As presented from the website God Talks to You.
With added commentary by Johnny Holland
Spirituality is defined as the innermost relationship we have with ourselves and all else.
The first thing that you must do in developing a healthy relationship is to surrender. This step demands an admission of powerlessness. Without surrender, you will continue to try to control yourself and other people. This leads to disaster as the self-will runs riot.
The next step is to believe in a power greater than yourself. This relationship with a Higher Power is an essential part of healthy spirituality. You must seek the God of your own understanding and establish a relationship with that Higher Power. Relationships with a Higher Power, self, and others are based on love, trust, and commitment. Love is not a feeling. It is an action. Trust necessitates truth, and commitment takes consistency of action. Action without truth is not enough. Truth without action is not enough.
Building a Relationship With God
In building a relationship with God, you must be willing to accept that some sort of a Higher Power is possible. The best way of showing this is to ask yourself this question. “Do you think that there is a power greater than yourself in the Universe?” For most people, this is enough. But for some, you have to demonstrate. “If you were in a room with twenty people, and you wanted to leave the room, but the group was determined to keep you in, could you leave?” The answer here is obvious to even the most stubborn. A group has greater power.
Now, can you begin to turn your life over to this new power? This can start with a group of spiritual people. Can the group be trusted? Does the group make good decisions? If you can begin to deal with doubt and faith you are making a good start
After God knows that you are seeking him genuinely, he decides to come and live inside of you. This is called a filling of the Holy Spirit. God fills you with himself. The Holy Spirit is a part of God that comforts you, directs you, and leads you along your spiritual journey. As God fills you from the inside you change. You are never the same person again. You see everything differently, trees, grass, animals, insects, clouds and particularly people. As a part of God lives inside you, everyone feels like your child. You won’t be as irritable or impatient with people as you used to be. At your conversion experience you will get some or all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These characteristics will be more and more like you every day. People will begin to see you in a different way, even friends and family members will recognize that you have changed. Your conversion could occur suddenly or gradually over time and this is up to God alone. Some people need to change slowly and some people in the blink of an eye.
The Apostle Paul had his change suddenly. "Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'
"'Who are you, Lord?' Saul asked.
"'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' He replied. 'Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.'
"The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
"In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, 'Ananias!'
"'Yes, Lord,' he answered.
"The Lord told him, 'Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and places his hands on him to restore his sight.'
"'Lord,' Ananias answered, 'I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem, And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.'
"But the Lord said to Ananias, 'Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.'
"Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord--Jesus, who appeared on the road as you were coming here--has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength (Acts 9:1-19)."
Most people feel overwhelmed with love in their conversion experience like this report by Alline. "At that instant of time when I gave all up to Him to do with me as He pleased, and was willing that God should rule over me at His pleasure, redeeming love broke into my soul with repeated scriptures, with such power that my whole soul seemed to be melted down with love; the burden of guilt and condemnation was gone, darkness was expelled, my heart humbled and filled with gratitude, and my whole soul, that was a few minutes ago groaning under mountains of death, and crying to an unknown God for help, was now filled with immortal love, soaring on the wings of faith, freed from the chains of death and darkness, and crying out, My Lord and my God; thou art my rock and my fortress, my shield and my high tower, my life, my joy, my present and my everlasting portion" (Alline 1806 p. 31-40).
Spirituality is the intimate relationship you have with yourself and all else.
Discover the Purpose For Your Life
As you continue your communications with God a time will come when he will tell you the plan for your life. This plan will awaken the seed completely and you will be given great power to carry the plan out. This plan will seem so fantastic that you will know that you are incapable of doing it. Remember, if you use God's power, you can do anything. With God all things are possible. All you have to do is take one step at a time and God will make the plan come true.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Find a Spiritual Friend
It is important to ask a spiritual friend to help you. If you don't do this, evil will fool you and you will get lost. This person must be someone who is further along on the spiritual journey. Pray for this person to come into your life. Find a place of worship where you feel accepted. Tell your spiritual friend everything that happens between you and God. Share the details of your journey.
If you genuinely tried the exercises suggested here, you have made your first conscious contact with God. Don't stop! There are many more ways to hear God's voice. You can improve your relationship with God. You have a long journey ahead of you. This new adventure with God will give you happiness beyond your wildest dreams. I'm sure you can't wait to get going and learn more about how to hear God's voice. He wants to answer your questions and welcome you home.