'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
7/7/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Third Quarter, 2019.
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', now that we have elaborated and on 'Spiritual Disciplines', and discussed for a season with the topic of Stress; let's resume more of the 'Spiritual Disciplines.
I sincerely hope and pray that all in this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.
As always, before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. Amen. Amen.
Continuing today, with some further posts since we began our series for anyone desiring to draw into a more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with our Introductory Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019 ; Post C. Sunday, April 7, 2019; Post D, Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Post E, Friday, April 12, 2019. We then continued to post on a bi-monthly basis on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, until we finished. See, all the following, therefore.
Post 1, April 24, 2019; Post 2, April 26. 2019; Posts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9; May 5,8, 10, 19, 22, 24,2019, and so forth.
Remember to see our posts on 'Stress'; 'Service' and 'Fasting' posted June 2-5-7; 16-19-21, 2019-during our Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, bi-monthly posts.
Continuing today, July 7, 2019, therefore. let us look at some other 'disciplines' or habits of 'the Christian Way of Life' or 'habits' we can practice endeavoring to walk closer and closer with Our Lord and Savior. On our last posts, we covered 'service', and 'fasting'. [June 19, 21, 2019] Remember, the purpose of 'disciplines' is - 'Christian discipleship' - 'getting a better understanding of God, His Purposes for us, ever learning to become - in thoughts, words, and actions - JUST LIKE JESUS'.
LET US NOT MISS THIS MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE - ALL FOR THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD!! Amen. Amen.
I believe it appropriate to say a few words about three more 'disciplines' - the Spiritual Discipline of Solitude, the Spiritual Discipline of Silence, and the Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity.
In a world filled with noise, many of us long to “unplug” and find a quiet spot far from the hum of technology, the demands of work, the cries of children, the ubiquitous call of advertisement, the hype of politicians and the bombardment of world news. To escape, even for a few minutes, and find rest for our souls is an almost universal longing in modern times, especially in the West. When this rest is accompanied with time alone with God, it provides the refreshment and strength that we need to face the pressures of everyday living in a fast paced age.
For these reasons, when spiritual leaders start talking about silence and solitude, our ears perk up and we yearn to adopt the teachings and techniques they recommend. For most of my lifetime I have heard people refer to their habit of regular prayer and Bible study as a “quiet time.” And while the term “quiet time” does not completely describe this valuable occasion alone with God, it does depict one aspect of it – a time set apart to quietly meditate on the Word and pour our hearts out to God. All this to say that I treasure quiet and solitude as much or more than most Christians. I would not be able to function spiritually without time alone daily with the Lord and I suspect the same is true for all of us.
First, do n0t panic. I know that the 'thought' of 'being alone' for many may be terrifying. But, if you are a 'true child of God'; if you have been 'born again' through faith in the Risen Lord, [John 3] - understanding 'solitude', 'silence', and 'simplicity' from the 'biblical' perspective can all lead to a major break-through in your 'Christian life'. Let me explain.
Solitude is a powerful spiritual discipline or 'practice' that is often overlooked by many Christians - adults and teens alike. Between the multitude of church activities, school, and even social networking, taking time out to be by ourselves with the Lord is often one aspect of our faith we put into practice far less frequently than we should.
What Is Solitude?
Basically, solitude is being alone. It is the absence of distractions like people, computers, schoolwork, television, cell phones, radio, etc. Be aware! Being alone is not the same as 'being lonely', or, 'having a sense of no purpose'. For you see, 'solitude' can be getting away from everybody in a weekend retreat or just locking yourself in your room for an hour in peaceful quiet. The reason solitude is a spiritual discipline is that "alone time" can often be a more difficult task than we think. It takes an effort to be sure you are not disturbed.
Why Do We Avoid Solitude?
The simplest and most common reason we avoid being alone with God is that solitude forces us to face everything in our lives head-on. This internal confrontation is often why solitude is one of the most difficult spiritual disciplines. Yet, without time alone with God, the aspects of our lives that need the most work often go ignored or unseen. And, we cannot play 'the blame-game' with the All Knowing God.
We can allow others keep us from solitude. There are all kinds of pressure to be social and "get out there" and experience life. Additionally, the numerous responsibilities we may have in our lives, may prevent us from 'taking a time for Jesus'. We're often discouraged from spending time alone because to others we're not taking advantage of the life God gave us, or, they just may not understand that we cannot really function at our best, without the power and on-going Presence of God. Remember, we are but 'branches on the vine', 'evenly yoked with Our Savior'. OR, WE ARE NOTHING. [Matthew 6:24; John 14:6; Chapter 15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Colossians 3:1-25; 1 Peter 5:7; Revelation 21:1-27 - Read all - audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html]
However, God also wants us to spend time knowing ourselves, too. We shall continue on our second Post 15 as the Lord wills on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Thank you for returning. Amen. Amen. 7/7/2019
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