians we were made to grow.


We were designed to grow in our faith, in ourselves and in our relationship with God.


Once we discover how we know God and relate to Him, it helps us to be more authentic in our relationship with God, because it helps us to connect to Him in our strengths and in the way that feels most effortless and natural.


Thinking through your personality and the ways you connect with God (i.e. when you feel most connected, when you feel God's presence, sense his voice) what of the nine styles do you most resonate with?


If you are interested in completing this test theory or reading more, you can pick up the test at:

http://www.ncd-international.org/public/Books/3Colors-of-Spirituality.html


Have you ever thought about how you connect with God?


Have you ever wondered in what ways you can draw closer to God?


The Spiritual Style test may be a good place to start.


*This is not a personality test/ profile

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