So much of what believers learn about their relationship with God is merely religious doctrine. These doctrines subjugate people’s thinking and create the divisions that drive apart those who are supposed to make up one unified Body of the Messiah.
The real travesty is that, while groups and denominations are busy wrestling with each other over religious doctrines, true spirituality has fallen by the wayside. As a result, religion fails to truly further God’s purpose, and the Lord’s enemies are able to make a mockery of it because it is not producing real fruit.
But what is spirituality, really? What is religion really getting wrong with regard to the Messiah’s message? What is the truth of the Messiah Jesus’ teachings that isn’t being taught?
These are some of the questions the Reverend K. Micah Bell answers in her ebook The Spiritual Quest of the Solitary and Elect. In her book, she attempts to disclose what has been missed by religion with regard to the nature of spirituality and the true purpose and meaning of the Messiah Jesus’ teachings.
The book contains six chapters, the first five of which compose the teaching and discourse of the book’s main premise—to explain the true life and path believers are supposed to follow upon receiving the Messiah and what the ultimate goal of that life is. The sixth chapter takes a practical focus and provides “Spiritual Guideposts” for applying spiritual principles to everyday life.
Rev. Bell begins by explaining what she calls “The Spiritual Quest”—that is, the ultimate goal of every believer’s spiritual journey. In the process, she points out the difference between religion and spirituality and the nature of heaven from a biblical vs. religious perspective.
The next two chapters focus on defining what constitutes God’s Kingdom. She describes the earthly and heavenly kingdoms and also teaches, through scripture, what is required to obtain both. Rev. Bell also teaches what the believer’s true goal is in following the Messiah Jesus, revealing the full definition of the Kingdom of God as a whole.
The heart of the book’s message, however, is the teaching of what it means to be of the Kingdom. Rev. Bell explains what she means by “solitary and elect,” as mentioned in the book’s title, and uses scripture to explain who the “solitary and elect” are and why being “solitary and elect” is so important to finding the Kingdom of God.
She concludes by distilling the costs and benefits of following the actual intended pathway opened to us through Messiah’s teachings and of living the life to which He has truly called us.
The Spiritual Quest of the Solitary and Elect is a book that's very down-to-earth in its delivery. Rev. Bell’s points are laid out plainly and straightforwardly with scripture included to support each one. This straightforwardness produces an accessibility that is essential for revealing the deeper principles of God’s Kingdom and explaining what has been left out of or missed by religion.
It may seem like a concise book, considering the subject matter, but it actually manages to include a good deal of information on some very important topics. This book explains that belief and salvation are only the first steps of a lifelong journey with God, what it really means to dwell in God’s Kingdom, what it really means to be spiritual, and what the believer’s journey and life should really look like.
Some who like to nitpick subjects or hem and haw about spiritual issues may take a little longer to appreciate Rev. Bell’s “bottom line" approach to her teaching, but that would be a sad reason to miss out on the valuable ideas and principles outlined in her book—principles rarely, if ever, touched upon by mainstream religion.
This book is not a jargon-laden treatise or some dry theological dissertation, and that fact does wonders for its accessibility. Anyone can pick up this book (or, more correctly, their Kindle) and glean information from it that touches the heart much closer to home than one would get from your typical theological work. The pithy “Spiritual Guideposts” also add an extra element of practicality that bring the book’s subject matter even more in line with the experience of life.
If you feel the Holy Spirit creating the desire in you to go beyond religion and forge a deeper relationship with God than religion can offer, you will only do yourself a favor by reading The Spiritual Quest of the Solitary and Elect. The aspects of God’s Kingdom are not always easy to grasp, but Rev. Bell succeeds in laying out the fundamentals of the believer’s spiritual walk directly and plainly. The Spiritual Quest of the Solitary and Elect is an excellent spiritual guidebook for those earnestly seeking the fullness of God’s Kingdom.
The Spiritual Quest of the Solitary and Elect by Rev. K. Micah Bell is available for purchase on Kindle for $2.99 at Amazon.com, but Amazon Prime members can borrow the book for free.