I once was a therapist where I ran groups to help others who were inwardly challenged. Early on each person would be asked, "How do you feel?" Their response would often be "fine" or "good." Then they were told "good" and "fine" were not feelings. Confusion would happen. Many people required guidance to learn how to identify and describe their feelings. The kingdom of God is all about inward sensations involving love, peace, and compassion. The world can guide us to be fake, dishonest, insincere, hurried, worried, angry, and proud. We need more support for sincere truth in love.
Inward Authority involves a soul searching process of connecting with God's Good while denying things that are not. This process involves a continuous deeper exploration with our spiritual senses. In the beginning it can feel awkward and challenging. God's love and peace involves a new way of thinking. We can experience a reorganization within our hearts, minds, and souls. We can gain new direction by giving ourselves over to new Godly training.
God who loves us placed a spiritual guide within us.
Colossians 3:11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
John14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
We have access to a guiding Spirit. We have help within us. To learn from this Spirit, we need to seek it out. This seeking, listening, and learning is a process. We all can benefit from a way of life directing us more inward.
Those who are willing to give themselves over to God's Good in mind, heart, soul, and strength can grow spiritually.
One Goal ~ Inward Love & Peace
Matthew 22:34 - 40 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus says “all the Law and the Prophets” hang on these two commandments. Essentially, if we can get this one instruction right with our inward being, all will be Good.
There are many who teach that all is good now. But if that were true, there would be no evil. But there is evil and we all get tempted. We are in a battle and we need the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10 - 18)
Many people everyday are gaining spiritual experiences through practices of confession, repentance, restitution, prayer, meditation, service, love, peace, and more. This process helps us to cleanse and purify our minds and hearts. However, it will not work with pride, self-seeking, dishonesty, resentments, and many other forms of evil. We will need to be ready to let go of our evil ways and practice God's Good. Because of our attachment to such evil, our minds, out of self-preservation instincts, can resist God's good. We can unconsciously defend evil in our thoughts, words, attitude, and actions. We can habitually defend our pride and self-interests. We can become enslaved to evil and not even know it.
Romans 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
The goal is to increase God's love & peace within our minds, hearts, attitudes, words, and actions.
We will have to choose God's good which can go against things we unconsciously believe we need. Our unconscious beliefs can miss the mark. This affects our faith. The faith that can save us.
Who is Inward Authority for?
The humbled, broken, desperate, and ready to be transformed with God, little by little, one day at a time.
James 4:10 and 1 Peter 5:6 instruct us to “humble yourselves.”
Inward Authority is for those who are humbled, willing, and ready to journey with introspection, self-examination, confession, slowing down, meditation, prayer for God’s Good, collaboration, and self-discipline. We are to humbly guard against self-deception, self-seeking, fear, resentment, pride, and insincerity.
We can gradually center our thoughts more and more with God's grace.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
The instructions say to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
Many of us may focus upon the cross while neglecting the many instructions and demonstrations of Jesus. Jesus provided instructions on how to live. Let's imperfectly grow into that which is perfect.
We are to transition ourselves into alignment with God’s righteous ways and purposes. We are to grow love and peace increasingly within our hearts, minds, words, attitudes, and actions.
Each day we can seek new experiences with love, mercy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, compassion, forgiveness, and generosity. To do so, we must set our hearts and minds upon them. We can practice empathy if we choose to think and feel it.
This website, podcasts, and more can help guide our thinking and senses to grow spiritual experiences and enhance spiritual awareness.
What is Inward Authority?
The Hebrew word for ‘Heart’ includes the mind. It is our Inward Authority. How our hearts and minds are situated impacts our faith. Our faith is to be in God and with God's ways. (See Psalm 119)
Key Biblical terms to learn and understand are ‘Heart’ and ‘Faith.’
Inward Authority is a process that involves training toward God reliance with more specific guidance. We can understand God better in everyday language and serve God better with that new understanding.
1 John 4:7 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
We can understand this love better. We can do it better. We can experience the spiritual results from being in God's love better. (Read slowly 1 Corinthians 13, meditate upon the verbs and adjectives)
To know God more is to develop our Inward Authority more with God’s love. This means we need to increase thoughts and senses toward God’s good. We can do this!
This means we gradually become less dependent upon the world's ideas and more reliant upon God’s Good.
Einstein said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with the problem longer.”
We stay longer with God's instructions to understand them better. We are to stay longer with God's Good everyday. We can shift our minds away from worry toward God's Good. We can simply focus each day upon engaging with and trusting it.
Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
We can grow love and peace if we commit to respond with it better. We can experience it more as we set our hearts and minds to it. God's Good sincerely practiced long enough can renew our minds.
The pieces will come together on their own as we grow in them. Understanding will build through our participation with God’s Good.
This is a humbling, freeing, and fulfilling experience.
If you want a different life with God, what are you going to do differently to have it?
Try The Good Daily practices and confess hurts that can block the experiences of God’s Good. Give it a while to work within you. Let your Inward being be renewed with God’s peace. It is different, but it is Good. Good for you, Good for others, and Good for God.
Aligning our hearts and minds with God means we live differently. It involves a new and different perspective about life and ourselves. If you are sincerely ready for change, you have come to the right place. Although willingness can open the door, perseverance is the path for new character development. Each day we have a choice to do God's will or not. Growing with God is a process and a personal journey.
Deuteronomy 6:4 describes what is known as the first and great commandment of God and how to abide in it. "“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
These words are to be alive inwardly in a way where we progressively live by them. We can do this gradually with slow improvement. We can know God more and sense what is spiritual.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Jesus describes this same idea of giving our all to God in John 15. Obviously the instructions here describe a daily and continued focus to know and be with God.
At 21 years of age I learned these principles in a 12 step program. "God is everything or God is nothing." Pg. 53 Alcoholics Anonymous. If I trust God, I will seek to do God's will. I traced the origin of the spiritual principles and found them in the Bible. I've studied the Bible for 20 years and put the instructions into practice. Now I try to help others. My experience is shared through a podcast. (See the podcast page)
I kept asking the question, "could I follow the instructions better?" I have found life is better when I apply myself more with God's righteousness. And when I don't, my life becomes dull and empty.
Spiritual goodness exists and we can partake in it, but that means we need to daily set our hearts and minds to be in it.
This means we think and act upon Biblical instructions involving God's character and begin practicing them daily. We can slowly learn to evaluate ourselves, our thoughts, and make adjustments. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
We can focus our studies upon God's character, character we can build in our own thoughts, feelings, and actions.
When I surrendered myself to serve God, confessed my resentments, searched my life for character defects, practiced daily prayer and meditation, and restored wrongs I had done I experienced a new reality. The way I looked at things changed. Life became different. Anyone can do this a little each day.
Biblical concordance studies on God's Good can help clarify meanings. Seeing repeated messages and patterns can help define it better.
Below are a couple of examples to begin with.